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The Brother Kite: Waiting for the Time to be Right

The Brother Kite released their sophomore album more than a month ago, and while the album is easily one of the best you’ll hear this year, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of it until now.

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The Be Good Tanyas: Hello Love

Hello Love is cozy and enveloping, like a big, hand-woven blanket on the first brisk winter day.

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7 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Ronnie Day: The Album

Ronnie Day’s second album is along the lines of fellow younger musicians like Teddy Geiger. But it doesn’t distract from the fact he

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George Strait: It Just Comes Natural

There are great joys to be had in George Strait's phrasing, diction and emotional interpretation. And then there's the music.

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Various Artists: Do You Copy?

This set commemorates five years of Mitek's existence, and based on the evidence herein I must conclude that they do a pretty good job of things.

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Lindsey Buckingham: Under the Skin

Under the Skin marks the first step along Buckingham's artistic regeneration since the most recent Fleetwood Mac reunion in 2003 and, while not completely accessible, the album is nevertheless intriguing.

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The Cat Empire: The Cat Empire EP

Welcome to the Cat Empire - a band not conducive to rave reviews on websites like these, but one that can spark intense adoration in potential fans. Are you one?

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A Salute to Hee Haw: Collectors Edition

This TV DVD set presents the unlikely combination of bad jokes and great country music. You know you’re a 'redneck' if you fall over laughing at this cornball humor. But if you thrill at the classic music it presents, well, there’s nothing to be ashamed of about that.

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The Bird and the Bee: Again and Again and Again and Again

Gorgeous and easy female-vocal pop debut EP bodes well for the 2007 full-length.

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6 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Feathers: Synchromy

This mixture of solid groove and irregular sounds almost becomes as good as it keeps suggesting it could be.

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6 Nov 2006 // 8:40 PM

Directed by John Ford

Ford's brusque manner is well known, inspiring equal parts fear, respect, and awe among the many interviewees assembled for this look-back at his career and reputation.

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Various Artists: Live at the Cedar

All of the tracks were recorded at Cedar concerts and none of them sound as if they've been thrown in just to get a famous name on the cover.

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Buffalo Killers: Buffalo Killers

Buffalo Killers' music is mired in a style that makes you think there is something wrong with the speed of the album.

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6 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

9/11: Press For Truth (2006)

In place of an easily grasped universe of absolutes, one must struggle to understand a maze of shifting geopolitical allegiances and ethical compromises.

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Nellie McKay: Pretty Little Head

Nellie McKay's excellent second album, Pretty Little Head, surfaces at last, revealing a greatly matured songwriter on top of her game.

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Dangerous Nation by Robert Kagan

Kagan is a realist who understands idealism; a rare combination among historical writers, and part of what helps make Dangerous Nation such a gratifying and illuminating read.

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Deftones: Saturday Night Wrist

Generic 90s alt-metal might be dying on the vine, but don't discount the ever-evolving Deftones just yet.

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Yip-Yip: In the Reptile House

The goggled wonders actually put out a CD that has memorable style and memorable music!

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6 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Tears for Fears: Gold

Just about worth the purchase price for its single new track, Gold is the best summary thus far of Tears for Fears' 25 years.

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Goldenboy: Underneath the Radio

This is an uncluttered, attractively produced record, performed with skill and care. But if a record doesn't do anything new or fill some sort of void -- and this one fails on both accounts -- then what's the point?

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