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    Beck

    While exploring new dimensions in sound, Beck has also created his most collaborative album to date. Included here are appearances by Sky Ferreira and Coldplay's Chris Martin. Pharrell Williams also worked on seven of the album's eleven tracks. (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 134 on 28 copies

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  • Kiwanuka

    Kiwanuka

    Kiwanuka, Michael

    London native Michael Kiwanuka has won over the hearts of many with his soulful voice & trademark 'modern vintage' sound. Drawing inspiration from Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix, Ron Isley & more, his 2016 album Love & Hate was received to mass critical acclaim with rave reviews from The New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone & more, debuted at number one on the UK chart, and earned him a Mercury Prize nomination. (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 126 on 25 copies

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  • Jaime

    Jaime

    Howard, Brittany

    Jaime is the name of Brittany Howard's sister, a sibling who died from a rare cancer when she was 13 years old. Howard began reckoning with the enduring ramifications of her loss when she started writing a memoir, an exercise that eventually led to her 2019 solo debut Jaime. Running a tight 35 minutes but containing a lifetime's worth of drama and insight, Jaime is bracing in its adventure and generosity. Trace elements of Americana can be heard -- there's nary a trace of the rockabilly roar of her ferocious Thunderbitch side project -- but Jaime could never be mistaken for an Alabama Shakes album. It's too funky and too fluid in how it embraces noise, art, and soul: witness "13th Century Metal," a collaboration with jazz keyboardist Robert Glasper where an organ stutters like a broken synth, the rhythms are as tight as a loop, and Howard recites her spoken verse with abandon. It's a moment of coiled fury, but most of Jaime rolls to a languid, stoned soul beat, allowing Howard to play with her phrasing; she slides between the sexy, sad, and sweet, sometimes blending all three emotions simultaneously. The depth of feeling may be rooted in autobiography, but Jaime is a far cry from a stark confessional. It's slippery, elusive, and sober in its intent, even when its sound is decidedly woozy. Jaime plays the way memories do: specific facts get lost to a truth that gets larger as years pass, where the familiarity can be reassuring yet melancholy. Howard's embrace of all the mess of life gives Jaime its sustenance. Her audacity is apparent upon the first listen, but subsequent spins are profound and nourishing. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 121 on 20 copies

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  • Colorado

    Colorado

    Young, Neil

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse release their first new album together since 2012's Psychedelic Pill. It includes many songs that Young has been performing during his recent concerts, including Rainbow of Colors. (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 120 on 26 copies

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  • NFR!

    NFR!

    Del Rey, Lana

    With the creation of her Lana Del Rey persona, singer/songwriter Lizzy Grant stitched together the iconography of a fading American dream with soaring but melancholic pop songwriting, becoming an icon unto herself in the process. Her distinctive approach blurred sadness and longing just as it did past and present, drawing on the influence of classic American pop while integrating modernized touches like trap beats and millennial cultural references. With sixth album Norman Fucking Rockwell!, Lana Del Rey expands her vision with the most daring and vulnerable work of her catalog. One of the first noticeable shifts is how subtle the album's sound is. Where 2017's Lust for Life had its share of huge drums and booming dynamics, many songs here are free of drums completely and tend towards far more solitary atmospheres. A strong classic rock influence comes through on many songs, with the softly building pianos and acoustic guitars on tracks like "Mariners Apartment Complex" or the apocalyptic "The Greatest" sounding like the best of '70s FM radio reworked around Grant's smoldering, exhausted vocals. Even though Stevie Nicks' witchy mystique has long been a reference point for LDR, this particular brand of classic rock -- silky guitar solos, compressed drum fills, and lingering, mournful outros -- is unlike anything she's attempted before. The most exciting aspects of Norman Fucking Rockwell! come in these unexpected moments. A faithful reading of Sublime's "Doin' Time" contorts to fit Grant's moody approach, becoming an extension of her own expression rather than a goofy, ironic cover. Where huge pop hooks met eerie melodrama on previous albums, here both extremities of that formula have grown more understated and direct. "Venice Bitch" is the best example of this. The nine-minute song begins with gentle strings and soft, hopeful melodies but winds into a long, meditative stretch where synth textures and hypnotic repeating vocals bleed into walls of noisy guitars. While much of her older material reveled in its own inconsolable sadness and detached numbness, the lush sonics and intimate narratives of Norman Fucking Rockwell! draw out hope from beneath desolate scenes. The patient flow, risky songwriting choices, and mature character of the album make it the most majestic chapter of Lana Del Rey's continuing saga of love and disillusionment under the California Sun. ~ Fred Thomas (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 105 on 25 copies

