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Express
Express
Price: CDN$ 13.34
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect follow-up, April 23 2014
This review is from: Express (Audio CD)
Like "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven" before it, "Express" continues in the same vein and expands on it. That's to say that some of the songs are a bit punchier. This remastered version includes extra songs as well. The only ones that I don't listen to are "B-side no.1 and B-side no.2" which are really just short instrumental selections (a little over a minute each). The rest of the songs though are sublime. Again the sound quality is excellent. For me, one of the best recordings of the 80s.

Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heave
Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heave
Price: CDN$ 15.13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect debut, April 23 2014
Released in 1985, "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven" is the perfect soundtrack to the mid eighties. This is the remastered version from 2000 that includes 6 extra tracks and mixes which only enhance the recording. Opener "If There's a Heaven Above" begins with the line " Throw the world off your shoulders tonight Mr. Smith". Listening to those lyrics, you feel that for 40 minutes or so, you're leaving your troubles behind. All the other songs are exceptional as well,everyone seems to have a favourite. Also, I want to mention the sound quality, the remastering was done beautifully, It's a shame that beautiful music like this is trarely made these days.

St. Vincent
St. Vincent
Price: CDN$ 10.00
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars St. Vincent, Feb. 27 2014
This review is from: St. Vincent (Audio CD)
I'm not quite sure how she does it, but Annie Clark has just delivered yet another masterpiece. Two of her previous CDs would have to be in my top ten of all time ("Strange Mercy" and her collaboration with David Byrne "Love This Giant"). This one is just as amazing. "Digital Witness" is certainly an extension of the sounds of "Love This Giant", lyrically it seems to relate how people interact with each other in this digital age. On "Prince Johnny", her voice is sublime. The quality is faultless throughout. She's certainly a true artist that continually evolves. On track to become my favourite recording this year.

El Prado
El Prado
Price: CDN$ 17.24
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars El Prado, Feb. 19 2014
This review is from: El Prado (Audio CD)
This is an epic work of art from a band comprised of members from New Zealand, the States and Canada. The 1st single is one of the best songs you'll hear all year "Leave The Door Wide Open". No fillers on this one at all. You'll hear comparisons from The National and also touches of BLue October, but in all a wholly satisfying package. What an addition to an already stellar lineup from Arts & Crafts. A truly satisfying discovery :-)

Happiness: Deluxe Edition
Happiness: Deluxe Edition
Price: CDN$ 21.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness, Jan. 8 2014
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Happiness is the excellent debut from this British duo. It's filled with well-crafted melancholic pop songs that alternate between synth-propulsed beats and gorgeous ballads. Favourites include "Wonderful Life", "Better Than Love" and the amazing ballds "Stay" and "The Water" . Also included on this deluxe edition, you get a great cover of Kylie Minogue's "Confide In Me" A great debut.

Exile (CD/DVD)
Exile (CD/DVD)
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Price: CDN$ 21.60
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exile, Jan. 8 2014
This review is from: Exile (CD/DVD) (Audio CD)
Exile is this British duo's 2nd CD. A little less pop than their debut which I loved as well. I have to admit it took me a few listens to fully appreciate this one. I have both editions, and if I were to recommend one it would be to get the deluxe issue. Two excellent extra songs on this one, the propulsive "Heaven" and the beautiful ballad "Guilt" Theo Hutchcraft has a beautiful voice, and it suits perfectly to the noirish-pop music. In all an excellent CD.

Hearts & Knives
Hearts & Knives
Price: CDN$ 24.28
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hearts & Knives, Dec 17 2013
This review is from: Hearts & Knives (Audio CD)
I have to admit I wasn't really aware of Visage's music except for the New Romantic classic "Fade To Grey" . Almost 30 years since their last album, they released "Hearts & Knives" in May of this year. The first song I heard from the CD was the 1st single "Shameless Fashion" . It reminded me a lot of the 80's music that I loved (OMD/The Human League/ Duran Duran). Immediately the song felt like a classic, so I decided to purchase this upon release. I absolutely love most of the album. "She's Electric (Coming Around)", "Never Enough", "Dreamer I Know", + the aforementioned "Shameless Fashion" are my favourites on a very satisfying release. For me, this was a great discovery, and I'm sure existing fans were pleased as well. For fans of New Romantics, New Wave and Synthpop music, this is definitely for you.

The Next Day Extra [2 CD + DVD]
The Next Day Extra [2 CD + DVD]
Price: CDN$ 31.61
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars .... and the next and another day, Dec 17 2013
When The Next Day came out in March of this year, it quickly became my favourite CD of this year. After the near ten-year gap since his last recording "Reality", his fans were pretty much resigned to the fact that he would probably never record again. But then he released The Next Day, and not only is it a great recording, it's become one of my favourites ever. This expanded Extra edition adds 10 songs to the standard issue. 3 of these were already on the deluxe issue (Plan/I'll Take You There/ So She), 2 remixes (Love is Lost/ I'd Rather Be High) + 5 additional songs. The best of the lot for me would be "The Informer" which could have easily been on the 1st edition. It's just a classic Bowie song with great vocals, lyrics and music. A close second would be "God Bless The Girl". In all, just a great addition to an already epic album.

Aventine
Aventine
Price: CDN$ 12.50
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aventine, Oct. 15 2013
This review is from: Aventine (Audio CD)
Aventine is Agnes Obel's follow-up CD to the beautiful "Philharmonics". This one, in my opinion, is even better starting with the haunting instrumental "Chord Left". The next 3 songs are my favourites off the album "Fuel to Fire/ Dorian/ Aventine". The rest of the songs are just as stunning as well though. The mostly piano and string- based music itself is very stark and calming. To describe the beauty of this CD, I would call this classical pop. Definitely on my top 3 for the year.

Warring
Warring
Price: CDN$ 15.67
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darcys, Sept. 17 2013
This review is from: Warring (Audio CD)
What an absolutely amazing way to start the beginning of fall. The music releases the last couple of months have been a bit disappointing. Warring, the new release by Canadian band The Darcys is an epic work from start to finish. From the very first minutes of opener "Close To Me", you can feel the buildup of tension and drama. You can tell the band has taken care of making sure every note has its place, and has created an amazing work of art. Aesthetically, the band reminds of the Scandinavian bands that I love like Kashmir, Mew, Turboweekend, VETO... Anyway, if you're looking for intelligent artful rock music with soulful electronic edges, you certainly should give this a try.

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