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    George Usher Group: Days of Plenty

Patience often isn’t a virtue of the pop listener, especially in these “I want it and I want it now” times. As such, some


    Ultra V: Bring on the Fuego

The first two songs on Ultra V’s Bring on the Fuego are “Playboy Mansion” and “Money” and these are an immediate indication as to


    Peter Ulrich: Pathways and Dawns

Pathways and Dawns, the first solo album by former Dead Can Dance percussionist Ulrich, is largely as percussive as one would expect. What may come


    Train: Drops of Jupiter

In 1998, Train scored big with their chart-topping hit “Meet Virginia”, from their self-titled debut. The success of this quirky number not only assured platinum status,


    Koko Taylor: self-titled

It is routine practice to describe Koko Taylor as either the “Queen of the Blues” or the “Last of the Blues Women”. Oddly enough, the


    The Teen Kings: Lost and Found: The Unreleased 1956 Recordings

Lost and Found: The Unreleased 1956 Recordings documents some live, local television appearances by The Teen Kings, the country/rockabilly group in which a young Roy


    Tagging Satellites: Risk of Flight EP

Earlier this year Low uproariously invaded critics’ hearts with their exceptionally un-uproarious release Things We Lost in the Fire. Featuring quiet vocals and soothing, lazy


The Twelve Caesars, Youth Is Wasted On The Young

Yes indeed, another Swedish band. Minty Fresh has made their name in part by releasing stateside versions of records by a number of Swedish pop


Ralph Towner: Anthem

Ralph Towner is a virtuoso guitar player, one of the very few who manages to meld together skillfully the disparate worlds of jazz and classical


    Pete Tong: Essential Mix

Mr. Cook may sell the records, but Pete Tong is the name among British DJs, with his “Essential Selections” radio show on BBC Radio One


The Teenage Frames, 1% Faster | PopMatters | Music | Reviews

On their second full-length, the Teenage Frames make like the album title and speed through 14 tracks of blistering pop and punk. Hailing from Chicago, the


Timonium: Suspende Animation

For some reason the slowed-down, reverbed-out, protracted-length dirge genre is getting big these days in The Indie Rock Circles. Maybe that’s why these songs,


James Taylor: JT / Flag / Dad Loves His Work / That’s Why I’m Here / Never Die Young

He turned being a sensitive singer-songwriter into an art form. A freewheeling hippie who was signed to The Beatles’ Apple label, his early material (mostly


    Dave Thompson: Little Dave and Big Love

This is my first introduction to Dave Thompson and Big Love. Dave Thompson is a young man who plays good electric blues guitar, leaning more


    Takfarinas: Yal

Rai’s popularity in the West since the late ‘80s has had contradictory effects. On the one hand, as the first Middle Eastern genre to


Tonic: Sugar | PopMatters Music Review

Apparently, the joke is on us. Tonic, alt-rock’s answer to a dreary pop-song no one asked for, decided to name their second album Sugar,


    Boubacar Traore: Macire

This quiet, yet politically charged, CD links together Africa and American blues music. Primarily the connection remains narratively thematic in that Traore and traditional blues


    38 Special: Anthology

Anthology serves as a reminder of the many sides of 38 Special. At the end of the day, they’re a southern rock band but, as


Touré-Touré: Laddé

Released first in Europe to critical acclaim, the debut album of Touré-Touré has now arrived in the United States. Touré-Touré is an African


The Tragically Hip: Music @ Work

I bought this CD because three years ago I heard a song by the Tragically Hip on the soundtrack of The Sweet Hereafter. Critically, I’


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