Reviews

15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tim Easton: Ammunition

Ammunition was recorded over two years while Easton was satiating his wanderlust, and it feels like life on the road: immediate, restless, and inspired.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Snow Patrol: Eyes Open

So what has Gary Lightbody decided to do with his newfound clout? Sometimes it's not the album that gets you famous that's the sellout.

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Tom Moulton & Various Artists: A Tom Moulton Mix

His work was by no means leftfield or underground -- Tom Moulton mixed the treacly disco anthem "Love Is the Message" after all -- but A Tom Moulton Mix offers evidence that it was nonetheless revolutionary.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Nilsson: Son of Schmilsson

The most reluctant rock star of the 1970s self-destructs in the studio in a manner that would make Alex Chilton proud, rejecting the FM pop-radio mainstream altogether

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Scarface Presents The Product: One Hunid

The man they call 'Face is back again with another musical slice of his longitudinal study on street life.

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The Wedding Present: Search For Paradise

Let's face it, no-one does love, break-ups and hurt like David Gedge.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Benjamin Zephaniah: Naked

A pulsating and often brilliant collection of vital, angry poems set to a minimalist urban backing.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Caroline: Murmurs

A great deal less than the sum of its parts, this album is best left to romantic interludes and background listening.

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Mary Lees Corvette: Love, Loss, and Lunacy

A promising country-rock album is marred by some lazy lessons from the Sheryl Crow school of rock.

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15 May 2006 // 3:00 PM

That Girl: Season One

It could be legitimately argued that Ann Marie was a highly manipulative female; not because she had a thing for male emasculation, but because anyone who came under the spell of her sparkling smile or got in the way of her unstoppable joie de vivre necessarily became road kill.

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15 May 2006 // 3:00 PM

Home Movies: Season 4

Knowing that Brendan Small continues to dabble in music, it's easy to read this season, and the bittersweet (and hilarious) 'Focus Grill' in particular, as his transition away from childhood things.

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15 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wolf Parade

PopMatters' Megan Milks deconstructs the speedy rise of one of Canada's (and America's) newest 'it' acts, finding out what's left when the buzz is stripped away.

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15 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Black Crowes

Hanging on one of those gently curving, multi-consonant streets that crisscross Amsterdam, I felt rock 'n' roll's heathen gospel goodness seep into my pores...

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Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock by Andrew Beaujon

Are the bands or the fans cognizant of the Orwellian perversion of Jesus' teachings of love and acceptance that institutionalized evangelism has perpetrated?"

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14 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mobb Deep: Blood Money

If you combine two of hip-hop's biggest camps and give them a healthy budget to work with, the result should be a monster hit... right?

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Graham Coxon: Love Travels At Illegal Speeds

His profile may be lower, but these days Coxon is easily matching the best work he did with Blur

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14 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Bananarama: Drama

The coolest Bananarama songs were never really deep. The group had an attitude and a look, a cool, sultry sound, and a sense of fun. Bananarama still displays these characteristics to full effect.

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Korpiklaani: Tales Along This Road

Alcohol-fueled polka metal from Finland. What’s there not to love?

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14 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Van Hunt: On the Jungle Floor

Van Hunt is a soul man and a rocker and a pop star and a funkateer and a hip-hop balladeer. Some people don't want him to be such a renaissance man but Van Hunt doesn't want to fit into anyone's cozy little box.

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14 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

About: Bongo

Intricate samples, fractured sentiment, pop melodies and tubas from Jason Forrest's multitalented protégé

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