Reviews

30 Oct 2006 // 11:15 PM

Guther: Sundet

Pleasant and charming, it's a winning style that seems timeless.

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Various Artists: Tiny Idols, Volume 2

Who knew decade-old, long-gone indie pop could sound so fresh?

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30 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Golden Bear: Golden Bear

Although it's a bit rough around the edges, the self-titled debut from the Austin-based band Golden Bear should be a treat for fans of earnest, catchy, and melodic pop music.

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30 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Death of a President (2006)

Death of a President highlights the ways that news and commercial images shape public perception.

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State of Denial by Bob Woodward

Why delve into a piece of nonfiction that simply fleshes out a number of points already well hashed-over in that mainstream liberal media so loathed by the right? (Note to vast liberal conspiracy: Job well done!) The reason is simple: you may think you know, but you don't.

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30 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Willie Nelson: Songbird

My guess is that anyone familiar with Nelson's music can think of at least one song that makes that person cringe. There's none of those here.

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David & the Citizens: Until the Sadness Is Gone

When you drop something as joyous as power pop, you better have something good to fill in its place. Fortunately, for David & the Citizens, they have the perfect fill-in: music with heart.

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30 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dýrðin: Dýrðin

Are they a band to fall in love with? Only if you also love the toys that come out of vending machines -- no, not the cheap rubber balls and wobbly snakes, but the ones that have had some thought put into them.

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Sandy Denny: Sandy Denny Under Review [DVD]

Denny was, as journalist Nigel Williamson calls her on this DVD, "a combination of Janis Joplin and Joan Baez". This documentary aims to seriously reevaluate Denny’s position as a singer and songwriter and revive her reputation among contemporary audiences who may not have heard of her.

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Papa Roach: The Paramour Sessions

This disc was obviously meant to be a batch of catchy, mature love songs from Papa Roach, but just some three minutes in, it all goes horribly wrong.

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30 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006)

The Butterfly Effect 2 just doesn't deliver, it doesn't have the emotional impact required to take itself so seriously. Case in point: its finale is so silly it'd make O. Henry travel back in time and prevent himself from inventing the twist ending.

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My Brightest Diamond: Bring Me the Workhorse

Emotive, operatic debut from a sometime-Illinoisemaker.

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30 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Natalie Walker: Urban Angel

From a maturing artist, an album that is at times both all-consuming and brilliant.

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A Fever You Cant Sweat Out

Whatever your absolute threshold of catchy music is, Panic! At the Disco is challenging it. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out adds new meaning and vigor to the words pop music.

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29 Oct 2006 // 11:45 PM

Elanors: Movements

Elanors consists of some members of Judah Johnson, however they are quite different than that group. Spacy, atmospheric, and very consistent, this group creates very

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29 Oct 2006 // 11:30 PM

Bola: Shapes

Context:  six years ago, IDM enthusiasts were perplexed and intrigued by an ultra-limited 300-copy triple vinyl release on Skam (original home of Boards of

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29 Oct 2006 // 11:15 PM

The Hawaiian reggae-rockers try to lighten the national mood. For the most part, they succeed.

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29 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Goldfrapp: We Are Glitter

Goldfrapp and a host of collaborators take that white horse for another well-deserved go-round.

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29 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ladytron

Anyone looking for a shimmy between fixes?

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29 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Saw III (2006)

Even as he's dying of a cancerous tumor in his frontal lobe and so might have other things to think about, John holds fast to his self-image as moral instructor, not murderer.

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