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Saturday, December 31 1994

The Strawmen: Saving Faded Dreams

Melodic jangle pop is hard to do well, but the Strawmen manage that feat time and again on their latest release, Saving Faded Dreams. This

    The Strawberry Smell: Odorama

WWithout going down the usual list of current pop acts from France, let me just say that The Strawberry Smell have indeed created something that

    Adrian Shaw: Head Cleaner

Head Cleaner is the latest solo venture by Ade Shaw, the ex-Hawkwind and current Bevis Frond bassist. Although he wrote and produced the album and

The Small Faces: The BBC Sessions

Aside from the Beatles, the Small Faces may well have been the finest band of the 1960s—at least in the eyes of many fellow

    Michael Schenker: Adventures of the Imagination / MS 2000 - Dreams and Expressions

 Michael Schenker MS 2000 - Dreams and Expressions(Shrapnel) by Scott Hudson schenkermichael-ms2000.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

The Supers: Spklanng!

Boasting a cartoon cover and an album title that the late Don Martin would be proud of, Toronto’s Supers are every bit as energetic

Seven Storey Mountain: Based on a True Story

It’s difficult to pin down where Seven Storey Mountain is coming from or where they’re trying to go with Based on a True

    Signalmen: Falsetto Teeth

If you’ve been keeping up with most of my reviews the past few weeks, then you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been

Savage Garden: Affirmation | PopMatters Music Review

Let’s get it out into the open right away: Savage Garden are completely mainstream. They’re clean-cut, popular among teenage girls, and could comfortably

    Matthew Shipp: Matthew Shipp’s New Orbit

As “curator” of Thirsty Ear’s The Blue Series, that label’s jazz line, Matthew Shipp has wasted little time in releasing two of its

    Matthew Sweet: Time Capsule: The Best of 90/00

While Sweet seems to have crawled from the same primordial pop and jangle as contemporaries like Teenage Fanclub and Velvet Crush (whom he has produced

Stereophonics, Performance and Cocktails

American critics have been busy slagging off the Stereophonics sophomore effort for the past month, labeling it second-rate Oasis and Radiohead. They’re flat out

Sugarbuzz, Submerged

With a solid grounding in rock’s great Bs—Beatles, Beach Boys, Byrds, and Big Star, Chicago’s Sugarbuzz purvey the sort of effortless pop

John Scofield: Bump

John Scofield must have enjoyed hanging out with Medeski, Martin and Wood, his bandmates on 1998’s A Go Go, because he is back with another

    Cat Stevens: Numbers / Izitso / Back to Earth

There have been three quite distinct phases in the pop life of the man born Steven Georgiou of Greek antecedence in London in 1947. During the

Stratford Merenaries: Sense of Solitude

Apparently, punks no longer following the nihilistic footsteps of Darby Crash, Johnny Thunders, Wendy O. Williams, and, of course, Sid Vicious, passing on as a

Stubborn All Stars: Nex Music

Recorded at Version City studio, Nex Music is the third full-length production for the All-Stars. Like 1994’s Old’s Cool, the All-Stars made Nex Music

Stereolab: The First of the Microbe Hunters

Stereolab is, at its core, a charming couple making sweet, campy pop that serves as an equally appropriate soundtrack for European car commercials and art

Sister Seven: Wrestling Over Tiny Matters

Sister Seven highlights the booming vocals of Patrice Pike set to an eclectic, alternative rock motif. Her voice is impossible to miss, encompassing a bit

Cat Stevens: Mona Bone Jakon / Tea for the Tillerman / Teaser and the Firecat

These three albums, released between 1970 and 1972, gained Cat Stevens a great deal of popularity in America. Now they’re back, as part of a series

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