Reviews

29 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Zuco 103: Whaa!

Latest release from Amsterdam trio features a guest appearance from reggae legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

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	Nada Surf: The Weight Is a Gift

It is a slim, focused effort that moves forward by cutting back on some of the musical bombast.

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	Kathy Mattea: Right Out of Nowhere

She doesn't want to set the world on fire, because it's already burning. Who could blame her for wanting to extinguish the flames?"

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29 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	My Morning Jacket: Z

2003's stellar It Still Moves sounded like the last word on MMJ's atmospheric Southern rock. But on the follow-up, they prove they have more to say that's worth hearing.

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	Killing Joke: Pandemonium / Democracy

A decade later, two overlooked Killing Joke albums get the reissue treatment.

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	Kool Keith: Kool Keith Presents Global Enlightenment, Part 1 [DVD]

News Flash! Kool Keith is Kra~zy! What, you knew that already?"

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	The Human League: Hysteria [reissue]

Although disappointing at the time, the Human League's sequel to the genre-defining Dare has aged far more gracefully than its synth-pop peers.

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	B.G.: Heart of tha Streetz Vol. 1

At his best B. Gizzle is the Dirty South's anti-Robocop machine.

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	Blood of Abraham: Eyedollartree

Like the Boss, I believe in the Promised Land. California rappers Blood of Abraham take listeners half of the way there.

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29 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Smallville

Season Five of Smallville continues to reward comics fans with details taken from Superman's various incarnations over the years.

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29 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Killer Instinct

Despite its frequent reveling in eroticized violence against women, Killer Instinct demonstrates some awareness of the problem.

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29 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Ghost Whisperer

Melinda's acquaintances get their dead-o-grams and move on, serene again even though we know their pain can never fully heal.

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The Saints’ Guide to Happiness: Practical Lessons in the Life of the Spirit by Robert Ellsberg

Ellsberg's saints teach us sadness is not the opposite of happiness, but a part of it.

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The Transporter: Special Delivery Edition (2002)

The opening minutes establish the series as sort of quicker, cheaper version of Bond.

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29 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Mindhunters (2004)

While the accumulating bodies and declarations of motive are unclever, Mindhunters does make good (if not quite enough) use of LL Cool J.

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29 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Committee (1968)

Yes, its soundtrack contains unreleased music by Pink Floyd, but this short '60s art film is worth watching on its own peculiar merits.

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	Various Artists: Swinging Mademoiselles

The British certainly didn't have a monopoly on the vibrant youth culture of the 1960s. The French certainly played their part in the so-called youthquake.

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	Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary

Cue the Hyperbole.

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	Toy Dolls: Cheerio and Toodlepip: The Complete Singles

Sunglasses and loony grins, one of punk's longest-running outfits gathers up its amassed chart attacks for a run through a relatively obscure but surprisingly solid history.

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28 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Stryper: Reborn

'80s Christian rockers Stryper have returned with a surprisingly good album, their dignity intact.

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