Jul 22

Lexi Walker – Merry Christmas (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 24:50 minutes | 282 MB | Genre: Pop, Holiday, Christmas
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | @ Portrait Records/Sony Music

Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs singing sensation Lexi Walker, the dynamic 13-year-old whose performance of “Let It Go” from Frozen has received over 72 million YouTube views.
Lexi’s holiday-themed debut album Merry Christmas, available November 20, features traditional and new holiday songs from both sides of the Atlantic, including “O Holy Night,” “Christmastime Is Here,” “Pat A Pan,” “When a Child is Born,” plus “We Need a Little Christmas” from Broadway’s Mame. It also includes her rendition of the hit “Let It Go” and more.

At just 13 years old, the eighth-grade redhead has not only starred in a viral video of “Let It Go,” she has performed on America’s Got Talent with the One Voice Children’s Choir and sung with The Piano Guys, Kristin Chenoweth, Lindsey Stirling, and David Archuleta. She recently opened for Idina Menzel at a benefit concert in Utah. Lexi’s rendition of the national anthem at a Real Salt Lake soccer game also reached millions of viewers, and she’ll be belting out “The Star-Spangled Banner” again at the San Francisco 49ers-Arizona Cardinals NFL game on November 29.

Lexi has been singing ever since she can remember. Her grandmother recalls Lexi at two years old, sitting in a gift shop singing along with a stuffed bear that played the Beatles tune “I Will,” over and over until a crowd started to gather. A veteran voice teacher, her grandmother realized right then that she had another talented young singer to nurture.

Since then, Lexi’s explosive young career has included performances on Good Morning America, The Queen Latifah Show, CBS New York’s The Couch, and numerous TV news programs. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Disney Christmas Day Parade, and Christmas for the Troops at the Kennedy Center. Based in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, she has toured Japan and the East Coast, and looks forward to bringing her music to new audiences both close to home and around the world – all while continuing to study her favorite subjects (math, science, and art) and eating plenty of sushi and Thai food along the way.

Tracklist:
1 When a Child is Born 03:03
2 Christmastime is Here 03:11
3 It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 03:29
4 O Holy Night 00:04:55
5 Pat A Pan 03:33
6 We Need a Little Christmas 03:37
7 Let It Go (Bonus Track) 03:02

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Jul 21

Lady Gaga – Joanne (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:23 minutes | 576 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: 7digital | Digital Booklet | © Interscope Records

On her most personal LP to date, Gaga aims for authenticity. Named after the superstar’s late aunt, Joanne pivots away from the conceptual disco of 2013’s ARTPOP for a set of lived-in folk (the gorgeous title cut), wild-eyed rock (“Diamond Heart”), and windswept country (“Grigio Girls”). A vibrant list of collaborators includes Florence Welch, Mark Ronson, Beck, Josh Homme, and Father John Misty mastermind Josh Tillman.

Tracklist:

01. Diamond Heart (3:30)
02. A-YO (3:28)
03. Joanne (3:17)
04. John Wayne (2:54)
05. Dancin’ In Circles (3:27)
06. Perfect Illusion (3:02)
07. Million Reasons (3:25)
08. Sinner’s Prayer (3:43)
09. Come To Mama (4:15)
10. Hey Girl (Featuring Florence Welch) (4:15)
11. Angel Down (3:49)
12. Grigio Girls (3:00)
13. Just Another Day (2:58)
14. Angel Down (Work Tape) (2:20)

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Jul 09

Joe Sherman and The Arena Brass – Promise Her Anything (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 23:09 minutes | 912 MB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Epic/Legacy

Joe Sherman & The Arena Brass’ soul-jazz album Promise Her Anything. The album features covers of “Fever”, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”, “Band of Gold” and more.

Tracklist:
01 – Fever
02 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
03 – A String of Pearls
04 – Makin’ Whoopee!
05 – Kiss of Fire
06 – Paradise
07 – Marriage Italian Style
08 – Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
09 – Band of Gold
10 – More

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Jul 09

Kany Garcia – Limonada (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:13 minutes | 409 MB | Genre: Latin Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Sony Music Latin

Limonada is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Kany García. The album was released on May 20, 2016. It debuted at number one on the United States Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, selling over 2,000 copies in its first week.The album subsequently became García’s first number one album.The album remained at the top of the charts for 2 straight weeks.

Kany talks about the album, “Limonada is the most refreshing beverage and this is the most refreshing album that I have made. The album is about having a positive outlook in life, and how you can fight your battles making the best lemonade with the lemons life gives you in this journey.”

