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‘House’ Actor on a Different Note

written by: Alex Peak on October 12, 2011

Through his vocals and piano playing, Laurie invites an upbeat, revised syncopation in his adaptation of “Swanee River,” a traditionally melancholic song.

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Fame as Motivation

written by: Jessica Testa on September 13, 2011

Tracks from Lungs have been criticized for their ethereal tangents and lack of cohesion, but all the stars—which Welch frequently waxes on about—align for “What the Water Gave Me.”

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Fostering Contempt

written by: Joe Kirkwood on August 25, 2011

Beyond the hook and the dark subject matter, “Pumped Up Kicks” may have struck another nerve.

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In Honest Reverence Of Pain

written by: Tyler Remmert on July 27, 2011

In an age of confounding your emotions, that Raitt is experiencing a small resurgence is a lasting testament to “I Can’t Make You Love Me” being a singular, perfect pop song.

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Obsessives Obsessed with Obsessives

written by: Drew Hunt on July 25, 2011

At its core, “I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives” is sweet and gentle pop tune, set to an acoustic guitar and sung ever so softly by Television Personalities frontman Dan Treacy.

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“Cut Your Hair” and Its Ironic Success

written by: Charlie Woodman on July 21, 2011

“Cut Your Hair” did exactly what it needed to. It critiqued the industry, gained an audience big enough to have some impact, but didn’t tear apart the band by thrusting them into the limelight.

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