Listening Room

Listening Room
Two hot new discs to check out this month, plus a romantic playlist for two

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Luke Doucet and The White Falcon Kamera

iPod: Lookin’ for some heart-shaped tunes to get you in the mood this Valentine’s Day? Try flare.com’s romantic playlist for two.

“Come To Me” by Mary J. Blige

“Song To Bobby” by Cat Power

“Love Is Free” by Sheryl Crow

“Monster Love” by Goldfrapp

“Zing! Go The Strings of My Heart” by Rufus Wainwright

For more music, click here.

(Click on album cover to hear a track)  

Luke Doucet and The White Falcon
Blood’s Too Rich

Rich is the optimal word for Luke Doucet to throw into the title of his third and perhaps most defining solo album, Blood’s Too Rich, because his voice is currently one of the richest in Canadian folk rock, and tracks one through twelve stand to prove it.

In the long tradition of Canadian greats like Young and Lightfoot, Doucet litters Blood’s Too Rich, with a brilliant mix of guitar greatness, folk vocals and a country kick. Then there’s the cheeky cover of The Cure’s “Lovecats” which breaks up the seriousness with irresistible fun.

Stand-out track: Cleveland
Download now: The Lovecats

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Despite the backing of Timberlake and Timbaland, the latest Duran Duran album was pretty lackluster. Well…maybe they should’ve asked Kamera for help instead of the pop-producing duo, because frankly, in their second release, Resurrection, Kamera does a modern Duran Duran, better then the 80s icons themselves.

From tracks like “Lies” to “Like A Drug” Resurrection is coated in 80s pop-rock styling, the kind of electro synth that recalls not only Duran Duran, but Depeche Mode and The Pet Shop Boys. This Swedish band is making the old new again and we’re lovin’ it!

Stand-out track: TV Lights
Download now: Lies

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