Reviews

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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Poison: Look What the Cat Dragged In / Open Up and Say… Ahh / Flesh and Blood

Sweet Georgia Brown, just drink in these mug shots on the cover of the '20th anniversary' reissue of the band’s debut, 'Look What the Cat Dragged In'. According to this photo, it dragged in four whores. Lady whores. Chick harlots. Puckered-up girly men. Irrationally Mascara'ed sissy-britches-es.

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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Big Animal (2006)

Equal parts bitter and sweet, The Big Animal is one of the great unsung, understated masterpieces of this young millennium.

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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Akron/Family: Meek Warrior

Underground folk's least dysfunctional Family finds another way to one-up itself.

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Emmanuel Santarromana: Fab4Ever

Sometimes radical departures can produce startling results -- who would have thought that recasting a Nine Inch Nails staple as a country ballad would have been so effective? -- but sometimes they are just startling.

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Alien Ant Farm: Up in the Attic

Up in the Attic is the sound of a band losing its identity in the transition from silly jokers to serious artists.

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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Garth Reeves: Nothing But Time

New addition to rootsy solo singer-songwriters out of Seattle isn't a standout, but he's welcome company nonetheless.

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25 Sep 2006 // 4:00 PM

Sunset Rubdown

'You look like Magnum PI!' and other veiled compliments for Spencer Krug.

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25 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

Brothermandude: Brothermandude

The band definitely has substance, especially on the mid-tempo "Living High" that sounds like John Mayer or Dave Matthews with a chip on his shoulder.

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Basic Vocab: The General Dynamic

Three brothers from Miami ditch crunk, haul that golden-age boom-bap to the present and wind up with a solid debut album.

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25 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Sleepthief: The Dawnseeker

If you've heard Delerium, Conjure One, or even Enigma, you've heard this.

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25 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Delta Nove: The Future Is When

Don’t expect Delta Nove to describe their sound. They won’t and you would have a hard time telling anyone what it is, aside

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