Reviews

6 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Thandiswa: Zabalaza

A honeyed solo debut from one of South Africa's well-loved female singers.

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Make a Rising: Rip Through the Hawk Black Night

Madly beautiful, beautifully mad music from this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Philly collective.

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Lilys: Everything Wrong Is Imaginary

This collection collects the guitar-driven, psychedelic world of Kurt Heasley and spews out one infectious, eclectic ditty after another.

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6 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mylo: Destroy Rock & Roll

Up-and-coming Brit producer says goodbye country, hello nightclub on an excellent, if overdue, debut album.

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Mississippi Heat: One Eye Open

Blues and Rhythm is alive and well, and anything B.B. King could do on guitar Pierre Lacocque can do on blues harmonica. A great night out you can have at home.

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6 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mozez: So Still

If you've heard Zero 7, you should have something of an idea what to expect here: soft, languid and impeccably produced trip-hip laid underneath smooth-as-butter soul vocals.

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3 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

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The Rough Guide Book of Playlists by Mark Ellingham

I would have included 'Bags' Groove' on my Miles list, 'A Case of You' over 'California' on my Joni list, made room for 'Man Out of Time' and 'Oliver's Army' on my Elvis Costello list, found a place for Rush and Buddy Holly.

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When a Stranger Calls (2006)

Tiffany arrives amid a loud windy rush (she might as well have 'Dead Meat' written on her forehead).

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2006)

The film controverts various theories of writing and reading, production and reception.

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The Go-Betweens: That Striped Sunlight Sound

The Go-Betweens go home to Brisbane to make a live DVD/CD record of the band and continue its phoenix like reemergence into a band that matters.

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3 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Thea Gilmore: Loft Music

From Ramones to Jimmy Cliff, Thea Gilmore's covers are full of new life.

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Big Mama Thornton: Sassy Mama

The 1960s blues revival introduced Willie Mae Thornton to Europe and brought her back to America and a blues-singing career. This 1977 live set with exemplary Chicago accompaniment is still good news.

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3 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

His Name Is Alive: Detrola

If you’re expecting another album similar to Last Night, you are in for a rude awakening. His Name Is Alive offer more electro-pop than anything else here.

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3 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Toothfairy: Formative

Verbosity without the appropriate vocal melodies makes Toothfairy's electronic pop a frustrating 30-minute experience.

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Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962

Counter-culture prophet, or corporate shill? Aww, who cares, as long as the music still reflects the passion and power that made the man famous?

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Ray Davies: Other People’s Lives

The first true full-length studio album from the legendary leader of The Kinks is spectacular.

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The Electric Six: Senor Smoke

With Senor Smoke, the Electric Six establish themselves as serious pop craftsmen on this surprisingly moving -- nah, I'm just messing with you, it's another collection of jokey sleaze rock.

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Benny Hill Complete and Unadulterated - The Hill’s Angels Years, Set Four (1978-1981)

This is a large collection of Benny Hill's TV work, which is only fit for people that never tire of naughty humor.

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2 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Doctor’s Wife by Elizabeth Brundage

It is rare to read a novel concerned with the intersection between two characters who have made life-altering choices: the one by Dr. Knowles to perform abortions, and the other by a religious fanatic to perpetrate violence against him.

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