Reviews

5 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Camille: Le Fil

As far as pseudo-a cappella experimental pop albums go, Le Fil is undeniably excellent.

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Disco Biscuits: The Wind at Four to Fly

Lovers of "bisco" are in for a treat. However, if you are no "bisco" aficionado, then this will be a no no.

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Nick Lachey: What’s Left of Me

BoyBand Alum/Celebrity/Ex-husband/Hunk makes an album about not getting It anymore. Ouch!

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5 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bent Fabric: Jukebox

It's not perfect, but when you find yourself dancing without even realizing it, it doesn't need to be.

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5 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Digweed: Transitions

The evolution of John Digweed continues.

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David Ford: I Sincerely Apologize For All The Trouble I’ve Caused

David Ford answers the hypothetical question: What would happen if Elvis Costello possessed James Taylor’s body?

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Celebrity: Mining For Twilight

Those only famous for being famous get People cover shots just for farting, it seems, while underrated groups like Celebrity pass under the radar screen unnoticed. But Mining for Twilight is too good to ignore.

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30 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

What place is there for trained killers with haunted pasts and few useful skills in a peaceful society?

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30 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Chicago Blues Festival Feat. Bettye Lavette

The last I was excited by a new blues album was in the '90s, so why the heck would I go to a blues festival?

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30 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wassup Rockers (2005)

Though disaster is inevitable, the movie makes its point: the boys are cool, utterly and unstoppably.

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30 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

'You sold your soul the first time you put on that pair of Jimmy Choos.' So ascertains Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), editor-in-chief at Runway magazine, disdainful of her self-doubting assistant. And so she summarizes yet another tale of a little girl who finds corruption in the big city.

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Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005)

Lian Lunson's concert documentary, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, works against itself, with too many gushing tributes and not enough Cohen.

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Etran Finatawa: Introducing Etran Finatawa

Two nomadic tribes from Saharan Africa join in hypnotic grooves and electrified caravan shuffles

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Miles Davis: The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions

Four discs of the greatest American music there is. Feast.

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Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash: 16 Biggest Hits

16 Biggest Hits seems to trace the pair's evolution from passionate youngsters to a comfortable old couple.

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Johnny Cash: American V: A Hundred Highways

Cash walks into the sunset with a surprisingly gentle meditation on mortality.

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Baby Dayliner: Critics Pass Away

The sophomore album from Baby Dayliner is another mix of a crooner's voice complemented by some fine electro-synth pop a la Depeche Mode or New Order.

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Ashley Parker Angel: Soundtrack to Your Life

Angel's debut is fairly generic and unimpressive once you take a solid listen, which means that he hasn't learned much of a lesson since his O-Town days.

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Banco de Gaia: Farewell Ferengistan

Most bands don't become horrible overnight, just uninteresting over time, fading until you realize that you've missed a whole album and that you don't even really care.

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30 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

7L & Esoteric: A New Dope

Guess what? You can get dumb and still be dope. Wanna learn? There's a DJ and a rapper waiting to demonstrate.

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