Reviews

19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Doug Powell: Four Seasons

Doug Powell wrote songs for the New Cars. They said no. He kept them. And they're head and shoulders above anything Elliott Easton and Todd Rundgren brought to their Version 2.0 table.

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Chris Smither: Leave the Light On

Smither's songs, his singing, and his playing make this a wonderful acoustic folk and blues album.

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18 Sep 2006 // 11:50 PM

Earlymay: Little Answers

Even this slight jump forward doesn't give Earlymay enough of an identity to really make an impact.

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18 Sep 2006 // 4:00 PM

Emily Haines

has that down pat.

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18 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

Russian Circles: Enter

A massively heavy instrumental album that packs more sonic oomph into one song than most bands can muster in a career

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18 Sep 2006 // 6:00 AM

Sound Advice: Play Anything

Yeah, it's intriguing to hear Sam Cooke blend into the Bangles, but it's not the best way to spend an hour.

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18 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Eux Autres: Hell Is Eux Autres

Reissue gives brilliantly hooky pop band a second crack at a larger audience, and it's well worth it.

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Various Artists: Irie Reggae Hits: Best of Dancehall

Document of a near-dead genre, this is a timecapsule at most.

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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip plays a lot like a lip-glossed The West Wing. Not a bad thing necessarily, but not a radical rethinking of primetime TV either.

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Maneja Beto: Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud

Manejo Beto proves that too many ideas can wind up being too much of a potentially good thing.

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The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Penumbra

Like a heavily coiled snake, bass clarinettist Bennie Maupin's latest will hypnotise you, encircle you and bite.

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Track of the Cat (1954)

The film traps the viewer inside the cabin with the family one minute, then out in the snow the next, watching the windows and waiting.

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The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Will Eisner's story shows the negative influence that this document has had in countries all over the world.

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

McCarthy takes a style that's always had a tilt towards the gothic and gives it free reign as he follows a father and son diligently struggling across a blasted and dead countryside that seems to have once been America.

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Lionel Richie: Coming Home

Coming Home is an album that even Lionel Richie fans might dismiss. Though there are glimmers of substance, an album cannot stand on just two or three pretty good tracks

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mastodon: Blood Mountain

Mastodon is on the cusp of something huge, with a hotly anticipated CD that threatens to turn metal on its ear and bring another underground sound to the mainstream in the process.

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Serving in Silence: Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer (2006)

A well-meaning and well-done story of one woman's crusade against an unjust practice.

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Sigur Rós: Saeglópur

The unique falsetto vocalizations and the sometimes starkly minimal, often breathtakingly beautiful, and always sweepingly unearthly signature soundscapes are back.

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¡Forward, Russia!: Give Me a Wall

The band is best in small doses, and could use some development; but this post-punk Bloc Party fallout compensates with plenty of aggression

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Darrell Scott: The Invisible Man

Scott remains defiant in the face of the uncaring world, wearing that Sisyphus mask with panache and style.

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