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Country - Released January 18, 2019 | BMG

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Jazz - Released November 30, 2018 | BMG

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Jazz - Released November 16, 2018 | BMG

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Rock - Released October 26, 2018 | BMG

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A long way from the Byrds and the Crosby, Stills and Nash era, David Crosby is still evolving well. At the age of 77, the old American walrus is still a prolific artist, unstintingly generous in his writing. Recorded at Brooklyn's Atlantic Sound Studio, Here If You Listen calls in three other artists who click immediately: Becca Stevens, Michelle Willis and Michael League from the jazz group Snarky Puppy. Together with Crosby they form an original quartet that plays with varied textures, hypnotic themes and folk ballads with pop accentuation, all held together by a unifying writing style. Produced by League, Here If You Listen doesn't put the focus solely on Crosby: he knows how to take a step back and let his partners take centre stage. Things kick off with a gentle dance between the guitars and Crosby and Becca Stevens' voices on Glory. It's a delicate layering of harmonies that creates an almost religious, mystical sound. The duet continues with an electric ballad. Vagrants of Venice is an inspired voyage through time, based around a poetic and dark tale that seems to have leapt straight from the pages of Shakespeare. This contrasts subtly with 1974, which has a Seventies rock sound that is reminding of Bill Fay's light touch at times. Once again, David Crosby proves that he has a nose for collaborations, and that he’s anything but out of inspiration. © Clara Bismuth/Qobuz
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Rock - Released October 26, 2018 | BMG

A long way from the Byrds and the Crosby, Stills and Nash era, David Crosby is still evolving well. At the age of 77, the old American walrus is still a prolific artist, unstintingly generous in his writing. Recorded at Brooklyn's Atlantic Sound Studio, Here If You Listen calls in three other artists who click immediately: Becca Stevens, Michelle Willis and Michael League from the jazz group Snarky Puppy. Together with Crosby they form an original quartet that plays with varied textures, hypnotic themes and folk ballads with pop accentuation, all held together by a unifying writing style. Produced by League, Here If You Listen doesn't put the focus solely on Crosby: he knows how to take a step back and let his partners take centre stage. Things kick off with a gentle dance between the guitars and Crosby and Becca Stevens' voices on Glory. It's a delicate layering of harmonies that creates an almost religious, mystical sound. The duet continues with an electric ballad. Vagrants of Venice is an inspired voyage through time, based around a poetic and dark tale that seems to have leapt straight from the pages of Shakespeare. This contrasts subtly with 1974, which has a Seventies rock sound that is reminding of Bill Fay's light touch at times. Once again, David Crosby proves that he has a nose for collaborations, and that he’s anything but out of inspiration. © Clara Bismuth/Qobuz
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Rock - Released October 19, 2018 | BMG

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Ambient/New Age - Released October 12, 2018 | BMG

Christmas albums are often simple affairs, but that's not the case with Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection, a 2018 album by Michael McDonald. The subtitle tips off that this is a compilation, not a new album, and this is not the first McDonald Christmas comp. His 2001 record In the Spirit: A Christmas Album was rebranded in 2004 as 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection, while 2005's Through the Many Winters: A Christmas Album -- which was released through Hallmark stores -- was largely repackaged as Razor & Tie's 2009 set This Christmas. Season of Peace trumps these previous sets by offering highlights from his two proper Christmas albums -- In the Spirit and Through the Many Winters -- adding the brand-new "Winter Wonderland," a lightly skipping instrumental featuring Jake Shimabukuro for good measure. Most of the record leans into McDonald's signature smooth soul, which makes for warm, cozy listening -- the ideal kind of soundtrack for winter nights. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Ambient/New Age - Released October 12, 2018 | BMG

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Ambient/New Age - Released October 5, 2018 | BMG

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Rock - Released October 5, 2018 | BMG

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Ambient/New Age - Released September 28, 2018 | BMG

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Ambient/New Age - Released September 28, 2018 | BMG

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Rock - Released September 21, 2018 | BMG

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Country - Released August 31, 2018 | BMG

For the younger generations of country musicians, Roger Miller is a character that cannot be ignored. Influenced by the sound of Nashville and flavoured with rhythms of honky-tonk, swing and bayou-scented pop, this tribute record by various artists acts as proof. With an authentic talent, Miller was able to assert himself in the sixties (notably dominated by the yé-yé wave) with his poetic country music and hit singles that were well received by the Opry community. Working as a part-time musician in Amarillo, his career as a performer didn’t really take off, forcing him to devote himself to composition. It was a scenario that eventually played to his advantage as his songs were performed by some of the greatest country stars such as George Jones, Ernest Tubb or Faron Young... Decades later, the pattern seems to repeat itself. King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller is a double album with 37 tracks, the first of which is a short recording of Roger Miller's voice making fun of being the greatest songwriter in history. Irony or not? One of his greatest hits, Chug-a-Lug, originally released in 1964, is played here by Ray Benson. Faithful to the original, the essence of this alcohol and drugs-soaked country music remains intact, telling tales of the sorrows of love and loneliness but also with a certain adoration for the Texas roots. A dazzling line-up follows: Brad Paisley, Kacey Musgraves (Kansas City Star), Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson (Old Friends), Lyle Lovett, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, Cake and Ringo Starr, among many others. Beyond just a classic tribute, the album is a real memory box. Miller was unique right from birth. He was interested in production, and collaborated with Kris Kristofferson to release his Me & Bobby McGee and Loving Her Was Easier. Though he was also intrigued by other artistic areas, including cinema. It comes as no surprise that King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller highlights the song Oo De Lally, originally composed for the soundtrack of the cartoon Robin des Bois. The song is played here by Eric Church with slightly more electronic sounds, whilst retaining the original charm of this classic. Although Miller remains the focal point, it doesn't stop Alison Krauss and The Cox Family from killing two birds with one stone. You Oughta Be Here With Me/I've Been A Long Time Leaving is a nod towards Waylon Jennings, who covered Miller in his album Dreaming My Dreams. Representative of an extensive and eclectic career, these 37 songs take us on a captivating journey through the great history of country music. © Clara Bismuth/Qobuz
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Country - Released August 24, 2018 | BMG

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Country - Released August 10, 2018 | BMG

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Country - Released July 27, 2018 | BMG

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Country - Released July 27, 2018 | BMG

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Country - Released July 27, 2018 | BMG

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Rock - Released May 11, 2018 | BMG

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