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Monday, September 24 2001

Various Artists: Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute

The range of subjects of tribute albums is vast: everyone from the Beatles to Elvis, Cole Porter to Leonard Cohen, Suzanne Vega to Black Sabbath,

Woven: EPrime

Woven is probably an appropriate name for this band. It does, indeed, weave together a few different styles of music to create something that is

    Loudon Wainwright III: Last Man on Earth

Whether being hailed as the “new Bob Dylan” (early in his career) or better known (now) as the father of Rufus Wainwright, singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright Lost Change

BBE have chosen this year, not one that will be remembered for its hip-hop classics, to launch their would-be-definitive Beatmasters series. BBE collections carry a

The Verve Pipe: Underneath

The Verve Pipe, though, seem to be made of sterner stuff. Teaming with producer Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne), the group has effectively reinvented/

Suzanne Vega: Songs in Red and Gray

Unlike Suzanne Vega’s previous albums, Songs in Red and Gray comes with a lot of public baggage. Since 1996’s wonderful Nine Objects of Desire,

Transient: The Conceptual World Is Losing Its Grip

A common misconception about electronic based music is that if it isn’t being played in a dance club with a couple hundred sweaty bodies

Tears for Fears: Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears

“Great art, whether it’s music or not, cannot be appreciated without effort. The trick is not to be passive.” —Roland Orzabal, chief songwriter, singer

    Billy Bob Thornton: Private Radio

The Starlight Lounge is a familiar archetype in the American imagination—a poorly lit bar with red velvet-textured wallpaper, where the stale air is thick

    Tenacious D: self-titled

Man, it is finally here! The long-awaited, most triumphant release of what could possibly be the most important album of the year! Nay, the decade!

    Spiritualized: Let It Come Down

The personal nature of these songs is what really sets 'Let It Come Down' apart from anything Spiritualized has done before. It's as though J. Spaceman has realized that once you're in deep outer-space, the only way to escape is to come back home.

The Soul Brothers: The Rough Guide to the Soul Brothers

It’s kind of a legend, at least in pop music terms. Paul Simon is having the third or fourth of his mid-life crises, driving

Sugarbomb: Bully

Try for a second to imagine guitar-based pop as commercially viable again. Imagine for a second that major record labels, y’know, those Snake Oil

Stars: The Comeback EP

Stars is a four-piece electronic pop band currently based in Montreal. At the Darla records site, Stars vocalist Torquill Campbell describes their last CD, the

    Soulstance: Truth, Simplicity and Love

Italian cool meets Bossa Nova with a little touch of jazz-house. Cinecitta soundtracks get the Jazzanova treatment. Bebel Gilberto goes Abstract Lounge. Any of the

    Suicide Machines: Steal This Record

Am I listening to the right CD? I’ve had to check at least twice, but yep, there it is on the sleeve—this is

Matthew Ryan: Concussion

If you’ve read Rick Bragg’s memoir All Over but the Shoutin’, it’s impossible to hear a song like Matthew Ryan’s “Night

    Rambient: So Many Worlds

Rock and electronic music have a very shaky relationship. Early on in their career, the Chemical Brothers put big beat on the map and successfully

    The O’Jays: For the Love

It has been a good year for soul music. Not only have the neo/nu coterie all dropped solid releases but, for the first time

    Naked Music NYC: Reconstructed Soul

It’s not hard to spot a Naked Music head in a crowd of house aficionados—there’s something about the way they walk, the

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