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Tuesday, January 6 2009

Frontline: The Old Man and the Storm

Incisive, heartrending, and beautifully crafted, The Old Man and the Storm reflects on how the "crippled city [has struggled] to right itself," despite insurmountable odds.

Friday, December 12 2008

Wendy and Lucy

Surviving traumas, Wendy (Michelle Williams) serves as both detailed portrait and metaphorical expanse. Her pain is specific but also vague, her loss exact and all-encompassing.

Thursday, December 11 2008

Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings

A legend's output is doubled with stellar results.

Sunday, December 7 2008

Jurassic 5: J5

If you somehow missed J5, maybe it's for the better now that you can experience this outstanding debut with a bunch of extra goodies.

Pavement: Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition

Brighten the Corners focused in a way that showed the band not bucking the burdens of indie rock off their backs, as they did on Wowee Zowee, but setting them aside to make a great record.

Tuesday, November 25 2008

R.E.M. : Murmur (Deluxe Edition)

It all began with one weird little album with a weird little cover, with weird little songs sung by a weird guy who couldn’t even enunciate properly.

Friday, November 21 2008

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

In Nerakhoon, Thavi's memories are both poetic and harsh, tied up in the war he left behind but also never escaped.

Thursday, November 20 2008

Gomez : Bring It On: 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Gomez, like the Beatles, hijack the warm russet tones of Americana, but adapt these elements to a British perspective.

Tuesday, November 18 2008

Ry Cooder: The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed

Listening to UFO as a whole over a steady period reveals its final strength: It's definitely an album, not just a sturdy hodgepodge.

Tuesday, November 11 2008

Cheap Trick: Budokan!: 30th Anniversary Edition

One of rock's all-time classic concert LPs is expanded, remastered, redoubled, posterized, essayfied, and videotastically ultra-enhanced. In a word: Budokan!

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TV on the Radio: Dear Science (Reviews) [21.Sep.08]
Shugo Tokumaru: Exit (Reviews) [17.Sep.08]
Okkervil River: The Stand Ins (Reviews) [7.Sep.08]
No End in Sight (Reviews) [1.Sep.08]
The Noël Coward Trilogy (Reviews) [28.Aug.08]
My Blueberry Nights (Reviews) [27.Aug.08]
Aaron Parks: Invisible Cinema (Reviews) [27.Aug.08]
Order Up! (Reviews) [26.Aug.08]
Savage Barbecue by Andrew Warnes (Reviews) [24.Aug.08]
LEGO Indiana Jones (Reviews) [24.Aug.08]
Trouble the Water (Reviews) [22.Aug.08]
Jennifer O’Connor: Here with Me (Reviews) [21.Aug.08]
High and Low (Reviews) [21.Aug.08]
The Black Death by John Hatcher (Reviews) [17.Aug.08]
Wale: The Mixtape About Nothing (Reviews) [14.Aug.08]
The Bug: London Zoo (Reviews) [10.Aug.08]
Shine a Light (Reviews) [10.Aug.08]
Devil’s Cape (Reviews) [10.Aug.08]
Satantango (Reviews) [7.Aug.08]
Randy Newman: Harps and Angels (Reviews) [4.Aug.08]
The Chap: Mega Breakfast (Reviews) [4.Aug.08]
Spaced: The Complete Series (Reviews) [27.Jul.08]
Wire: Object 47 (Reviews) [17.Jul.08]
‘Dark Knight’ Is Epic Entertainment (Short Ends and Leader) [17.Jul.08]
Nas: Untitled (Reviews) [13.Jul.08]
Full Battle Rattle (Reviews) [9.Jul.08]
Alejandro Escovedo: Real Animal (Reviews) [24.Jun.08]
The Peel Sessions by Ken Garner (Reviews) [15.Jun.08]
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