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Rolling Stone (8/10/95, p.60) - "...Newman's drawling, bluesy vocals cut against the lush conventionality of the settings like a squirt of lemon juice in milk....One of the most deliciously unsettling albums ever made."Q (4/00, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Cynical, ironic and venomous, it sets the stage for 30 years of nasty songs..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/95, p.113) - "...Everything that's great about Randy Newman can be found [here]...the benign condescension towards Middle America ('The Beehive State'), the effortlessly modulated melancholy ('Living Without You')...and the elaborate orchestrations betraying the influence of his movie-scoring uncles..."NME (Magazine) (2/14/00, p.42) - 7 out of 10 - "...an oddball hybrid of burlesque show tunes and sardonic singer-songwriting....makes for edifying listening..."184.7001

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Q (7/93, p.111) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...An LP that's as wicked a blend of poignancy and pungency as any other in his catalogue. In the songs upon it he draws in fine lines a sardonic tableau...Yet compassion is Newman's signal virtue, often so well disguised as to be entirely overlooked..."Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.116) - "...plaintive piano'n'voice gems amongst stodgy LA rock...while his occasional orchestral writing remains beautiful..."131.6707

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Rolling Stone - #67 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Albums Of The 80's" survey.Q (4/00, p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...shows an undiminished talent, but suggests that his unchanging style has cost him commercially, which might explain why he spent most of the last 2 decades making soundtracks instead."Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.116) - "...plaintive piano'n'voice gems amongst stodgy LA rock...while his occasional orchestral writing remains beautiful..."105.3365

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Entertainment Weekly (10/3/03, p.72) - "Like its creator...SONGBOOK is uncategorizable....the deepened blues of his aged-whiskey croak sear the dust off classics..." - Rating: A-Q (10/03, p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The solo piano setting - Newman's playing is a revelation - plus more comfortable vocal arrangements work incredibly well..."Uncut (01/04, pp.84-7) - Ranked #39 in Uncut's "Albums Of The Year 2003" - "Newman has been writing acerbic, smart, satirical and outrageous songs for over 30 years."Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...For listeners who get it, these are some of the most powerful songs the rock era has thrown up..."105.3365

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Down Beat (p.64) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]er poignancy on 'Everytime It Rains' and the haunting 'In Germany Before The War' are near heartbreaking."JazzTimes (p.67) - "The gritty 'Baltimore' is effectively shaped of equal parts despair and hope....Most powerful, though, is her exploration of the heartbreakingly desolate 'Losing You.'"105.3365

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Q (p.125) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Newman carved out an idiosyncratic niche rooted in biting satire and traditional pop structures."Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.116) - "...replaced the orchestra with an Americana rock rhythm section...and the more conventional presentation found Newman a college audience attuned to his wry singularity..."NME (Magazine) (2/14/00, p.42) - 6 out of 10 - "...marked the beginning of his ascent to the rock elite when 'Mama Told Me Not To Come' became a massive hit when covered by Three Dog Night..."105.3365

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Rolling Stone (7/6/72, p.56) - "...further confirmation of the fact that Newman is our most sophisticated art-song composer...SAIL AWAY is Newman's most mature album, a work of genius..."Entertainment Weekly (6/7/02, pp.76-7) - "...A masterpiece...When it comes to the 'untrustworthy narrator', the territory is Newman's own. They don't come nastier than the slave trader serenading Africans in SAIL's title track..." - Rating: AQ (p.128) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t does a fine job of putting the emphasis where it should be: the songs. Steve Earle has fun with the scabrous 'Rednecks'..."Q (8/00, p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...One of [his] best albums....his succinct, evocative songs embrace more fully the complexities of the darker side of US society...and the more poignant aspects of family life..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "No one does slyness like him, but several try here...[with] agreeable results."Mojo (Publisher) (8/00, p.115) - "...Blackly funny, poignantly sentimental, witty, wistful and superbly orchestrated, it fused a traditional, Gershwin-via-Tin Pan Alley Americana with a wickedly un-American irony..."92.16947

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Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he warmest and most intimate moments come on two autobiographical inclusions, the childhood reminiscences of 'Dixie Flyer and the celeb-mocking 'My Life Is Good.'"92.16947

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CMJ (4/19/99, p.31) - "...Fats recorded this album in 1968 with horn arrangements by Randy Newman and performances by sax man King Curtis. Remarkably fresh, several tracks fit right in with the current crop of blues-rock."0.7223043

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Uncut (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] performances that are uniformly affectionate, honouring the material....That makes Randy Newman's 'Blue Monday' a revelation..."Dirty Linen (pp.53-54) - "[The album] showcases a host of great New Orleans talent, while touching on nearly all the great New Orleans styles and featuring a raft of classic songs that have now seeped into the general consciousness but were first Domino hits."0.6550875

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No Depression (5-6/00, p.120) - "...Hangs together from start to finish as a cohesive album....about 'mortality and redemption'....Dixon has not lost a step....Recommended for fans of Randy Newman's crankier side, or Loudon Wainwright III's middle-age melodramas."0.619118

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Uncut (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese '70s and '80s sides maintain high quality....Covers of Clapton, Randy Newman and Waylon Jennings sit snugly beside the originals."Dirty Linen (p.56) - "Longtime Cale fans will be amazed that wonderful tracks like 'Bluebird,' 'Out of Style,' and 'All Mama's Children' weren't released years ago..."0.5159316

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Pitchfork (Website) - "[H]is version of Randy Newman's stalker drama 'Suzanne' is perhaps the comp's best moment, as Stith insinuates himself into the song's blues structure with startling ease..."Uncut (magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Dayna Kurtz's smoky jazz cover of 'Thanksgiving Moon' uncovers the fragile beauty of the song."0.5159316

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Rolling Stone (p.88) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] set of understated piano-based songs by Crescent City's long-reigning queen of soul....Thomas' versions of these stark, powerful tunes help SIMPLY GRAND live up to its title."Down Beat (p.81) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "She holds one's attention with sophisticated presentations of emotion..."Dirty Linen (p.50) - "SIMPLY GRAND celebrates the Crescent City's legacy of great piano players, with Thomas accompanied on each track by a different pianist."Billboard (p.41) - "[Her voice] is a rare blend of smooth simplicity and heart-cracking emotion....Randy Newman's 'I Think It's Going to Rain Today' closes the set with a bittersweet touch."Paste (magazine) (p.57) - "There's delicate jazz with Ellis Marsalis, punchy funk with Dr. John, ornate wizardry with Tom McDermott and sophisticated beauty with Randy Newman, all held together by a singer who lands straight in the heart of every song."0.4377825

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Rolling Stone (3/18/04, p.72) - 4 stars out of 5 - "McKay's penchant for offhand satire and warped musical-comedy allusions aligns her [with] skewed songsmiths such as Randy Newman and Van Dyke Parks. And she's only nineteen."Rolling Stone (p.146) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "[I]t's McKay's laser-beam wit and able songwriting that made it one of the debut albums of the year."Entertainment Weekly (2/13/04, p.71) - "Combine luxe jazz vocalist Julie London with a rapper and you'll get a sense of this unique singer-songwriter's charm." - Rating: A-Uncut (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Think Randy Newman crooned in a voice like Peggy Lee and delivered with the panache of Rufus Wainwright."Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "From exquisite jazzy swoon to political satire, this has wit in spades, an irrepressible love of language and genuine originality."0.4377825

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Rolling Stone (p.93) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "SHRUNKEN HEADS is one of the best albums Hunter has made since the end of Mott, with its vintage surge and articulate fury."CMJ (p.44) - "He revs up with loose rockers, like 'Fuss About Nothin,' but gets deadly serious on a call-and-response reaction to Hurricane Katrina..."No Depression (p.91) - "[The album] finds a comfortable middle ground between Bruce Springsteen's soulful bar-band rock and Randy Newman's character sketches....The closing track, 'Read 'Em And Weep', is a plaintive voice-and-piano ballad, and it's simply heartbreaking."0.4127453

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e draws out the droll simplicity of Randy Newman's 'Losing You'...and turns his own 'I'm A Believer' into an invocation of teen romance experienced afresh in old age."Record Collector (magazine) (p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's a pleasingly sparse set of interpretations, the singer accompanied mostly by little more than acoustic guitar or piano....The voice is still strong enough to dominate each song."0.4127453

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Rolling Stone (p.80) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Lazily swelling Randy Newman orchestrations and hippie-gospel choirs coil around the sleepiest Allen Toussaint grooves..."Billboard (p.24) - "White's music is a big bite that requires some time to digest, but the substance and advanced craft of these songs reward the effort."Q (Magazine) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "White has sewn together a psychedelic patchwork from various indigenous sounds -- cosmic soul and funk, morning-after blues -- that's as great as any of its obvious influences."0.4127453

