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Tuesday, April 9 2002

ABC: The Lexicon of Love

Few periods in music are viewed with the contempt that is held for the early ‘80s. We witnessed the death of disco and punk. New

Monday, April 8 2002

Carole King: Love Makes the World

As with any record, how it is received often depends on the listener’s expectations. To get this out of the way right now, this

Giant Sand: Cover Magazine

In the mid-‘90s, journalists, cognizant of a burgeoning scene comprised of a contingent of artists including Jayhawks, Bottlerockets, Son Volt and Wilco—bands bred

The Good Life: Black Out

The development of British rock has gone through a long evolution. Most would consider the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, The Who, The Clash and The Sex

Fila Brazillia: Jump Leads

Jump Leads ought to be my kind of album. It’s got weird sounds, funky basslines, and downtempo grooves galore. It fearlessly mixes synths, samples,

Dashboard Confessional: The Swiss Army Romance

It’s an amazing thing when trends recycle. I’ve always found the phenomenon fascinating. Seriously, a decade like the ‘70s—renowned for introducing the

Big Country: The Crossing

The suicide death of Big Country leader Stuart Adamson late last year was sad enough. But the fact that so many pop music fans had

Arkitekchur: Of Solids, Climate and Homes

Oh, how indie electronica of Arkitekchur (the Brooklyn-based Joseph Lisciandro, and others) to record and distribute their intriguing EP, Of Solids, Climate and Homes on

The Detachment Kit: They Raging.  Quiet Army

Chicago is a city with a proud rock ‘n’ roll tradition, but in the past few years, the well of talent has run horribly dry.

Thursday, April 4 2002

Sparkle*jets u.k.: Bamboo Lounge

One of the most important, yet one of the most oft-forgotten, details of being a pop band is that pop music is essentially fun. This

Moth: Provisions, Fiction and Gear

Moth is making its bid to be the next big thing in rock and roll. With the debut album, Provisions, Fiction and Gear, Moth just

Natalie Imbruglia: White Lilies Island

Three or four years ago, you had to feel just a tiny bit sorry for Natalie Imbruglia. For a fleeting moment, she was reasonably cool;

Johnny Gill: Ultimate Collection

Johnny Gill is easily the most enigmatic R&B vocalist of his generation. Blessed with a stunningly mature full baritone that he first introduced

Ghostface Killah: Bulletproof Wallets

When Charles Mingus was undergoing psychiatric treatment at Bellevue, he wrote a tune called “All the Things You Could Be If Sigmund Freud’s Wife

The Church: After Everything Now This

To say that The Church have been at it for quite awhile now is a bit of an understatement. To say that it’s a

Billy Mahonie: What Becomes Before

What Becomes Before by London outfit Billy Mahonie is a terrific fucking album, to put it bluntly. If PopMatters was into capsulized reviews, we’d


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In the recent past people tried to tell us that quiet was the new loud. Britain was awash with troubled singers standing on the shoulders


With the much heralded musical shift from the country-soul amalgam of Nixon, to the sparser, quieter textures of their latest offering Is A Woman, Lambchop

Hanson Brothers

What is the desire to recapture magical moments that belong only to the past? The term I’m searching for is something that goes beyond

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