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  • Five 5/5 Albums in No Particular Order

    24 Mar 2012, 20:40

    1. Iron & Wine’s The Shepherd’s Dog

    2. The Civil Wars’ Barton Hallow

    3. Kings of Convenience’ Declaration of Dependence

    4. The Garden State soundtrack

    5. A Fine Frenzy’s Bomb in a Birdcage
  • Two Albums for a Sunny Day

    16 Mar 2012, 18:18

    It is impossible to be in a bad mood while listening to any of this lovely music. Put a smile on.

    Junk of the Heart, The Kooks (2011)
    Favorite: Time Above the Earth & Taking Pictures of You

    Take the Abbey Road-style Beatles, spice them up a little, and set them in the 21st century and there you have the happy-go-lucky, Brit-pop Junk of the Heart.

    Young & Old, Tennis (2012)
    Favorite: My Better Self

    Take The Cardigans and put them in bikinis on a sailboat and you’ve got Tennis: hello couple-to-be of the century.
  • Album Review: Ingrid Michaelson-Human Again

    8 Mar 2012, 14:00

    Label: Cabin 24 Records

    Release Date: January 24, 2012

    My Thoughts (I'm Picky): 4/5

    One of the most important things i look for in an artist is his or her versatility. Ingrid is one of my all-time favorites and i've spent a ton of time listening to her, so my favorite thing about this album is it's freshness...she's done something new, and i've got a whole new Ingrid to listen to.

    The change is in some ways negative and in others, of course, great. I'll start with some things about the "old" Ingrid that i miss: a completely folksy, indie spirit about all of her music, and originality in her melodies and, especially, lyrics. At least half of this album definitely has a little bit more of a "pop" feel to it than her earlier work...that's not necessarily bad, but there you have it.

    Some awesome things that change: there's a fuller quality about the music (David Kahne is a different producer than from her 2009 album, Everybody, and i think it's a great change), and something sort of epic that leaves us changing our minds about the Ingrid whom we used to think of as kind of dainty. (If you like the sound of this check out This Is War and End of the World.) Kahne has a different sense for the layers of music and i think there's a lot more originality going on in the background...listening with headphones is great for noticing stuff like that. The beats are a lot more "catchy," if you will...this is probably the first time i've found myself wanting to groove (yeah, i said it) to her music. My favorite example of this is Black and Blue.

    Well i'm certainly no expert, just a die-hard Ingrid fan, but there are my thoughts. Find the album here: Human Again

    With love,

    Kiersten