Reviews

16 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Pink: I’m Not Dead

Who says you can't turn a funeral into a party? Pink says you can. And what Pink says goes.

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Secret Machines: Ten Silver Drops

A huge step for a band destined to make an album of beginning-to-end psychedelic space-rock perfection.

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The BellRays: Have a Little Faith

The BellRays are the band that convince the MC5 they'd have been better off in Memphis.

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Black Sabbath: Greatest Hits 1970-1978

Does Ozzy want a special prize for helping to invent the power ballad? Because I've got a bullet with his name on it right here, if so.

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Jimmy Cobb: Marsalis Music Honors Jimmy Cobb

A solid band pedigree propels this recording to impressive height.

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16 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Shoplifting: Body Stories

It brims over with precisely the kind of heartfelt, politically-charged fervor that's far more likely to save rock, or at least to instill a true appreciation of its potential power, than any number of self-indulgently retro-oriented celebrants of traditional excess and irony.

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16 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

PopMatters Event Review

It's the time of year when academics come together to discuss the finer points of pop culture, because, you know, pop really does matter.

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Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyon

It is a book that will pummel your boundaries of acceptability if you don't keep an open mind. But it is an artifact that we, as a culture, should digest and ponder.

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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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