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  • Summary: The debut album for Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter AM and London-based Shawn Lee was influenced by 1960s and 70s rock music.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Lush and smooth, funky and ethereal, Celestial Electric is a sublimely down-tempo album filled with beautiful vocals and gorgeous orchestration. [#81, p. 52]
  2. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    Heavenly. [Mar 2012, p.97]
  3. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    This is music at something like its most natural, made by a collaboration who might not even have met but who have struck up a clear understanding despite the distance between them. More, please.
  4. Sep 7, 2011
    76
    Celestial Electric can feel a little freewheeling and exploratory at times, but it also hints at great potential in future collaborations.
  5. Sep 7, 2011
    70
    This type of zip-filed nostalgia is not particularly rare or new, but what makes this meeting of the minds work better than other collaborative vanity projects is the way these two artists' sensibilities flow seamlessly into one another, erasing any sense of the cut-and-pasting that brought the album to life.
  6. Sep 7, 2011
    70
    For longtime fans, Celestial Electric is about as good as one could have hoped for the coming together of two like-minded musicians.
  7. Sep 7, 2011
    40
    Celestial Electric settles into its midtempo shuffle early on and rarely strays from it and doesn't do enough to command attention when it does.

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  1. Feb 21, 2012
    9
    Every track sounds like you've heard it before. And LOVED it. A fabulous album for quality 70's and 80's pop lovers. Influences abound.Every track sounds like you've heard it before. And LOVED it. A fabulous album for quality 70's and 80's pop lovers. Influences abound. Phoenix would be happy to follow up 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' with an album as good as this. HIGHLY recommended. Expand