Tracklist:
1 Mio 03:01
2 De Verano a Invierno 03:26
3 Perfecto para Mi 02:53
4 El Mejor 03:08
5 Aqui 03:13
6 Peligro de Extincion 02:49
7 Me Pregunto 02:56
8 Como Decirle 04:01
9 Yo Quiero Bailar 02:47
10 Libre 02:38
11 Limonada 03:21

Personnel:
Kany García – Vocals, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals (Background)
Rusty Anderson – Guitar
Maricarmen Bou – Vocals (Background)
Norwood Fisher – Bass
Phillip Fisher – Drums
David Kahne – Guitar, Keyboards
Will Lee – Bass
Lionel Maldonado – Vocals (Background)
Josué Ortiz – Vocals (Background)
Shawn Pelton – Drums
Andres Perez – Vocals (Background)
Abel Pintos – Featured Artist
Pablo Preciado – Guitar (Acoustic)
Alejandro Reglero – Vocals (Background)
Cristian F. Rivera – Guitar (Acoustic)
Marcos Sanchez – Keyboards
Tommy Torres – Piano
Jocelyn Trochez – Vocals (Background)

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Jul 05

Jherek Bischoff – Cistern (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 43:51 minutes | 851 MB | Genre: Pop, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover | © The Leaf Label

Jherek Bischoff is a multi-hyphenate musician from the Pacific Northwest currently living in Los Angeles. Equal parts composer, producer, performer & film scoring professional. In his 30 odd years of life, he has played in many bands and musical configurations, mostly of the DIY variety, including Parenthetical Girls, the Degenerate Art Ensemble & The Dead Science. Cistern is an album inspired by time Bischoff spent improvising in an empty, two-million-gallon, underground water tank, with a 45-second reverb decay. The unique acoustics of the space forced Bischoff to slow down and adapt his compositional approach – something which, unexpectedly, brought him back to his childhood, and the slow-pace of life he experienced growing up on a sailboat.

With well over a decade as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, arranger, producer, and songwriter/composer under his belt, Jherek Bischoff follows his acclaimed solo breakthrough, Composed, with Cistern. While Composed featured a number of guests (David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, and Nels Cline among them) and an orchestral sound, it was constructed one instrument at a time by Bischoff. Here, he’s joined by the 21-piece chamber ensemble Contemporaneous. An instrumental album, Cistern was borne out of recording experiments in a two-million-gallon water tank beneath Washington’s Fort Warden, a defender of Puget Sound. Bischoff found that if he snapped his fingers or cleared his throat, the reverberation in the empty tank lasted 45 seconds. That fact inspired the title track and influenced the slowed pace of the rest of the album. Its reflective character also draws on memories of his unconventional childhood aboard a sailboat in the Pacific with his parents. Piano tones, strings, an echoing drum, and tambourine open track one, “Automatism.” An atmospheric slow boil, the piece uses repetition and small changes for impact, but tremolos, percussiveness and, at times, performance muscle, keep it from ever drifting into the background. As the title and backstory suggest, reverb is a major player on the record, though it was recorded in a church rather than the underground tank. “Cistern” features a repeated melodic motif that works its way through a string arrangement that incorporates woodwinds, horns, and shimmering bells. Elsewhere, electronics blend with strings and obscure the tempo on “Cas(s)iopeia,” and dissonance creeps about trudging low strings on “The Wolf.” Even without prior knowledge of the composer’s nomadic youth, Cistern evokes adventure and the forces of nature. Landing closer to film scores and instrumental post-rock than to the quirkier chamber pop of Composed, Cistern doesn’t play out like a sequel, but fans of that album may well find themselves still drawn to the musician’s particular spark.

Tracklist:
01 – Automatism
02 – Closer to Closure
03 – Cas(s)iopeia
04 – Headless
05 – Lemon
06 – Attuna
07 – The Wolf
08 – Cistern
09 – The Sea’s Son

Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Jherek Bischoff.
Recorded by Patrick Higgins at Future-Past Studios, NY, except “4” by Robb Kunz.

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Jul 05

Jane Morgan – In Gold: Today’s Hits… Tomorrow’s Golden Favorites (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 26:24 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Epic/Legacy

Jane Morgan is an American popular music singer. Morgan initially found success in France and the UK before achieving recognition in the United States. She had a quality of voice and style of delivery that was perfectly suited to the “classic pop/great American songbook” type of music.

