Reviews

18 Sep 2006 // 3:00 AM

Eux Autres: Hell Is Eux Autres

Reissue gives brilliantly hooky pop band a second crack at a larger audience, and it's well worth it.

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Various Artists: Irie Reggae Hits: Best of Dancehall

Document of a near-dead genre, this is a timecapsule at most.

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip plays a lot like a lip-glossed The West Wing. Not a bad thing necessarily, but not a radical rethinking of primetime TV either.

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Maneja Beto: Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud

Manejo Beto proves that too many ideas can wind up being too much of a potentially good thing.

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The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Penumbra

Like a heavily coiled snake, bass clarinettist Bennie Maupin's latest will hypnotise you, encircle you and bite.

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17 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Track of the Cat (1954)

The film traps the viewer inside the cabin with the family one minute, then out in the snow the next, watching the windows and waiting.

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The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Will Eisner's story shows the negative influence that this document has had in countries all over the world.

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

McCarthy takes a style that's always had a tilt towards the gothic and gives it free reign as he follows a father and son diligently struggling across a blasted and dead countryside that seems to have once been America.

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Lionel Richie: Coming Home

Coming Home is an album that even Lionel Richie fans might dismiss. Though there are glimmers of substance, an album cannot stand on just two or three pretty good tracks

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17 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mastodon: Blood Mountain

Mastodon is on the cusp of something huge, with a hotly anticipated CD that threatens to turn metal on its ear and bring another underground sound to the mainstream in the process.

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Serving in Silence: Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer (2006)

A well-meaning and well-done story of one woman's crusade against an unjust practice.

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Sigur Rós: Saeglópur

The unique falsetto vocalizations and the sometimes starkly minimal, often breathtakingly beautiful, and always sweepingly unearthly signature soundscapes are back.

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¡Forward, Russia!: Give Me a Wall

The band is best in small doses, and could use some development; but this post-punk Bloc Party fallout compensates with plenty of aggression

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Darrell Scott: The Invisible Man

Scott remains defiant in the face of the uncaring world, wearing that Sisyphus mask with panache and style.

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17 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Stutter: Stutter

Glam-pop for the summertime 1980s retro-waver.

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17 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Bluebottle Kiss: Doubt Seeds

If you're ready to put in the effort to understand and really engage with this music, its depth can be rewarding indeed.

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17 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Panama!

Panama! doesn't have the feeling of infinite riches that compilations from larger countries such as Brazil sometimes achieve, but it's still a solid effort.

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15 Sep 2006 // 3:00 PM

Golden Smog

The Fifty-Quid-Bloke is in the ascendancy, and Kraig Johnson (Run Westy Run), Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum), and the Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Marc Perlman are here to greet him.

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The Dresden Dolls + The Red Paintings

The Dresden Dolls are the kind of act that cosmetics companies dream of -- one that set rivers of hair dye and mascara flowing.

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Persephones Bees: Notes from the Underground

A sugared pop rock (the musical genre not the exploding candy) confection of a major label debut for a quirky band fronted by a beautiful voice.

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