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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lylas: Lessons for Lovers

Nashville alt.brooders used to love you like a sister... now they want to teach you how to kiss.

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Roy Orbison: The Essential Roy Orbison

The story of the Big O from the beginning of his career to posthumous releases can be found on this new compilation. Orbison knew the mystery of dreams could be better suggested by a trill than by words alone.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Faktion: Faktion

It may be cookie cutter modern rock, but this debut isn't without its quality moments. Too bad there aren't enough of them.

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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

If only Lazarescu had wandered into a slick American melodrama, maybe someone would have made sure he received the relief he needed.

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26 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Monkeys & Midgets is an easy, fast-paced throwback to silly childhoods that won't disappoint you as long as you don't go into it expecting anything more.

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26 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Metric

's opening days are done.

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Sprawl: A Compact History by Robert Bruegmann

Bruegmann maintains that there are at least two causes of sprawl in its modern form, increased affluence and the spread of democracy.

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Shalabi Effect: Unfortunately

As calculated as an improv-noise album can be, Unfortunately melds the accessible with the impenetrable.

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26 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Daniel Powter: Daniel Powter

The newest singer-songwriter star's debut is pop without apologies, and very skillful pop at that.

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The Church: Uninvited, Like the Clouds

Can we all agree now that the Church are back to form and have been for a few years?

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Various Artists: Voices from the Frontline

Bet you didn't know they taught hip-hop in Basic Training. Meet the soldiers who rock the mic while stationed in Iraq.

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Tom Verlaine: Songs and Other Things

As a poet, Tom Verlaine is a guitarist.

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26 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

&nbTom Verlaine: Around

As a guitarist, Tom Verlaine is a poet. We have known this ever since his band Television issued "Little Johnny Jewel" as a two-sided single in 1975.

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Bitter:Sweet: The Mating Game

Does the world really need another sexy/vulnerable, tongue-in-cheek trip-hop act?

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Pat Martino: Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery

The late Wes Montgomery was a hugely influential guitarist, and this record highlights the Montgomery side of one of a few guitarists whose tribute means a lot. Pat Martino does justice to the real Montgomery sound.

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Robert Altman Collection: Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Robert Duvall, Carol Burnett - PopMatters

This uneven collection is a definite example of the adage 'when he's good, he's very good, but when he's bad, he's very bad'.

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The Sisters of Mercy + The Warlocks

Stick with this year's model. These old sisters have no mercy.

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25 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Music Road

Insisting that you need to understand something about a local culture to gain insight into the music, Music Road affords context as well as tunes.

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25 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Power Girl: The Classifieds

Manion not only captures Power Girl's... buxomness, but provides wit and charm while Kara seeks to fill her life with a mundane nine to five.

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Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes by Laurel Snyder (editor)

For many of the essays, the most heartbreaking moments occur after the child has declared his or herself a Jew, only to be rejected by members of the tribe.

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