Reviews

21 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

The problem is that none of this is surprising. We've seen these jokes on late night television, heard them on the radio or even thought of them ourselves.

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21 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Fourth Annual Buildering Competition

Official disapproval is the sap that gives roof climbing its sweetness...

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E-40: My Ghetto Report Card

E-40 returns with his trademark flow and a Bay Area brand of crunk to let you know he's more than a class clown.

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Living Colour: Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour

With a track list so skewed in favor of the band's first two records, the savvy consumer might do better to pick up Vivid and Time's Up and call their Living Colour collection complete.

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21 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Gospel Music

If you don't care about the peripheral stuff, and can just listen to the beautiful music on the disc, it's worth your time. But if you care about history...

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21 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ne-Yo: In My Own Words

It will blow up if it flirts with pop. Poppa Jay-Z smiles as singer and songwriter Ne-Yo proves a worthy investment.

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Stereophonics: Live From Dakota

The second greatest Welsh trio today (Manics being numero uno) show their wares and seasoned chops during this enjoyable, relentless double-disc collection of favorites.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Flamenco Nuevo

Some compilations summarize a genre. This one makes it look larger than you expected.

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21 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Elf Power: Back to the Web

Once-lo-fi band grows up, trades fantasy for folk on often-lovely album.

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Theo & the Skyscrapers: Theo and the Skyscrapers

Theo Kogan is out there, trying to find that breakthrough moment, but the Skyscrapers don't seem like the skyrocket she's looking for.

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Hawthorne Heights: If Only You Were Lonely

Finally -- an emo-punk album that realizes choruses and hooks are important, too!

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20 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

The sign of good writing is that it raises questions and comparisons that even the writer hadn't originally intended.

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20 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Neko Case

Banishing the grey days of a wintery spring.

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The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors by Ann Gibbons

Ann Gibbons tells the story of human origins and evolution by addressing one of its aspects, the search for the earliest human, that critter who, so long ago, decided not to be a chimp.

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Spring Break Shark Attack (2005)

Given the opportunity to achieve some truly extraordinary, truly outlandish, Spring Break Shark Attack settles for something truly bad.

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Motörhead: Deluxe Expanded Reissues

A spate of reissues captures Motörhead at its finest, filling out a completist's library of bonus material, but never trumping the original albums.

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CacheFlowe: Automate Everything

Automate Everything is an appropriate title for an album on which nothing is left to chance, with every sequence, note, and sample meticulously placed in the mix.

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Augie March: Moo, You Bloody Choir

Glenn Richards is Australia's tight-packed pop-poet; more poet than pop, certainly, since who else producing music today writes in such contorted but addictive ellipses.

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Tom Brosseau: Empty Houses Are Lonely

North Dakota born singer-songwriter makes you do a double and triple take not only for his well-crafted material but for his warble that sounds at times like a cross between Ricky Nelson and the Buckleys (Jeff or Tim).

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20 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

LL Cool J: Todd Smith

Todd Smith is glossy, safe, front-loaded, and slick. My mom likes it, enough said. And the young-girl LL Cool J fans will love it too, regardless of what we say here.

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016: 'The Anthropologist'

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"Spry and crisp, The Anthropologist is a solid documentary that avoids bearing the weight of the austere pessimism surrounding climate change.

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