Reviews

28 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Razorlight: Razorlight

For a record that displays such naked commercial ambitions, Razorlight is a startlingly unimaginative, bloated and anonymous listen.

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28 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Anne McCue: Koala Motel

Anne McCue's trying to shake her influences, but one keeps holding on.

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Spencer Dickinson: The Man Who Lives for Love

Uneven, over-the-top, and, at its best, irresistibly dirty blues funk from Jon Spencer and the North Mississippi All-Stars

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Guitar Shorty: We the People

Workin' Man's Blues that, well, works!

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The Byrds: There Is a Season

The Byrds pioneered folk-rock, psychedelic-rock, country-rock, and planted the seeds for alt-country. Finally, a box set as encompassing and stunning as their career.

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Emily Herring: My Tears Will Be Relieved

Mix of country styles is hard to pin down, but decidedly uneven.

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28 Sep 2006 // 3:00 PM

Yo La Tengo

Spinning rims, 22-ouncers, and a lesson on listening.

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28 Sep 2006 // 7:00 AM

Crowdpleaser & St. Plomb: 2006

Swiss DJs Crowdpleaser and St. Plomb usher in the era of microtrance. 2006 is headphone techno for today.

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On his second release, Edgar Allen Floe talks a lot, but he doesn't really say anything.

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28 Sep 2006 // 3:00 AM

Persil is from Amsterdam and blends pop with various other effects, samples and loops. Getting off to a very good start with the bubble gum

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28 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

OSI: Free

The second abum by this supergroup falls short of being super.

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28 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Office

Michael's misguided efforts to ingratiate himself with his subordinates and all but force them to be his friends are the core of The Office's comedy.

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28 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Six Degrees

In a city of eight million people, I’d bet you could find at least 7.9 million everyday dramas that are more engaging and genuine than the ones assembled here.

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28 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Greys Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy is a well cast and beautifully shot soap opera, with characters we can love and hate and a soundtrack of frequently marvelous music.

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28 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Batman: Secrets

What Kieth has done is take a typical story and made it anything but, creating a unique piece of work that is as interesting as it is fun to read.

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28 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Persian Fire by Tom Holland

Holland manages to synthesize the scope and emotion of his classical sources without sacrificing an iota of historical stringency.

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Aberdeen City: The Freezing Atlantic

Looking for something to compete with the Killers' Sam’s Town? This record might top that one quite easily.

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Miki Howard: Pillow Talk: Miki Sings The Classics

Merely average versions of songs that the music-listening public so readily identifies with other artists probably isn’t the best way to reintroduce Howard to the public.

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Embedded 45: Shooting War in Germany (2006)

Presented with little enthusiasm and no flair, this historical footage is as boring as a school lesson -- just an invitation to put one's head on one's desk and nap

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27 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Catfish Haven: Tell Me

Quick and dirty, Tell Me is a fine set of Motown-infused rock and roll.

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