Reviews

19 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Dolly Parton: Live and Well

Anyone who thinks Dolly Parton is just the punch-line to a joke about big breasts has clearly never listened to her music. And those who think her music is aimed squarely at simple country folk . . . well, if they got that impression from listening to the stage patter on her otherwise-enjoyable new live album, it's hard to blame them.

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	Okkervil River: Sleep and Wake-Up Songs

Okkervil River, in 5 gorgeous songs, lay to waste many critics' 'best-of' picks.

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	Growing: The Soul of the Rainbow and the Harmony of Light

Northwest duo Growing like to pump up the volume. They inflate it into round shapes that float around the room along thick sheets of feedback

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Young, beautiful, drug-fuelled people ring in the day after yesterday.

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19 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

A warning for the By-curious. No smoke machines or fancy lights here, just two hours of solid, ass-kicking music. Sorry.

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19 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Digital effects make a nice first impression, but they just can't stand up to good, old-fashioned human contact.

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19 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Secret scores for ghost stories and the haunted house of twang.

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19 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Sid Meier’s Pirates!

Usually, Meier's name above the title indicates two things: depth and addictiveness.

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19 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Resident Evil 4

It's only when developers turn a genre on its head that we're treated with titles like Resident Evil 4.

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19 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Namco TV Games

One look at the current crop of video games, and it becomes clear they just don't have the simple elegance so perfectly created in the days of yore.

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19 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Lizzie McGuire 2: Lizzie Diaries

I have to wonder about the state of video games and how they are sold to the female populace.

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19 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Def Jam: Fight for NY

The racial text of Def Jam: Fight for NY shows little subtlety.

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	Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends: Live on Stage

Some famous couples: yin and yang, fire and ice, push and pull, sun and moon, Simon and Garfunkel. Although nothing in popular music should surprise

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	Milagro Acustico: Rubáiyyát of Omar Khayyam

Inspired by Omar Khayyam's poetry, the Roman group Milagro Acustico has created a lyrical work of beauty.

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18 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Scott Murray: Stutter

It’s always a pleasant surprise when one encounters the rare debut artist who bursts onto the scene with fully crafted songs that sport infectious

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	Nathaniel Mayer: I Just Want to be Held

There is life in Detroit soul after Motown, and even if it has to take a detour through Oxford, Mississippi to get noticed, it's well worth the trek.

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	Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Naturally

Don't call it a comeback. And don't you dare call it a throwback, either. Sharon Jones was 'introduced' to a new generation as a cryogenically-thawed funk tornado, but she makes it clear on her follow-up that she is not just a one-time beat junkie's fix.

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18 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Hidden Cameras: Mississauga, Goddam

Given the general contemptibility of the current generation of singer/songwriters, with their coy mix of warm water and open wounds, I’ll take Joel

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	The Dead Science: Bird Bones in the Bughouse

Taking cues from all over the music map, the Dead Science swoop down from the Northwest, dropping upon us a solidly intriguing record.

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18 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Society of Others by William Nicholson

The novel unintentionally answers one of modern literature's most puzzling questions: What if the characters in Generation X actually had to do something?"

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