Fresh Music – Nov., 2011

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Florence + the Machine, CeremonialsFlorence Welch, the delightfully eccentric British performer better known as Florence + the Machine, burst onto the UK music charts in 2009 with the debut album Lungs. The “Dog Days Are Over” singer then jumped across the pond and became a sensation in the U.S. with a breakout performance at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Two tracks from the group’s sophomore album have been released to great response and early reviews indicate that if you liked Lungs, you’ll love Ceremonials.

Miranda Lambert, Four The RecordThe Texas native who now calls Tishomingo, Okla. home has had a rise to fame most young artists only dream about. Her first album, 2005’s Kerosene, debuted at No. 1 and went on to produce a string of hits. Her next two albums also went to No. 1 and produced eight chart-topping singles. Lambert’s aversion to “pop-country” in favor a gritty style that pays homage to old school country with elements of blues and rock has won her a legion of crossover fans. Expect more of her signature style and more hits from her fourth studio album.

Kate Bush, 50 Words For Snow In 1978, 19-year-old Bush became an overnight sensation with her hit “Wuthering Heights.” She went on to produce a series of innovative and widely acclaimed albums, including her 1985 masterpiece Hounds of Love, throughout the 80s and early 90s. Bush’s fans have grown accustomed to waiting a while between albums – she released no new material between 1993 and 2005, and 50 Words For Snow is her first album of new material in six years.

Rihanna, Talk That TalkThe Barbadian bombshell has been a regular on the music charts – amassing 20 top 10 singles faster than any other solo artist – and the media spotlight since her debut 2005 album Music of the Sun. Despite a prolific career – Talk That Talk is her sixth studio release – Rihanna has churned out surprisingly fresh material, experimenting with a variety of musical styles and themes. Her latest inspiration is a fascination with dubstep.

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