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Listen Neil Young Sets New Anthology Gold Standard

June 5, 2009 – For fans who've been patient with Neil Young, the gargantuan Archives, Vol. 1 is payback.

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Listen Eminem: A 'Relapse' Of Horror?

May 20, 2009 – Critic Robert Christgau thinks Eminem should have stayed home a little longer after rehab.

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Listen Ran Blake: Ghosts In The Piano

April 22, 2009 – Blake radically transforms popular vocal standards from Billie Holiday, Hank Williams and more.

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Listen Eva Ayllon: Afro-Peruvian Queen

April 17, 2009 – The 30-year veteran takes liberties with Afro-Peruvian music on her new CD, Kimba Fa.

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Listen Amadou And Mariam: Well Beyond Mali

March 26, 2009 – Amadou and Mariam absorb ideas from everywhere and sound like they're having a ball.

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Listen Marianne Faithfull Sings The New Golden Era

March 25, 2009 – Faithfull's new CD includes old classic songs, alongside what might be some new standards.

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Listen 'Downriver Revival': Documenting The Double U

March 18, 2009 – A new CD compiles 300 reels worth of jerry-built, custom studio recordings from Ecorse, Mich.

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Listen Green Goes Blue With 'Grant's First Stand'

March 10, 2009 – Kevin Whitehead reviews the reissue of Grant Green's 1961 album Grant's First Stand.

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Listen Not Such Heartless Bastards After All

March 9, 2009 – Ken Tucker reviews a new album of blues-inflected rock from The Heartless Bastards.

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Listen Animal Collective: The Electronic Turns Organic

January 21, 2009 – Will Hermes reviews the band's new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion.

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Listen Moody And Jones' Jazz Reunion Is A 'Delight'

December 5, 2008 – James Moody and Hank Jones' Our Delight displays the virtues of jazz with warmth and grace.

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Listen Bebo Valdes Brings Havana To Village Vanguard

November 13, 2008 – Valdes left Havana 50 years ago, but at the piano, it's as if he's still there.

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Listen A Pretender's Aching, 'Concrete' Return

November 11, 2008 – Ken Tucker reviews Break Up The Concrete, the ninth studio album by The Pretenders.

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Listen Sex, Gender Equality In New Girl Talk Album

October 29, 2008 – Music by mixologists sounds esoteric, but that could hardly be claimed of Girl Talk's latest album.

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