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Zulya and The Children of The Underground: The Waltz

Zulya's voice is as silvery as ever, but now she has a better band, and racier, more multilayered tunes.

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Otis Rush: All Your Love I Miss Loving

Before 1966, Otis Rush was a blues legend whose few recordings could hardly be found. In 2006, this tape of a live 1976 gig, finally issued, does everybody justice.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Paul Weller: As Is Now

The new album from Paul Weller does exactly what it says on the tin. A return to form? Not quite, but not a bad attempt.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dimmu Borgir: Stormblåst

The Norwegian black metal greats risk the wrath of their fanbase by re-recording a much-loved early album. Blasphemers!

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hard-Fi: Stars of CCTV

A heady mix of punk and guitar pop influences, this debut full-length proves the UK act to be exciting, catchy and highly promising.

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31 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

What if people wanted some real life in their Reality TV?

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31 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Ultimate Bull Riding

The disc opens with a montage titled 'Hitting the Dirt.' It could also be called 'Hitting the Horns,' 'Hitting the Rodeo Clown,' and 'Getting the Head Stuck Between the Starting Chute Bars While the Hand Stays Attached to a Crazed Animal.'

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Inked - The Best of Season 1

What's the difference between a bad tattoo and a bad television show? The latter won't last nearly as long as the former.

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31 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Courting Alex

Here's hoping that Alex allows Jenna Eflman to explore the full extent of her comedic capabilities.

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31 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Big Lonesome by Jim Ruland

Beneath his clever camouflage of trendy, go-to-hell coolness, Ruland is a philosopher decrying our dehumanization and depersonalization.

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The Handsome Charlies: Gentlemen Never Tell

This Australian quartet has created a delicious bite of pop-rock with enough swagger and personality to be worthy of a decent following and a few iPod-worthy tunes you can flip through any time.

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rosanne Cash: Black Cadillac

Confronting personal loss using public legacy, Rosanne has the last and most affecting word in a year filled with Cash legends.

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Capes: Hello

Closely associated both musically and personally with their buddies in Bloc Party, the Capes are a band that's lacking much that would distinguish them from their brethren.

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Sonny Rollins: Essential Sonny Rollins: The RCA Years

If you don't need to have every one of his best performances for the label, this is one of three double CD sets with equal claims to quality. High claims if you have no Rollins yet!

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Born Again: Pagan

Mediocre 1970s rock band is rescued from the dustbin of history.

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Richard Ashcroft: Keys to the World

The dull groove the former Verve frontman seems to have settled into is striking.

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Various: Dawning of a New Era: The Roots of Skinhead Reggae

Trojan explores rocksteady's transition to reggae and how UK skins helped with the jump off.

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bjorn Olsson (The Lobster)

Something has to be said for an album that confuses you when you see the sleeve and confuses you some more when you actually hear the tunes.

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30 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Apollo Sunshine + Controller.Controller + OK Go

Oh, to sigh my nights away with the dreamiest of dreamboats...

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24

30 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

24

Nothing is ever quite what it looks like in 24, whose writers famously revise and rethink as each season barrels along.

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