Random Access Memories Daft Punk
Daft Life / Columbia

Author:
john shelton ivany

here's the easy part. daft punk consists of french musicians, guy-manuel de homen-christo and thomas bangalter. their stories, live shows and disguises have turned arena electronica into gothy burners that keep building in intensity. they are masters of taking house music and slowing it down to bumping speed. let's face it, who needs a song if you have a great hook? they go into a voice, then into the air, and from there it passes into our bodies. they create perfect ballads telling their fans, their one and only, "you're the whole package." their sounds are the sweetest things that's ever been done. how can we thank them enough?

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The Bull Blayer Pointdujour & the Rockers Galore
Philebrity Label

Author:
john shelton ivany

the rockers galore have created a remarkable album entitled ""the bull." here the rock changes and puts down time into a godfather, a declaration of independence from the cold.

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WIXIW Liars
EMI / Mute

Author:
john shelton ivany

the liars create a loving album that is very lyrical and romantic and light when they sing on "wixiw." the lyrics are so raw and desperate. they are so unafraid of vulnerability. it brings us with them.

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Confessions Umberto
Requiem

Author:
john shelton ivany

"confrontations" is an album full of masterpieces. umberto's sounds, from the music to his voices, are totally intense all the way through.

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Hollywood Undead Notes from the Underground
A&M / Octane / Universal

Author:
john shelton ivany

"notes from the underground" is a dark picture that hold us like glue by hollywood undead. it opened my eyes to street lines i didn't know of in my sheltered world.

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Woman to Women Keyshia Cole
Geffen

Author:
john shelton ivany

"woman to woman" is a deep, reflective album with hypnotic music by the one and only keyshia cole. light and dark, shadow and glare--it sounds like nature coming through the speakers.

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Hydrogen Child Super Water Sympathy
In Music We Trust

Author:
john shelton ivany

super water sympathy have so much attitude, it drips off the plate. the riff and distortion grab you, and the sounds are so worldly on "hydrogen child." everyone knows the feeling so well. the phrases that fly out of ansley hughes are worth a million bucks.

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Unecka Rising The Bohannons
Pavement PR / This Is American Music

Author:
john shelton ivany

when i hear this album by the bohannons, entitled "unecka rising", nobody and nothing else exists. the shyest person--if they've got any kind of taste or freedom--will be up on the floor.

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Something New: Motown Lost and Found Mary Wells
Universal / Motown / Hip-o Select

Author:
john shelton ivany

mary wells was the original diva of motown records back in the 60s, when she wrote and recorded "bye, bye baby." and then she co-wrote with in-house genius, smokey robinson, so many classics which you hear her master with a light, soul style on the double album, "something new: motown lost and found." along with the miracles, the temptations and the supremes, mary wells was part of the charge bringing black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream america. as my favorite deejay in new york city, jocko, crooned when he heard mary sing "you lost the sweetest boy" --so nice got to do it up twice.

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Paradise Lana del Rey
Interscope / Polydor

Author:
john shelton ivany

lana del rey sings about human feelings so touching and true in what we go through as human souls in her album, 'paradise." all our attempts to do the right thing that just miss the mark. man, she's got it.

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Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theater) Apparat
Mute

Author:
john shelton ivany

apparat is an artist who will never make the charts. his remarkable album "krieg und frieden" is a creation, a world that's beyond the charts. it's about living life and having a great time.

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Wreck and Ruin Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
EMI / Sugar Hill Records

Author:
john shelton ivany

kasey chambers and shane nicholson create a sweep-you-away album when they sing "wreck and ruin." it makes you imagine the angel of the west. you spin around and around, looking up at the sky, but never getting dizzy.

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Pretty Little Baby Amy Regan
PAI

Author:
john shelton ivany

let's get the truth out first, amy regan's voice is incredible. what you hear on "pretty little baby" is a unique artist who has the skill of crooning harmony and knocking you dead. as bruce once sang, amy regan is all that heaven will allow.

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Old Sock Eric Clapton
Bushbranch / Surfdog

Author:
john shelton ivany

eric clapton may have earned his reputation with his guitar, but he owes his solo career to his voice. "old sock" is another album that carries his best work, from the gospel groove to the pained melancholy. if i have to tell you anything else, fuggetabattit.

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Character Julia Kent
Leap

Author:
john shelton ivany

julia kent captures remarkably honest downtrodden numbers with her cello. her sound on the amazing album "character" seem like suicide notes that consist of the line--i walk a lonely street. as a 47 year veteran of new york city i understand her soul.

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The Movement Rusted Root
Sanachie Entertainment

Author:
john shelton ivany

let's face it, the first time i heard rusted root back in the '90s it was all over for me. i have listened to music since the '50s, but i never heard sounds like they create. and "the movement" just takes me away as always. oh, just take traditional rock and twist it through a trippy psychedelic filter. don't ask me what that means. just go. they play with such precision, doing these odd arrangements that sound like loose jams. that's the best i can do.

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Reach Beyond the Sun Shai Hulud
Metal Blade Records

Author:
john shelton ivany

"reach beyond the sun" is a frantic album by shai hulud. if you need balls to the wall, totally hellish punk metal that is pure crazy like a mad subway during the rush hour you can get on here.

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Ascend David Starfire
Six Degrees

Author:
john shelton ivany

"reach beyond the sun" is a frantic album by shai hulud. if you need balls to the wall, totally hellish punk metal that is pure crazy like a mad subway during the rush hour you can get on here.

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Delta Machine Depeche Mode
Columbia / Mute

Author:
john shelton ivany

sweet baby jesus, how lucky we are. the 13th studio album by depeche mode is a double disc. and they will always be with us. "delta machine" is a creation by martin gore and david gahan and others. they will always be erotic, longing for an invisible lover to heal the pain of being ignored by physical heartbrealers. they have gotten stronger than ever, and the electronic world will always need depeche mode to lead the way.

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Shadowlands Klaus Schulze
Synthetic Symphony

Author:
john shelton ivany

klaus schulze writes the sunniest songs of longing. the double album entitled "shadowlands" is one of artists group of romantic art when being romantic wasn't particularly cool. that makes klaus schuzle a unique artist.

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One Rifle Per Family Bambu
Beatrock Music

Author:
john shelton ivany

this is indeed "class war music". in 'one rifle per family', bambu draws out the unique social life and culture of the working class; and though he certainly brings new antagonisms through his elaboration, he seems to be inspired by their own activity. put aside your preachy politics and your calls to order - we've all got lines in this one.

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