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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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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Personal Best of Monty Pythons Flying Circus

A nostalgia-tinged scrapbook satisfying to only the most ardent of collectors.

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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Paul Burch: East to West

Joyfully eclectic, Burch's sixth album is sure to be one of the best country albums of the year.

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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

David S. Ware: BalladWare

You can almost imagine the squeals of delight in the marketing department at Thirsty Ear. "David S. Ware does ballads? No one's ever gonna see this one coming!"

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