Reviews

20 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Cheap Trick: Rockford

Cheap Trick had their best moments early in their 30-year history...until now. Rockford takes us back to a time when the entire album was worth the listen.

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20 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Think of One: Tráfico

Musical collectives are often hit and miss, but Think of One hits far more often than it misses.

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20 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

DJ Olive: Heaps As

Even the jokes of Tasmanian Devil cartoons are fresher than what you experience here.

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20 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Plaid: Greedy Baby

While Plaid has always excelled at percussive melodic sounds, the new album makes such natural, effective use of assorted xylophones, bells, and glockenspiels that it seemed an additional multi-instrumentalist had to be responsible.

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George Benson: The Essential George Benson

Looking back at the once and future king of jazz guitar, Bad Benson.

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Lambchop: The Decline of Country & Western Civilization Part II: The Woodwind Years

Aside from the occasional clunker, this album of b-sides, rarities, alternate takes, and unreleased tracks shows that Lambchop should be remembered primarily as a fine alt.country community, not some sock the late Shari Lewis wore on her hand.

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20 Jul 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Handsome Family

Death? Yes. Decay? Sure. Overturned shopping carts? Why not? A fruit plate? That's a little suspect.

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20 Jul 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Red Star

While the artwork's alluring and the universe compelling, there's little attempt to introduce the characters or ease off on the pronoun-happy nomenclature.

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Altman on Altman by David Thompson [editor]

Altman has quite an anecdotal history among his faithful. Any book that claims to dig deeper really has to deliver.

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19 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mary-Anne Paterson: Me

Folk singer issues album in 1970 to no acclaim, vanishes for over three decades until sudden recovery by dedicated loyalists -- no, it's not Vashti Bunyan, but it's still quite good.

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Dazed and Confused: Criterion Collection (1993)

Criterion's DVD appreciates the film itself, without trying too hard to analyze or understand it, thank god.

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19 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

The War Tapes (2006)

'I'm not the media, damn it,' sighs Specialist Mike Moriarty, while also wondering whether 'there's any way to truthfully tell a story without putting a slant on it.'

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19 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dharma & Greg: Season One

First aired in 1997, Dharma and Greg is almost old enough to be considered retro, along with songs from the '90s.

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The Divine Comedy: Victory for the Comic Muse

Neil Hannon has largely toned down his extravagant look-at-me persona, and decided instead to rely on the quality of his song-writing.

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Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2004)

These creatures are granted a simple choice: to do good, or bad.

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19 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Frank Black: Fast Man Raider Man

Frank Black takes a journey into the heartland on Fast Man Raider Man, but he never gets off the highways.

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Rise Against: The Sufferer and the Witness

The Sufferer and the Witness, Rise Against's second album for Geffen, picks up where Siren Song left off, with 13 tracks of hard-nosed punk with a focus on melody, crunchy hooks, and shout-along choruses.

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19 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Thomas Brinkmann: Lucky Hands

Like a lot of techno these days, it rises to a level of competent charm but fails to create a more lasting impression.

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Jamie Lidell: Multiply Additions

A remix album/live album smash-up that seems like a true in-the-meantime.

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Tony Bennett: Through the Years

Through the Years is a compilation of Tony Bennett's hits. Need I say more?

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