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Monday, October 22 2001

    The Orange Alabaster Mushroom: Space & Time: A Compendium Of . . .

The name The Orange Alabaster Mushroom should tell you everything you need to know about this band. Under the delightful delusion that the ‘60s are


Raul Malo: Today

Music for all Occasions Even looking back, with a fistful of quality albums under the band’s belt, it’s hard to imagine the Mavericks


    Mogwai: My Father My King

Mogwai’s new EP, My Father My King, is, in a word, artless. It is inscrutable from every angle: melodically dull and repetitive, rhythmically plodding,


Reba McEntire: Greatest Hits Volume III: I’m a Survivor

Reba McEntire’s third volume of Greatest Hits is just what her fans have come to expect. That there are three such collections in McEntire’


The Langley Schools Music Project: Innocence & Despair

Four months after its CD release in 2001, the story of The Langley Schools Music Project is now the stuff of indie legend, something so seemingly


Anita Lane: Sex O’ Clock

Anita Lane: The female Leonard Cohen. Who knew? While Cohen’s writing has always been revered, his song styling and vocal timbre require a very


John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Milk and Honey

I was only eight years old when John Lennon was killed. At the time, I had an idea of who he was, but wasn’t


The (International) Noise Conspiracy: A New Morning, Changing Weather

The word “International” is in parentheses, so the implication is that we should treat it as an aside or a qualifier of some sort, as


Dizzy Gillespie and the United Nations Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London

While the perception most non-jazz savvy people have of Dizzy Gillespie exists primarily in the realm of caricature, those who are aware of his work


The Grip Weeds: Summer of a Thousand Years

Retro jangle rock sounds abound, and The Grip Weeds lay claim to their own fair share of 1960s musical memories, though not necessarily the same


Elk City: The Sea is Fierce

It’s not perfect, but it’s intriguing, and it gives listeners enough of a taste of Elk City that they will want more.


Einstürzende Neubauten: Strategies Against Architecture III: 1991-2001

Berlin’s Einstürzende Neubauten—that’s “Collapsing New Buildings” to the uninitiated—are in many ways an embodiment of a certain stereotype about German art rock.


Miles Davis: The Complete in a Silent Way Sessions

The set highlights many important elements to Davis's evolving sound: his quest to strip songs down to their essential parts, his shift from acoustic to electric-based music, his choice of sidemen who best play that type of music, and, in turn, his way of coaxing the best music from those sidemen.


DMX: The Great Depression

DMX was hip-hop’s newest miscreant in 1998, snarling into an arena that has since lent itself to bling-bling blathering and bad hooks. He was a


Harry Connick Jr.: 30

Contrary to what the title of his latest release would lead listeners to believe, Harry Connick Jr. is actually 34 years old. Denoting the artist’s


Collette Carter: The New Stroboscopic

Synths. I love ‘em, as any six months worth of my reviews should prove, especially under the fingers of an Alan Wilder, a Joe Jackson—


The Cranberries: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

The record company hyperbole enthusiastically heralds The Cranberries’ fifth album, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, as a return to the phenomenally successful Irish band’


Jane Bunnett: Alma de Santiago

Cuban music has become rather omnipresent these days, and it’s tempting to write off any norteamericano who travels down there and starts messing around.


Regina Belle: This is Regina

Though Anita Baker first emerged as lead vocalist of Chapter 8 in 1979 and her debut solo recording The Songstress was released in 1983, it was not until 1986


Be: Thistupidream

Thistupidream is an album teetering on perfection. Its ten tracks threaten to transform themselves into a musical epic at nearly every turn thanks to the


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