Reviews

22 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houllebecq

Like Daniel, Houllebecq is a wounded animal lashing out in fear at the unfathomable mysteries of existence.

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22 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Everything old is new again.

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22 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

22 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tiger Baby: Noise Around Me

Tiger Baby, a Danish trio that specializes in mid-tempo, commercial synthpop, attempts to capture a confident sexiness; the result is not so much sensuality as alienation.

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Dixie Chicks: Taking The Long Way

It's impossible to ignore that in 2006, fully 70 percent of the country is ashamed of the president, and the Chicks return to a landscape almost the mathematical opposite of the one they faced in 2003.

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Killing Joke: Hosannas From the Basements of Hell

The post punk innovators return with their finest album in well over a decade.

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Matmos: The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of the Beast

To be young, gifted, and gay.

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Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti: House Arrest

Idiosyncratic lo-fi pop maestro serves up another platter of slack-psych-pop mayhem, and it's definitely a good thing.

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22 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Paris

It's music to make you feel good, or, at least, 'good' in the modest sense of leaving you sleepy and smiling and disinclined to do wrong.

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Radney Foster: This World We Live In

Like both Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, Foster's music is stripped down with a southern twang that more tightly ties it to the country camp than country-rock bands like The Eagles or alt.country poster boy Ryan Adams.

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22 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sierra Swan: Ladyland

Welcome to Ladyland, where Linda Perry is the poet laureate and "What's Up?" is the national anthem.

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19 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Over the Hedge (2006)

The raccoon is shrewd, and the scenario he lays out -- all food, all the time -- is powerfully tempting.

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19 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Da Vinci Code

In straining to make its spaces and secrets 'scary', Da Vinci literalizes thoughts and dreams, and abandons mystery and nuance.

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19 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Belle and Sebastian

Lessons Learned on an Irksome Journey.

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19 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

March by Geraldine Brooks

March's lessons can be taken on board by any liberal concerned by conservatives gaining ground in the 'culture wars'.

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Roger Rodier: Upon Velveatur

Long-lost French-Canadian folk-rock album sounds like a forlornly fussing Nick Drake serving tea to Stephen Stills backstage at the Filmore.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium

The following is a message from the Society of Music Fans for the Elimination of Double-Disc Releases.

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The Walkmen: A Hundred Miles Off

I'm content when this music's on, but I'm not here to be content.

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19 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Avant: Director

This R&B singer's out to prove he's not a clone. He's not that other guy. He's his own man.

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Ani DiFranco: Carnegie Hall - 4.6.02

A top-notch snapshot of a performer coming to terms with a world that has been changed forever.

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