a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
* Carla Bruni – No Promises (rock)
I herby declare Carla Bruni to be the ultimate rock star. A supermodel who partied with a who’s who of the rock elite, she recently made headlines by marrying the president of
* Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (rock)
Quiet intensity of lush vocal harmonies over a simple guitar. Gorgeous songs to curl up with on a snowy night.
Vinicius Cantuaria – Cymbals (world)
Cantuaria delivers perfect classic-style Bossa Nova. Effortless vocals with acoustic guitar give this music just the right degree of mellow intensity.
Shauna Burns – The Moon and the
Confessional songs strung together like pearls with cascading piano lines. Tori Amos fans will treasure this album.
Monade – Monstre Cosmic (rock)
Bright, mysterious pop sung in French. Monade is the side-project of Stereolab’s lead singer, and Monade has a similarly smart sound.
In the blog this week: Casual Listening snags 5 Grammys, Ray Davies, Time Again
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation