Wednesday, September 13 2006
Acheiving that fleeting balance between prettiness and interest, Helios delivers a lush instrumental that actually engages the heart.
Italian Surrealist Cartoon Music for the Soul.
Punk band hasn't changed much in a decade, for better and worse.
At question is whether a musician can extend things in this or that direction, and very possibly the performer of "Shell Shocked" can.
Tuesday, September 12 2006
Russian neo-lounge act's camp and kitsch belies its complex sampling and arrangements.
YOU try telling these primal r'n'r gals that women can't be Husbands.
Spineshank is to Fear Factory as Silent Civilian is to...
Belgian group's second album is full of college radio-friendly charming pop.
As with so many stopgap EPs, it's an eclectic, so-so afair of questionable re-release value.
Monday, September 11 2006
Freeform musician continues to surprise in ability to be accessible and push boundaries.
Very nice jazz singer with a relaxed, quiet, light baritone delivery, and something of an all-round musician.
Same old heartbreak song and dance, done yet again.
The Little Ones prove to be impressive without being overly distinctive, trading challenges for talented execution.
Predictable and conventional, nothing here is quite ready to actually connect.
Friday, September 8 2006
Even more gothic 'Dear John' letters.
The dangers of bi-focal split-LPs are many, but these two acts make it fun, regardless of the innevitable judgment of which is the better band.
Sax virtuoso continues to deliver a range of riches and cool jazz grooves.
Consciousness rap goes international in a effort to spotlight the plight of Palestine.
Sometimes funky, sometimes forumlaic, this female singer-songwriter reminds you of her forebears, but still manages the occasional item of interest.
Another gem of an album from one of the most exciting blues artists to come along in years.