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Big Time Rush – 24/Seven

4/5 24/Seven is Nickelodeon at its finest. However, don’t like the Nickelodeon label scare you away – with upbeat, positive songs that are fun to listen to, this boy band will have the pre-teens and the young at heart swooning in love harder than ever before. The song that caught my attention the most was “Like Nobody’s Around,” reminding us to not care about what other people think about you and to just be ...

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Daft Punk : Random Access Memories

5/5 ‘Random Access Memories’ was perhaps one of the most hyped records this year, but the members of Daft Punk have succeeded in delivering an album that meets and exceeds expectations. The French duo’s new album, as its name—that amalgamates a technical term of the digital age (RAM) with a concept that has always been one of the main driving forces of great art (memories)—implies, is a merger of the new wi ...

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HIM – Tears On Tape

3.5/5 When checking out a new record by HIM, fans of the Finnish band always know what to expect. The band, which uses the term “love metal” to describe its sound, has been consistent throughout its career. And with Tears On Tape, HIM continues on the same path, building a safe yet solid album. Characterized by Ville Valo’s haunting vocals that sing the most forlorn lyrics, accompanied by heavy guitar riffi ...

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Alanis Morisette – Live At Montreux 2012

4/5 Alanis is at her very best in this concert DVD, Live At Montreux 2012, her latest live offering and first live release in nearly a decade. Her voice is better than ever, she is backed by a great band, the DVD provides a great visual experience, and you can tell she really enjoyed playing Montreux. Alanis Morissette does a good job balancing her set list with both new and old, including a blend of songs ...

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Au4 – …And Down Goes the Sky

3/5 Vancouver born band, Au4, have released second studio album And Down Goes the Sky. Listeners are taken into a world where fantasy dances with science, where the sacred joins the profane, where simplicity embraces complexity, and where life meets death. The story-like lyrics introduce listeners to the bands unique sound, where the operatic lyrics and incantations meet the ears of the listener and bring a ...

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Teddy Geiger – The Last Fears

3/5 The American singer-songwriter Teddy Geiger releases his sophomore album, The Last Fears. After 7 years the multi-instrumentalist (he knows how to play guitar, bass, piano and drums) finally presents this new longplayer with melodic sing-alongs, quiet ballads and countryish chartbusters. The opener Happier? starts right from the beginning with a moving line and instrumental part and is one of the fastes ...

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Armin van Buuren – Intense

2/5 Fans around the world have been anticipating the release of Armin van Buuren’s new album for a long time, with many hoping for a record that brings trance music back with a vengeance. That, after all, is the intention behind his recent push as DJ to play more pumping tunes with higher tempos. His ‘Who’s Afraid Of 138’ mixes, to many in the trance scene, represent a turning point. ‘Intense’, to the disma ...

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Michael Buble – To Be Loved

4/5 With his new CD To be loved, soon to be Juno host and Canadian Michael Buble, didn’t disappoint this listener. As always, Buble’s music has the bubbly, yet sometimes serious, songs that have fans swooning over him. His unique sound, which seems to include an orchestra of instruments to make listeners want to jump up and ballroom dance, is a refreshing sound compared to the auto tuned Top 40 on the radio ...

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Breakbot – By Your Side

2/5 Maybe it’s because he was aiming too high, or because the album seems to be a chaotic, directionless mix of sounds, but Breakbot’s By Your Side does not deliver what it seems to be going for. From the very beginning, the listener can discern the sound Thibaut Berland is attempting to reach: a mix of synth-pop and electro-funk that is very reminiscent of Michael Jackson. Following Break Of Dawn, with its ...

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FaltyDL – Hardcourage

4/5 Drew Lustman, aka FaltyDL, continues to break the boundaries of electronic music with his newest album, mixing influences from many sub-genres, from house to drum ‘n’ bass to UK garage and indietronica. And he does it in such a way that unifies the sounds and creates a masterpiece that is greater than the sum of its parts, a genre unidentifiable. But whereas his previous album, You Stand Uncertain, is f ...

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