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Monday, May 14 2001

Michael Franti & Spearhead: Stay Human

From Nina Simone to Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone to Bob Marley, soul music has a healthy history of subversiveness and social protest. In this grand


Fantastic Plastic Machine: Beautiful

Say you’re having a party and all types are coming—boys and girls, fabulous pill-poppers who dance ‘til dawn, quiet shoegazers in academic cardigans,


EBLAKE: Limit

Limit‘s cover is a shot of vast, dark mountains with clouded sky overhead, distorted by a sort of mosaic graphic effect (it looks, in


Depeche Mode: Exciter

Don’t let the title fool you: Depeche Mode’s Exciter isn’t exciting, so much as it is serenely pleasing. If you’re looking


Miles Davis: The Essential Miles Davis

 Miles Davis Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It’s About That Time(Columbia/Legacy)US release date: 15 May 2001 by Simon Warner davismiles-essential.jpg :.


Cowboy Junkies: Open

Nothing included in the Cowboy Junkies’ latest, Open, is superfluous—not even the CD cover art design. The album title is the connecting thread to


The Robert Cray Band: Shoulda Been Home

Since his explosive debut on the blues scene in 1980 with Who’s Been Talkin’, Robert Cray has been heralded as the torchbearer for a new


Kenny Barron and Regina Carter: Freefall

Though at different stages of their respective careers, these two are on something of a roll right now. In the very grown up world of


Friday, May 11 2001

    Local Folk: Here Goes Everything

If you haven’t paid attention up to this point in my reviewing history at PopMatters so far, then let me reiterate a couple of


Monday, May 7 2001

    Various Artists: A Nod to Bob: An Artists’ Tribute to Bob Dylan on His 60th Birthday

Tribute albums—where established artists re-visit the back catalogue of a significant figure from the musical pantheon—have been employed to different ends over the


    Various Artists: Jamaica

Putumayo’s latest offering, Jamaica, focuses on the music of the now infamous island: reggae. This is its second similarly themed album after 1998’s Reggae


    The Volebeats: Mosquito Spiral

After the instrumental reverie of their previous disc, Solitude, it was inevitable that The Volebeats return to the Beatles-influenced country rock and pop sound of


    Templars: The Horns of Hattin

The Templars of ancient European history were an order of knights who were some of the most mysterious figures to have arisen in the era


    To Rococo Rot & I-Sound: Music Is a Hungry Ghost

I have a hard time with electronic music. In fact, I think most of it sucks. In one ear and out the other. Usually never


    Sum 41: All Killer No Filler

It may not be fair game to comment on the presskit, but I think the Island Record’s biography of Sum 41 goes a little too


    Susheela Raman: Salt Rain

Susheela Raman is a world music marketer’s dream. She is 28 years old and has great hair. She was born in London to South Indian


    Pablo Cruise: The Best Of - The Millennium Collection

If you were to approach average teenage music fans and ask them who Pablo Cruise is, you may get responses like “Tom’s brother” or


    Punchy: Just My Type

When Van Halen released their monumental debut album in 1978, they introduced to the world a lineup that would dominate the rock music scene for the


    Placebo: Black Market Music

Placebo is wonderfully anachronistic in their outlook. They refuse to let the early ‘70s die. They fashion themselves as the heirs of the glam rock


    Fermin Muguruza: FM 99.00 Dub Manifest

There’s an old Basque proverb that says, “Ez ardo bizidunik, ez andre bizardunik”. Translated, that means, “Two things to avoid: sparkling wine and bearded


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