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Patty Larkin

Watch the Sky | Vanguard
Patty Larkin made this a real solo album, sequestering herself in remote locations to build these dozen songs from the ground up.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008

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The Music of the Three Musketeers | Xauen
It’s a performance powerful enough to transport you to another era.
By: ANGELA SAWYER  |  February 26, 2008

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Akrobatik

Absolute Value | Fat Beats
One of the hallmarks of Akrobatik’s style has always been his sincerity.
By: ANDREW GRAHAM  |  February 26, 2008

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The Figgs

Continue To Enjoy the Figgs, Volume 2 | Stomper
It makes sense that one of the Figgs’ best recent songs, “Regional Hits” (included here), celebrates those pop gems that are known only to a select few.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  February 26, 2008

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Willie Nelson: Moment of Forever

Lost Highway
Nelson turns 75 in April, but this disc sounds fresh and timeless next to other recent albums from Nashville’s Music Row.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2008

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Allison Moorer

Mockingbird | New Line
Working with producer Buddy Miller, Moorer takes an approach opposite to Lynne’s on the stripped-down Lovin’ , giving each track its own distinct personality.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 26, 2008



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Jeremy Lowell

No Arms | Self-released
Jeremy Lowell is a 24-year-old Allston singer writing vulnerable lyrics in a folksy mode and delivering them with garage-rocking grit.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  February 20, 2008

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Styles P

Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) | Koch
P at least belongs in rap’s upper echelon.
By: LAUREN CARTER  |  February 19, 2008

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Bell X1

Flock | Yep Roc
Remember when Snow Patrol were huge in the UK but only a college-radio curio here?
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 20, 2008

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Zox

Line in the Sand | SideOneDummy
They may do a fine job of staying in pop-rock mode here, but that’s not one of their strengths.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  February 20, 2008

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Bob Mould

District Line | Anti-
No surprise when you consider that Mould, along with Sonic Youth and the Pixies, was among the genre’s most influential architects as the leader of Hüsker Dü.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 20, 2008



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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin

Holon | ECM
Swiss pianist Bärtsch calls the music of his quintet variously “zen funk” or “ritual groove music.”
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 20, 2008

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Reba McEntire

Reba Duets | MCA
Reba McEntire became famous in the 1980s, when country music consisted of ballads as big as the hair of the singers who sang them.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  February 12, 2008

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Levon Helm

Dirt Farmer | Vanguard
If there’s still any debate over who was the soul of the Band, it ends with this album.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 2008

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Famoro Dioubate’s Kakande

Dununya | Jumbie
The inventive instrumental and choral arrangements add freshness without denaturing the music’s inherent roots appeal.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  February 12, 2008

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Nick Lowe: Jesus of Cool

Yep Roc
The reissue tacks on 10 additional tracks, making this expanded edition the final word on Jesus of Cool .
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 12, 2008



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Hot Chip: Made in the Dark

Astralwerks
NYC hipsters the DFA introduced the US to Hot Chip as pocket-protecting purveyors of geeky but hypnotically gorgeous dance tunes.
By: ROQUE STREW  |  February 12, 2008

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British Sea Power

Do You Like Rock Music? | Rough Trade
British Sea Power’s answer to the question posed in the title of their third album is a definite yes.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 12, 2008

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Karen Dalton

Cotton Eyed Joe | Delmore: 2CDs, 1 DVD
Dalton pours herself so fully into each tune, it’s no wonder she flamed out.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 05, 2008

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Cuong Vu

Vu-Tet | artistShare
For those who know trumpeter Cuong Vu from his work with the Pat Metheny Group, Vu-Tet could come as a rude shocker.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 06, 2008

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Duke Levine

Beneath the Blues | Loud, Loud Music
It’s an essay in tension and restraint.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 05, 2008


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