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Garth Brooks – Man Against Machine

After a 14 year hiatus Garth Brooks has returned to work with a new set of original songs. ‘Man Against Machine’ was released Nov. 10, 2014 and debuted at #1 on the country charts, but missed the overall top spot he frequently owned before his semiretirement. Taylor Swift has proved to be an unstoppable force, and her numbers dominated Brooks. Brooks’ decision to release ‘People Loving People’ as the first single was probably Read More →

Panic! At The Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!

Panic! At The Disco is back at it again with ‘ Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!’ Panic! has been a favorite of mine for years now. I find them to be one of the few mainstream bands that has a unique sound. They have always been able to blend together orchestral instrumentals, velvety smooth vocals, and lyrics deeper than a rain puddle into an amazing sound.

In ‘ Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!’ the band seems to lean a lot heavier on Read More →

Cirque du Soleil – Saltimbanco

The music from Cirque du Soleil’s show “Saltimbanco” is hauntingly animalistic, ranges from gentle persuasive notes to predatory tones to cathedral-esque vocals.  No matter which way you spin it “Saltimbanco” is an anthem to human creativity.  The absolutely gorgeous mix of tones, instruments and vocals make this album playful, sometimes ominous and always entertaining.  As far as soundtracks go, this may be my favorite yet, and I’ve listened to a LOT of soundtracks.

The made-up language that supports the vocals may sound off-putting in theory but once you listen to it, I guarantee you’ll find it to be relaxing, almost hypnotic and trace-like.  With influences ranging from African and French to Spanish and Native American “Saltimbanco” is widely accessible to any listener.  The incredible compilation of music narrates a story of adventure that will take you back to your childhood while simultaneously propelling you into a new world.

“Saltimbanco” is epic if nothing else and will take you on an incredible journey.  Cirque du Soleil has become a household name, widely known for brilliant circus performances, and with that comes magical music.  Whether you’re a devoted fan  or if Cirque is new to you, “Saltimbanco” is a fabulous place to start.  I dare say this is a “Yea!” and a half.

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-Kat Graham

 

Ed Sheeran – + (Deluxe Version)

Why it’s taken me so long to review Ed Sheeran’s album + (Deluxe Version) I will never know.  I’ve been listening to it non-stop for over a month now.  It’s about as addicting as the alcohol and cigarettes of which he sings.  I’ve found myself time and time again logging on to my computer only to open iTunes and listen to + all the way through, forgetting whatever task for which I had originally signed on.

Ed Sheeran is taking the world by storm with his album + (Deluxe Version).  Sheeran’s soft-spoken voice is clearly the focal point of this album with his guitar and piano taking supporting positions.  Songs vary from an instrument or two to a gentle electronic approach.  In + Sheeran takes an point-blank approach to some sometimes-sticky subjects such as prostitution, drug use, alcoholism, smoking, sex and a debated Pro-Life stance in his song Small Bump.  Despite some more “adult” topics and the politics of some of his songs, I can’t imagine Sheeran’s music not appealing to someone.  It’s complete lack of Autotune makes it sound as if Sheeran is whispering lyrics in you ear one second and beat-boxing the next.  The clarity and musical integrity of this album is astonishing.

One of Sheeran’s most notable tracks The A Team is a chart-topping sensation, which if you haven’t heard by now…well I don’t know where you’ve been the past few months.  Balancing out his heavier songs is Kiss Me, a sweet song rumored to have been written by Sheeran for his mother’s wedding. It’s sure to be a Prom favorite and a first dance song for many couples, but it happily lacks the sickly sweet sound of many other love songs.  If you looking for a thought-provoking album that can carry you through any mood or day + is the album for you.  Sheeran has created an instant classic that will be enjoyed for years to come. Definite ‘Yea!’

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-Kat Graham