Tracklist:
01 – A Lover’s Concerto
02 – 1-2-3
03 – Kiss Away
04 – Baby the Rain Must Fall
05 – A Taste of Honey
06 – Queen of the House
07 – Yesterday
08 – Call Me
09 – Summer Wind
10 – What the World Needs Now Is Love

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Jul 03

Jason Mraz – Love Is A Four Letter Word (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:47 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Pop
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Atlantic Records

Love is a Four Letter Word is the highly anticipated fourth studio effort from two-time GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. Mraz has earned worldwide success with his signature phrasing and word play anthems. His latest release is his deepest and most artistic statement to date, fueled with the singer’s distinguished vocal landscapes and rich textural arrangements. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli, the album includes Mraz’s heartfelt acoustic ballad and second top 10 single “I Won’t Give Up,” which finds the musician achieving a new level of profound success. Filled with riveting material, the album flows tremendously from the appealing soulful track, “The Freedom Song,” to the elegant jazz inspired “5/6”.

“Jason Mraz successfully makes the transition from being simply clever to being deep…Love Is a Four Letter Word should establish him as a bona fide artist.” – Newsday

Underneath his tongue-twisting wordplay, Jason Mraz fancies himself a loverman — and given that his greatest success came from the sticky sentiment of “I’m Yours,” who can blame him for thinking this way? Nevertheless, he’s never made a full-blown makeout record until Love Is a Four Letter Word, an album steeped in ’70s soul. Mraz doesn’t neglect his acoustic guitar nor does he abandon his showy verbal gymnastics, but apart from a cut or two — including “BLANK,” the album’s first single — they’re buried underneath stacks of luxurious strings and thick, insistent grooves, touches that tie the record together with elegance. Mr. A-Z has hinted at soul before but he’s never placed music over words, a shift of emphasis that delivers great dividends. He can still be a nasally, hyperactive twit, too eager to succumb to clever-clever puns and quips, but there’s an acknowledgment that even if he can’t change who he is — witness the terribly titled “Fred D Fixer,” an ode to a grandfather who lived by his hands, not his wits — he can build upon this foundation. If all he adds is color and flair, not some serious depth, that winds up being enough: by making alterations and affecting his pose, Mraz pushes himself into new territory, creating music that’s perilously close to sounding seductive. What holds Love Is a Four Letter Word from actually being seductive is that Mraz seems more lech than Lothario — there’s always a sense that he’s around for nothing longer than a night. But, as Love Is a Four Letter Word plays, Mraz can convince you that his pleasures are a bit more than fleeting. It may be a lie, but it sure sounds good as it’s told.

Tracklist:
01. The Freedom Song
02. Living In The Moment
03. The Woman I Love
04. I Won’t Give Up
05. 5/6
06. Everything Is Sound
07. 93 Million Miles
08. Frank D. Fixer
09. Who’s Thinking About You Now?
10. In Your Hands
11. Be Honest (feat. Inara George)
12. The World As I See It
13. Hidden Track

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Jun 16

The Monkees – Good Times! (Deluxe) (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 43:35 minutes | 541 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | © Rhino

The highly anticipated new album Good Times! by The Monkees is the band’s first new album in 20 years and tied to their 50th anniversary and extensive North American Tour.

Good Times! finds all three surviving band members (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork) taking turns on lead vocals, playing a wide range of instruments, and sharing new compositions. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal on the Neil Diamond-penned “Love To Love.”

To produce the new album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy® and Emmy®-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy). Schlesinger also wrote “Our Own World” and co-wrote the album’s finale with Dolenz, aptly titled “I Was There (And I’m Told I Had A Good Time).”

Much like The Monkees’ early albums, Good Times! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world’s most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (“She Makes Me Laugh”), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie (“Me & Magdalena”), Andy Partridge of XTC (“You Bring The Summer”), as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller (“Birth Of An Accidental Hipster”).

Tracklist:

1 Good Times 02:46
2 You Bring the Summer 03:00
3 She Makes Me Laugh 00:03:00
4 Our Own World 02:45
5 Gotta Give It Time 02:17
6 Me & Magdalena 03:33
7 Whatever’s Right 02:00
8 Love to Love 02:29
9 Little Girl 02:42
10 Birth of an Accidental Hipster 03:31
11 Wasn’t Born to Follow 02:53
12 I Know What I Know 03:30
13 I Was There (And I’m Told I Had a Good Time) 02:15
14 Terrifying 02:56
15 Me & Magdalena (Version 2) 03:49

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Jun 10

The Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up the Girl (1998/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:45:12minutes | 1,74 GB | Genre: Rock, Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Warner Bros. Records

Dizzy Up the Girl is the Goo Goo Dolls’ sixth studio album originally released in 1998. The record produced numerous hit singles, including “Slide”, “Black Balloon,” “Broadway,” “Dizzy,” and their most popular single “Iris” which made it to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Alternative Songs, and Pop Songs charts.

