• THE SLOW RUSH (CD)

    THE SLOW RUSH (CD)

    Tame Impala (Musical group)

    Format: Music CD - 2020

    Holds: 145 on 20 copies

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  • When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

    When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

    Eilish, Billie

    On her big-league debut, Billie Eilish makes a bold entrance into the mainstream, leaving the fringes behind to embrace her role as an anti-pop star for the disaffected Gen Z masses. With a youthful, hybrid blend that incorporates elements of indie electronic, pop, and hip-hop (assisted by brother Finneas O'Connell), When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? captures the late-2010s zeitgeist by throwing conventional boundaries to the wind and fully committing to its genre-blurring self. Like Lorde's devilish little sister, Eilish delivers her confessional lyrics in hushed bursts of breath, at times dirge-like in their sedateness and otherwise intensely threatening in their creepiness. Beneath the calculated image, she's a highly relatable kid -- not yet of legal voting age at the time of the album's release -- and an avatar for an audience that deals with similar mental health struggles and growing pains. From the opening line of hilarious opener "!!!!!!!," Eilish makes it clear that she is just like you, the listener, goofing off in the studio with her brother while she's supposed to be recording her major-label debut. As endearing as it is obnoxious, the track sets the tone and, from there, the album is a thrill. Bouncing from infectious dance-pop highs to tender, restrained lows, Eilish manages effortless cohesion, even within the span of a single song. "Bad Guy" throbs like the cavernous echo heard outside the club, sparking to life with a K-pop brightness before descending with a bellowing trap drop, while "All the Good Girls Go to Hell" rides a playful bass strum that manages to pull some G-funk effects into its orbit. The meme-worthy "My Strange Addiction" makes the inspired choice to interpolate dialogue from the "Threat Level Midnight" episode of The Office (which had already wrapped its entire televised run before Eilish even turned 12), all while managing to be one of the sleekest standouts on the album. Other highlights include the hypnotic minimalist single "Bury a Friend," an unnerving nightmare that is as disturbing as it is addictive; the twisted funhouse electro-pop "Ilomilo"; and "You Should See Me in a Crown," a spiritual descendant of Lorde's "Royals" that finds Eilish making a power grab to rule the one-horse "nothing town" instead of simply complaining about it. While empowering and vulnerable messages bleed through every song, the quieter moments allow her introspection to take the spotlight, especially on the restrained trio that closes the album. She contemplates ending her life on the swelling, piano-centric "Listen Before I Go" and offers an uncomfortably uncertain conclusion with "Goodbye," but it's the swelling storm of "I Love You," a heartbreaking acoustic beauty, that pegs Eilish as something more than a spooky, scare-the-parents gimmick. Indeed, with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, she demonstrates that she can do it all, hinting at a bright future that could truly go in any direction, as messy and hopeful as youth can get. ~ Neil Z. Yeung (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 134 on 21 copies

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  • Kiwanuka

    Kiwanuka

    Kiwanuka, Michael

    London native Michael Kiwanuka has won over the hearts of many with his soulful voice & trademark 'modern vintage' sound. Drawing inspiration from Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix, Ron Isley & more, his 2016 album Love & Hate was received to mass critical acclaim with rave reviews from The New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone & more, debuted at number one on the UK chart, and earned him a Mercury Prize nomination. (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 112 on 25 copies

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  • Jaime

    Jaime

    Howard, Brittany

    Jaime is the name of Brittany Howard's sister, a sibling who died from a rare cancer when she was 13 years old. Howard began reckoning with the enduring ramifications of her loss when she started writing a memoir, an exercise that eventually led to her 2019 solo debut Jaime. Running a tight 35 minutes but containing a lifetime's worth of drama and insight, Jaime is bracing in its adventure and generosity. Trace elements of Americana can be heard -- there's nary a trace of the rockabilly roar of her ferocious Thunderbitch side project -- but Jaime could never be mistaken for an Alabama Shakes album. It's too funky and too fluid in how it embraces noise, art, and soul: witness "13th Century Metal," a collaboration with jazz keyboardist Robert Glasper where an organ stutters like a broken synth, the rhythms are as tight as a loop, and Howard recites her spoken verse with abandon. It's a moment of coiled fury, but most of Jaime rolls to a languid, stoned soul beat, allowing Howard to play with her phrasing; she slides between the sexy, sad, and sweet, sometimes blending all three emotions simultaneously. The depth of feeling may be rooted in autobiography, but Jaime is a far cry from a stark confessional. It's slippery, elusive, and sober in its intent, even when its sound is decidedly woozy. Jaime plays the way memories do: specific facts get lost to a truth that gets larger as years pass, where the familiarity can be reassuring yet melancholy. Howard's embrace of all the mess of life gives Jaime its sustenance. Her audacity is apparent upon the first listen, but subsequent spins are profound and nourishing. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 102 on 20 copies

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  • Dont Smile at Me

    Dont Smile at Me

    Eilish, Billie

    The debut EP from the fifteen-year-old electronic pop singer-songwriter arrived in August 2017 from the Interscope label. The nine-track release features the single Ocean Eyes, a song that brought her to the attention of Interscope. Eilish's sound is ethereal indie electro-pop with dark themes. (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 102 on 17 copies

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  • Hyperspace

    Hyperspace

    Beck

    While exploring new dimensions in sound, Beck has also created his most collaborative album to date. Included here are appearances by Sky Ferreira and Coldplay's Chris Martin. Pharrell Williams also worked on seven of the album's eleven tracks. (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 102 on 28 copies

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  • COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE: WOMEN SING WAITS (CD)

    COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE: WOMEN SING WAITS (CD)

    Compiled in honor of Tom Waits' 70th birthday, this is a unique amalgamation of fresh interpretations of songs by the legendary songwriter. Aimee Mann, Joseph, Patty Griffin, Rosanne Cash, Phoebe Bridgers, Corinne Bailey Rae, Angie McMahon, Courtney Marie Andrews, and more each put their own unique spin on the gravel-voiced troubadour's work.

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 100 on 17 copies

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  • GIGATON (CD)

    GIGATON (CD)

    Pearl Jam (Musical group)

    Format: Music CD - 2020

    Holds: 96 on 20 copies

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  • Everyday Life

    Everyday Life

    Coldplay (Musical group)

    After posting some cryptic clues on social media and placing mysterious ads, Coldplay has announced their first new album in four years. It includes the singles Orphans and Arabesque. (syndetics)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 94 on 22 copies

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  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Once Upon A Time in Hollywood: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Personally curated by Quentin Tarantino himself, this soundtrack is a love letter to the music of 1960s-era Hollywood. Featuring over 20 standout tracks from artists such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, Deep Purple and Neil Diamond, the album creates a true time capsule of a golden era of filmmaking. (syndetics) (2/19/2020 2:00:51 AM)

    Format: Music CD - 2019

    Holds: 87 on 14 copies

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