Reviews

27 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Essex Green: Cannibal Sea

The Brooklyn three-piece's third album of melancholy '60s indie-pop won't come as a surprise to anyone, but who really wants to be surprised all the time anyway?

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Clogs + QQQ

Even when they embrace standard notation, Clogs can't help but topple the standards of form.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Honey We’re Killing the Kids!

Over her three-week stint as the Rickards' calorie commandant, Dr. Hark tries to be both teacher and preacher.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

March Madness on Demand

Last-second shots only exist for two reasons: changing the score and highlight reels.

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Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life by Jillian Michaels

Her method is refreshing because it deliberately and aggressively counters late-night TV revolutions and the South Beach-Atkins-Scarsdale-No-Carbs-High-Carbs-Carmen Electra-Strip-Yourself-Thin health product glut.

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26 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ghostface Killah: Fishscale

Ghostface Killah is all grown up now. And he's got some stories to tell.

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26 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Massive Attack: Collected

Simply on the basis of the fourteen songs included on Collected, Massive Attack stake a mighty persuasive claim towards being one of the best pop groups of all time.

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26 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sing-Sing: Sing-Sing and I

Sing-Sing’s second album inches closer to the dreampop of Lush, with a few detours along the way.

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26 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Supreeme: Supremacy

Touting a new record deal and the same old skills, Supreeme may not be on the top of the rap game yet, but with more albums like this, they're definitely on their way.

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Zemog el Gallo Bueno: Cama de la Conga

He's got a lot to say about Latin music and about the history and treatment of Puerto Rico by the U.S.

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26 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lylas: Lessons for Lovers

Nashville alt.brooders used to love you like a sister... now they want to teach you how to kiss.

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Roy Orbison: The Essential Roy Orbison

The story of the Big O from the beginning of his career to posthumous releases can be found on this new compilation. Orbison knew the mystery of dreams could be better suggested by a trill than by words alone.

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26 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Faktion: Faktion

It may be cookie cutter modern rock, but this debut isn't without its quality moments. Too bad there aren't enough of them.

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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

If only Lazarescu had wandered into a slick American melodrama, maybe someone would have made sure he received the relief he needed.

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26 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Monkeys & Midgets is an easy, fast-paced throwback to silly childhoods that won't disappoint you as long as you don't go into it expecting anything more.

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26 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Metric

's opening days are done.

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Sprawl: A Compact History by Robert Bruegmann

Bruegmann maintains that there are at least two causes of sprawl in its modern form, increased affluence and the spread of democracy.

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Shalabi Effect: Unfortunately

As calculated as an improv-noise album can be, Unfortunately melds the accessible with the impenetrable.

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25 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Daniel Powter: Daniel Powter

The newest singer-songwriter star's debut is pop without apologies, and very skillful pop at that.

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The Church: Uninvited, Like the Clouds

Can we all agree now that the Church are back to form and have been for a few years?

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