“Name” changed the game for the Goo Goo Dolls. Prior to that unexpected hit ballad, the Buffalo trio was pretty much content to turn out amiably sloppy rock & roll in the style of the Replacements. Like the latter-day ‘Mats, they weren’t adverse to cleaning up their sound a little bit, but once they had a hit, they were happy to jump headfirst into the mainstream, cleaning up their rockers until they shone and embracing acoustic power ballads instead of shunning them. In fact, “Iris” — their contribution to the City of Angels soundtrack and lead single for their sixth album, Dizzy Up the Girl — is a virtual rewrite of “Name.” The funny thing is, where most college rock bands of the Bush era sounded awkward as mainstream rockers, the Goo Goo Dolls actually sound better as a mainstream band, partially because they were hardly underground in the first place. Like a less mannered and conflicted Let Your Dim Light Shine-era Soul Asylum, the trio balances hard rockers with ballads. The difference is, they enjoy the mainstreaming of their music and respond with one of their catchiest sets of songs. There’s nothing new on the record apart from their willingness to polish their music so it reaches the widest audience. That will alienate whatever hardcore followers they have left, but that attitude will likely please anyone brought aboard with “Name” and “Iris.” –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Dizzy 2:40
2 Slide 3:32
3 Broadway 3:58
4 January Friend 2:44
5 Black Balloon 4:09
6 Bullet Proof 4:37
7 Amigone 3:15
8 All Eyes On Me 3:57
9 Full Foever 2:51
10 Acoustic #3 1:56
11 Iris 4:51
12 Extra Pale 2:10
13 Hate This Place 4:23

Personnel:
Mike Malinin – drums
Johnny Rzeznik – lead and rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Robby Takac – bass guitar, lead vocals

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Jun 08

The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:30 minutes | 1,41 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

This self-titled 1985 album from the Beach Boys marked the beginning of a new era for the band: it was the first to be recorded following the death of Dennis Wilson two years earlier and it also brought the Beach Boys into the modern era of electronics, synthesizers, drum machines and 1980s production courtesy of Culture Club producer Steve Levine. Including the top 30 US hit Getcha Back, the album features guests Ringo Starr and Stevie Wonder, Culture Club member Roy Hay, rock guitarist Gary Moore and horn and string players.

The Beach Boys’ first new studio album in five years was a concerted attempt to regain old glories, which it did to an extent, selling better than any record since 15 Big Ones and spinning off the Top 30 single “Getcha Back” and the chart entry “It’s Gettin’ Late.” But despite the production sheen provided by Steve Levine (of Culture Club fame), this is another competent but uninspired effort. ~~AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

Tracklist:
1. Getcha Back 03:02
2. It’s Gettin’ Late 03:27
3. Crack At Your Love 03:39
4. Maybe I Don’t Know 03:54
5. She Believes In Love Again 03:31
6. California Calling 02:52
7. Passing Friend 04:59
8. I’m So Lonely 02:52
9. Where I Belong 02:58
10. I Do Love You 04:20
11. It’s Just A Matter Of Time 02:25
12. Male Ego 02:31

Personnel:
Al Jardine – Vocals, Electric Guitars
Bruce Johnston – Vocals, Kurzweil 250
Mike Love – Vocals
Brian Wilson – Vocals, Yamaha DX1, Jupiter 8, Oberheim OB8, Piano
Carl Wilson – Vocals, Yamaha DX1, Electric Guitar
Additional:
John Alder – Guitars, Dobro
Graham Broad – Drums, Percussion
Stuart Gordon – Violin, Viola, Cello
Steve Grainger – Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Roy Hay – all instruments on “Passing Friend” except Saxophone and Programming
Simon Humphrey – Bass
Judd Lander – Harmonica
Steve Levine – Fairlight and Drum Programming
Julian Lindsay – Kurzweil 250, PPG Wave 2.3, Programming, Yamaha DX1, Oberheim OB8, String Arrangement, Organ, Acoustic Piano, Bass
Terry Melcher – Kurzweil 250
Kenneth McGregor – Trombone
George McFarlaine – Bass
Gary Moore – Guitars, Synthaxe
Ian Ritchie – Tenor Saxophone, Lyricon
Dave Spence – Trumpet
Ringo Starr – Drums, Timpani (all on “California Calling”)
Stevie Wonder – Drums, Bass, Fender Rhodes, Harmonica (all on “I Do Love You”)

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