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Out of the Box Album of the Week with Paul Shugrue

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All week, on each edition of Out of the Box, listen for songs from one of the best albums that’s just hitting stores and hear Paul Shugrue's review of that album.

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All week, on each edition of Out of the Box, listen for songs from one of the best albums that’s just hitting stores and hear Paul Shugrue's review of that album.

iTunes Ratings

47 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Love Out of the Box

By Shahanashasha - May 15 2018
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I listened to this religiously when I lived in Norfolk and have followed him from California to Florida. It’s been 10 + years of being a fan.

Great show

By President JK Polk - Feb 12 2011
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This show had me listening to music I might have never given a chance otherwise. A great program!

iTunes Ratings

47 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
11
2
2
1

Love Out of the Box

By Shahanashasha - May 15 2018
Read more
I listened to this religiously when I lived in Norfolk and have followed him from California to Florida. It’s been 10 + years of being a fan.

Great show

By President JK Polk - Feb 12 2011
Read more
This show had me listening to music I might have never given a chance otherwise. A great program!
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Out of the Box Album of the Week with Paul Shugrue

Latest release on Aug 03, 2020

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All week, on each edition of Out of the Box, listen for songs from one of the best albums that’s just hitting stores and hear Paul Shugrue's review of that album.

Rank #1: Brandi Carlile

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Her sixth studio album "By The Way I Forgive You” is an exercise in using forgiveness as a source of strength and the past to prove her right. She is in a strong place and ready to sing about it.

Feb 20 2018

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Rank #2: John Mayer

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Paradise Valley is his sixth studio album and as he channels his lifestyle into his music he defines himself as an utterly contemporary singer songwriter.

Aug 19 2013

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Rank #3: U-2

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Songs of Innocence is the anti-cd of the week since it is only available as a free download at I-tunes. The rock legends overcome the hype with their tradeMark anthemic sound.

Sep 16 2014

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Rank #4: Damien Rice

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After an eight year absence the Irish singer songwriter returns with an album of songs that play like a personal message to his long lost muse.

Nov 10 2014

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Rank #5: Beck

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Like it’s title suggests “Colors" is not only a return to the exuberant dance pop that made him famous in the nineties, but an album with a relentlessly optimistic outlook on the future.

Oct 16 2017

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Rank #6: Sufjan Stevens

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Carrie and Lowell is a sparse and brilliant examination of Stevens' complicated relationship with his Mother and Stepfather.

Mar 30 2015

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Rank #7: Vampire Weekend

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Their first album in six years “Father of the Bride” reflects a lot of changes within the band that results in an 18 song tour de force of irresistible, imaginative and trend setting music.

May 06 2019

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Rank #8: Ray Davies

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The recently knighted Sir Ray Davies has always had a love hate relationship with America and on his new solo album "Americana" he expands on his fascination with this country.

Apr 24 2017

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Rank #9: Bob Dylan

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After recording most of the songs for his landmark 1974 album, "Blood on the Tracks" Dylan was ready to release it but suddenly changed his mind and re-recorded much of it. Those original recordings are now released for the first time on “More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Volume 14.”

Nov 09 2018

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Rank #10: Patty Griffin

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American Kid is her first album of original songs in six years and perhaps because it is inspired by the death of her father, its her best album yet.

May 13 2013

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Rank #11: Patty Griffin

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Her self titled, tenth studio album comes after a frightening bout with cancer and serves as a kind of musical rehab, allowing her to relate her own life to the greater truths and experiences that she sings about.

Mar 11 2019

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Rank #12: Sigur Ros

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The one time ambient, symphonic chillout band has erupted with an agressive, startling and ultimately grand spacerock album.

Jun 24 2013

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Rank #13: Richard Thompson

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Electric is the folk rock pioneer's 31st solo album skillfully balancing his english roots with Americana.

Feb 11 2013

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Rank #14: Guy Clark

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My Favorite Picture of You is the latest album from one of the lone survivors of the pioneering wave of artists who defined Americana Music.

Jul 22 2013

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Rank #15: John Hiatt

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“The Eclipse Sessions” was recorded over four days during the solar eclipse of 2017 inspiring him to record one of his best albums in years.

Oct 15 2018

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Rank #16: Andrew Bird

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Are You Serious has an optimism evident in every song that makes it one of his most lyrically direct and possibly, best album of his twenty year career.

Apr 04 2016

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Rank #17: Jim James

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The third solo album from the leader of My Morning Jacket has a title that perfectly describes it. “Uniform Distortion” is a collection of guitar ready rockers about the digital age and it’s darker side.

Jul 03 2018

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Rank #18: Death Cab For Cutie

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The band has been so good for so long and on their ninth album “Thank You For Today” they continue that string of excellence.

