Reviews

23 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hot Chip: The Warning

London's addictive, laid-back electro-soul outfit Hot Chip offers up a stew of metallic indie disco, soul-fed and calibrated with a keen sense of the ridiculous. It's all rather excellent.

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23 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Paul Simon: Surprise

A bright and rewarding work that will be lauded as His Best Album Since Fill In The Blank Here, Surprise is a low-key, sneaky little gem.

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Hudson Bell: When the Sun is the Moon

1990s guitar-rock made a decade later, managing to be compelling if not wholly original.

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Pretty Girls Make Graves: Élan Vital

With stretch marks out in full display, Pretty Girls Make Graves hit puberty and deliver Élan Vital, an album shaped by the band's growing pains.

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Charnett Moffett: Internet

The wonder-bassist delivers a more straightforward jazz programme than on For the Love of Peace: righteous in a different, equally commendable way.

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Soul Position: Things Go Better with RJ and Al

Somebody has to take responsibility for this, and there are only two of you.

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Wings: The Complete First and Second Seasons

It appears from these first episodes that Wings' purpose is defined: it's The Odd Couple with planes.

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22 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Deadwood - The Complete Second Season

For those who have taken the time to appreciate its oily charms, the subtle shifts in dynamics between the show's unreliable heroes and villains, and its unparalleled ensemble of character actors, Deadwood is one of the most arresting and original series in TV history.

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The Bugaloos: The Complete Series

While many consider Sid and Marty some drug-addled anarchists out to corrupt the youth of America, The Bugaloos is actually the closest their creations ever came to capturing the spectral and sonic situations of the '60s.

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22 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houllebecq

Like Daniel, Houllebecq is a wounded animal lashing out in fear at the unfathomable mysteries of existence.

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22 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Everything old is new again.

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22 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

22 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tiger Baby: Noise Around Me

Tiger Baby, a Danish trio that specializes in mid-tempo, commercial synthpop, attempts to capture a confident sexiness; the result is not so much sensuality as alienation.

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Dixie Chicks: Taking The Long Way

It's impossible to ignore that in 2006, fully 70 percent of the country is ashamed of the president, and the Chicks return to a landscape almost the mathematical opposite of the one they faced in 2003.

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Killing Joke: Hosannas From the Basements of Hell

The post punk innovators return with their finest album in well over a decade.

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Matmos: The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of the Beast

To be young, gifted, and gay.

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Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti: House Arrest

Idiosyncratic lo-fi pop maestro serves up another platter of slack-psych-pop mayhem, and it's definitely a good thing.

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22 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Paris

It's music to make you feel good, or, at least, 'good' in the modest sense of leaving you sleepy and smiling and disinclined to do wrong.

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Radney Foster: This World We Live In

Like both Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, Foster's music is stripped down with a southern twang that more tightly ties it to the country camp than country-rock bands like The Eagles or alt.country poster boy Ryan Adams.

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22 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sierra Swan: Ladyland

Welcome to Ladyland, where Linda Perry is the poet laureate and "What's Up?" is the national anthem.

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