Reviews

19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

"The idea was to try to make the most real survival possible," says director Alexandre Aja, "Even if you're dealing with radioactive cannibal mutants."

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Korn: Live & Rare

This helping of Korn leftovers leaves the consumer stuck with a smattering of krappy kernels.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Muse: Black Holes & Revelations

Muse impresses, and continues to impress on Black Holes, not only because they have the Romantic classical harmony-fueled huge stadium sound down pat, but in the details that show a band mature and talented.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gilles Peterson: Back In Brazil

Once more, Peterson takes us to South America to expose the world to the past and present of Brazilian jazz and dance.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lola Ray: Liars

On their sophomre outing, Lola Ray show an admirable amount of growth -- but they've still got a ways to go.

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Bryan Sutton: Not Too Far from the Tree

This album gives Sutton the justifiable opportunity to step to the forefront of an album, while presenting a tribute to -- and celebration of -- bluegrass guitars and guitarists.

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Pete Zimmer Quintet: Burnin Live at the Jazz Standard

Joyous stuff -- five brilliant musicians with an astonishing range of jazz expression instating old virtues, including simple statements, tuneful on foundations of unobtrusive complexity.

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Biréli Lagrène and Gypsy Project: Live in Paris (DVD)

Jazz guitarist Biréli Lagrène steps onto a Paris stage to perform a set as part of his 2004-2005 world tour, and -- Wow!

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18 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Dragon Quest VIII

While most of its progeny has evolved with the times, Dragon Quest refuses to take even the most necessary baby steps.

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18 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Tamerlane by Justin Marozzi

How is it possible to botch a biography of Temur? This is a man who rode his Tatar hordes across Asia, leaving ravaged cities and towering piles of skulls in his wake.

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Bonnaroo 2006: Day 2 Feat. Buddy Guy, Beck, and Radiohead

Our education begins today and will continue long after the guitars have gone quiet.

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Bonnaroo 2006: Day 1 Feat. Andrew Bird, Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Tom Petty, and My Morning Jacket

It's unclear whether or not Ben Folds' routine is a warning about the misuse of drugs. If it is, it's clearly falling on deaf ears.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Driving Force

The day these pampered princesses realize their dad is entitled to be "who he is" as well, will be the moment they learn to appreciate him beyond the bank account.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Loved One (1965)

While much of the original outrage will fall flat on audiences raised on our current post-modern sense of mockery, there is still a great deal to enjoy in this early attempt at directorial dadaism.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Feist: Open Season

Otherwise delightful, a Mushaboom cloud hangs over this album of remixes and collaborations.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

uncing Souls: The Gold Record

Credit has to be due to a band that can continue to tweak its sound, mature, and still stay true to its roots all at the same time.

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Aoki Takamasa & Tujiko Noriko: Twenty-Eight

The album appears like a beam of sunshine on a warm spring day: pleasant and warm, but of extremely brief duration.

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Carl Hancock Rux: Good Bread Alley

It might not be your cup of tea, but maybe you need to drink something besides tea for a change.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Karrin Allyson: Footprints

A stunning program of post-bop jazz standards from a mature singer out on the mainstream edge.

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Lisa Germano: In the Maybe World

Lyrically, In the Maybe World is quite good. Musically, it could induce narcolepsy.

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