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Sufjan illinoise

Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise

Sufjan has done it again! After two astonishing albums - Greetings from Michigan 2003, and Seven Swans, 2004, I was anxious to hear his latest release, Illinoise, the second installment in his series of album length tributes to American states. Illinois, true to its title, starts with a confusing collision of sounds. But by the third song in, Sufjan is revisiting old ideas, chord progressions and sounds recognizable from his previous work, although more peppy and upbeat than ...
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Braziliangirls

Brazilian Girls - Brazilian Girls

None of them are Brazillian and only one is a girl, but if this NYC electronic-jazz band’s moniker intends to suggest sex, it’s wholly appropriate, as a listen to their new self-titled album on Verve will attest. If the sexy house beats and lazy, loungey exotica don’t put you in the mood for love or something a fair bit more primal, then seductive and sultry singer Sabina Sciubba’s beautiful breathy voice, on lyrics like “Don’t stop now, just keep on going, until I come” surely will. ...
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Beck guero

Beck - Guero

This is honestly not the kind of thing I normally listen to. In fact, when I think of Beck I fondly recall the first time I heard Loser, and after that I kind of lost track. In fact, some tracks on Guero, remind me a bit of that first exciting hit; the title track is like Beck's puzzling rap style reworked for a Latino market. Huh? This is mildly confusing, but nevertheless, one of the album's stronger tracks. Beck is famous for genre-hopping and Guero features some good examp...