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Joe Bonamassa — Royal Tea

If you’re a die-hard fan, you’d already be familiar with Joe Bonamassa’s urge to take risks and explore new territories, but the blues rock maestro is back with yet another surprise for his fans and all the music lovers. Joe Bonamassa comes forward with a new album, “Royal Tea”, to pay tribute to his British heroes: Led Zeppelin, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Cream, whose influences shaped him to be the virtuoso he is today. To draw inspiration for his new album, Bonamassa flew to London, and set up in the legendary Abbey Road Studios. The ten originals of the album were all written and recorded in the historical studio. …


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Maria Mena

Following the success of Maria Mena’s debut album, “Another Phase”, in her home country Norway, the gifted singer-songwriter from Oslo has developed quite a following throughout Europe. With her delicate voice, heart-on-the-sleeve songwriting, and lush pop arrangements, she is certainly an artist on track to advance within the global music scene. The seven-track EP “They Never Leave Their Wives” is the most recent release from Maria Mena, a sincere and emotional collection of songs that deals with her divorce. …


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Bon Jovi — 2020

As we enter the last quarter of 2020, a million people have already died from the virus, white supremacy is more prevalent than ever before, and a significant number of people are unemployed. In a time like this, American rock band Bon Jovi has a new album for us, named after the gloomy year, but with a message of hope and positivity, and a reminder that we are in this together. Most of the album was recorded in 2019 and originally it was set to release in May 2020, but the sad state of affairs made Bon Jovi reconsider the mood of the record. As fans will notice, “2020” is nothing like the band has ever recorded before. …


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Alicia Keys — Alicia

With the release of her seventh album, Alicia Keys shows that she still has her feet firmly on the ground and her heart in the right place. Delayed by almost half a year due to the pandemic, this eclectic mix of musical style and passion was definitely worth the wait. Simply titled “Alicia”, this album has been deemed by Alicia Keys herself to be the most personal of her records yet. …


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Joy Denalane — Let Yourself Be Loved

Having earned the reputation as Germany’s Queen of Soul throughout her two-decade-long career, Joy Denalane successfully secures her title with fifth studio album, “Let Yourself Be Loved”. Making her US debut on the legendary Motown Records, this album reflects the label’s historical greats, including Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, in a harmonious mix of 60s and 70s retro soul. Hailing from Berlin and with most of her previous records written in German, Denalane returns with her first English-language LP since “Born & Raised” in 2006. “Let Yourself Be Loved” demonstrates the sheer talent of someone who can create pure emotion with no language barrier. …


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Gregory Porter — All Rise

For many, 2020 has been a year of chaos. This includes Grammy-Award-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter, hit hard by his brother’s virus-related death in May. Yet, besides all the drama, it’s also a year of celebration for Porter. 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of his debut album, “Water”, as well as the release of his highly-anticipated new album, “All Rise”. After months of delays due to the pandemic, it is finally available now. His sixth studio record is an exploration of love, religion, and resilience. “All Rise” begins with the drum-heavy, mid-tempo track “Concorde” that draws the listener in. …


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American Aquarium

Frontman BJ Barham and his band American Aquarium have shown that when it comes to social and political topics, what you need is a lot of empathy and some rocking country music to start the conversation. The band’s latest album, “Lamentations”, has shown the true depths of Barham’s songwriting and storytelling, touching upon hard-hitting themes including immigration, divorce, and addiction, with each song presenting major issues that often challenge our personal faith. Coming up with the title for American Aquarium’s new record way before its May 2020 release and the outbreak of the pandemic, it couldn’t have been more prophetic. …


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Pretenders — Hate For Sale

Poise yourself for a serendipitous journey back to the time when things were much less complicated than they are in 2020. A journey to when unrestrained hair hedged by colored headbands with matching striped thigh-high socks were all the rave. That, and the thrill of rocking out to the sound of an electric guitar in a huge crowd in uncoordinated, yet wonderfully liberating moves. This is the feel of the legendary rock group the Pretenders’ latest album, “Hate For Sale”. After ten albums and more than four decades in the industry, it is a safe guess that it must be increasingly difficult to stay relevant and produce fresh-sounding music. …


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Rachael Sage

For twenty-five years, Rachael Sage has immersed herself in almost every expression of art, including drama, ballet, music, the visual arts, and poetry. As a multi-talented creative mind, Sage has often found strength, rest and relief in her imagination and her desire to create. Never was this respite and volition more pronounced than when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. Born out of this revelation was the production of Rachael’s 14th studio album, “Character”, a gratitude-filled tribute to the lessons and triumph of survivorship, offering an inviting, introspective musical experience. On her journey to recovery, Sage describes learning about the importance of self-care, positivity and the healing science of making art. …


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Norah Jones — Pick Me Up Off The Floor

Come closer. Sit in an armchair and sink into its comfort. Concern yourself with nothing but the feel of your own exhale. And, just before you close your eyes, press play. What you will hear is not an empty salve to soothe your worries and distract you from your weariness. Instead, what you will encounter is an elegant reflection of the complexities of what makes life hard and unbearable at times and still, what makes it worth experiencing. On her latest record, “Pick Me Up Off The Floor”, Norah Jones fashions an eclectic line-up of tunes that is an oasis of musical comfort. The album is well-balanced, well-paced, and all-round gracefully poetic in a stunning, understated way. At the end of it, you long for nothing. …

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