the-blakes,BLAKES'S 7 SERIES 2, Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Norman Blake's Guitar Techniques - Vol. 1: Songs, Instrumentals and Styles, Live at Smalls [Digipak] * [884501313308]

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JazzTimes (p.59) - "Blake's writing favors a pop accessibility, as on 'Amuse Bouche'..."0.4996047

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Down Beat (pp.66-67) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Blake's sound is warm and inviting in the first of the duos, "Please Be Kind,' and rises to some funky wailing on 'Atonement'..."JazzTimes (p.107) - "They take care to articulate each bar, and out of that precision comes the tension between parts that lends the feeling of urgency."0.312253

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Down Beat (p.68) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "AMOR DE COSMOS captures every facet of Blake's significant talents, letting his improvisations, arrangements and compositions thrive on equal footing."JazzTimes (p.76) - "The music is typical of Blake, drawing on free improvisation, modern classical forms, backbeat funk, straightahead swing, calypso and whatever falls into the cracks separating those idioms."0.312253

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The Wire (p.48) - "[A] fine example of how resourceful and inventive a musician Young can be, given ample inspiration and room to manoeuvre. DEAD MAN was entirely improvised in real time..."Melody Maker (4/6/96, p.37) - "...Listening to it is an odd sensation. Young has created a rumbling, harrowing noise that makes you want to use the phrase 'distant thunder' without it sounding like a cliche....When Depp reads [William Blake's poetry] you feel awed and excited....he is both moved and moving..."NME (Magazine) (3/2/96, p.49) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Young is crackling like a campfire primed with gelignite. Occasionally, the urge to explode and explore is too great and, pump-organ at the ready, Young tramples all in his path with...a fistful of feedback....Encouraged by Young's...solemn scratchings, Blake's apocalyptic visions set up home in Jarmusch's weirdsville west..."0.3091147

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Rolling Stone (p.75) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Blake uses neosoul keyboards, blip beats and layered snips of his heart-starved warbling to create eerie, softly roiling slow-jams."Spin (p.75) - "Using lo-fi digital techniques to play up rough edges and raw emotion, Blake's rare talent is to make music so naked seem unshakable."Magnet (p.37) - Ranked #20 in Magnet's '20 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "His itchy productions were born with an innate sense of agitated drama, the tension that lies the shadows of a pregnant pause or fermata rest."The Wire (p.46) - "Blake is an instrumentalist, digital synthesist, producer and engineer too, and -- most crucially of all -- blurs the boundaries between these roles."CMJ - "[Blake] reaches unplumbed emotional depths using the mostly untapped potential of electronics to reach the soul."Q (Magazine) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- ""Blake has an uncanny ear for what to leave out, and how absence can play on the imagination."Paste (magazine) - "With a stripped-down, uncluttered sound, Blake's creations are hauntingly beautiful. His voice echoes soulfully throughout..."Clash (magazine) - "His are fragile, beautiful songs floating over warmly alien, sometimes seemingly formless musical structures yet it's an effort borne through unconventional levels of space and patience."Uncut (magazine) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Blake takes from dubstep an awareness of space and silence; he appreciates the power of a perfectly weighted pause."Uncut (magazine) (p.33) - Ranked #21 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "Blake's debut album revealed him to be an innovative singer-songwriter....Spare, beat-strewn and strikingly plaintive."0.270419

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Rolling Stone (p.75) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Blake uses neosoul keyboards, blip beats and layered snips of his heart-starved warbling to create eerie, softly roiling slow-jams."Spin (p.75) - "Using lo-fi digital techniques to play up rough edges and raw emotion, Blake's rare talent is to make music so naked seem unshakable."Magnet (p.37) - Ranked #20 in Magnet's '20 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "His itchy productions were born with an innate sense of agitated drama, the tension that lies the shadows of a pregnant pause or fermata rest."The Wire (p.46) - "Blake is an instrumentalist, digital synthesist, producer and engineer too, and -- most crucially of all -- blurs the boundaries between these roles."CMJ - "[Blake] reaches unplumbed emotional depths using the mostly untapped potential of electronics to reach the soul."Q (Magazine) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- ""Blake has an uncanny ear for what to leave out, and how absence can play on the imagination."Paste (magazine) - "With a stripped-down, uncluttered sound, Blake's creations are hauntingly beautiful. His voice echoes soulfully throughout..."Clash (magazine) - "His are fragile, beautiful songs floating over warmly alien, sometimes seemingly formless musical structures yet it's an effort borne through unconventional levels of space and patience."Uncut (magazine) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Blake takes from dubstep an awareness of space and silence; he appreciates the power of a perfectly weighted pause."Uncut (magazine) (p.33) - Ranked #21 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "Blake's debut album revealed him to be an innovative singer-songwriter....Spare, beat-strewn and strikingly plaintive."0.270419

