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Will Young - Brave Man

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John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

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John Grant knows that life is what you make of it.  He has been very candid about the twists and turns his life has taken him and how grateful he is to be where he is now.  The choices we make in even small things can have profound effect.  His songwriting reflects all of these experiences and the fruit they bore.  His intelligence and insight is easily heard throughout Grey Tickles, Black Pressure.  The dance beats and eclectic electronic rhythms add just the right level of levity to the mix.






Low - Ones and Sixies

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I love the owl on the cover, but I think the tree really sums up the feel of the record.  It is sparse and dreary, poignant and dreamy.  I haven't been a loyal Low fan through the years, but their records are always being presented to me as something I should like.  I can't say why nothing has really captured my attention fully until this record.  Whatever the reason, the past is the past and this record is amazing.  Sub Pop's Loser Editions are always a great addition to a collection from an artistic point of view. In this case, especially, the music and packaging are really well matched.

Zola Jesus - Taiga

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I recently found this record while making some other purchases.  I had not bought it when it came out about a year ago, and somehow it had slipped my mind.  It didn't seem to get as much attention as some of her other albums, at least not on the boards I follow.  I am not really sure why - it is an excellent record.  She has a lovely voice in a deeper register than most female singers.  I think this record is a bit more "commercial" than her prior albums, but not to ill effect.  It is still dark and aggressive, full of brooding electronics and has a haunting, tormented aura.  Her voice sounds like it originates from pain but soars above it and triumphs over it.




StrangeJuice - Leafblower

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Why hasn't StrangeJuice escaped anonymity yet?  I am mystified that the world isn't enraptured by the magic he wields with what appears to be effortless ability and talent.

Some great 45s by Slovenly, Nervous Gender, Little Green Cars, Black Box Recorder, Pansy Division and The Dead Science

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So I have been rather fanatic lately at searching for and buying records.  I am trying to rebuild my record collection that I sold off in a fit of depression and despair after losing a job, a house, and a lot of self-respect.  Selling the vinyl seemed a good idea at the time, but I miss them and am really just beginning to replace them.  I sold off CDs too, but I don't miss them really - too small and rather interchangeable from one another.  Vinyl is much more individualistic and therefore more satisfying to collect.  Do I need to say that digital is like having a collection of air in standard mason jars?

Today's scores:  Slovenly - "Plug", Nervous Gender - "Gestalt", Gargoyles - "Michigan", Black Box Recorder - "The Art Of Driving", The Dead Science - "The Tomlab Alphabet Singles Series V",  Little Green Cars - "The John Wayne" and Pansy Division - "Valentine's Day"


New Order - Music Complete

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So it seems everyone has been lauding the return of New Order with this record.  Well I am also thankful that they got together and made this record even without Peter Hook.  However I am not as happy with it as the other reviewers I have read.  It just isn't "complete".  It sounds like tracks from past New Order albums that were left off.  It is lacking some of the depth of past records.  Less tricks and rhythmic variations.  Still I wouldn't want to be without it.