Reviews

4 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)

Nobody Knows honors the innocence of childhood, even as it slips away.

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Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996)

The film presents an idiosyncratic vision of Fanon's lifelong struggle, as a colonized subject seeking freedom of thought and identity.

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4 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Boogeyman (2005)

Tim's flashbacks ram through his consciousness and onto the movie screen with a sort of car-crash effect.

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	These Arms Are Snakes: Oxeneers / The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home

Indecision turns interesting compositions into over-produced tracks that are weighed down by too many competing idea.

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	Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express: Turn the Pigeons Loose

Shows Prophet in fine form and in full command of his mix of blues, country, folk, and whatever else the West Coast musician feels like tossing in.

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	Ladysmith Black Mambazo: No Boundaries

Joseph Shabalala is a true pioneer in world music, not just for his arrangements and his beautiful voice, but also for his forward-thinking spirit, but his new collaboration with a chamber group comes up short.

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	John Legend: Get Lifted

Legend has fashioned a rather nuanced and sophisticated debut -- a Nora Jones for the R&B faithful.

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	The Go-Betweens: 16 Lovers Lane / Tallulah / Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express

The Aussie's better answer to The Smiths return to one's timeless pop memory with expanded versions of classic albums.

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3 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Farrah: Me Too

Farrah master and update those new wave sounds of old with great charm and spirit. This album is a tour-de-force of sweet, well-crafted pop gems that are as good as you'd hoped, if not better.

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3 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Ashanti: Concrete Rose

It’s hard to imagine anyone flipping over the music of Ashanti Douglas, better known simply as Ashanti, a beautiful R&B vocalist from

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3 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Anadivine: Zoo

Anadivine lack the forward thinking and progressive spirit of Coheed; although these songs are well crafted and nicely executed, they are instantly forgettable.

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3 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

World of Warcraft

Tolkien fans are sure to feel very much at home in this game.

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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

We are unaccustomed to seeing stories about men and women that are anything but sexual dramas.

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3 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Fight Club

It's thorough blandness renders it impotent, pointless, insignificant.

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	Stereo Total: Do the Bambi

Cute songs about animals, movies, drug addicts, and candy. That's right, another Stereo Total album.

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	The Skygreen Leopards: Life & Love in Sparrow’s Meadow

On their Jagjaguwar debut, The Skygreen Leopards transcend the free-folk tag and deliver a legitimate pop masterpiece.

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2 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Low Skies: I Have Been to Beautiful Places

As captivating as this record is, one wonders how much more effective it might be if we could hear all of the words.

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	Josh One: Narrow Path

It's hippy-hop, and it don't stop. It's also too stoned to excitedly break new ground or, like, whatever. There are worse fates.

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2 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Ed Harcourt: Strangers

Harcourt's third full-length release is a breakthrough album for the erratic British piano man.

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El-P: Collecting the Kid

For this disc, highly-regarded producer El-P gathers some of his rarities, outtakes, and soundtrack work into one place.

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