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Monday, May 14 2001

    Syleena Johnson: Chapter 1: Love, Pain, & Forgiveness

According to Syleena Johnson, she was a mere three-year-old when her parents placed her on a nightclub stool and asked her to sing. Not some

Joe Henry: Scar

Inasmuch as the hip and influential pop elite continue to chart territories that reflect a restless adventurousness, the true musical pioneers visualize the genres, the

The Go-Go’s: God Bless the Go-Go’s

This album sometimes sounds more like a promising debut than the fourth album—not counting the handfuls of solo albums or work with other bands

Michael Franti & Spearhead: Stay Human

From Nina Simone to Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone to Bob Marley, soul music has a healthy history of subversiveness and social protest. In this grand

Fantastic Plastic Machine: Beautiful

Say you’re having a party and all types are coming—boys and girls, fabulous pill-poppers who dance ‘til dawn, quiet shoegazers in academic cardigans,


Limit‘s cover is a shot of vast, dark mountains with clouded sky overhead, distorted by a sort of mosaic graphic effect (it looks, in

Depeche Mode: Exciter

Don’t let the title fool you: Depeche Mode’s Exciter isn’t exciting, so much as it is serenely pleasing. If you’re looking

Miles Davis: The Essential Miles Davis

 Miles Davis Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It’s About That Time(Columbia/Legacy)US release date: 15 May 2001 by Simon Warner davismiles-essential.jpg :.

Cowboy Junkies: Open

Nothing included in the Cowboy Junkies’ latest, Open, is superfluous—not even the CD cover art design. The album title is the connecting thread to

The Robert Cray Band: Shoulda Been Home

Since his explosive debut on the blues scene in 1980 with Who’s Been Talkin’, Robert Cray has been heralded as the torchbearer for a new

Kenny Barron and Regina Carter: Freefall

Though at different stages of their respective careers, these two are on something of a roll right now. In the very grown up world of

Friday, May 11 2001

    Local Folk: Here Goes Everything

If you haven’t paid attention up to this point in my reviewing history at PopMatters so far, then let me reiterate a couple of

Monday, May 7 2001

    Various Artists: A Nod to Bob: An Artists’ Tribute to Bob Dylan on His 60th Birthday

Tribute albums—where established artists re-visit the back catalogue of a significant figure from the musical pantheon—have been employed to different ends over the

    Various Artists: Jamaica

Putumayo’s latest offering, Jamaica, focuses on the music of the now infamous island: reggae. This is its second similarly themed album after 1998’s Reggae

    The Volebeats: Mosquito Spiral

After the instrumental reverie of their previous disc, Solitude, it was inevitable that The Volebeats return to the Beatles-influenced country rock and pop sound of

    Templars: The Horns of Hattin

The Templars of ancient European history were an order of knights who were some of the most mysterious figures to have arisen in the era

    To Rococo Rot & I-Sound: Music Is a Hungry Ghost

I have a hard time with electronic music. In fact, I think most of it sucks. In one ear and out the other. Usually never

    Sum 41: All Killer No Filler

It may not be fair game to comment on the presskit, but I think the Island Record’s biography of Sum 41 goes a little too

    Susheela Raman: Salt Rain

Susheela Raman is a world music marketer’s dream. She is 28 years old and has great hair. She was born in London to South Indian

    Pablo Cruise: The Best Of - The Millennium Collection

If you were to approach average teenage music fans and ask them who Pablo Cruise is, you may get responses like “Tom’s brother” or

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