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There's still about a month to go before 2014 comes to a close, and already the music magazines have begun to weigh in on the year's best music. Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Uncut, Mojo, and Q have all published their lists of the Best Albums of the Year, and included among them are a number of Nonesuch releases: the latest from The Black Keys and Sam Amidon; the label debut albums from Robert Plant and Conor Oberst; and a special reissue from Emmylou Harris.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsReviewsMonday, November 10, 2014|0 comments
The Sunday Times of London has put together a list of 100 Soundtracks to Love. "Pop or classical, scary or stirring, epic or intimate—a great film score can be as memorable as the movie it serves," says the Sunday Times. "We choose our favourites." Among those favourites are five soundtracks released on Nonesuch Records: Buena Vista Social Club ("put veteran Cuban musicians and their unsung 1930s style of music, son, on the map"), Mishima (Philip Glass's "most vibrant, exuberant score"), The Master (with Jonny Greenwood adding "otherworldly suspense"), Inside Llewyn Davis ("a gem"), and The Fountain (with Clint Mansell's "swarming strings" a standout).Read more|Journal Topics:ReviewsReviewsTuesday, November 4, 2014|0 commentsSam Amidon's "Lily-O" Featured on NPR's All Things Considered; New Album "Showcases His Ability to Transform Music"
Sam Amidon's new album, Lily-O, was featured on NPR's All Things Considered last night. "Amidon reinvents American folk songs," says host Robert Siegel; the new album "showcases his ability to transform music." NPR reviewer Banning Eyre says: "Every little unexpected twist shimmers with originality ... His highly personal approach opens a window on the American past and lets us feel it like nothing else around." Listen to the NPR review here. The Morton Report's Bill Bentley says Amidon's vocals "reverberate directly inside the soul." He is "stepping forward with a creative curve that no one else is really doing."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radio ReviewsReviewsFriday, October 31, 2014|0 comments
Songlines has announced its list of the Best Albums of 2014, and featured in that top ten are three albums familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Robert Plant's label debut album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar; Kronos Quartet's A Thousand Thoughts, which led Songlines to call the group "one of the musical marvels of our ages"; and Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté's Toumani & Sidiki, about which the magazine says: "Every note in this rich tapestry of strings is exquisitely calibrated in the pursuit of perfection."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsReviewsMonday, October 27, 2014|0 comments
James Farm’s sophomore album, City Folk, is out now, a new collection of ten original tunes written by all four members of the collaborative band: Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland. It earns five stars from the Financial Times ("ten beautifully crafted miniatures that rock with rhythm") and four stars from the Guardian, which notes the "enthralling improvisations [on] this inviting set," and the Evening Standard, which describes the band as "four crack musicians and improvisers whose fierce grooves and synergy make for spine-tingling listening." The Buffalo News calls City Folk "the second first-rate disc by one of the more impressive jazz quartets to come together in the past few years."