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Monday, August 21 2000

Ian Dury and the Blockheads: All the Best, Mate: Live

In 1977 I was 14 when my much older brother returned from law school in San Francisco. I have always said that he was responsible for my

Cleopatra: Steppin’ Out

While British sister act Cleopatra earned comparisons to the Spice Girls with their pop-focused 1998 debut, the trio are aiming to capture fans of TLC and

Buffalo Tom: A-Sides from Buffalo Tom (1988 to 1999)

The notion that Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20 and The Wallflowers can achieve Brontosaurus-heavy radio rotation while Buffalo Tom remain in the shadows

Wednesday, August 16 2000


It's been said about a thousand times that electronica needs a face before it can become a part of the US pop music mainstream.

Monday, August 14 2000

Wheatus: self-titled

Columbia Records took a huge risk when they let one of their newest finds, Wheatus, make their label debut all by themselves. The group, which

Victoria Williams: Water to Drink

I was first heard Victoria Williams’ music on the benefit album, Sweet Relief. What a beautiful and glorious album. With a cast of artists from

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee: Absolutely the Best

Country blues is the primitive, acoustic grandpa to much of what passes for blues these days. While theories abound regarding the origins of the blues

Tommy Sims: Peace & Love

Over the years Tommy Sims has worked with the likes of Garth Brooks, Joan Osborne, and Amy Grant. However, lovers of top quality music should

Sunna: One Minute Science

Sunna have quite the pedigree. Frontman Jon Harris played on Massive Attack’s Mezzanine and this debut is released through Massive’s Melankolic imprint, home

Relative Ash: Our Time With You

I hate to have to invoke a tired cliche, but here goes: Looks can be deceiving. Did that hurt too much? Hope not. Anyway, my

O.P.M.: Menace to Sobriety

O.P.M. may have good intentions to deliver a hip-hop mixed with pop punk sound, but they do nothing more than rethread other bands

Madredeus: Antologia

Now this is gorgeous music. Over the past few years, North Americans have had a chance to hear more Portuguese music than ever before. From

Marisa Monte: Memories, Chronicles & Declarations of Love

Marisa Monte, Brazilian pop diva, has a voice like honey—it’s syrupy and at times sickly sweet. Her sultry mezzo soprano voice is what

Debelah Morgan: Dance with Me

Debelah Morgan might well be America’s next golden-voiced diva, a la Whitney and Mariah. Blessed with a five-octave range, she’s undoubtedly got the

IQU: Teenage Dream

Tempered hurrahs for indie trip d’n'b pop. Tempered because for the last few years attempts at melding phat and phunky beats, indie guitar and

Gabrielle: Rise

As a black woman who does not sing R&B, British soulstress Gabrielle will be an anomaly to most Americans. Her publicity team in

Fanmail: 2000

Real estate agents will acknowledge that the division of a single piece of property often results in two parcels whose value, when added together, is

Robert Crenshaw: Victory Songs

It’s no big surprise this CD sounds familiar. Robert Crenshaw sounds much like his brother Marhsall, both musically and vocally. He was a part

Joey Baron with Arthur Blythe, Ron Carter, Bill Frisell: We’ll Soon Find Out

Drummer Joey Baron has recorded with folks as divergent as Laurie Anderson to Chet Baker, and was a member of Bill Frisell’s group until 1995.

Dave Alvin: Public Domain

The defining moment of Dave Alvin’s new album comes early—on the opening song, in fact. His version of the standard, “Shenandoah,” is a

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