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Pan Flutes by the Ocean by Ken Davis

Pan Flutes by the Ocean by Ken Davis (1992)
Relax to the music of pan flutes, strings, and synthesized piano combined with ocean sounds. It lulled me to sleep at bedtime.

Also check out other new age CDs at the library.
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It’s Entertainment!

It’s Entertainment! by Celtic Thunder (2010)
Not the usual Irish group singing Irish songs – Celtic Thunder’s wonderful voices blend together to celebrate (“Hallelujah” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”) and individually to entertain (“Hello Again” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”). The most amazing harmonies will move you, please you, and have you thoroughly entertained.

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Brand New Eyes by Paramore

Brand New Eyes by Paramore (2009)
Great CD! Great beats, catchy songs, and Hayley’s voice rocks. Singles include “Ignorance,” “Brick by Boring Brick,” “The Only Exception,” and “Careful.”

Check out reviews from Spin and Billboard. Last week, Paramore won the People's Choice Award for favorite rock band. And after the group recently announced some personnel changes, they spoke with MTV about the subject of most of the songs on Brand New Eyes.
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Volume One by She & Him

Volume One by She & Him (2008)
The multidimensional Zooey Deschanel impresses once again at the “She” half of this duo (“Him” is M. Ward). Perhaps better known as an actress from films including (500) Days of Summer and Elf, Deschanel showcases her songwriting and singing abilities on Volume One. Likened to early 1960s pop, this indie rock album is a delight to listen to in the car or on a lazy afternoon. Check out “I was made for you,” “Black Hole,” “Sweet Darlin’,” and “Why do you let me stay here?” (see video below).

Check out the duo's website for news, music and more. Wait! There's more -- Volume Two was released earlier this year.

Fearless Love by Melissa Etheridge

Fearless Love by Melissa Etheridge (2010)
I have been a fan of Etheridge for a long time and with her 10th studio album, she returns to her rock and roll roots offering pounding rock out tunes to light ballads. Her music is all about the song and sharing her stories of personal and social experiences. The struggle between fear and love is a theme throughout each song. I think this is her hardest-rocking album yet and have my favorites including "Nervous," "Fearless Love," "The Wanting of You" and "Miss California."

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Private Astronomy by Geoff Muldaur

Private Astronomy by Geoff Muldaur (2003)
Roots music aficionado Geoff Muldaur here takes on early jazz as he and his friends record music made famous by jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. The CD has a great peppy jazz-era feel. I am especially fond of “Bless Me Sister” sung by Loudon Wainwright III.

Check out reviews from All About Jazz and NPR.

After Robots by BLK JKS

After Robots by BLK JKS (2009)
A South African band influenced by western rock/pop music, BLK JKS (pronounced Black Jacks) has tribal and modern influences and sings in four different languages (including English). The group has been compared to everyone from The Cure to Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Check out reviews in The Guardian, Pop Matters, and Billboard.com.
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I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle

I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle (2009)
Media sensation Susan Boyle apparently hasn’t yet decided on a style. However, this hodgepodge first album probably won’t disappoint fans. Her expressive voice transcends the lush orchestration of the star-making “I Dreamed a Dream” while the elegance of just her voice and piano in her version of the Monkees’ (you read that right) “Daydream Believer” redefines “mellow.” She also includes an unexpectedly effective version of “Wild Horses” (the Stones). However, I most enjoyed Ms. Boyle’s “Cry Me a River," with its slow and sensuous interpretation of the jazzy standard. IMHO, she has all the makings of a jazz chanteuse. Wow! This lady can sing.

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19 by Adele

19 by Adele (2008)
I first heard her hit “Chasing Pavements,” then watched her accomplished performance at the Grammy awards. (She won two.) This delicious album by the young British singer Adele has a style that ranges from bluesy to jazzy with some pop garnishes. Her nuanced delivery of songs in a powerful yet sultry and edgy voice really impresses, as does her stunning songwriting capability.

My favorite recipes in this cookbook: “Chasing Pavements,” “Right as Rain” and “Cold Shoulder.”
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American Saturday Night by Brad Paisley

American Saturday Night by Brad Paisley (2009)
One of the most enjoyable albums I’ve listened to in a long time, American Saturday Night has an engaging mix of humorous and poignant songs. Paisley co-wrote all of the songs on the CD, including the #1 single “Then,” the fun title song “American Saturday Night,” the thought-provoking “No,” and the catchy “Welcome to the Future.”

Check out The Washington Post review, visit Paisley’s official site, and find his other CDs at the library.
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Il Divo by Il Divo

Il Divo by Il Divo (2004)
Yes, I know they’re a “fabricated” classical pop quartet. They still possess awesome voices, depth in performance, and first rate song selection, with the unfortunate exception of “Feelings.” –And I wonder if anyone can NOT experience an emotional reaction to the beautiful “Mama.” For more on the group, visit their website.

Songs for You, Truths for Me by James Morrison

Songs for You, Truths for Me by James Morrison (2008)
After seeing Morrison in concert at Tivoli (in Copenhagen), I wanted to hear more from this talented British singer. Songs for You, Truths for Me follows his successful debut album Undiscovered. His sophomore album includes hit singles “Please Don’t Stop the Rain” and “Broken Strings” (featuring Nelly Furtado).

Great music to listen to on a CD in your car or live in the pouring rain (which I did).

Visit Morrison’s website to listen to his albums and read a review from Daily Music Guide.
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We Started Nothing by The Ting Tings

We Started Nothing by The Ting Tings (2008)We Started Nothing is the debut album from the English rock duo The Ting Tings. The album dance/pop style catch songs have you shaking your booty and singing along for countless hours. Popular songs on this album include “Shut Up and Let Me Go” and “That’s Not My Name” -- both singles charted very well on Billboard charts.

We Started Nothing spawned four singles: Fruit Machine, Great DJ, Shut Up and Let Me Go, and That’s Not My Name. The Ting Tings are currently working on there next studio album, which will hopefully be released in 2010.

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Offend Maggie

Offend Maggie by Deerhoof (2008)
Deerhoof is a weird, challenging, and passionate band with a real knack for catchy melodies. They sound like jazz/punk fusion with a toddler on lead vocals.

Offend Maggie is their newest and best album. Read other reviews of the CD.
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Live in Paris by Diana Krall

Live in Paris by Diana Krall (2002)
The smoky voiced Krall serves up her Grammy Award-winning jazzy renditions of standards such as “Fly Me to the Moon,” “The Look of Love,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” The live performance by this singer/pianist adds to the intimacy created by her smooth vocals. Visit Krall's website to watch her perform select songs or request the DVD from another library to see the full concert recorded live in Paris.
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