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Sunday, December 1 2002

The Posies: Dear 23

When asked to write about my single favourite album of all time, I realized it was one of the hardest questions I’ve ever been


Paul Oakenfold: Bunkka

Music purists, however heartfelt their intentions are, can be annoying. These “fair-weather” fans tend to get upset when their favorite artists want to branch out


Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell (Deluxe Edition)

“Every golden nugget coming like a gift of the gods,Someone must have blessed us when he gave us those songs.” —Jim Steinman, “Rock and


Jets to Brazil: Perfecting Loneliness

Remember when Jets to Brazil were just starting out? How excited everyone was to hear Blake Schwarzenbachs’ new band; especially since Chris Daly of Texas


John Cunningham: Happy-Go-Unlucky

Fans of intricately layered Britpop, take note: this is one you might find okay at first listen. However, by the tenth listen it’s almost


Camper Van Beethoven: Cigarettes and Carrot Juice: The Santa Cruz Years

So, Camper Van Beethoven is back. True to the band’s bizarre, absurd form, it’s to promote the album that has been hinted at


Friday, November 29 2002

Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

Paul Justman's 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown' aims to recover the Funk Brothers' legacy.


Solaris (2002)

The liveliest moments in Steven Soderbergh's Solaris belong to Jeremy Davies' hands.


Half Past Dead (2002)

Ja is partnered with Steven Seagal, the fading action/martial arts star who not only refuses to go away.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

The cruelest of Malfoy's bigotries is directed against lovely, diligent Hermoine.


Friday After Next (2002)

'I look at myself and the movies I do as a brand,' Ice Cube tells 'Variety'.


Far From Heaven (2002)

For Haynes, much of this surface is simultaneously supple and precise, 'girly-swirly,' as he terms it.


The Emperor’s Club (2002)

Never acknowledges that the moral order in the United States has always been a fiction.


Die Another Day (2002)

Bond's issues have to do with self-identity.


Ararat (2002)

As usual in Egoyan's films, tangled familial relationships inspire chaos and meanness as much as understanding and benevolence.


Thursday, November 28 2002

Various Artists: Timeless: Savoy 60th Anniversary

Sixtieth anniversaries are auspicious, and no one can blame the Savoy Jazz label for celebrating its 60th year in style. A record label synonymous with


Anna Waronker: Anna by Anna Waronker

In the ‘90s, groups that dog. were the alternative pop to that decades’ “alternative” rock. They were the type of band that the more mainstream


Six By Seven: The Way I Feel Today

Sometimes an album will click with me at the strangest time and place. Take Six by Seven’s sophomore album, The Closer You Get. I’


Mclusky: Mclusky Do Dallas

In a world of UK exports that rely on Britrock dawdlers and flavor-of-the-week trends, rock is in need of an antidote—something to cure the


Good Charlotte: The Young & The Hopeless

LLooking at Good Charlotte’s second full-length release, The Young & The Hopeless, it’s obvious these guys want to be punk. Badly. It’s


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