Aug 20 2018

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Rank #19: The National

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“I Am Easy To Find” is the eighth release for this brooding and melancholy band and, if possible, their music has become even more cinematic with the addition of an Oscar winning filmmaker overseeing the production.

May 20 2019

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Rank #20: Mandolin Orange

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“Softly, tenderly, using delicate voices,” those are the final words on the new album “Tides of a Teardrop” and it’s an apt description of the Chapel Hill NC band’s approach to these songs that deal with loss, grief and ultimately comfort.

Feb 05 2019

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Suburban Key Party

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“The Chase” is an album that comes out blazing and rarely lets up. Each song began as an acoustic track with layers of different sounds and harmonies added in highly creative ways.

Aug 03 2020

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Courtney Marie Andrews

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Devastatingly mournful and sad, ‘Old Flowers” is cathartic, hinting at a renewed sense of self-worth and recovery

Jul 27 2020

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Too Slim & the Taildraggers

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“The Remedy” is their twentieth release. With a power trio lineup and some guest appearances from some great harmonica players, they rock with the abandon of their obvious influences, Johnny Winter and ZZ Top.

Jul 20 2020

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My Morning Jacket

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"The Waterfall II" was recorded at the same time as their last album "The Waterfall" and since that time Jim James, the band’s leader has recorded five solo albums. If nothing else, the new album signals that the band is not yet over.

Jul 13 2020

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Willie Nelson

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“First Rose of Spring” is the eighty-seven-year-old's 70th studio album. His voice sounds no worse for the wear and the emotion he uses makes this sound like it could be his last album

Jul 06 2020

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Haim

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“Women in Music pt. lll” is the third album by the trio of sisters. The title is meant as an understated kiss-off to critics who have stereotyped them because of their sex.

Jun 29 2020

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Bob Dylan

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The double album “Rough and Rowdy Ways,” is his first of original material in eight years

Jun 22 2020

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Norah Jones

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“Pick Me Up Off the Floor,” her eight studio release was not expected so soon. Says Jones: “I don’t know if I was just in a zone or if this process turned it on, but I’ve felt more creative in the last year than I ever have,”

Jun 15 2020

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Sarah Jarosz

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On her new album “World on the Ground” she sings all about her small Texas hometown with songs that play out like a collection of short stories.

Jun 08 2020

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VickiKristinaBarcelona

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Their love for the tragic-comedy of Tom Waits’ songs is what makes the album “Pawn Shop Radio” so irresistible.

Jun 01 2020

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Steve Earle and the Dukes

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On his 20th studio album, “Ghosts of West Virginia,” Steve Earle is reaching out. He says, “I wanted to speak to people that didn’t necessarily vote the way that I did, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything in common.”

May 25 2020

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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“Reunions” is the follow up to two previous albums that both won Grammy awards, so expectations are high. That standard of excellence is upheld on the new release and then some.

May 18 2020

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Mark Lanegan

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As one of the few performers left from the grunge rock era, he's feeling survivor’s guilt on “Straight Songs of Sorrow.”

May 11 2020

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Larkin Poe

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A duo of sisters, Rebecca and Megan Lovell, have released their fifth album in six years, “Self Made Man.” Like most siblings they have extraordinary vocal harmonies but what sets them apart is the harmony their guitars create on these bluesy rock originals, or as they call it “guitarmony.”

May 04 2020

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Lucinda Williams

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Her righteous fury has never been more ignited that on her new album “Good Souls, Better Angels.”

Apr 27 2020

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EOB

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Ed O'Brien of Radiohead's “Earth” is not only a great debut, it’s one of the best albums of the year period.

Apr 20 2020

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Eliza Gilkyson

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“2020” is like a collection of political anthems to be sung along to at rallies, social assemblies or, as it turns out, in the shelter of our own homes.

Apr 13 2020

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Backtrack Blues Band

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Old school, that’s the perfect description, other than their own name for their seventh album “Your Baby Has Left.” Although the album is mostly original songs, they’re not trying to redefine the genre, just reveling in the inspirational coolness of the blues.

Apr 06 2020

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Waxahatchee

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Katie Crutchfield’s band sets off on a new course for the album “St. Cloud.” The thirty three year old singer-songwriter has fully embraced a sober lifestyle and an Americana direction that has resulted in the best album of her career.

Mar 30 2020

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Sea Wolf

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“Through a Dark Wood” has arrived just in time. As millions shelter in place to ride out the global pandemic, Alex Church, the band’s leader has crafted a set of cathartic songs that has the listener coming out of a dark place and into the light.

Mar 23 2020

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iTunes Ratings

47 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
11
2
2
1

Love Out of the Box

By Shahanashasha - May 15 2018
Read more
I listened to this religiously when I lived in Norfolk and have followed him from California to Florida. It’s been 10 + years of being a fan.

Great show

By President JK Polk - Feb 12 2011
Read more
This show had me listening to music I might have never given a chance otherwise. A great program!