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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Release Highlights for October 26: Bryan Ferry, Sean Lennon, Warpaint and More.

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click to enlarge Taylor Swift's Speak Now
  • Taylor Swift's Speak Now

*Taylor Swift, Speak Now Swift celebrated the release of Speak Now with a meet-and-greet and concert in New York that was streamed online yesterday. The LA Times review sang Swift's praises: "The musical range of Speak Now expands beyond country-pop to border both alternative rock and the dirty bubblegum pop promulgated by such producers as Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald. Little spoken asides pepper some songs, signifying hipness; on others, Swift lays claim to several genres' worth of signatures, from the lush strings of Céline-style kitsch-pop to Americana banjo to countrypolitan electric guitar. She surveys this wide ground without bluster; she never poses. Conquering new territory, she acts like it's simply what's expected of her." She's also streaming clips from several songs on her Myspace page.

*The official video for "Mine" by Taylor Swift

click to enlarge Warpaint's The Fool
  • Warpaint's The Fool

*Warpaint, The Fool Crawdaddy reviewed the group's debut record, saying "Often cited for their mixture of post-punk energy and psychedelic embellishment, The Fool finds Warpaint enjoying crisper production than their auspicious and comparatively au naturel 2009 debut EP, Exquisite Corpse, and indulging more in club-friendly electronic flourishes, thankfully without any sacrifice of focus on their proficiency with actual instruments. It may be a pop record first and foremost, although it does hint at a consciousness beyond, especially through the moments of bold exiguity that bring it all together, such as the halcyon acoustic 'Baby.'" Listen to The Fool in full via Hype Machine.

*The official video for "Undertow" by Warpaint

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