Reviews

25 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

D.E.B.S. (2005)

D.E.B.S. challenges us to rethink our straight-up relationship to the genres it parodies.

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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

They inhabit an ideal world, located, a title helpfully informs you, on an isolated island off the Eastern Coast of the United States, 1986. They coo and cuddle, he coughs ominously, and they seem momentarily content, absorbed in one another. And then comes trouble.

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Various Artists: Run the Road

Disorderly and defiant, grime is an unfamiliar, yet intoxicating narrative that washes up on North American shores from the ghettoes of London. Savage and brutal it is the sound of hip-hop's new wave, the sound of tomorrow... today.

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	Patrick Wolf: Wind in the Wires

Sophomore release from electro-operatic neo-folker speaks to the wind-blown wanderer in us all.

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24 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Skooshny: Zoloto

Haven't heard of Skooshny? They might be 'boring', but their latest retrospective album is a postmodern feast of bitter mock rock and sweet California sun, a genre defying shocker that might land them on some rock historian's short list of forgotten legends, if only they could get a gig.

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	Strapping Young Lad: Alien

As is always the case, the latest opus from Canada's metal mastermind is not for the faint of heart.

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24 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Queens of the Stone Age: Lullabies to Paralyze

With their fourth album, hard-partying bassist Olivieri is out of the band. Dave Grohl is nowhere to be seen. But most noticeable is the gaping, glaring and truly unfortunate absence of gimmick.

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24 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Eric Matthews: Six Kinds of Passion Looking for an Exit

After a prolonged absence, Matthews returns with his signature spacious orchestral pop sound, yet it leaves the listener wanting more.

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24 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jedi Mind Tricks: Legacy of Blood

Hell hath no fury like Philadelphia-based Jedi Mind Tricks. Against Stoupe's blood-splattered cinematic backdrops, Vinnie Paz spits acidic venom in the form of crippling, mind-numbing lyrics.

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	Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion: Exploration

An engaging, old country/folks/roots rock album that, nine months away from singing Auld Ang Syne, is worthy of year-end lists.

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	Stars: Set Yourself on Fire

There is nothing vague about the sweet ache running like candy stripes throughout the confectioner's swirl of their endearing electro chamber pop.

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23 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Josh Rouse: Nashville

Josh Rouse cements his reputation as a superb artist in the vein of Aimee Mann or Jackson Browne, but with more musical variety.

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23 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Brian McKnight: Gemini

With Gemini, McKnight manages to escape the lure of his trend-conscious alter ego.

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23 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Cowboy Mouth: Easy

Easy to reissue, easy to repackage. Hard to recapture your former glory.

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23 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Braves: Love & Mercy

Someone should tell the Braves that it's okay to say things and display your personalities through your music.

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	Nic Armstrong and the Thieves: The Greatest White Liar

This facsimile of anonymous '60s rock bows before the pre-psychedelic British Invasion. Don't expect Beethoven to roll over any time soon.

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	Angels of Light: The Angels of Light Sing “Other People”

The 'Other People' in the title could refer to Michael Jackson, George W. Bush, Johnny Cash... or perhaps you.

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23 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Murder One: Season One

Mesmerizingly played by Daniel Benzali, Ted respects the law but understands that the courthouse is just one of its venues.

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The Dukes of Hazzard: The Complete First Season

Embracing NASCAR, stunt driving, and short shorts, the series had such a good time being ridiculous that it was often fun to tag along.

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Yves Saint-Laurent: His Life and Times (2004)

As much as he ostensibly seems to be in denial about it, Saint-Laurent did bring a new level of aesthetic consciousness to segments of the consumer market where it hadn't before been.

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