Reviews

27 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

DJ Shadow: The Outsider

Everyone who ever loved Shadow's music owes it to themselves to judge The Outsider on its own merits.

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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

[It is] about using the roots of one family's persistent psychodrama to view the greater crisis of war, power, and national/cultural upheaval.

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27 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

American Virgin #1-4

With a topic as heated as sex, if Seagle and Cloonan do their jobs right it's only a matter of time before people start making noise about this comic, and that's a very good thing.

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Marisa Monte: Universo Ao Meu Redor

I am in awe of all the respect and love that Monte gives to her nation's greatest musical form; everything is precision, class, beauty, and these are good things.

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Marisa Monte: Infinito Particular

It's just kind of... there, sitting in the corner, looking sweet but not really wanting to dance.

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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Lontano

You know how sometimes you just can't see what all the fuss is about? Unsettling, isn't it?

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Angela Desveaux: Wandering Eyes

A country album that works as bright, enjoyable pop music.

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Blue Sky Black Death: A Heap of Broken Images

Two producers introduce themselves with a two-disc debut, which, like many double albums, is creative, ambitious, and a few tracks too long.

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Urban Delights: Revolution No. 1

The well-pedigreed Anglo-German duo make a techno-garage party album that's always disposable and only intermittently fun.

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27 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cabin Dogs: Electric Cabin

Think of a contemporary look at groups like The Band and you get the idea as to what Cabin Dogs are all about.

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26 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

The 1900s: Plume Delivery

Chicago co-ed octet makes a worthy addition to the twee-pop dictionary.

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26 Sep 2006 // 6:00 AM

Azeem: Craft Classic

Wonderful lyricism from the underexposed hip-hop scene... Sound sadly familiar?

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26 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

The Penny Loafers: Side A

The Penny Loafers have recorded a decent little college a cappella album, but it's not enough to propel them from the shadows of UPenn's other a cappella groups...

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26 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript

The Uncanny Valley claims another unwitting victim.

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26 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Small Acts of Sex and Electricity by Lise Haines

Try as she might, Haines can't write about sex in either an arousing or thought-provoking way, and Small Acts feels stagnant, rather than electric.

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Black Helicopter: Invisible Jet

This Invisible Jet provides a good ride, but stays a little short on thrust.

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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gilmore Girls

Communication is always the problem on Gilmore Girls: though mom and daughter are famous for their witty banter, they're terrible at mustering the courage to say what they want.

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Jimmy Thackery with the Cate Brothers: In the Natural State

As a 1920s record advert might say, it sure was a good day for the blues when Jimmy Thackery got together with the Cate Brothers. Arkansas music!

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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gilmore Girls

Without Palladino, Gilmore Girls will certainly be different... it just might be better.

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Basement Jaxx: Crazy Itch Radio

Beats, bleats, and everything in-between. But can you dance to it?

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