Reviews

2 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mugison: Little Trip

As a soundtrack, it's fairly interesting and engrossing. As a Mugison album, however, it lacks that special something...

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2 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rammstein: Rosenrot

Rammstein's musically rich fifth album is nowhere near as chilly as the cover art would indicate.

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2 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Islands: Return to the Sea

As long as Islands keep treating us to these complex, appealing songs, we'll continue to respond more than positively.

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2 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jagged Edge: Jagged Edge

While the Jagged Edge guys unquestionably have the pipes necessary for the task, their material is sorely lacking. This is an album best left on the record store shelf.

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Mountain Con: Sancho Panza

What does the future of rock music sound like? According to these guys, it sounds a lot like Beck.

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Various artists: Gloryland: 30 Bluegrass Gospel Classics

Rebel Records' testament to recording the bluegrass gospel revelation, from its inception to the present day.

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1 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Carl Palmer Band

Bands like Tool and the Flaming Lips are reviving elements of prog -- not to mention the (ugly) platform shoes -- so why not bring back the big boys?

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1 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Break-Up (2006)

For all that goes wrong with The Break-Up, the most compelling question it raises has to do with the state of the romantic comedy.

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1 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Who would think the minds behind White Chicks would be the ones to finally strike comedy gold, and in comic book form no less?

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1 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Tool

's new gimmicks are mildly amusing, they indicate that the band is trying to de-emphasize its personal peculiarity. Why the hell would it want to do that?

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The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

The historian's customary irony is replaced with the assumed fatalism of the Norse themselves, for whom death was a harsh fact of daily existence. The effect is monumental, and carries the burnished authenticity of a long-lost epic.

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Charlie Musselwhite: Delta Hardware

Uh, HELL yeah.
 

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1 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Beirut: Gulag Orkestar

A multi-instrumentalist with indie royalty connection and early underground buzz equals instant canonicity, but it might be worthwhile to consider the music itself.

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1 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cracker: Greenland

When you think about it, Greenland is a lot like life, really. It's huge, but 85% of it is covered with ice and completely uninhabitable. It's confusing. And it belongs to Denmark.

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1 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shearwater: Palo Santo

Bravely challenging, this is a haunting, exceptional record.

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Magneto: Resistance Is Futile

I love this label, so why doesn't this latest release soar with flying colors? It's good, but I wanted great, damnit!

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1 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rihanna: A Girl Like Me

The Bajan Princess of the dancehall can "break it up" like nobody's business. And when you can drop it like it's on fire, there's no need to cool it off.

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Feu Thérèse: Feu Thérèse

Hypnotic soundscapes, jump-cut with rock beats, from veterans of Fly Pan Am and the Shalabi Effect

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Joey Ramone Birthday Bash feat. Alarm, The Star Spangles, The Strokes, and Wayne Kramer

Joey Ramone deserves a celebration once a year, every year, until the end of time. And one without Matt Pinfield and circus freaks just wouldn't suffice.

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31 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006

The unnamed protagonists seem to be the progeny of an unholy union between zombie slayers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and comic book hero Scott Pilgrim.

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