Tracey Thorn's third album focuses on the small details in life: weddings, singles bars and the size of one's jeans. Edward Bishop hide caption

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An Invigorating Tonic About 'Love And Its Opposite'

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The Mynabirds: A Hypnotic Voice, Radiating Sincerity

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Merle Haggard: A Gruff Voice Filled With Vitality

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The Plimsouls: Looking Back At A Band's Raucous Pop

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Making A 'Big To-Do' About Life's Important Things

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Joanna Newsom's previous albums include The Milk-Eyed Mender and Ys. Annabel Mehran hide caption

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'Have One': From Joanna Newsom, A Generous Thing

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Johnny Cash in 2002, at producer Rick Rubin's recording studio in Los Angeles. Cash died on Sept. 12, 2003. Martyn Atkins hide caption

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Voice From The Darkness: Johnny Cash's Final Record

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Hot Chip formed in 2000 around the core duo of Alexis Taylor (second from left) and Joe Goddard (far left). Bevis Martin and Charlie Youle hide caption

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Hot Chip Brings Romance To The Dance Floor

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Galactic: The Funk Is Always Pushing Forward

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'Transference' Adds Layers To Spoon's Sound

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In addition to Stronger With Each Tear, Mary J. Blige recently recorded music for the movie soundtrack to Precious. Kevin Winter/Getty hide caption

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Mary J. Blige: Soul 'Stronger' Than Music

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Ken Tucker's Top 10 Recordings Of 2009

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After Feels Like Home and Not Too Late, Norah Jones' The Fall is a step in the right direction. hide caption

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The 'Fall' Experiment: Breaking Old Habits

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