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Tribute :: John Newman

Three-Sentence Review:  John Newman is a singer, songwriter, and producer, and his first solo album, Tribute, is a stunner. The retro sound, the Northern Soul sensibilities, the Motown influences, and the modern dance energy is contagious and addictive, and the best way to kick off a New Year of music. I love the addition of the horns, trumpets and strings, too!

Initial Favorite Track(s): Cheating, Love Me Again and Easy

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4.5

Cheating

Love Me Again

Easy

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Wig Out at Jagbags :: Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Three-Sentence Review:  I feel like it’s the 90’s again when I listen to this album! At times I feel like I’m back there listening to my Pavement albums, and at other times I feel like I’ve rented a place in Laurel Canyon and invited Stephen and the Jicks to come in and play with the ghosts of the music that was made there “once upon a musical time“, and look (listen), it sounds like they brought along Sonic Youth, too. This is definitely a driving around Los Angeles album, listening to the great stories in the songs.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Lariat, Houston Hades and Cinnamon and Lesbians

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Lariat

Cinnamon and Lesbians

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