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CD REVIEWS: Four Tet: There Is Love In You

The fifth full-length album from British electronic musician Kieran Hebden (better known as Four Tet), isn't a dramatic departure from his earlier work. Nor will it disappoint fans of Four Tet's already well-established oeuvre. The album is barely over 45 minutes long and undemanding enough to not need your full attention.
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CD REVIEWS: Hot Chip: One Life Stand

Hot Chip's soft electropop is anything but middle of the road - it's love or hate. One Life Stand is their fourth studio album, and is a mixed bag of standout tracks and one-listen flops. The album begins with a strong opening track called "Thieves in the Night," which starts off sounding like Coldplay's X&Y era.
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CD REVIEWS: OK Go: Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

You may know OK Go from their infamous viral videos on YouTube - including the treadmill dance routine in "Here it Goes Again" - from their previous album Oh No. Of the Blue Colour of the Sky is the latest album from the unique digital rock band. The album starts out with a Prince-like track, appropriately titled "WTF?" OTBCOTS is a departure from their first two albums, with a funkier, dancier sound.
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CD REVIEWS: Line Spectra: Maps & Directions

Line Spectra has finally released their first studio album. For the past couple years, you may have noticed this all-girl trio playing at staple venues around Montreal and even a few shows at OAP. These ladies wield their instruments with a fancy, sparkle and a twist.
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CD REVIEWS: Beach House: Teen Dream

Since 2004, Beach House has been the leader of the dream-pop scene with slow, simple pop melodies layered over lush soundscapes to create achingly beautiful songs of love and longing. Vocalist Victoria Legrand and guitarist/keyboardist Alex Scally have crafted a winning sound that is completely their own, and with Teen Dream it seems they've truly perfected it.
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CD REVIEWS: Yeasayer: Odd Blood

If the African- and Middle Eastern-tinged flavour of Yeasayer's 2007 debut All Hour Cymbals impressed you, get ready to be transported by their sophomore effort, Odd Blood. Yeasayer leaves the tribal aesthetic behind for an electronic vibe, with distorted vocals, synth, and pounding bass lines.
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The Luyas are breaking all the rules

The Luyas are on cop watch. At least that's what lead singer/guitarist Jessie Stein says as she attempts to drive and talk to me on the phone at the same time - an illegal activity. Add in the fact that it's snowing, and I start to get worried that this interview could be hazardously cut short - which would be a tragedy for one of Montreal's most promising bands, especially one with so much on the horizon.
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CD REVIEWS: Basia Bulat: Heart of My Own

It's clear from the opening track of Heart of My Own, the follow-up to her Polaris-nominated debut Oh My Darling, that Basia Bulat isn't content with her previous success - she's trying to soar to new heights. As a singer whose music too often gets the "sweet" label (which it undoubtedly is), it's refreshing to hear her really going for it.
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CD REVIEWS: Joey Stylez: The Blackstar

The question of whether music can ever be objectively good or bad has plagued musicians and critics alike for decades. Joey Stylez's debut album, The Blackstar, has finally answered it. His music is absolutely the worst combination of sound I've ever heard, and for me, he's redefined the concept of bad music.
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CD REVIEWS: Los Campesinos!: Romance Is Boring

If We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed was Los Campesinos! dimming the lights, then Romance Is Boring is them living in the dark. Billed by the band as "a record about the death and decay of the human body, sex, lost love, mental breakdown, football, and, ultimately, that there probably isn't a light at the end of the tunnel," RIB is not the Campesinos! of their Hold On Now, Youngster... debut.
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