OUTSIDE THE HEARD DECEMBER 2011

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Thomas Dybdahl
Songs
Decca

As is often the case with distinctive endeavors, the creative path of Thomas Dybdahl -- the 32-year-old guitarist, singer, songwriter, and native of Sandnes, Norway -- has been, for nearly a decade, all his own. With Songs, his U.S. debut, Dybdahl distinguishes himself with fire and finesse. Melodicism animates Dybdahl songs like “Cecilia” and “B.A. Part,” while other songs, such as “From Grace” and “The Great October Sound,” move that same well-founded sense of melodic composition into comparatively more ecstatic and less kinetic states. Dybdahl, whose lustrous tenor behaves with ease, does not believe that anger is the only energy worth exploiting. In fact, Songs’ songs are the romantic, introspective, out-going, hum-worthy, and adventurous tunes of a guy who -- with characteristic honesty -- once cited the Mozart Requiem as his favorite piece of music. But for Dybdahl -- who’s first loves were Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix -- it’s all music.
Gorillaz
The Singles Collection 2001-2011
Virgin Records

Gorillaz are the world’s preeminent animated Hip Hop supergroup. Though overseen by one Murdoc Niccals, Gorillazhave been aided and abetted by Blur’s Damon Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett -- the creator of Tank Girl. Not much is truly known, but the past has found this ragtag group joined by real-life musicians Dangermouse, De La Soul, Del the Funky Homosapien, Mos Def, Bobby Womack, Lou Reed, Mark E. Smith and... uh Dennis Hopper. In 10 years, Gorillaz haven’t just topped charts around the world, hit #1 in more than a dozen countries and garnered sales in excess of 13 million; they’ve also received influential awards and recognition that's represented the band’s significance beyond their music -- including the Jim Henson Award for Creativity. The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 celebrates 10 years of audio / visual innovation from the world’s most successful virtual band by bringing together album favorites, choice remixes, and amazing live cuts. Take that, Banana Splits.
We Bought A Zoo Soundtrack
Columbia
The soundtrack for We Bought A Zoo features music by Sigur Rós front man and leading light, Jon Thor Birgisson, aka Jonsi. Composed at the personal request of director - and huge Sigur Rós aficionado - Cameron Crowe, the soundtrack includes original music composed by Jonsi, which plays an integral part to the film's heartfelt emotional landscape. "[Jonsi] arrived from Iceland with a toy sampler keyboard and a headful of ideas," says Cameron. "Within a week, [he] had composed a series of themes that would reflect everything we'd hoped for. In his music were all the highs and lows and passionate in-betweens of the film itself. The instinct that made the movie come full circle." Written and recorded in four months, the soundtrack to We Bought A Zoo comprises more than half-an-hour of brand new music from Jonsi, including two full songs and nine achingly beautiful themes, plus songs from Jonsi's acclaimed solo album, “Go,” as well as on of one of Sigur Rós' most memorable songs, “Hoppipolla.” We Bought A Zoo is destined for Soundtrack glory... You need this.
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