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Monday, August 14 2000

Relative Ash: Our Time With You

I hate to have to invoke a tired cliche, but here goes: Looks can be deceiving. Did that hurt too much? Hope not. Anyway, my


O.P.M.: Menace to Sobriety

O.P.M. may have good intentions to deliver a hip-hop mixed with pop punk sound, but they do nothing more than rethread other bands


Madredeus: Antologia

Now this is gorgeous music. Over the past few years, North Americans have had a chance to hear more Portuguese music than ever before. From


Marisa Monte: Memories, Chronicles & Declarations of Love

Marisa Monte, Brazilian pop diva, has a voice like honey—it’s syrupy and at times sickly sweet. Her sultry mezzo soprano voice is what


Debelah Morgan: Dance with Me

Debelah Morgan might well be America’s next golden-voiced diva, a la Whitney and Mariah. Blessed with a five-octave range, she’s undoubtedly got the


IQU: Teenage Dream

Tempered hurrahs for indie trip d’n'b pop. Tempered because for the last few years attempts at melding phat and phunky beats, indie guitar and


Gabrielle: Rise

As a black woman who does not sing R&B, British soulstress Gabrielle will be an anomaly to most Americans. Her publicity team in


Fanmail: 2000

Real estate agents will acknowledge that the division of a single piece of property often results in two parcels whose value, when added together, is


Robert Crenshaw: Victory Songs

It’s no big surprise this CD sounds familiar. Robert Crenshaw sounds much like his brother Marhsall, both musically and vocally. He was a part


Joey Baron with Arthur Blythe, Ron Carter, Bill Frisell: We’ll Soon Find Out

Drummer Joey Baron has recorded with folks as divergent as Laurie Anderson to Chet Baker, and was a member of Bill Frisell’s group until 1995.


Dave Alvin: Public Domain

The defining moment of Dave Alvin’s new album comes early—on the opening song, in fact. His version of the standard, “Shenandoah,” is a


Adventures in Stereo: Monomania

Jim Beattie and Judith Boyle, the songwriter/guitarist and vocalist who are the founders of Adventures In Stereo (there are three other players named but


Tuesday, August 8 2000

De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump

If Mosaic Thump doesn’t stand out quite as strongly as their previous albums, it’s because it’s obviously meant as the first chapter of a book, not the whole thing itself.


Monday, August 7 2000

The Vandermark 5: Burn the Incline

Burn the Incline is the remarkable fourth album from The Vandermark 5. The V5 have struck that delicate balance of looking forward without fear of looking


Shark Quest: Man on Stilts

Ennio Morricone’s influence can be seen throughout the world of modern instrumental rock, and Shark Quest’s music is no exception. On their latest


Saint Low: self-titled

Saint Low’s self-titled debut album opens with the voice of a woman quietly singing to herself. Though the rest of the album includes textured


Mephisto Odyssey: The Deep Red Connection

There seems to be a new trend in recent electronica releases: don’t stick to Just One Thing. Shake it up, show your versatility, and


David Grubbs: The Spectrum Between

David Grubbs has been kicking up dust for more years than he would like us to remember. In an interview a few years back, Sonic


Clayton Brothers: Siblingity

Jazz travels. It moves, both in the sense of changing place, and effecting emotion. A good jazz record, it seems to me, should take you


Chicane: Behind the Sun

I can’t really call this an “album,” or a “CD,” because the only applicable term here can be “creation.” Whatever it is, it contains


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