Reviews

30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Akir: Legacy

If you're looking for an alternative to hip-hop's smorgasbord of "playas" (and you're not just a hata), Akir can get you thinking about rap's possibilities.

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Steril: 400 Years of Electronic Music

Steril summarizes their first 400 (give or take 390) years in the music biz, documenting the effect of evolution on an EBM band while they're at it.

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Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)

As in the first film, this premise -- that Catherine's plot is a series of lies -- is mildly interesting.

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30 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jose Gonzalez

not to mention the radio. If only...

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30 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Unan1mous

The only 'enjoyment' we might derive is a burgeoning sense of superiority, as we realize that contestants will stoop ever lower in order to win an ever dwindling windfall.

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After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World by A. N. Wilson

After the Victorians executes an especially tricky high-wire act in that Wilson manages to keep the tone engaging and almost intimately cordial without compromising anything in the way of authority.

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Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005)

Jim Sheridan notes, 'There's no initiation anymore for young men. They just grow up and there's nowhere to put these confused feelings that they have.'"

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29 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Prince: 3121

Many of the classic elements of a Prince record are here, but it also feels considerably safer -- like a poorly concealed attempt to recapture past glories at the expense of his wilder creative muse.

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Tortoise and Bonnie Prince Billy: The Brave and the Bold

Superheroes of "post-rock" join forces to run cover songs through a perverse sonic blender.

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Seven Dub: Dub Club Edition

Third album from the Paris-based trip-hop duo is so nondescript, you just can't get it into your head

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29 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Eternals: High Anxiety

The Eternals are known for experimenting with diverse elements; here, that element is their previous music. Second helpings rarely taste this good.

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29 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sepultura: Dante XXI

The band's fourth post-Max album shows us that the fire, flickering as it may be, still exists.

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Lee Rocker: Racin’ the Devil

Stray Cat Lee Rocker is doing quite well for himself, thank you. And this album seems to be more consistent and stronger than anything he did with Setzer and company.

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Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down Quartet: Duper Sessions

The young Norwegian coasts through this uninspiring jazz record on his charm, but saves his true energy for his next rock record.

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Satoshi Tomiie: Renaissance 3D: Satoshi Tomiie

Moving effortlessly from to-the-minute, jungle-inspired deep house to early '90s commercial fare re-imagined to Miles Davis, Tomiie demonstrates on this disc why he's been so respected for so many years.

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If you have little to no familiarity with any of the novels, comics or manga in the book, you're likely going to find more than a few pieces that catch your interest.

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They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? + Dada Swing

Heads bob, hands clap, and limbs take on a life of their own...

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29 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Evidence

The introduction of a running metanarrative that links all the episodes upsets the underlying sense of justice this formula typically provides.

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29 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Brad Stine: Tolerate This!

Now, our recognition of truth is not based in its challenge to our preconceptions, but in its capacity to comfort us. That kind of 'truth' would be alien to Lenny Bruce; it suits Brad Stine perfectly.

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Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Forty by Kim Barne

What could be more valuable for a young woman than the learning experiences of those who have gone before?"

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