Reviews

8 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Pride of Baghdad

There is no cheap, theatrical melodrama or long, pseudo-Shakespearian deathbed monologues here, leaving us with no easy comforts and little else but the quick, unforgiving finality.

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Electronic: Get the Message: The Best of Electronic

Electronic may have only been a side-project of a supergroup, but for its brief life it provided some of the best dance-pop of the '90s.

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Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

The song "American Land" is what would happen if Bruce and Shane MacGowan ran into each other and - you may want to sit down for this hypothesis - started drinking.

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Louis Armstrong: Live in 59 [DVD]

Armstrong’s smiling countenance is the perfect foil for his remarkable technical skills; his interaction with both audience and band is wonderfully disarming, making the music even more accessible.

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Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3: Olé! Tarantula

If you like catchy guitar pop with imaginative lyrics, Olé! Tarantula deserves a spot on your shelves.

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8 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Alexisonfire: Crisis

Already stars in Canada, it's the perfect time for Alexisonfire to meet with similar success south of the border.

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8 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Hazmat Modine: Bahamut

Bahamut is old New York huckster showmanship, hopping with exaggeration and bravura; it's also a cross-cultural collaboration, a celebration of pre-1950s American musical pop culture, and a polished piece of work.

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Hour of the Wolf: Power of the Wolf

The Hour of the Wolf’s EP isn’t an hour long, rather a third of that duration. Nonetheless, they do have some power over

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Plutonic Lab: Codes Over Colours

Codes Over Colours, which was released back home in Australia at the end of last year, is Plutonic's third solo album, and reflects a busy, confident producer at the top of his game.

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Thomas Dybdahl: One Day Youll Dance For Me, New York City

Norwegian singer-songwriter makes good with New York City.

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Black Helicopter: Invisible Jet

Bored indie rockers never take flight on debut.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

You know a trend has crested and collapsed by the time Michael Bay gets a hold of it.

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6 Oct 2006 // 3:05 AM

Little Children (2006)

If Little Children is pedantic and sometimes smug in its judgments, it is also painful.

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Hairshirt: Lover Politician

Neither itchy, uncomfortable, nor R.E.M., this EP is a solid if middle of the road mix of '80s influences.

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6 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Departed (2006)

The Departed's understanding of identity is deeply rooted in place and culture -- South Boston, Irish Catholicism, masculine rituals.

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Various Artists: Bargrooves Citrus

Another solid, if not groundbreaking, dose of jazzy/soulful house from Ben Sowton and Co.

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Krays - Geordie Connection (2004)

Rather than delving into the multitude of cultural ramifications posed by twin, bisexual crime lords, the film instead is satisfied merely to offer up a hodgepodge of disconnected video clips.

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6 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The War Game (1968)

The skill and imagination with which The War Game believably crafts a disaster narrative from the days and weeks immediately preceding and following a nuclear attack on Britain are such that it feels convincingly real -- a shrewd and somewhat uncharacteristic precedent for the "mockumentary" genre.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing

Sun Records, the IRS, alcohol, and marrying his 13-year-old second cousin had been the brunt of Jerry Lee Lewis' legacy -- until now. Here's a "duets" record that actually works completely.

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Elton John: The Captain & The Kid

In seeking to replicate the effect of their classic 1975 album Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy, John and Taupin have only succeeded in shining a spotlight on their own inadequacies.

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