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  • The Highwomen

    The Highwomen

    Highwomen (Musical group)

    Amanda Shires came up with the idea for the Highwomen as she listened to country radio while touring America in support of her 2016 album My Piece of Land. State after state, she heard a lack of women on station after station, so she devised the notion of creating a supergroup that would address this problem directly. Shires found no shortage of collaborators. In short order, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby joined her to form the Highwomen, a group whose name offers a punning send-up of the Highwaymen, the biggest country supergroup there ever was. When Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson formed the Highwaymen in 1985, they were in the twilight of their years, but the Highwomen are all at the peak of their popularity and creativity, which gives their eponymous 2019 debut a defiantly electric kick. It doesn't hurt that The Highwomen is conceived as an explicitly political album, either. As its lead singles (and opening tracks) "Highwomen" and "Redesigning Women" make plain, the album is designed to reflect the complex realities of modern women, a perspective that's notably absent on country radio at the tail end of the 2010s. If the singles hit the nail precisely on the head, the rest of the record is a bit looser, alternating between spruced-up honky tonk and reflective ballads. Shires, Carlile, Morris, and Hemby seamlessly trade verses and fall into harmonies but, better still, their sensibilities mesh elegantly. None of the singer/songwriters alter their distinct voices -- it's possible to hear Carlile's flinty, plaintive lyricism, Hemby's clever turns of phrase -- but the Highwomen take pains to place the collective over the individual. Witness "If She Ever Leaves Me," a yearning same-sex love song: it's soulfully sung by Carlile, who has identified as a lesbian throughout her career, but written by Shires and her husband, Jason Isbell, along with Chris Tompkins. "If She Ever Leaves Me" signals the warmth and empathy that flows through The Highwomen. When the Highwomen sing "My Name Can't Be Mama," it's because they're not solely mothers; they're balancing their desire to have a family with their career, their loves, their sense of self, themes that unite the 12 songs on the album. The message, which is implicit nearly as often as it's explicit, may be at the forefront of The Highwomen, but the record's resonance lies in its deep emotions and sense of craft. The craft isn't incidental, either. Their shared skills as writers and singers provide the supporting evidence to Shires' conceptual thesis: if country radio doesn't want to play music this good, what's the point of radio anyway? ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 94 on 24 copies

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  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Once Upon A Time in Hollywood: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Personally curated by Quentin Tarantino himself, this soundtrack is a love letter to the music of 1960s-era Hollywood. Featuring over 20 standout tracks from artists such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, Deep Purple and Neil Diamond, the album creates a true time capsule of a golden era of filmmaking. (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 93 on 14 copies

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  • Thanks for the Dance

    Thanks for the Dance

    Cohen, Leonard

    Seven months after his father passed, Adam Cohen retreated to a converted garage in his backyard to work with his father again. From their previous collaboration there remained bare musical sketches, at times little more than vocals. Leonard had asked his son to bring these works to completion. (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 92 on 20 copies

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  • Greatest Hits 1970-2002

    Greatest Hits 1970-2002

    John, Elton

    Greatest Hits 1970-2002 is a nearly flawless double-disc set commemorating Elton John's three-decade career. Disc one features what may arguably be John's most essential work: Seeing songs such as "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Candle in the Wind," and "Bennie and the Jets" -- not to mention "Your Song," "Rocket Man," and "Tiny Dancer" -- lined up back to back reaffirms just how diverse, and yet universal, his songwriting talent is. Disc two finds this talent maturing gracefully into the '80s, '90s, and beyond, touching on pop gems like "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "I'm Still Standing," and "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" as well as his Lion King classic "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" and the Aida duet "Written in the Stars" with LeAnn Rimes. The collection also finds room for the highlights of his most recent albums, including Made in England's "Believe" and "Blessed," The Big Picture's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," and Songs from the West Coast's "This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore." For most casual fans, Greatest Hits 1970-2002 will replace the need for collections such as Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, and Greatest Hits, Vol. 3, although these collections are still worthwhile as of-their-time retrospectives of John's work. ~ Heather Phares (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2002

    Holds: 79 on 1 copy

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  • Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns : the Soundtrack

    Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns : the Soundtrack

    The latest documentary series from Ken Burns explores the history of country music. This collection features many musical highlights including songs from Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and more. (syndetics) (1/19/2020 10:29:56 AM)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 78 on 18 copies

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