Reviews

9 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Astral Doors: Astralism

Old school metal fans, you are going to like this. They might be from Sweden, but Astral Doors has mastered the classic heavy metal sound

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9 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

Forget Cassettes: Salt

Unhinged, but in control. Guitarist, songwriter, and frontwoman Beth Cameron sings from the edge, nearly teetering over, and then snapping back. She’s an alt-Mary

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

World Trade Center

While the survivors lie within this well of shadows and shards, the film shows tv viewers around the world, briefly united in horror and incredulity, watching iconic CNN footage.

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Various Artists: The Best of Studio One Collection

New four-disc box set of Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One recordings is a cross-section of seminal ska and rocksteady, and a foundation for contemporary reggae.

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sad Girl: Twenty Years

Tommy Swerdlow wrote the script for the John Candy comedy Cool Runnings years ago. So why is he now with his wife issuing an album?

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey With Evelyn Glennie (2004)

A beautiful, interesting but somewhat shapeless collage on the subject of sound.

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Seaworthy by T.R. Pearson

Pearson's style provides the reader a welcoming warmth that contrasts with the frigid cold Willis felt on his travels.

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Journey: Live in Houston 1981 - Escape Tour [DVD]

Twenty-five years ago, Journey was #1 on the charts and on stage. Chalk it up as another of life's great unsolved mysteries.

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

French Kicks: Two Thousand

French Kicks have become indie rock wallpaper, and Two Thousand, while perfectly enjoyable, is, all in all, just another sheet on the wall.

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Donavon Frankenreiter: Move By Yourself

To put Frankenreiter's music in some perspective for you, he sounds like Ben Harper -- a lot like Ben Harper.

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Winard Harper Sextet: Make it Happen

Modern mainstream jazz at its broadest and deepest, African currents, After Hours, Amen!

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ani DiFranco: Reprieve

Another year, another Ani album, this one finding our hero examining herself as much as she does the world around her.

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lulendo: Angola

Angola doesn't often produce international musicians, but when it does, then they're usually worth the wait.

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Marykate ONeil: 1-800-Bankrupt

The title might recognize being bankrupt, but in terms of songs, O'Neil is laughing all the way to the bank with this sophomore album.

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Calling All Monsters: The Traps That Work Best

Sweaty, noisy, punk rock music has returned in the form of Calling All Monsters. These four lads from San Fransisco have stripped away a lot

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Liars: The Other Side of Mount Heart Attack [CD-single]

So you’re a fan of Liars; you’ve been digging their album Drum’s Not Dead for months; you know how beautiful and naï

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The Polkaholics: Polka Über Alles

I like the idea of The Polkaholics—polka punkers who like to party—because a lot of the lousy fast punk songs I’ve heard

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The Payola Reserve: One Long Apology

From the bland soft-rocker that opens it to the bland ballad that closes it, One Long Apology certainly doesn’t lack in consistency. Unfortunately, it

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8 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Godsmack: IV

When they're good, they're actually okay. It's when they're not good that the problems start.

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8 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Quinceañera (2005)

Both cast off as "liars" by their families, Magdalena and Carlos assume one another's truths.

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