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Throwing Quarters:  Girls | Album

A melodramatic back-story isn’t reason enough to regard Girls’ Album as one of 2009s best….

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Throwing Quarters:  The xx | xx

The xx’s successful debut is damp and anxious, yet never loses focus as a sexy…

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Throwing Quarters:  Neko Case | Middle Cyclone

Middle Cyclone shapes a palpable ambience through dense imagery and crafty vocals. Partially committed to…

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Throwing Quarters:  Dirty Projectors | Bitte Orca

Not content to follow suit, Dirty Projectors’ use of space opens the sonic horizon to…

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Throwing Quarters:  Yeah Yeah Yeahs | It’s Blitz!

Diametrically polished and sincere. One of two indie albums with electronic leanings to be included…

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Throwing Quarters:  Phoenix | Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Lively and danceable, Phoenix’s only misstep comes in valuing precision and method over heart and…

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Throwing Quarters:  Grizzly Bear | Veckatimest

Wildly coherent due to a clear polarity of sound and approach. In addition to the…

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Throwing Quarters: Corinne Bailey Rae | The Sea

It was the premature death of her husband, Jason Rae, that kept Corinne Bailey Rae…

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Throwing Quarters: Sade | Soldier Of Love

Sade has always been a bit of an enigma for me. I’ve appreciated their musicianship…

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Throwing Quarters: Animal Collective | Merriweather Post Pavilion

It took eight albums for Animal Collective to break the Billboard 200’s top 20. Yet…