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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Release Highlights for March 22: The Strokes, Panic! at the Disco, Jennifer Hudson and More

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*Egyptrixx, Bible Eyes Pitchfork gave Bible Eyes an 8.1 out of 10 review: "it all falls together in that calculated way bass music albums do when they're simultaneously engineered for headphones and dancefloors. This is an album that sounds invigoratingly abrasive when you're moving and pins you to your seat when you're not, a study in pushing the limits of distortion that works as just plain good club music. And it's eclectic enough to anticipate a half-dozen directions for Egyptrixx to go from here-- odds are he's not out of surprises yet."

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*Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me USA Today reviewed I Remember Me: "Even when the material -- crafted by a collection of pop and R&B stalwarts -- flirts with the banal, Hudson's unmannered strength and class shine through, as surely as the technical prowess she wields with confidence and discretion. 'Every single breath's another step on my road,' she declares on 'I Got This,' and 'I Remember Me' celebrates her heartwarming progress, and makes us look forward to the rest of her journey."

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*Keren Ann, 101 Spin reviewed 101: "Keren Ann's languid orchestral pop is suffused with equal parts Parisian lounge, Golden Age of Hollywood, and polished folk song. The atmosphere is pillowy, which makes her wit -- whether whisper-singing about being a starlet on a killing spree or playing wife to a painter who can't keep beautiful girls out of their 'luxury basement' -- a good contrast. Here, it's her detours (the disco-lite 'My Name Is Trouble' and girl-groupish 'Blood on My Hands') that sound sharpest, while some of her more familiar moves lack the glittering arrangements that previously made them shine."

*The official video for Keren Ann's "My Name is Trouble"

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*Panic! At The Disco, Vices & Virtues Spin reviewed Vices & Virtues: "With help from songwriter-producers Butch Walker (Avril Lavigne, Weezer) and John Feldman (Good Charlotte, Foxy Shazam), Vices & Virtues returns to the slick, big-production pop of the band's two-million-selling, 2005 debut A Fever You Can't Sweat Out -- heart-collapsing arena guitars, swelling strings, and overheated, mallrat-baiting choruses. But without Ross, the group's main songwriter, who drew on his own scarred youth (including the early death of his alcoholic father), Urie steps in to pen the lyrics, and the result is verbose and generic diary-entry romance ("'Sentimental boy' is my nom de plume," he wails in 'Trade Mistakes')."

*The official video for Panic! At the Disco's "The Ballad of Mona Lisa"

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*The Strokes, Angles Pitchfork reviewed Angles: "As news about the Strokes' shaky resurgence has continued to flow over the last few months, two of the group's contemporaries chose to bow out. The White Stripes-- who faced off against the Strokes in a friendly Coolest Band Alive competition for a few years in the early aughts-- officially broke up after a hiatus on February 2 in order to 'preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.' Meanwhile, fellow wry New Yorkers LCD Soundsystem will wrap up their run April 2 at Madison Square Garden. As it happens, that's just one day after the Strokes will play the same venue to kick-start their second life. Everybody wants to quit while they're ahead. Some actually do it."

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