Reviews

29 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Roger Sanchez: Come with Me

Sanchez returns with Come With Me -- but the car commercial soundtrack music, though more Latin-influenced this time, hasn't improved in quality.

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Scientific Lifestyle: Modern Sounds for the New Era

ScientificLifestyle may call it "rocktronica", but Modern Sounds for the New Era is unabashedly pop.

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29 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wiggle: Fabric28

There's very little pretense on display here, not a lot of flashy segues or signature tracks, just a fine dance mix that satisfies on many levels.

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The Wood Brothers: Ways Not To Lose

The Wood Brothers have just a guitar, upright bass and a few other instruments to their name. But don't tell them they can't sound like Muddy Waters and Hank Williams on the same album.

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Dr. Octagon: The Return of Dr. Octagon

While The Return of Dr. Octagon is better than anything Kool Keith's done in a while, it's still not close to the level of the classic Dr. Octagonecologyst.

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28 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

Caché (Hidden) (2005)

Michael Haneke's movies are never easy. Instead, they set out complex, multi-layered problems, encountered by ordinary-seeming characters, sometimes worked out but more usually left unresolved.

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28 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Fell is defiantly avoiding falling into a formula, refusing to squeeze variations on the same story into every issue.

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28 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont

In The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, Paul Malmont turns the era's best known pulp writers, Walter Gibson and Lester Dent, into the stuff of their books -- crime-fighting, risk-taking heroes who must work together to save New York's Chinatown from certain destruction.

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28 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Superman Returns (2006)

Superman has seen the aftermath of world destruction, and he's come back with a perspective not quite so boldly idealistic or pompously ideological.

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Julie Roberts: Men and Mascara

Rich with melody and dark with possibilities, Julie Roberts' voice has a depth and a reach that cannot be denied.

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28 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Strangers with Candy (2006)

Jerri Blank repeatedly acts like a feral white trash child, a sort of spiteful id.

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Corinne Bailey Rae: Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae has the right ingredients but the wrong recipe on debut.

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Nick Castro and the Young Elders: Come Into Our House

Oud, saz, mbira, tabla drums... a UN yard sale? Nope, another world-spanning album from Nick Castro.

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28 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Slobberbone is no more. 'Twas a good band, but three-quarters of Slobberbone are back in The Drams for some dram good and appealing Americana numbers.

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28 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rye Coalition: Curses

It's been five years in the making . . . was it worth the wait?

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El Da Sensei: The Unusual

El drops rhymes with wisdom that could only be gained through years of experience.

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Matthias Lupri Group: Metalix

Stunning vibist, ambitious composer, high-grade quintet in a meditative, almost mystical, extended work.

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28 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Evil Nine: Fabriclive 28

Evil Nine works some wicked magic on Fabric's latest compilation of nightclub party grooves.

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27 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

What Were They Thinking?! Some People Never Learn

This comic could force us to re-examine our categories and ideas of originality and creativity in the comics industry.

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27 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

Impostor by Bruce Bartlett

One need not share Bartlett's flawed perspective to find his condemnation of the Bush administration persuasive.

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