The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding

The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding

By Andrew Paschal

The War on Drugs have always had a way of conjuring sweepingly romantic images of the open road, but A Deeper Understanding finds them as desolate and far from home as they've ever been. 21 Aug 2017 // 2:29 AM

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//Recent Reviews

2 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Gloomy Sunday (2000)

Unable to fully harness the power of its melancholic music, Gloomy Sunday remains more a (satisfying) pop piece than a transcendent, movie-going experience.

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2 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jeff Lang: Prepare Me Well

The Australian slide guitar whiz makes a long overdue US debut and ZING it is tasty!

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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borrowing from Andy Kaufman, John Waters, and Steve-O, Borat delights in irreverence and abuse.

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2 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

The End by Lemony Snicket

Because their desperately perilous circumstances force them to behave in ways they would have never previously imagined, the children begin to wonder if they are losing their moral compass.

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2 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Wolf Boy by Evan Kuhlman

Wolf Boy portrays children on the threshold of that crossing over into the far less interesting concerns of adolescence, capturing the last golden summer of weird, perfect youth. The circumstances into which he places his characters, however, are neither perfect nor golden.

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Edie Carey: Another Kind of Fire

Carey really doesn’t have much to say. She’s earnest enough, and she’s not dumb. But she really doesn’t offer any great insights into the world in which we live.

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The Blood Brothers: Young Machetes

You can call it selling out. You can call it mainstream. Just don’t call it bad. Call it the best album of their career. Scratch that: call it one of the best of 2006.

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Teddybears: Soft Machine

Does this dancefloor-centric Swedish act have what it takes to enter the pantheon of great Scandinavian pop? Based on the evidence here, not quite.

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King Jammy: King At the Controls

Jammy, credited with bringing reggae into the digital music age, was just a great producer, period. This excellent single-disc comp. gives you 20 reasons why.

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Pigeon John: …And the Summertime Pool Party

More good-time optimism from under-the-radar LA rapper, Pigeon John.

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How It Slips Away: 'The Breaking Point' Crosses Hemingway With Noir

// Short Ends and Leader

"Whether we've seen or read the story before, we ache for these sympathetic, floundering people presented to us gravely and without cynicism, even when cynical themselves.

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