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The Very Best | MTMTMK

"World music" is an archaic label, but there's no better way to describe the Very Best's MTMTMK .
Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  July 20, 2012
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Tanlines | Mixed Emotions

Mixed Emotions is a shiny bear-hug of an album — sometimes short on fresh ideas, but never lacking in heart.
True Panther Sounds (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  March 16, 2012
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The Shins | Port of Morrow

Meet the new Shins. Same as the old Shins? Kinda sorta.
Aural Apothecary/Columbia (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 16, 2012
Grimes -- Visions

Grimes | Visions

The debut record from Grimes, an alias of the Montreal-based Boucher, kicks off the peculiarity parade by presenting song titles steeped in cutesy affectation.
Arbutus (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 03, 2012
Album review - Imperial Teen

Imperial Teen | Feel the Sound

Like its title, fifth album Feel the Sound is as generic as doubters have probably always assumed — they sound both relaxed and exhausted.
Merge (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  January 27, 2012
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Active Child | You Are All I See

Pat Grossi used to be a choirboy, which is not surprising at all, given that his full-length debut under the Active Child moniker sounds like it was cut in some sort of dimly lit, hallowed hall under the cover of night.
Vagrant Records (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 19, 2011


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Sun Araw | Ancient Romans

The hypnotic fifth LP by Sun Araw — the five-year-old solo project of Angelino Cameron Stallones — is a double-vinyl spiral through deep zones of neo-primitive psych-drone noise.
Sun Ark/Drag City (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 19, 2011
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Iron & Wine | We Kiss Each Other Clean

Sam Beam, the bearded craftsman otherwise known as Iron & Wine, is the very personification of musical consistency.
Warner Bros. (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  February 04, 2011
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Chromeo | Business Casual

As far as genres go, the '80s-influenced synth-pop revival is a modestly populated one.
Atlantic (2010)
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  September 24, 2010