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Monday, February 10 2003

Footballers’ Wive$ / Serious and Organised

Events at Earl's Park tend to be broadly soap operatic.


The Office

The humor [of 'The Office'] is as dry as vermouth; next to it, the 'Dilbert' comic strip is 'The Man Show'.


Oz

No other fiction show has offered such a frighteningly realistic look inside our nation's prisons or so openly debated their moral and social obligations.


American Idol 2

During the first episodes this season, Cowell was, in his own words, 'bored,' which made him rather boring to watch.


Sunday, February 9 2003

Lee Ann Womack: Something Worth Leaving Behind

The photographs of country star Lee Ann Womack decorating the album cover and inner sleeve of her latest release, Something Worth Leaving Behind, are obviously


Supertramp: Crime of the Century / Crisis? What Crisis? / Even in the Quietest Moments / Breakfast

Give a little bit MORE of your love to them. Because they’ve been re-mastered, you know . . . When it comes to today’s generation of


The Snitches: Star Witness

There’s a special difficulty in reviewing a record that’s not clearly within the bounds of music that you enjoy, a record that, subjectively


Parliament: Funked Up: The Very Best of Parliament

In the 1970s, nobody in the entire universe ruled funk like the inimitable George Clinton did. During that decade, the former Motown staff writer alternated


Pearl Jam: Riot Act

For years now, Pearl Jam has sought to escape the arena-rock pigeonhole they found themselves in circa 1992. Derided by Saint Cobain, a leader of the


The Mayflies USA: Walking in a Straight Line

Third time’s the charm? The first release from the Chapel Hill-based Mayflies USA was actually a self-titled EP that emerged on Clancy Records in 1997,


Steve Morse Band: Split Decision

Steve Morse is probably best known as guitarist for the Dixie Dregs, an outfit that combined elements of Allman Brothers southern rock with the high-flying


Lo-Hi: Say It More

“Turn it up!” So demands Hollis Queens at the start of Lo-Hi’s latest album Say It More and its opening track “Runaround”. Frankly, it’


Chris Thomas King: A Young Man’s Blues

In most circles, Chris Thomas King is currently best known for his role as Delta bluesman Tommy Johnson in the Coen Brother’s film O


Hot Hot Heat: Make Up the Breakdown

Yes, it’s true, the most famous band from Canada is Rush. But don’t hold that against Hot Hot Heat. While the prog-rock trio


His Name Is Alive: Last Night

His Name Is Alive is one of those bands who sound is “for the times” but who never dabble with the latest technology or gadgets


Thursday, February 6 2003

Various Artists: Acuarela Songs 2

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Various Artists: The Best of Motown 1980s, Volumes 1 & 2 (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Coll

You don’t have to be a professional music critic to know that Motown’s decade of greatest glory was the 1960s. They had the


David S. Ware Quartet: Freedom Suite

In 1956, Sonny Rollins was one of the best-known tenor saxophonists in jazz, having recorded and released two wonderful and classic jazz albums, Saxophone Colossus and


Kitty Wells: The Best of Kitty Wells: The Millennium Collection (20th Century Masters)

The Millennium Collection is often a hit and miss affair. Artists who have more than a dozen memorable songs or hit singles often have single


Vitesse: You Win Again, Gravity!

If you’re between the ages of 21 and 40, there’s a good chance you’ve been forwarded one of those “You know you’re a


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