Reviews

29 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Speak Now by Kaylie Jones

The novel suggests that, if not faced -- if only medicated away, as both Clara and Mark have been wont to do -- shadows of the past will permeate the present.

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29 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Sky High (2005)

Though Layla brings some sense of complexity to the proceedings, she's generally undermined by the film's straightforward charging.

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29 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

John's casually precise athleticism and stuttering are oddly enchanting.

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	Various Artists: Live 8 at Eden: Africa Calling [DVD]

The red-headed step-child of the Live 8 shows, Live 8 at Eden: Africa Calling shows a vibrant, artistic people, ultimately putting a face on the continent Western celebrities and musicians have tried to aid for the past 20 years.

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28 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Texas: Red Book

Almost 20 years on, Texas is still the best pop band American hasn't discovered.

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	Ulrich Schnauss: Far Away Trains Passing By

It's a nice package, but the material itself is nowhere near as strong as that presented on A Strangely Isolated Place.

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The Roots: Home Grown! The Beginners Guide to Understanding The Roots

Spectacular hip-hop from A to Z, a collection of depth and wonder from Philly's hometown heroes -- beats, rhymes and riffs to end the discussion of how 'musical' rap really is.

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	Mi and L’au: Mi and L’au

A warm and tender album that somehow manages to be isolating.

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28 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Dorris Henderson with John Renbourn: Watch the Stars

A British Invasion of the '60s of a different sort: an L.A. lady goes to London, meets an English gent, and creates a cross-cultural folk record whose beauty shines like the stars.

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	Richie Hart Trio: Greasy Street

The Ritchie Hart Trio might be a must-see in a live setting, but here they certainly aren't playing live.

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28 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Donal Hinely: Giants

Singer-songwriter and exquisite storyteller builds on previous success to create another solid record with help from Will Kimbrough and others.

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	Fleetwood Mac: Men of the World: The Early Years

Early Fleetwood Mac is one of rock's forgotten treasures; Men of the World, however, isn't the place to start.

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Mission Hill: The Complete Series

The 1999 WB show remains firmly grounded in the emotional realities of Kevin's attempt to survive high school despite his nerdish tendencies, and Andy's constant struggle between his aspirations and his apathy.

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28 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Austin Film Festival + Fantastic Fest

Tell someone you've just spent a few days in Austin watching independent films and they'll ask you how you liked the SXSW Film Festival. Right town, wrong fest...

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28 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rome

If there is a civics lesson to be gleaned from Rome, it is to beware the passions inflamed by a government in the midst of an identity crisis.

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Spice: the History of a Temptation by Jack Turner

The allure of spice lives on in the present, although certainly in a less rarified atmosphere than in its heyday.

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28 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Save the Tiger (1973)

The question at the heart of Save the Tiger is no less nagging for its familiarity: didn't it all used to be so simple?"

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	31Knots: Talk Like Blood

For most, Talk Like Blood will be the first taste of 31Knots' skewed, jagged art rock.

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	Queens of the Stone Age: Over the Years and Through the Woods

Just in terms of what is collected and how it is presented, this deserves to become the live presentation gold standard for anyone producing a concert record in the age of DVD.

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27 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pugwash: Jollity

The master of excellent symphonic Beatle-esque ballads strikes again, this time with Dave Gregory and Eric Matthews helping the cause.

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