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Wednesday, December 4 2002

The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham

This is an old and well-worn path.

Tuesday, December 3 2002

Kevin Welch: Millionaire

If there is such a thing as a good penny—you know, the opposite of the bad penny that shows up when you don’t

The Wallflowers: Red Letter Days

After a less than appealing last album, the Wallflowers decided to change things slightly. Gone were the twang guitar riffs of Michael Ward, who left

Noel Sanger: Summerbreeze2

The Miami club scene is one of America’s hottest, but to listen to most critics and DJs talk you’d never know it. For

The Sadies: Stories Often Told

Canadian twangsters, the Sadies, aren’t your typical alt-country act. Their music is steeped in country tradition, all right, but it’s much darker, and

Noahjohn: Water Hymns

Seldom has the excessively used “alt-country” tag felt as appropriate as when applied to Noahjohn’s newest album, Water Hymns. Often, critics employ the term

Amerie: All I Have

I like Amerie. Not that she has much of an image, but she still seems like such a sweet and positive young woman. A Georgetown

The All Golden: A Long Good Friday

This Kent, Ohio group’s latest release is something of an odd wonder. Throughout A Long Good Friday, the All Golden manage to incorporate such

Sunday, December 1 2002

Riddlin’ Kids: Hurry Up and Wait

Call it what you will: punkpop, pop punk, melodic punk, this subgenre has given us an all-out flood of bouncy, happy bands playing bouncy, happy

Kimberley Rew: Great Central Revisited

A pleasant record full of unassuming jangle-pop gems, Kimberley Rew’s Great Central Revisited is a fine offering from one of power-pop’s unsung heroes.

The Posies: Dear 23

When asked to write about my single favourite album of all time, I realized it was one of the hardest questions I’ve ever been

Paul Oakenfold: Bunkka

Music purists, however heartfelt their intentions are, can be annoying. These “fair-weather” fans tend to get upset when their favorite artists want to branch out

Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell (Deluxe Edition)

“Every golden nugget coming like a gift of the gods,Someone must have blessed us when he gave us those songs.” —Jim Steinman, “Rock and

Jets to Brazil: Perfecting Loneliness

Remember when Jets to Brazil were just starting out? How excited everyone was to hear Blake Schwarzenbachs’ new band; especially since Chris Daly of Texas

John Cunningham: Happy-Go-Unlucky

Fans of intricately layered Britpop, take note: this is one you might find okay at first listen. However, by the tenth listen it’s almost

Camper Van Beethoven: Cigarettes and Carrot Juice: The Santa Cruz Years

So, Camper Van Beethoven is back. True to the band’s bizarre, absurd form, it’s to promote the album that has been hinted at

Friday, November 29 2002

Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

Paul Justman's 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown' aims to recover the Funk Brothers' legacy.

Solaris (2002)

The liveliest moments in Steven Soderbergh's Solaris belong to Jeremy Davies' hands.

Half Past Dead (2002)

Ja is partnered with Steven Seagal, the fading action/martial arts star who not only refuses to go away.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

The cruelest of Malfoy's bigotries is directed against lovely, diligent Hermoine.

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