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Beck Review Royale: Morning Phase

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Beck Morning Phase Wes’s Thoughts Two albums quickly come to mind as comparison points for Beck’s first studio album in 6 years: Beck’s previous departure into folk, 2002’s Sea Change, and the ultra-specific and ultra-personal Benji from Sun Kil Moon. Morning Phase in many ways acts as the sequel to Sea Change, with Beck shedding his chameleon coat for a straightforward and earnest singer/songwriter record. Sea Change happened following a breakup, and while it was beautiful at points, the overall

M.I.A. Review Royale: Matangi

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M.I.A. Matangi Nearly two years after the release of  “Bad Girls”, one of M.I.A.’s biggest singles to date, as well as a slew of three additional pre-releases, we now finally have the mother album to go with these albumless tracks, Matangi. After the non-success of her last album, MAYA (which I personally thought to be great) M.I.A. hit a creative wall, in which she was not only struggling with studio execs pressuring her to make another Kala, but was also

Eminem Review Royale: The Marshall Mathers LP2

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Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 Since I am the first one weighing in on Eminem’s MMLP2 I’m going to have to do some preemptive work to dispel the strong feelings against the album I’m sure Wes (and to a lesser extent Todd) are going to have against it.  Wes doesn’t like Eminem for who he is.  Eminem is unapologetically crass, emotionally raw to a terrifying degree, and cares much more about getting as many thoughts onto a record in word

Arcade Fire Review Royale: Reflektor

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The Arcade Fire Reflektor The Arcade Fire are a band that have universally been lauded by critics and hipsters alike, but the Montreal arena rock band have left the other two LxL contributors a bit cold, and while I myself would call myself a fan, I don’t bow at the knee of Win Butler and company like many music fans. I had particular intrigue with their latest album, Reflektor, though considering it being produced by LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy

Paul McCartney Review Royale: New

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Paul McCartney New Wes’ Thoughts Sir Paul got lambasted last year on this blog for his dreadful valentine album, Kisses On The Bottom, landing as our biggest disappointment of 2012. But the most enduring singer rock history doesn’t rest on his laurels, but instead hit the road last year, with fellow LxLer Todd and I seeing a show of a lifetime this summer as MACCA headlined Bonnaroo. Now, the legendary Beatle releases New, an album giving new modern twists on

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