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Monday, November 20 2000

    Michael Jackson: The Best of Michael Jackson: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collectio

Little Michael Jackson. There’s something about the sight of him, and especially about his voice, that makes me unbelievably hopeful and almost unspeakably sad

    The Great Crusades: Damaged Goods

No matter how much anyone tries to fight it, there’s something so appealing about those ever-present straightforward rock bands. Even if you hate yourself

Erykah Badu: Mama’s Gun

Erykah Badu’s exceptional debut disc, Baduizm, was the CD hip-hop heads played when they needed a break from music that was filled with materialism

Artful Dodger: Re-Rewind

It seems like The Next Big Thing in music is always coming out of England. A few years back, it was drum’n'bass that was

Sunday, November 19 2000

    Dave Hollister: Chicago ‘85…the Movie

There is a moment towards the end the track “Baby Mama Drama”, the lead single from Dave Hollister’s debut solo recording Ghetto Hymns in

Tuesday, November 14 2000

    Various Artists: Stoned Immaculate—The Music of the Doors

It’s been almost 30 years since the Doors wrapped up recording their final album, L.A. Woman. One of the definitive rock bands of the

Monday, November 13 2000

    Yo La Tengo: Danelectro

What’s most interesting about Yo La Tengo’s new EP release Danelectro is how thoroughly it is about fleshing out musical ideas. The three

    Yume Bitsu: Auspicious Winds

Portland, Oregon’s Yume Bitsu are one of the many musical outfits reaching into the upper layers of the atmosphere and beyond, trying to figure

    Steely Dan: Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980

Everyone with an ear for music has a guilty pleasure. Even those of us who labor in the incredibly profitable field of music criticism are

    Sade: Lovers Rock

In the past eight years, many talented female artists have topped the music charts. Some, although young, have overwhelmed us with extraordinary vocal ability, while

    Uli Jon Roth: Transcendental Sky Guitar

To say that German guitar virtuoso Uli Jon Roth is merely a talented musician would be an understatement. His latest release, Transcendental Sky Guitar, is

    The Offspring: Conspiracy of One

This is one of those records that are pointless to review. Fans of The Offspring’s brand of mall punk—a derivative, minor music form

    National Skyline: Exit Now

National Skyline’s EP Exit Now only contains four songs, but that’s not a problem. It feels like an entire album. Wasting no space,

    Marilyn Manson: Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)

Marilyn Manson has referred to his band’s latest release as their version of the White Album. At 19 tracks and nearly 70 minutes, Holy Wood may

    Chanté Moore: Exposed

If there is any justice in this world, Chanté Moore’s fourth and latest disc, Exposed, ought to be a hit, because it’s one

    Ricky Martin: Sound Loaded

Ricky Martin is back and ready to please bon-bon shakers everywhere with the follow-up to his massively successful English-language debut, 1999’s Ricky Martin. The Menudo

    Geddy Lee: My Favorite Headache

The thought of recording a solo record apart from his band, Rush, was one that Geddy Lee had never fully entertained. When a series of

    Hochenkeit: Omu4h 4aholab/400 Boys

Swirling. Y’gotta admire a band that has an unpronounceable name (Hokken-keit? Da Hoch? Y’ down with th’Hoch? I’m a Hochhead man, Hochenkeit

Fisher: True North

You almost can’t help liking Fisher. Their combination of sensitively haunting lyrics with honest vocals is familiar but still compelling. While nothing on True

Elysian Fields: Queen of the Meadow

With song titles such as “Tides of the Moon” and “Fright Night,” it’s obvious where Elysian Fields’ interests lie. Exploring the darker sides of

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