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New Music Releases For Feb. 23, Including Joanna Newsom and Daniel Merriweather

What to Download: New Music This Week

It's Tuesday, which means I've got lots of entertainment-related goodies to share with you. This morning I gave you some advice on what to add to your Netflix queues, and now it's time to make your ears happy with three new music releases.

Thrice as nice: Clocking in at over two hours and spanning over three discs, Joanna Newsom's Have One on Me isn't just an album — it's an undertaking. Newsom has her harp and a few other instruments backing her up, but it's her beautiful vocals that are on display here. Her angelic and often bluesy voice spills out equally gorgeous lyrics, and overall the album is the perfect soundtrack for a relaxing evening in your bathtub. It's hard to pick out a single tune on an album of such epic proportions, but you might want to try "Easy," or the soulful "Baby Birch."

Overseas invasion: You've probably heard the Australian Daniel Merriweather croon on Mark Ronson's version of "Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before," but on his debut Love & War, he proves he has the goods (and the falsetto) to stand on his own — well, with a little help. Ronson lends a hand on "Change" featuring Wale, and Adele chimes in for the ballad "Water and a Flame." Both tracks are worth downloading, but I'm also loving the Motown sound of "Impossible." Like any R&B singer, Merriweather touches on relationships and their demise, but the variety of sounds (and his rich voice) keep the old themes feeling fresh. Amy Winehouse, meet your cleaner, male counterpart.

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Music for the people: A whole slew of artists you already know put together a compilation of unreleased footage for Download to Donate for Haiti, which was released late last week. It features tracks from Linkin Park, Weezer, and Enrique Iglesias, as well as some live music. It's a good mix of somber and upbeat tunes, and I have to admit that the live version of Dave Matthews Band's Typical Situation is bringing me back to my college years. Check it out and remember — it's for a good cause!

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