Reviews

3 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	New Order: Item [DVD]

This new two-DVD set from New Order reveals a band comfortably situated between art and commerce.

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	The Go! Team: Thunder, Lightning, Strike

2004 debut album from Brighton, UK ensemble is finally released domestically, albeit with some minor changes.

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	Paula Frazer: Leave the Sad Things Behind

Not quite as stunning as her previous album, but Paula Frazier makes the most of her voice with a folksy-retro-roots collage.

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3 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

At its heart the disc belongs to the dancefloor, where the flavors of samba, salsa and mambo freely cross-pollinate with austere house textures to create a satisfying, if subtle, hybrid.

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	Cold: A Different Kind of Pain

Despite lyrics that go beyond the usual themes, this is still the type of album that turned "nu" into a two-letter joke.

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	Charlottefield: How Long Are You Staying

Brighton quartet smudges the lines of post-punk on its debut album.

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	Blackalicious: The Craft

The album takes the veteran hip-hop duo's penchant for verbose musings and adds a healthy serving of funk, soul, and late '60s rock to produce an album that aligns with this year's best.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (EU) / World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 International (US)

We've all been blessed with Pro Evolution 5, a game even better than its predecessor -- which many gamers thought was football simulator perfection.

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3 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

After such an explosive first day how could Arthur and friends possibly round things out? Early on, I began to question when and where this thing would really start happening again... of course it would...

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3 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Medium

Allison Dubois (new Emmy winner Patricia Arquette) is a particularly sane TV psychic.

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3 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

How I Met Your Mother

The story of that meeting unfolds in what will surely become the longest flashback in TV history, especially if the series stays on the air beyond a season.

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Benny Hill: The Early Naughty Years - Complete and Unadulterated (Volume 3)

Benny Hill will always be the bastard stepchild of British sketch comedy.

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Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd

Seemingly no kernel of isolated trivia or controversial factoid is small enough to escape the author's notice.

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So Wrong They’re Right (1993) - PopMatters Film Review
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However much one admires their chutzpah and the enthusiasm of their subjects, So Wrong They're Right proves to be more entertaining than edifying.

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	Various Artists: Tommy Boy Presents Hip Hop Roots

Tommy Boy Records founder Tom Silverman offers you this internationally-distributed mixtape. Quick--name that sample!"

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2 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Standard: Albatross

Portland, Oregon quartet's second album in as many years is dramatic tension in search of a worthy epic.

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2 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Rasputina: A Radical Recital

Cello-rock might not be all the rage just yet, but Rasputina are clearing the path.

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	Leaves’ Eyes: Vinland Saga

Leaves' Eyes second album brings a refreshing feminine perspective to Viking-themed metal.

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	Electric Light Orchestra: All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra

This new collection of Electric Light Orchestra hits (and a few confounding misses), reveals Jeff Lynne's lifelong obsession with becoming the fifth Beatle.

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	Cobra Verde: Copycat Killers

A cover CD from one of the best kick-ass bands out there. Better than most original CDs from the glut of rockers in the world.

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