Reviews

22 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

SCTV: Volume 4

Whether taking on film, music, television or book, these cunning Canadians exposed the foibles of mass media while entertaining and enlightening.

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22 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Love, Inc.

Like Sex and the City, Love, Inc. features a quartet of single women in the Big Apple, each with her own issue.

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22 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Everybody Hates Chris

The brilliantly constructed and deceptively complex pilot succeeds by not trying to force an awkward story over the exposition required of a premiere episode.

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22 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Apprentice

More than any other episode, The Apprentice premiere is so consumed with scene setting and its money-shot boardroom footage that there is precious little focus on the challenge itself.

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22 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

At Last the 1948 Show

Despite a deft mixture of traditional polish and youthful verve, At Last the 1948 Show doesn't quite cross the line from good to great.

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How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World:  A Short History of Modern Delusions by Francis Wheen

How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World is no mere catalog of silliness and superstition for the amusement of the learned bourgeoisie -- rather it is a powerful jeremiad against the very foundations of modern society.

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	Super Furry Animals: Love Kraft

Depending on how you choose to perceive it, the band's orchestral seventh album is either one of its greatest achievements or one of its most pedestrian.

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	Prefuse 73: Reads the Books EP

It reads like a tale of two warriors who couldn't quite win the big battle, and are furiously polishing their tarnished armor to do battle again.

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	Head of Femur: Hysterical Stars

Head of Femur transforms from a power trio to an orchestra at the drop of a hat, making their music both sexier and more heartbreaking.

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21 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Alex Gold: Backfromabreak

The record swerves in and out of electronic music history, reflecting a wide variety of the most popular sounds of the last decade while retaining a distinctly appealing and atmospheric production style.

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	Decomposure: At Home and Unaffected

Take piano pop. Stuff it in a blender. Push purée. Record to compact disc. Enjoy.

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	David Allan Coe: Penitentiary Blues

Early work written behind bars shows it was only a matter of time, lest he do more time, that David Allan Coe would make his mark.

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	Bring Back the Buffalo: Bring Back the Buffalo

A tale of two techno geniuses: One finds his voice; they both go Postal Service.

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21 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Threshold

Threshold doesn't want to give too much away (typical of the genre), making the central crisis hard to fathom.

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21 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Head Cases

There's lots of 'adult' humor and madcap legal maneuvering. The Practice should have been this much fun.

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21 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

E-Ring

No one else could make this dialogue sound like poetry quite like Dennis Hopper, so misfitted for his role as a Pentagon Colonel that he seems perversely perfect.

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Don’t Kiss Them Good-bye by Allison Dubois

The problem with DuBois's book is that exploration of this miraculous and otherworldly gift is lost amid a confused, unfocused work that can't decide if it's a memoir, self-help book, or a book of advice for potential psychics.

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	Gerald Veasley: At the Jazz Base!

Philly bassist takes a local band into his own club and turns up the heat.

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	Tenement Halls: Knitting Needles & Bicycle Bells

Merge Records Veteran Chris Lopez Gives You What You Want - Probably.

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