Reviews

24 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Queens of the Stone Age: Lullabies to Paralyze

With their fourth album, hard-partying bassist Olivieri is out of the band. Dave Grohl is nowhere to be seen. But most noticeable is the gaping, glaring and truly unfortunate absence of gimmick.

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24 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eric Matthews: Six Kinds of Passion Looking for an Exit

After a prolonged absence, Matthews returns with his signature spacious orchestral pop sound, yet it leaves the listener wanting more.

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24 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jedi Mind Tricks: Legacy of Blood

Hell hath no fury like Philadelphia-based Jedi Mind Tricks. Against Stoupe's blood-splattered cinematic backdrops, Vinnie Paz spits acidic venom in the form of crippling, mind-numbing lyrics.

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	Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion: Exploration

An engaging, old country/folks/roots rock album that, nine months away from singing Auld Ang Syne, is worthy of year-end lists.

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	Stars: Set Yourself on Fire

There is nothing vague about the sweet ache running like candy stripes throughout the confectioner's swirl of their endearing electro chamber pop.

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23 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Josh Rouse: Nashville

Josh Rouse cements his reputation as a superb artist in the vein of Aimee Mann or Jackson Browne, but with more musical variety.

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23 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Brian McKnight: Gemini

With Gemini, McKnight manages to escape the lure of his trend-conscious alter ego.

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23 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Cowboy Mouth: Easy

Easy to reissue, easy to repackage. Hard to recapture your former glory.

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23 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Braves: Love & Mercy

Someone should tell the Braves that it's okay to say things and display your personalities through your music.

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	Nic Armstrong and the Thieves: The Greatest White Liar

This facsimile of anonymous '60s rock bows before the pre-psychedelic British Invasion. Don't expect Beethoven to roll over any time soon.

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	Angels of Light: The Angels of Light Sing “Other People”

The 'Other People' in the title could refer to Michael Jackson, George W. Bush, Johnny Cash... or perhaps you.

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23 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Murder One: Season One

Mesmerizingly played by Daniel Benzali, Ted respects the law but understands that the courthouse is just one of its venues.

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The Dukes of Hazzard: The Complete First Season

Embracing NASCAR, stunt driving, and short shorts, the series had such a good time being ridiculous that it was often fun to tag along.

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Yves Saint-Laurent: His Life and Times (2004)

As much as he ostensibly seems to be in denial about it, Saint-Laurent did bring a new level of aesthetic consciousness to segments of the consumer market where it hadn't before been.

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Strangers When We Meet (1960/2005)

Strangers When We Meet is a melodramatic tale of extramarital unhappiness amongst fast-track suburbanites.

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23 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Purple Butterfly (2003)

It occasionally echoes the softer version of Casablanca, another film whose fatalistic interpretation of love is set among war-torn circumstances.

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23 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Laura (1944)

Waldo is so deliciously dark and mean-spirited, so loquaciously intolerant of those he deems beneath him, that he's delightful.

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23 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Koma (2004)

The film twists viewers in three directions before they have time to come down from the first.

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I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

The Special Edition is loaded with so much self-referential material and 'oh so clever' concepts that they threaten to make the movie into its own cult object.

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23 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

I Am a Promise (1993)

Lacking the bias that makes Michael Moore's movies so popular, the Raymonds' film is more satisfying.

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