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  • Led Zeppelin 'Houses of the Holy (Deluxe Edition)' Album Review
    It's easy to forget just how quickly Led Zeppelinwent from sharply juxtaposing blues thump with delicate folk on their debut to blending the two sounds seamlessly at once. After releasing three masterfully multidimensional LPs in 1969 and 1970, the group began its middle period relatively early, in 1971, with the......
  • Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition)
    It's easy to forget just how quickly Led Zeppelinwent from sharply juxtaposing blues thump with delicate folk on their debut to blending the two sounds seamlessly at once. After releasing three masterfully multidimensional LPs in 1969 and 1970, the group began its middle period relatively early, in 1971, with the......
  • The Velvet Underground (Super Deluxe Edition)
    When Lou Reed talks about "the sorrows of the contemporary world, which I know we all know so well" during a 1969 live performance included in this magnificent six-CD repackaging of the Velvet Underground'spivotal third album, he could be introducing virtually any song on the record. Recorded after the departure......
  • Cariad Harmon
    An English-born singer-songwriter living in Brooklyn,CariadHarmon plays warm, stately folk that can evoke a late-Sixties coffee shop. But the life she sings about on her second record is no decorous idyll. "New York, you take all my money and piss it up the wall," she complains on "Wicked Town," sounding......
  • It's the Girls!
    The reason to make an album of girl-group covers, as Bette Midler has here, is also the biggest challenge: Everyone loves "Be My Baby," so you'd better nail it. The good news is that Midler has a voice that's rich enough to reanimate any pop standard see her showstopping......
  • The Art of McCartney
    It makes sense that Paul McCartney would inspire one of the most impressive tribute-album lineups ever assembled. This 42-song blowout has everything from Willie Nelson doing a raggedly loving "Yesterday" to Billy Joel crushing "Maybe Im Amazed." There are plenty of surprises, too. Did you know you wanted to hear......
  • Broke With Expensive Taste
    After a two-year standoff with Interscope, Azealia Banks triumphs with her self-released debut. She nods to club kids of all ages by infusing elements of jazz, deep house and U.K. garage into tracks like "Desperado" and "Chasing Time." Her most impressive fusion, "Gimme a Chance," starts with the bubblegum of......
  • Avonmore
    Following a 2012 release with the bafflingly Ferry-less Bryan Ferry Orchestra, the duke of avant-fop returns with this lavish set. Opener "Loop De Li" alone credits six guitarists, including Nile Rodgers, Johnny Marr and Neil Hubbard, the latter a vet of Roxy Music's Avalon, a set this LP recalls in......
  • Seeds
    TV on the Radio's fifth studio album is the sound of healing but first, it's the sound of a band going over its wounds, and boy, do they run deep. On opener "Quartz," singer Tunde Adebimpe cries, "How much do I love you?/How hard must we try?" over intense......
  • Faith in Strangers
    Opening on glacial chords that echo Brian Eno's ambient work, the latest by U.K. electronic magician Andy Stott cooks down the abstract beauty of his 2012 LP Luxury Problems to a new minimalism. Which isn't to say it's sleepy, or comforting. On "Violence," sidekick Alison Skidmore intones "clap your hands"......
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