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Thursday, October 24 2002

Matthew Sweet: To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet fans are of the rabidly devoted type. Ask the typical Matthew Sweet fan about their collection of his material, and they’re likely


Supreme Beings of Leisure: Divine Operating System

The Supreme Beings of Leisure take the sophomore slump and drop-kick it into last week on Divine Operating System, the follow-up to the self-titled debut


Orwell: Following Days

Bonjour monsieurs y madamoiselles and pardon the intrusion, but there’s another French revolution afoot—a subtle one in the world of popular music. Unobtrusively


NON: Children of the Black Sun

The story of ambient music’s genesis begins with egg-domed musical dilettante/mentor Brian Eno being struck by a taxi in January 1975. While recuperating in


Matthew: Everybody Down

Let’s be frank, shall we? Everybody Down is an entirely bland release with no glimmers of individual personality at all. That Matthew is a


Iron Maiden: Rock in Rio

Earlier this year, I wrote a review of Iron Maiden’s CD release of Rock in Rio, their January, 2001 performance which was recorded for both


Herbie Hancock: The Herbie Hancock Box

Herbie Hancock may just be the most comfortable performer ever with the jazz dichotomy between the funky, earthy, gospel-influenced and the lyrical, abstract. He’s


Charlie Christian: Genius of the Electric Guitar

Just before the Conner McCloud lopped off the bad guys’ head at the end of The Highlander he managed to grunt, “there can be only


Beck: Sea Change

I admit I was one of those people who didn’t “get” Beck when he first appeared on the scene in the early ‘90s. I


Take Care of My Cat (2002)

If it breaks no new aesthetic or structural ground, 'Take Care of My Cat' is honest and tender, remarkably specific about girls' experiences.


Paid in Full (2002)

As familiar as this story sounds (and is), Ace is hardly your usual somebody.


Ghost Ship (2002)

The best surprise of 'Ghost Ship' is that it's surprisingly good, spooky, fun, and stylish.


Auto Focus (2002)

Paul Schrader's 'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.


Wednesday, October 23 2002

The Windmills: Sunlight

The Windmills are one of a plethora of British pop bands who have the melodies and harmonies needed to break into the spotlight, but for


André Toussaint: Bahamian Ballads: The Songs of André Toussaint

Listeners who know Alan Lomax’s 1935 Bahamian field recordings, or the rhyming spirituals of Bahamian roots artists like the Pinder Family and Joseph Spence (whose


Rose Smith: Dawn Raiding

“The singer-songwriter imperative is weakened but still with us, providing new voices and nonvoices each year . . .”—Richard Reinhardt Once upon time, as a DJ at


Eliades Ochoa: Estoy Como Nunca

Eliades Ochoa appears strolling down the rusted train tracks in his featured segment in Wim Wender’s documentary Buena Vista Social Club. While the other


Manfred Mann: Classic Masters

The Classic Masters series from EMI/Capitol can be, in some cases, an excellent way of producing a best-of collection for an artist with very


Billie Holiday: The Best of Billie Holiday (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

The Best of Billie Holiday 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection is a wonderful introduction to the artist. Holiday’s musical career spanned the years


Blur: Parklife

It’s really easy to analyze new releases from every Tom, Dick, and Harry out there. It’s damn hard to write a review of


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