Norah Jones: Little Broken Hearts

Norah Jones is not an extreme artist. When you pick up one of her albums, you know what to expect. There will be no genre-hopping madness, hardly any experimentation and certainly none of that dubstep hullabaloo. For more than 10 years now, Jones has carved out a comfortable niche as
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Ty Segall and White Fence: Hair

In the January issue of Rolling Stone this year, Patrick Carney of the Black Keys declared that “Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.” That wouldn’t seem to be the case now. The Black Keys had two of the
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Santigold: Master of My Make-Believe

It’s recess, and Santi White wants to play. She stomps, pounds on drums (Why are there drums in the schoolyard, you ask? Beats me.), echoes her voice magnificently  —  she’s itching to start a revolution. It sounds far-fetched and in a way it is. One could even call it a
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Jack White: Blunderbuss

After a decade spent fashioning the landscape of modern rock ‘n’ roll, maestro Jack White has returned to inflict yet more badassery on the general public. Having appeared in numerous successful outfits — The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs and, most famously, The White Stripes — this time, he has come
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Monica: New Life

Imagine Monica in a convertible on a vast desert road, gazing in the rearview mirror with reflective eyes and airily singing, “Packing up my yesterdays and won’t look back / I know I’ve got to stay on track.” This mantra, threaded throughout “New Life” and the similarly titled new album,
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Obie Trice: Bottoms Up

Sticking with his happy-hour inspired album titles, Obie Trice’s long-delayed Bottoms Up — the album was pushed back several times since its projected release in the summer of 2008 — leaves one wondering whether the glass has any potent potion left, and, if so, how much? The beat on “Bottoms
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Nicki Minaj: Roman Reloaded

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will propel Nicki Minaj further money-wise, but its factory-made, routine sound does not show her pushing for artistic growth. The sophomore album brings confusion to whether she strives to be a commercial success, an independent female rapper or a performance artist. Despite being part of the
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Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

Essentially, Underwater Sunshine is Counting Crows’ lead singer Adam Duritz’s love letter to the music world. Paying homage to the fifteen bands he lovingly plucked from within his musical covey, the new covers album consists of songs ranging from Dawes, the gem of music streaming site Daytrotter.com, to Bob Dylan.
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The Shins: Port of Morrow

Intricately woven, The Shins’ new release, Port Of Morrow, is like the canvas of a cathartic dream. Lucid, colorful and delicate, it strips down inhibitions and holds the listener through a spine-tingling sequence of emotions. Displaying unparalleled songwriting and refined musicianship, this album is the band’s most enticing and poignant
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Daniel Rossen: Silent Hour/Golden Mile

There is bliss in this mess / There is madness all around,” Daniel Rossen utters in “Golden Mile,” off his first solo EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile. There is bliss with twangy acoustic guitar plucks that brighten the slow-treading melancholic piano riffs, while the tiers of symphonic instruments create an intricate
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