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Q (Magazine) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Regina Spektor's 'Blood Of Eden' and Elbow's 'Mercy Street' are worth the price of admission..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Randy Newman declutters the SO groover 'Big Time' to reveal the Randy-like groaner within -- a rare find in a songbook more noted for cryptic allusion than transparency of meaning"0.4127453

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Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith excellent covers of Gabriel classics. Arcade Fire warp 'Games Without Frontiers' with Reflektor-style dub..."Q (Magazine) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Regina Spektor's 'Blood Of Eden' and Elbow's 'Mercy Street' are worth the price of admission..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Randy Newman declutters the SO groover 'Big Time' to reveal the Randy-like groaner within -- a rare find in a songbook more noted for cryptic allusion than transparency of meaning"0.4127453

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"...Entertaining, amiable....Consistently good to look at..."Sight and Sound "...Gibson, Foster and Garner have a ball, and they make the feeling contagious..."Rolling Stone "...Fast, funny, full of straight-ahead action and tongue-in-cheek jokes....A smart, new-fangled MAVERICK..."New York Times "The cast is adorable, the characters are foolproof..."Entertainment Weekly "...The first lighthearted, laugh-oriented family Western in a long time....It's fun....One of the pleasures of the film is watching the actors used by director Richard Donner to populate his backgrounds..."Chicago Sun-Times0.3478897

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Rolling Stone (4/17/97, pp.78-80) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...Folds has written another batch of sweet songs and supports each with disciplined, downright patient arrangements....This is about as close to bliss as the radio gets."Spin (5/97, p.110) - 9 (out of 10) - "...WHATEVER AND EVER AMEN, signals a welcome return to rock as physical comedy. Like his sad-clown elders--Elton, Randy Newman--Folds knows that intense sincerity and oafish glitz are hardly incompatible. In fact, that's something we used to call entertainment..."Entertainment Weekly (3/28/97, p.68) - "...Guitarless, cool, and compositionally overqualified, BFF have everything you'd want out of a rock band right now except a wah-wah pedal." - Rating: AQ (1/98, p.112) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."Q (10/00, p.141) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Music for those who'll spend the rest of their lives 'off games', the bone-dry humor and sunny melodies still compensate for a multitude of sins."Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #27 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.0.309559

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"It's a beautiful film that clearly feels the responsibility to join the canon of Disney classic."Box Office 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] wonderful, toe-tapping musical gift everyone is likely to love. With a great Randy Newman score and a magical cast of characters, this one is a 100% guaranteed delight for the whole family."Box Office "[A] foot-stomping, smile-inducing, heart-warming animated twist on the Brothers Grimm frog-prince fairy tale."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]lassic, whimsical Disney....PRINCESS is akin to THE LITTLE MERMAID in its blending of gorgeous backdrops, catchy musical numbers and a plucky heroine."USA Today "[I]t's an unmistakable pleasure to behold an old-school, hand-drawn toon, assembled with pristine craftsmanship and attention to detail..."Variety "PRINCESS AND THE FROG really marks Disney's rediscovery of a strong narrative loaded with vibrant character and mind-bending, hilarious situations."Hollywood Reporter "Disney's triumphant return to hand-drawn 2-D animation still holds an awful lot of familiar, comfort-food charm." -- Grade: B+A.V. Club "[T]he year's deepest, most affecting, and most inventive movies....The filmmakers trust in story over special effects..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Ten Best Animated Films Of 2009" -- "This is what classic animation once was like!"Chicago Sun-Times "THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG is a triumph on every one of the myriad levels it has been asked to succeed on..."Washington Post 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sincere fairy tale with a good heart, but one that is never naive or boring."Empire0.2579658

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"It's a beautiful film that clearly feels the responsibility to join the canon of Disney classic."Box Office 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] wonderful, toe-tapping musical gift everyone is likely to love. With a great Randy Newman score and a magical cast of characters, this one is a 100% guaranteed delight for the whole family."Box Office "[A] foot-stomping, smile-inducing, heart-warming animated twist on the Brothers Grimm frog-prince fairy tale."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]lassic, whimsical Disney....PRINCESS is akin to THE LITTLE MERMAID in its blending of gorgeous backdrops, catchy musical numbers and a plucky heroine."USA Today "[I]t's an unmistakable pleasure to behold an old-school, hand-drawn toon, assembled with pristine craftsmanship and attention to detail..."Variety "PRINCESS AND THE FROG really marks Disney's rediscovery of a strong narrative loaded with vibrant character and mind-bending, hilarious situations."Hollywood Reporter "Disney's triumphant return to hand-drawn 2-D animation still holds an awful lot of familiar, comfort-food charm." -- Grade: B+A.V. Club "[T]he year's deepest, most affecting, and most inventive movies....The filmmakers trust in story over special effects..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Ten Best Animated Films Of 2009" -- "This is what classic animation once was like!"Chicago Sun-Times "THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG is a triumph on every one of the myriad levels it has been asked to succeed on..."Washington Post 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sincere fairy tale with a good heart, but one that is never naive or boring."Empire0.2579658

