Reviews

1 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

The DTs: Nice n Ruff

All the right elements, but without the proper mix this party seems a bit forced.

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Rhapsody of Fire: Triumph or Agony

It's all so silly, but just admit it, you secretly kind of dig it.

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The Who: The Who: Who’s Next [DVD]

The DVD falls far short in providing sufficient insights and accurate historical perspective into the album's legacy and ongoing artistic and commercial appeal.

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J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton: The Road to Escondido

Cale and Clapton are together again. Many of the songs presented will have you hooked into the wee hours of the morning.

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Christ.: Blue Shift Emissions

Boards of Who?! Christ. pulls an incredibly beautiful and individual follow-up album out of the bag, one which should go a long way towards relieving him of his BOC albatross.

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Exile by Richard North Patterson

In order to assess Patterson's work, then, it might be time to give up the label of "legal thriller," and reach back to an earlier genre: the so-called "social problem novel."

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Norfolk & Western: The Unsung Colony

Two elaborately crafted folk-rock albums in one year? HA! I'll review this one in 2007!

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1 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Eminem: Eminem Presents the Re-Up

The Re-Up is a mix of vintage Eminem production and lyric spitting combined with his only real weakness: the tendency to regress and play down to his crew of less talented jokesters.

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Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Comic books are ultimately a fusion of literary and visual mediums; what makes them wonderful is the way they can combine the playfulness and elasticity of language with the stark simplicity of imagery to create something that's more than the sum of those parts.

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The Who: The Who: Whos next [DVD]

Classic Albums: Who’s Next will whet your appetite for more from this productive period of the Who’s career, and make you return to Who’s Next with the utmost attentiveness.

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1 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Private (2004)

This film, at its heart, asks the question of how a fundamentally intolerable situation is to be tolerated.

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Mark Mallman: Between the Devil and the Middle C

If this were 1970, Mark Mallman would have his own plane, a stack of gold records and an endless supply of groupies. This late in the day, his glam rock, hard-soul anthems cut very close to parody.

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As Tall as Lions: As Tall as Lions

With soaring melodies, lush arrangements and great songs, the self-titled album by As Tall as Lions should make the band the pride of the independent music scene.

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Saborit: Que Linda Es Mi Cuba

This tres guitar has the sharpest metallic jangle you can imagine, and the claves knock like knuckles on a hollow door.

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1 Jan 2007 // 8:59 PM

Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Fernandez-Armesto's lively mind, pithy phrasing, and stunningly thorough and diverse knowledge are a constant pleasure.

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22 Dec 2006 // 10:00 AM

Night at the Museum (2006)

Worried that his dad's dreams are getting in the way of his present life, Nicky asks, "What if you're just an ordinary guy, who should get a job?"

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22 Dec 2006 // 3:20 AM

We Are Marshall (2006)

The film manages a complex range of feelings with a series of hackneyed characters, plot turns, and montages. Lots of montages.

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22 Dec 2006 // 3:20 AM

The Good Shepherd (2006)

For Edward, the CIA forms a circular logic: members define the mission and vice versa.

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22 Dec 2006 // 12:00 AM

Modest Mouse: 17 November 2006 - New York

What happens when people who love bad news get it?

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21 Dec 2006 // 9:04 PM

The Aquarium: The Aquarium

All told, these 11 instrumental and vocal cuts form the type of innovative album that restores your faith in independent music.

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