Biweekly Album Picks

From Kim:

The Tallest Man On Earth ~ There's No Leaving Now

Visit: www.thetallestmanonearth.com


From Holly:

Brandi Carlile ~ Bear Creek

Visit: www.brandicarlile.com


From Vincent:

Kitty Wells ~ The Best of Kitty Wells

Visit: www.kittywells.com


From Linda:

Milk Carton Kids ~ Prologue

Visit: www.themilkcartonkids.com


From Sara:

Missy Higgins ~ The Ol' Razzle Dazzle

Visit: www.missyhiggins.com


From Ben:

Nas ~ Life is Good

Visit: www.islanddefjam.com/nas/

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Biweekly Album Picks

From Kim:

Jay Nash ~ Of the Woods

Visit: http://www.jaynash.com/


From Holly:

Of Monsters and Men ~ My Head is an Animal



Visit: http://ofmonstersandmen.is/


From Vincent:

Metric ~ Synthetica



Visit: http://ilovemetric.com/


From Linda:

Good Old War ~ Come Back As Rain



Visit: http://goodoldwar.com/


From Sara:

Scars On 45 ~ Scars On 45



Visit: http://www.scarson45.com/

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This Buzz For You: Daniel Pearson

It's a bit disjointed to talk about Daniel Pearson's Satellites as a solid Americana singer-songwriter debut album knowing he's an Englishman from East Yorkshire. Raised on his parents fanaticism for Bruce Springsteen and coupled with his own love of not just my fellow New Jerseyian, but also Ryan Adams, The National, and the Counting Crows, Pearson, standing on his own two feet, excellently captures the sound of American folk in the 10-track Satellites.

Throughout, the album expresses an overall joie de vivre, and manages to show you the silver linings in moments of regret or nostalgia and even in a post-apocalyptic world that still manages love and beauty (you'll find that on "Waves In the Sea," a song that begins with a slowed-down guitar riff that's run backwards to elicit a haunting extended note you'll not want to miss). The first single, "Wishing Well," very much captures the feeling of enjoying your life, with Pearson imploring you to "Get busy living" to sounds of grovelly indie-folk-rock backing him. "4th July" starts with a Blues Traveler-like harmonica that is sure to please, while "Tracks" best encapsulates the Americana sound I think we all get in our heads when we think of the genre. This isn't to say that Pearson can't slow things down and give you the purity you'd expect from an acoustic performance: the album's opener "Masquerade," the aforementioned "Waves In the Sea," and the fantastically titled "I'm Swimming Through Ashes of Bridges I've Burned" all give you the intimacy you want from a live performance conveniently in your own speakers.

Pearson's debut is a must for fans of Americana folk that's increasingly pleasant to your ears with each subsequent track.

Satellites is available now in the United Kingdom, and is forthcoming July 9th in the United States and Australia.

For more information about Daniel, check out his website: http://danielpearson.net/

Just click play below to listen.

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Buzz Staff: Biweekly Album Picks

The first official day of Summer 2012, and we are happy to offer a few of our favorite albums!

From Kim:

Rebecca Ferguson ~ Heaven

Visit: www.rebeccaofficial.com


From Vincent:

Fiona Apple ~ The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Visit: www.fiona-apple.com


From Holly:

Jimmy Fallon ~ Blow Your Pants Off (Deluxe Version)


Visit: www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com


From Linda:

Michael Kiwanuka ~ Home Again



Visit: www.michaelkiwanuka.com


From Sara:

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals ~ The Lion The Beast The Beat


Visit: www.gracepotter.com

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This Buzz For You: Emeli Sandé

Maybe it’s something about the name Adele and the United Kingdom (in this case, Scotland) that through some clever alchemy yields a voice so big and so distinctive that you can’t help but appreciate its power and how, when you’ve something that good, you don’t really need a lot of bells, whistles, and synthesizers to make good music.
 
Even though this Adele has had to use her middle name since her first is, well, a bit taken, Emeli Sandé is not an artist to be missed.
 
Our Version of Events, the debut release from Sandé, reflects sounds of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill and is an album without a lot of tricks that tend to mask the quality (or lack thereof) of a voice. Our Version of Events rightly lets Sandé’s powerful voice do the work, and that is what carries the album. “Heaven,” the first single, is a good pop song that easily lends itself to remixes for clubs. Tracks like “Clown” and “Mountains” show the range, flexibility, and vulnerability that Sandé’s voice elicits, while “Where I Sleep” is an excellent study in understated vocal strength. “Next To Me,” the album’s second single, is a song about the virtues of a well-suited partner and the strength found in just the right coupling and is a perfect sample of just what Our Version of Events does. It’s also, admittedly, my favorite, so I’ll include the video below.
 
Our Version of Events is available now.
 
Emeli Sandé is currently touring the UK and Europe, and has US dates forthcoming in support of Coldplay. Tour information is available here: http://us.emelisande.com/

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