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"It's a beautiful film that clearly feels the responsibility to join the canon of Disney classic."Box Office "[A] foot-stomping, smile-inducing, heart-warming animated twist on the Brothers Grimm frog-prince fairy tale."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]lassic, whimsical Disney....PRINCESS is akin to THE LITTLE MERMAID in its blending of gorgeous backdrops, catchy musical numbers and a plucky heroine."USA Today 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] wonderful, toe-tapping musical gift everyone is likely to love. With a great Randy Newman score and a magical cast of characters, this one is a 100% guaranteed delight for the whole family."Box Office "[I]t's an unmistakable pleasure to behold an old-school, hand-drawn toon, assembled with pristine craftsmanship and attention to detail..."Variety "PRINCESS AND THE FROG really marks Disney's rediscovery of a strong narrative loaded with vibrant character and mind-bending, hilarious situations."Hollywood Reporter "Disney's triumphant return to hand-drawn 2-D animation still holds an awful lot of familiar, comfort-food charm." -- Grade: B+A.V. Club "[T]he year's deepest, most affecting, and most inventive movies....The filmmakers trust in story over special effects..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Ten Best Animated Films Of 2009" -- "This is what classic animation once was like!"Chicago Sun-Times "THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG is a triumph on every one of the myriad levels it has been asked to succeed on..."Washington Post 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sincere fairy tale with a good heart, but one that is never naive or boring."Empire0.2579658

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Rolling Stone (5/27/71, p.50) - "...the great album...the Flamin' Groovies had in them..."Spin (11/99, p.194) - 9 out of 10 - "...TEENAGE HEAD reminds us that there was once a time when Keith Richards, Kim Fowley, and Captain Beefheart fans could toke off the same spliff, and that vocalist Roy Loney's harsh cadence is one of rock's forgotten tarnished treasures..."Entertainment Weekly (8/6/99, p.65) - "...A cornucopia of hard-edged, Stonesy rock, capped by that great, proto-punk title track....you've got all the ingredients for a Groovies kind of love." - Rating: B+Q (9/00, p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Vital, containing a furious cover of Randy Newman's 'Have You Seen My Baby?' and the killer title track....this still holds up remarkably well..."Uncut (8/00, p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Their acknowledged masterpiece..."Alternative Press (11/99, p.100) - 4 out of 5 - "...The Groovies hit full stride and were making visionary rock and roll....a true masterpiece..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/00, pp.128-9) - "...Supposedly checked as 'better than STICKY FINGERS' by Keef himself....what comes across is how much pleasure the band are having making this daft music..."0.2579658

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"This entertaining, inside-show-business documentary is greatly enhanced by the presence of the two engaging 'boys' of the title -- brothers who found harmony through music and dissonance with each other."Hollywood Reporter "[The] engaging docu draws on plentiful archival footage and A-list interviewees....[The] archival materials' condition and overall assembly are first-rate."Variety "THE BOYS: THE SHERMAN BROTHERS' STORY is, above all, a loving salute from sons to their accomplished fathers....Heartfelt..."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] touching and illuminating documentary about he songwriting duo....It's a heartfelt tribute to a pair of extraordinary men..."USA Today "THE BOYS: THE SHERMAN BROTHERS' STORY, an irresistible documentary portrait of the brothers made by their sons, is a family affair, dysfunction included."New York Times "Bob and Richard Sherman have had a knack for a clever lyric....There is no lack of great tidbits for Disney fans..."Washington Post0.2435228

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Entertainment Weekly (1/8/99, p.67) - "...Some nifty tracks, but as a DJ mix, it makes more sense on screen." - Rating: B0.2087338

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Entertainment Weekly (No. 851, p.99) - "...The album serves as a gratifying reminder of how valid New Orleans' artistic cotributions were, and are--and why the city and its peole deserve to be saved." - Grade: B+Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Trad jazz emanates from Dr. Michael White and the Preservation Hall regulars, while lesser-knowns like Davell Crawford and blues veteran Carol Frank almost steal the show."0.2087338

