Monday, August 19 2002
Still, if given just a token listen and treated like nothing more than background music, the true depth of Blacklisted is missed. The one aspect of the record that marks a stylistic quantum leap from Furnace Room Lullaby is the quality of Case’s lyrics.
Maggie is more intent on teaching life lessons than providing visual candy or sheer entertainment; this is granola, not Lucky Charms.
The series repackages recorded crises and dramas into four one-hour episodes, compressing daily life and death into a glossy, strangely unreal product.
For the conflicted soap fan longing for a simulacrum of realism, EastEnders is an addictive slice of heaven.
The Anna Nicole Show asks us to laugh at, not with, its pitiable subject.
Thursday, August 15 2002
Deerhoof are scary. What they have done on their latest release, Reveille, is reimagine the “Dies Irae” as populated by little furry things.
Songs From the Second Floor may be blasphemous in its relentless tweaking of Christianity, but it is never less than sincere about its search for divine intercession.
Carla and Paul form an odd couple, slouching towards romance while successfully defending (and defining) their common interests against powerful and dangerous people.
While the plot of Possession concerns yearning and fervor, its tone is provocatively detached.