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  • Joe Brockmeier 7:58 am on November 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Ehren Starks returns! "Cry Wolf" on Magnatune 

    Last year when I did my 100 favorite albums, I put Ehren Starks' The Depths of a Year at number 74. It had been 11 years since his last album, Lines Build Walls, and there were no signs of a third album in sight.

    And then Cry Wolf dropped out of the sky unexpectedly. It was actually released in June of this year, but I hadn't caught wind of it until recently. I've given it a few good listens, and I do believe it's every bit as good as Depths.

    It's really great, powerful instrumental music. It's not just background noise – it's worth, and rewards, sitting down and just listening. (A habit, I'm afraid, people have gotten out of.)

    Go give it a listen, you'll be very happy you did.

  • Joe Brockmeier 10:04 pm on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    My favorite 100 albums of all time: #74 ("The Depths of a Year") 

    Album Cover "The Depths of a Year" by Ehren Starks Today's album was discovered by rummaging through the Magnatune catalog. This one is The Depths of a Year by Ehren Starks.

    Magnatune lists Depths in several categories: jazz, instrumental, neoclassical, piano, and cello. It's the last one that grabbed me. I realized sometime in the early 2000's that I really love the sound of cello. So I started seeking out classical and instrumental works that prominently feature cello.

    Eventually, I caught wind of Magnatune – a record label with the motto "we're not evil." The company's business model has changed over the years from individual CD sales to MP3 (and other format) downloads, to an "all you can eat" model. It was sometime after 2003 that I checked out Depths and loved it. It's been in heavy rotation ever since.

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