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For The Record: The xx’s “I See You”

Grace Fleisher Grace Fleisher For The Record: The xx’s “I See You”

The xx's third album exhibits enormous growth, delivers

You’re getting down and swaying across the dance floor in an elaborately lit underground club in the U.K., sweating profusely with your friends. Are you really there, or did you just throw on The xx’s new album I See You in your living room? Let’s go with the latter. If the London-based trio hadn’t already established […]

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For The Record: George Michael’s “Faith”

Grant Walters Grant Walters For The Record: George Michael’s “Faith”

Remembering Michael's landmark album - and lifelong legacy - after his untimely passing on December 25

Columbia Records 40867 Produced by George Michael When news of George Michael’s passing surfaced on Christmas Day, I felt compelled to write about him. It took me almost a week to figure out what angle I could possibly take in paying appropriate homage to his legacy; but since I’ve spent much of the last year […]

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The Most Important Albums of 2016

Grace Fleisher Grace Fleisher The Most Important Albums of 2016

2016 was a long year. In a literal sense — it will only be a mere moment longer per timekeepers at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service — for some it seemed like it would never end. And while many are anxious to say goodbye, it’s important to take a moment and acknowledge […]

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For the Record: Glen Phillips’ “Swallowed by the New”

Grant Walters Grant Walters For the Record: Glen Phillips’ “Swallowed by the New”

The Toad the Wet Sprocket founder and frontman's newest studio album is a poignant reflection on love lost, and love sustained

Umami Music Produced by Paul Bryan The first verse of “Go,” the opening track on Glen Phillips’ sixth studio album Swallowed by the New, feels instantly familiar – hearing the moment when the easy G major acoustic guitar strums meet his sweetly throaty tenor is soul-soothing; satisfying. While listening to the album’s eleven tracks it […]

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