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Aly & Fila – Quiet Storm

4/5 The Pharaohs of Trance are back, with an album to follow up their debut artist album released three years ago. ‘Quiet Storm’ is a masterpiece that sees Aly & Fila staying true to their much-loved uplifting trance sound, but also expanding their horizons, adding downtempo compositions that, along with the intro and outro, make this record a complete journey, with peaks and troughs. The album kicks off wi ...

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Inlet Sound – The Romantics

5/5 Canadian folk-rock spirit rock band, Inlet Sound, released their first full-length record The Romantics in 2012. They worked tirelessly on the album for two years, along with acclaimed Canadian producer Laurence Currie. The album was recorded over a three-month period, in various places in Ontario. The Romantics represents the bands growth during the two year long journey to put together the album, who ...

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Jazz For Babies

5/5 The future of Jazz lies in the hands of children. All children will at one point in their childhood be introduced to Jazz, but how can it be introduced to light a love for Jazz that could possibly last a lifetime? Jazz for Babies does just that with soothing and relaxing music for the tired toddler in your life. Jazz for babies offers five remarkable albums: The Saxophone Album, The Guitar Album, The Pi ...

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The Smurfs 2 – Soundtrack

3/5 The Smurfs 2 finds evil wizard Gargamel creating two smurf-like characters called the Naughties, to try to help him harness the magical "Smurf essence". Realizing that only Smurfette knows how to make the Naughties real Smurfs, she is kidnapped by the evil wizard and it is up to the Smurfs to save her and protect their Smurf secrets. The non-orchestral version of the Smurfs 2 soundtrack features ten upb ...

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Lou Bega – A Little Bit Of 80’s

3/5 Bega didn’t find much success with his third studio album “Lounatic” (2006) or his fourth studio album Free Again (2010). Lou Bega is best known for his catchy hit version of “Mambo No.5”. In his latest material, his fifth studio album, Bega covers classic international hits, bringing almost forgotten styles back to the ‘here and now’. Being a child of the 80’s, Bega has brought many tracks to life that ...

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Ciara – Self- Titled

4/5 Ciara’s fifth album Ciara may have found this 27 year-old her shining moment. The last year found Ciara trying to recreate the magic of “Goodies” from years ago. She finally found that magic. “I’m Out” featuring Nicki Minaj is a ladies’ anthem that has huge hit potential, is as radio friendly as Ciara gets and starts the feel good theme of the album. The seductive lead single “Body part” is reminiscent ...

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Goo Goo Dolls – Magnetic

4/5 Sometimes all you want from your music is a simple and accessible yet emotionally authentic composition, and that’s where the Goo Goo Dolls come in. Founded in 1985 by guitarist and lead vocalist John Rzeznik, and bassist and occasional vocalist Robby Takac, the band has mastered the art of the traditional rock arrangement, making consistent yet always memorable music throughout the decades. But at the ...

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J. Cole – Born Sinner

4/5 Born Sinner finds J.Cole really pushing the boundaries of music today. It feels like the evolution of what old school rappers would sound like today and with his lyric ability, places J.Cole among the elites in the industry. This album contains more than just a good beat you can dance to. The album starts off well with the track 'Villuminati' , that features a famous biggie sample that fits in perfectly ...

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Harry Connick, Jr. – Every Man Should Know

3/5 “Every Man Should Know” finds Harry Connick, Jr. returning to showcase his steller writing ability. As he mentions in his liner notes, he wanted to take a “musical trip down a winding back road of my desire…No rules, no limits. I wrote what I liked, I played what I felt and I sang what I saw." His last full set of original songs came out back in 1997 and then Connick found himself in TV, movies, Broadwa ...

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Giuseppe Ottaviani – Magenta

3.5/5 ‘Magenta’, Giuseppe Ottaviani’s sophomore album, showcases the Italian producer’s true talent and capability of composing tracks that are simultaneously radio-friendly and rich with an emotional and uplifting sound that is the signature of pure trance music. And the album does that while also partially stepping outside the box. But unfortunately, what makes ‘Magenta’ a less-than-outstanding record is ...

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