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Blogcritics Goodie Bag: Ciara, Tom Baxter, Rod Stewart, Freerunner, and Mutronium

Here’s the new single “Promise” from Ciara’s highly anticipated sophomore album Ciara: The Evolution, in stores December 5, 2006. “Promise” is produced by Polow, and other producers on the album include Rodney Jerkins, will.i.am, Pharrell Williams, Lil John, and more. “When ‘Goodies’ came out, people labeled me the ‘Princess of Crunk N B,’ but that was just one song, one sound. My first album had a much bigger variety than that, and I’m taking that even further with Ciara: The Evolution,” says Ciara. “For this album, I took my inspiration from many different influences and the sound really reflects that.”

Tom Baxter makes a very welcome return following his critically acclaimed debut album, Feather And Stone, with a clutch of brand new tracks recorded live only last week put together in an EP called Live At The Amadeus. Download the song “Better” for free.

publicity photo of Rod Stewart | hosted by Photobucket.comRod Stewart returns to his roots with the release of Still the Same…Great Rock Classics of Our Time, a landmark recording of great rock songs and Stewart’s first rock album in over eight years. Still the Same… Great Rock Classics of Our Time comes on the heels of the unprecedented success of the four volumes that comprise his Grammy award winning Great American Songbook series, the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history, with a total of almost fifteen million copies worldwide. Check out the streaming audio for “Have You Seen the Rain” (lo|hi).

Freerunner are from Newcastle, England, and they’re making music fans go weak at the knees with that quirky, euphoric XTC pop thing they’ve got going on. You can hear streaming audio of their indiestore tracks.

And finally, Mutronium are back with another quirky YouTube video. “Slip Away” highlights the Brooklyn Bridge.

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