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I’m not an expert on Antony and the Johnsons‘ discography, but The Crying Light sounds relatively more acoustic – natural for today’s fashion.
Intimate and focused on Antony’s voice, The Crying Light is pleasurable for Antony’s fans.

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“Swedish” is a good word when talking about music. Zeigeist is a new electro pop group with a good visual performance and catchy retro pop sound.
They remind me a lot of The Knife, but with probably more pop hits.

I can’t get enough of Tar Heart. The perfect fusion of The Knife and Kate Bush.

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Fine soft rock record. Reminds me of Zero 7.
As a whole the album is a little inconsistent, but it has awesome songs, like Diamonds in the Sky.

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La Turbo is a group of acoustic pop and bossa nova.
The music is very enjoyable and relaxing. The contralto vocals are nice when it’s soft and whispering.

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I’ve never been into Alanis Morissette music, but I was curious to know how Flavors of Entanglement would sound.

It looks like Morissette is looking for a new aural personality after so many changes in music since her first records – which made her so famous.

Therefore, Flavors… is full of sonic mannerisms.
For instance, Citizen of the Planet is a classic “mystic” rock-oriented track. (a 90’s mystic Madonna meets Evanescence).
Underneath is familiar ground, both to Morissette and her fans.
Straitjacket is the worst try of the album, in my opinion. Morissette ‘s I-must-rhyme pop-rock vocalsĀ  just don’t fit the bad electro ripoff background.
Versions Of Violence is another try of mixing heavy rock elements with electronic drums in a way that has already happened, 10 years ago.
Not As We is probably the best track. A piano ballad. Where Morissette can relax and be herself for a while.

The album goes on varying from Morissette recycled cliches and less adventurous unsuccessful tries of being modern.
Perhaps Moratorium illustrates the album problem better than any song:
Flavors… isn’t bad, but Alanis Morissette seems trapped in the 90’s, trying to be in the 2000’s through the wrong ways. Maybe she is just not well oriented. If I’d blame someone it would be the producer Guy Sigsworth who just reheated previous Morissette‘s success and failed putting her into a modern context.

In my opinion this is an album only for Morissette fans.

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The Ting Tings are an english duo blending indie rock with dance pop beats.
We Started Nothing kicks off with a sequence of good energetic dance songs.
From Britney Spears + The Hush Sound they slowly go to a more indie rock oriented sound, getting rid of a few american rock cliches, reminding me that they’re english still.
Unfortunately I like their pop dance side better.

The obvious highlights are Great DJ, That’s Not My Name, Fruit Machines, Shut Up and Let Me Go and We Walk.

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A bit silly. But that’s what they’re for.
Sometimes I wanna listen to innocent light-hearted stuff, and Architecture in Helsinki is all about innocent light-hearted music.

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