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Rolling Stone (p.94) - Ranked #36 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "Brooklyn's finest bar band delivers an empathetic portrait of midlevel rockers in their 30s..."Spin (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Constructive Summer' is the sort of people-powered anthem that made them 2005's can't miss band, and the title track meshes Finn's superspecific lyrics with echoes of Randy Newman's 'I Love L.A.'"Entertainment Weekly (p.p.64) - "[With] Finn's drolly rendered vocals and weird storytelling, which make the Hold Steady something you're certain you've never heard before." -- Grade: ACMJ - "Horn sections, intricately plucked guitar arpeggios, Cars-worthy synthesizer squelches and even a talk-box guitar solo all make an appearance..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.50) - "The Hold Steady have style and confidence to spare here, with the title-track even carrying a nod to their hardcore roots..."Q (Magazine) (p.131) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] real craft and dexterity is at work within The Hold Steady's songs, and on this record such things are plentiful in evidence....In Craig Finn The Hold Steady also have a properly great lyricist."Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith STAY POSITIVE, The Hold Steady have intensified the precepts of their songs: the rockers are more rocking, the slow burns more brooding....The performances are both looser and more pointed..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.72) - Ranked #6 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "The Minneapolis via New York quintet became chart stars..."Paste (magazine) (p.78) - "[T]hey've built upon the same monstrous guitar riffs, lyrical witticisms and Springsteeny rock chug they've purveyed since day one, upping the stakes with bigger choruses, even more self-referential/clever lyrical nuggets, and an everyman aesthetic..."0.2063726

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Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Staples' voice is a rich, liquid wonder, and Tweedy's production -- thick with guitar tremolo -- is faithful to her funk and gospel work with the Staples Singers."Entertainment Weekly (p.139) - "[S]tellar...with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy producing 71-year-old gospel great Staples." -- Grade: A-CMJ - "Staples' voice has aged remarkably well, and the rasps and crackles come in all the right places..."Living Blues (p.40) - "Mavis applies her throaty contralto with consummate passion to a mix of spiritual and secular material that includes a hauntingly harmonized a cappella reading of 'Wonderful Savior'..."Billboard (p.40) - "The standout is Staples' tear-stained take of Randy Newman's 'Losing You.' She wrings every bit of emotion out of the song without seemingly batting an eye."Mojo (Publisher) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Little Milton's gutsy soul'n'blues 'We're Gonna Make It' is delivered unequivocally as a hymnal to universal peace; Mavis's vocal performance, intense, deep, almost a growl at times, and quite simply jaw-dropping."Mojo (Publisher) (p.56) - Ranked #12 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "The results: exciting, impassioned, essential."Pitchfork (Website) - "'You Are Not Alone, as its title suggests, intends to be a salve in hard times, and Staples rallies her most sympathetic delivery, as if comforting listeners individually."Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'You Don't Knock' is a deft gospel number that sets things off well with an uplifting call-and-response passage."Uncut (magazine) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The stripped-down, Muscle Shoals-style arrangements give Mavis space to do her thing, and the song choices are spot-on..."0.2063726

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Rolling Stone (p.94) - Ranked #36 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "Brooklyn's finest bar band delivers an empathetic portrait of midlevel rockers in their 30s..."Spin (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Constructive Summer' is the sort of people-powered anthem that made them 2005's can't miss band, and the title track meshes Finn's superspecific lyrics with echoes of Randy Newman's 'I Love L.A.'"Entertainment Weekly (p.p.64) - "[With] Finn's drolly rendered vocals and weird storytelling, which make the Hold Steady something you're certain you've never heard before." -- Grade: ACMJ - "Horn sections, intricately plucked guitar arpeggios, Cars-worthy synthesizer squelches and even a talk-box guitar solo all make an appearance..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.50) - "The Hold Steady have style and confidence to spare here, with the title-track even carrying a nod to their hardcore roots..."Q (Magazine) (p.131) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] real craft and dexterity is at work within The Hold Steady's songs, and on this record such things are plentiful in evidence....In Craig Finn The Hold Steady also have a properly great lyricist."Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith STAY POSITIVE, The Hold Steady have intensified the precepts of their songs: the rockers are more rocking, the slow burns more brooding....The performances are both looser and more pointed..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.72) - Ranked #6 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "The Minneapolis via New York quintet became chart stars..."Paste (magazine) (p.78) - "[T]hey've built upon the same monstrous guitar riffs, lyrical witticisms and Springsteeny rock chug they've purveyed since day one, upping the stakes with bigger choruses, even more self-referential/clever lyrical nuggets, and an everyman aesthetic..."0.2063726

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