Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

written by: Tyler Remmert on January 31, 2012

True to herself as ever, Van Etten’s power in the folk spectrum is her ability to drawn the listener into the narrative, and elicit a separate feeling from the one she’s expressing herself.

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Lana Del Rey – Born to Die

written by: Tyler Remmert on January 30, 2012

Just as the blogosphere seems uniquely obsessed with debating Rey’s authenticity, so Born To Die fires back with a bevy of masks, as if the question was an answer in itself.

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Poor Boy’s Soul – Burn Down

written by: Tyler Remmert on January 16, 2012

Poor Boy’s Soul survives on a mixture of tense emotion, gruff shout-song and an endearing knack for how riffs should be played; the mixture gets murky when one of those outweighs the other.

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Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur

written by: Tyler Remmert on January 12, 2012

Edwards’ latest record, Voyageur, handles the naturally gentrified genre of folk-pop with such grace and uniqueness.

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Common – The Dreamer/The Believer

written by: Tyler Remmert on January 2, 2012

Breezy and relatively well-edited, Common rebounds back to acceptability, a musical development akin to his first post-Be effort, Finding Forever.

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Up to ’11: The Year in Music

written by: Tyler Remmert on December 31, 2011

The eleventh year of this increasingly tweeted millennium came through as a worthy successor to 2010, and if you don’t believe us, here are some reasons.

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In the Bedroom with Youth Lagoon

written by: Tyler Remmert on December 30, 2011

“Cannons” could be a suitable model for first steps from under the blankets—use active feelings, and come out swinging.

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Everybody’s Mixtape

written by: Tyler Remmert on November 30, 2011

The key to a great mixtape is elevating the middling tracks by surrounding them with great ones; rarely anything on Now could ever be described as great, but the rule holds.

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