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Two Thousand and Eleven Tunes part 10

10} Van Hunt : What Were You Hoping For? The career of Van Hunt is the perfect example of major record labels’ increasing uselessness and irrelevance. This is a guy who looks at Prince and thinks, yeah, I can do … Continue reading

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Two Thousand and Eleven Tunes part 9

9} Fleet Foxes : Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues is the sound of a band who really, really didn’t want to disappoint their fans with a sophomore slump. Their debut LP grabbed a good portion of the listening public by … Continue reading

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Two Thousand and Eleven Tunes part 8

8} Raphael Saadiq : Stone Rollin’ Heavily retro stylings in pop music can be an iffy proposition. For every Amy Winehouse there are a hundred lifeless, empty 60s soul re-treaders. For every Yeasayer there are a hundred nauseatingly ironic 80s … Continue reading

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Two Thousand and Eleven Tunes part 7

7} Low : C’mon Low have a somewhat understandable reputation as miserablists. However, that tag is much too reductionist to be very meaningful. They’ve made a career out of exploring angst and melancholy in gorgeous, slow-motion, honey-drip songs, so finely … Continue reading

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Two Thousand and Eleven Tunes part 6

6} Sondre Lerche : Sondre Lerche Sondre Lerche is one of those destined-to-be-under-appreciated musicians: too quirky and subtle for big mainstream success, too classical and tasteful for hipster cred. It’s okay. There will always be a die-hard audience for pop … Continue reading

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Two Thousand and Eleven Tunes part 5

5} TV On The Radio : Nine Types Of Light It’s great when a band is really a band, when you can hear each member striving to make their contribution to the sound. It’s even better when that sound is … Continue reading

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Two Thousand and Eleven Tunes part 4

4} Tune-yards : Whokill Tune-yards could so easily be a disaster. Much of the best music takes chances, does something difficult to pull off, something that could be laughable or cringe-inducing unless you get it just right. But most of … Continue reading

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