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Rolling Stone (p.78) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[They have] a suave sound that incorporates ska, New Wave and Afro-pop....Vampire Weekend mostly earn points the old-fashioned way: by writing likable songs you'll be glad to revisit next month."Rolling Stone (p.89) - Ranked #10 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "Casual as a cardigan, willfully optimistic, ultratuneful and surprisingly danceable, VAMPIRE WEEKEND is built to last."Spin (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Vampire Weekend have made a truly fresh, fun, and smart record....They spit witty lyrics on subjects they clearly know..."Spin (p.50) - Ranked #14 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "What really matters is the sheer youthful effervescence and musical ingenuity of these Ivy Leaguers' self-titled debut."Uncut (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "VW show themselves possessed of great strength of character, unafraid to wear hearts, or intelligence, on their sleeves."Alternative Press (p.153) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Combining elements of ska, reggae and Afro-pop with traditional rock structures, songs like 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa' have a carefree energy..."Q (Magazine) (p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Extremely inventive....Vampire Weekend are the musical equivalent of a Wes Anderson movie..."Blender (Magazine) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Vampire Weekend's version of globalization is to tightly and smartly woven to be mere dilettantism..."Harp (magazine) - "[A] no-dud sleection of instant party starters....[With a] breezy, endless-weekend sound..."Clash (magazine) (p.71) - Ranked #2 in Clash's "The 40 Best Albums of 2008" -- "[An] eclectic mix of upbeat indie, Afrobeat and 21st century baroque..."The Word (magazine) (p.105) - "[A] debut album of quite dazzling brilliance and novelty....These songs are a joy, both intelligent and catchily uplifting."0.2647631

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Down Beat (p.53) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Bottom heavy -- with Michael Blake's bass clarinet and two grinding electric guitars joining Ben Allison's bass -- ACTION-REFRACTION shares a fondness for the forms and bombast of prog-rock with The Bad Plus."JazzTimes (p.53) - "A rewarding excursion, ACTION-REFRACTION allows us a glimpse into some of the songs and composers informing Allison's eclectic musical universe."0.2498024

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Rolling Stone (2/4/71, p.56) - "...Cooder is the finest, most precise bottleneck player alive today..."Rolling Stone (9/30/71, p.42) - "...one of the most completely realized attempts at a contemporary approach to blues..."Q (8/95, p.137) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Cooder's ability to emulate the idiosyncrasy of his pre-pop heroes without imitating them on one hand or bowdlerising them on the other may yet be his genius, if not his fortune."Mojo (Publisher) (7/95, p.113) - "Eponymous debut finds our Ryland firmly in the grip of his mission to rediscover American folk....Guthrie's 'Do Re Mi', Blind Boy Blake's 'Police Dog Blues' and the barmy 'One Meat Ball' make for a formidable introduction."0.2185771

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Option (5-6/93, p.95) - "...Most of [BLUESMEN] has an unusually sunny disposition for a blues recital....Cephas and Wiggins are a lot more audience-friendly than a lot of acoustic blues artists, but they never lose the true feeling of the music..."0.2118105

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Q (3/02, p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The sound of 2 virtuosos essaying such gorgeous melodies as 'Little Bessie' and 'Oklahoma Redbird' proves immensely rewarding as they exude dignity, harmony and ages past..."0.2118105

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Rolling Stone (9/18/03, p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Fittingly, she says goodbye with a lovely bouquet of songs....The album's pristine, spare sound emphasizes Norman Blake's masterful picking, daughter-in-law Laura Cash's haunting fiddle and June's signature autoharp strum..."Entertainment Weekly (9/12/03, p.152) - "...There's palpable joy in the way she and her supporting cast...breath life into these age-old country-folk songs, as if they're tugging at rapture and saness at the same time....As a posthumous release, it's almost too poignant to bear." - Rating A-Uncut (1/04, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "WILDWOOD FLOWER is raw and achingly human."Dirty Linen (12/03, p.52) - "...WILDWOOD FLOWER serves as a poignant and beautiful coda to her fascinating musical life..."Mojo (Publisher) (12/03, p.108) - 5 stars out of 5 - "Humble, home-spun, deeply warm and honest, this record comes from a place where the idea of music as business simply doesn't exist."0.1873518

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Billboard (p.28) - "Sting recasts 'The Hounds of Winter' as a slow-mo bossa nova with percussion by Brazil's Cyro Baptista."Record Collector (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'It's a constantly enchanting set that addresses the spirit, solitude and reflective beauty of this time of year."0.1853341

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Down Beat (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Guitarists Fats and Eli Fletcher shine with their respective mixes of swinging craft and ingenuity."0.1853341

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Down Beat (5/92, p.52) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "..The arrangements are inspired, the guitar execution exceptional.."0.1588578

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Spin - "The objective of their fandom is youthful enthusiasm, addressing grown-up concerns with forever-young pop-rock stylings."Billboard (p.33) - "Love's '60s pop obsessions, Blake's gift for harmonic invention, and McGinley's plain-spoken way with a lyric all come to the fore as each takes his turn at the mic..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he band's famed harmony is achieved with three distinct, mutually supportive songwriters in constant rotation."Mojo (Publisher) (p.52) - Ranked #37 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[G]orgeously classicist....Delightful."Paste (magazine) - "Long-running Scots deliver more pop purity....The pop landscape is littered with folks who wish they could deliver one or two tracks as good as the dozen found here."Pitchfork (Website) - "The lightly psychedelic 'Into the City' ebbs and flows through tides of phased guitar into an outro of soaring Beach Boys-worthy harmonies."Clash (magazine) - "[I]t's the chiming guitars and angelic harmonies that truly revitalise the soul. 'Shock And Awe,' replete with soaring guitar break, is a highlight."Uncut (magazine) (p.89) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "SHADOWS is full of drowsy sweetness and mellow doubt: the sound of a great group ageing gracefully."Uncut (magazine) (p.36) - Ranked #23 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums of 2010" -- "[G]raceful melancholy prevailed..."0.1561265

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