Reviews

3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Excepter: Alternation

An overwhelming drone of noise that's ceaselessly propelled chemically forward.

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Dashboard Confessional: Dusk and Summer

At least the old Carrabba had a bit of slow crescendo in his whining.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Irma Thomas: After the Rain

New Orleans's Queen of Soul shows she has as much resilience as her hometown on her first album in six years.

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Various Artists: Paupers, Peasants, Princes and Kings

Few of these bands have anything like the personality it takes to become a great cover band. Some of them, however, do have the sense to come in out of the rain.

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Jeffrey Foucault: Ghost Repeater

Jeffrey Foucault is the kind of songwriter who works within tradition and furthers it in a simultaneous moment, a true glimpse into the future of folk music.

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Vivian Linden: Watch the Light Fade

Backed by a seasoned horde of Seattle musicians, Vivian Linden paints a dark, dreary backdrop on several of these songs so she can draw you

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2 Aug 2006 // 9:01 AM

Ted Wulfers: Cheap Liquor

Ted Wulfers lives in a hard drinkin’, hard lovin’, hard livin’ world—all of which comes out on his eight-song mini-album, Cheap Liquor. These are

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Cordovan: Highway 10 Blues

Gil Evans incorporated electronic music into his work, following up a conviction that the rhythm of new jazz should be, and had always been, what

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

V for Vendetta (2006)

"He's a pretty complex man," says Hugo Weaving of V. "He's been imprisoned and tortured and abused mentally and physically... and then burnt in fire."

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

30 Days

It's not an earth-shattering revelation that illegal immigrants are people too. But 30 Days turned a debate too often reliant on PR spin or faceless statistics into affecting drama.

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Chip Taylor: Unglorious Hallelujah / Red, Red Rose

In these two discs, we get a full-on tour of the 62-year-old mind of one of the great American songwriters.

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Silversun Pickups: Carnavas

This enjoyable disc hearkens back to when indie rock hooks were big, and the guitars sounded even bigger.

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I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You’ve Ever Heard

Reynolds serves as an admirable tour guide through his murderers' row of craptastically depressing tunes.

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Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan (2006)

The audience is in the position of an uninformed observer; like a tourist who wanders in... doesn't the language, just drifts around... sometimes feeling thrilled, occasionally feeling bored.

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scott Pilgrim, Vols. 1-3

Scott Pilgrim is one of the most enjoyable comics out there today, blending western and eastern artistic influences, as well as infusing its plot with various video game, comic book, movie and other pop culture influences.

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The Sleepy Jackson: Personality

The Sleepy Jackson have produced another album chock full of sparkling moments. Personality is a thing to be gradually discovered and eventually treasured.

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Powerman 5000: Destroy What You Enjoy

Destroy What You Enjoy is so obviously directed toward the maintenance of a predefined image as to be a finger in the throat of all but the Hot Topic suburban drones that still find something appealing about this silly little band.

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Edip Akbayram: Edip Akbayram

In Edip Akbayram's mouth, the dreamy, hopeful sunshine of hippie psychedelica has merged with a dramatic lament.

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Janis Siegel: A Thousand Beautiful Things

Manhattan Transfer vocalist's Latin gambit is risky and rewarding.

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

McFly: Just My Luck

English boy group McFly deliver an album of fun, bouncy guitar pop that's something of an unabashed guilty pleasure.

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