Reviews

1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Sentinel (2006)

The Sentinel thus sets up a conflict between two exceptionally earnest masculine icons -- Kiefer Sutherland and Michael DOuglas -- all furrowed brows and low-talking intensity.

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Method Man: 4:21… The Day After

Living among ghosts of MCs past, remembering every harsh word a critic ever uttered, Method Man races to prove his relevance.

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Dead Prez & the Outlawz: Cant Sell Dope Forever

Is it preachy? Sure it is, but this collaborative effort is dope. And when I say "dope", I mean "dope".

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lucifer

"Because God said so" is no longer an acceptable answer.

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Nights Like These: The Faithless

Forgettable name, forgettable music.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

This isn't a movie so much as a series of set pieces with a theme of parody in mind, only to quickly devolve into toilet humor of the most literal kind and asinine, gross-out histrionics.

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The Central Liberal Truth by Lawrence E. Harrison

Although the book has the word liberal in its title, it is hardly progressive.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Johnny Dowd: Cruel Words

'Cruel Words' is an eerie treat of musical inventiveness from the dark hinterland of Americana. Exceptional!

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Easy Star All-Stars: Radiodread

The reggae collective responsible for Dub Side of the Moon reinterprets Radiohead's OK Computer, offering fresh perspectives on well-worn songs and creating a new vibe from an old atmosphere.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sex Mob: Sexotica

Steven Bernstein's jazz pranksters take on Martin Denny-style lounge exotica, mixing bold jazz with nostalgic bird-call texture. A mixed drink, for sure.

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Drop the Lime: We Never Sleep

Bangers & Grime impresario Luca Venezia conjures vast echoing spaces and strobe-lit throngs in his second full-length.

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Various Artists: Warped Tour 2006 Compilation

The annual summer punk primer gives the kids what they want: more of everything, for a cheap price.

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Ponies in the Surf: Ponies on Fire

Full-length release by Now Hear This! artist realizes all the charming moments of breezy promise.

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31 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

The Waylons: The Waylons

Despite the Jennings-invoking name, the Waylons are not a country band. They are, however, a meat-and-potatoes rock band. Their self-titled debut is a solid slab

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Patent Pending: Save Each Other, the Whales Are Doing Fine

Patent Pending keeps it simple and slightly stupid, but nonetheless fun.

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31 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

Atone: Un Jour

It’s rare to see it come out of France, but multi-instrumentalist Antoine Monzonis-Calvet has created something quite particular in the border area between electronica

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31 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Quiet (2005)

The Quiet makes the conventional observation that this "world" is instituted by adults, and also mirrored and prepared for in high school.

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31 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Family: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Though Family deserves credit for pioneering risky subject matter on network television, its legacy is found in clichéd after school specials, the very-special-episodes of '80s TV shows, and prime time teen melodramas.

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Guillemots: Through The Windowpane

Startlingly ambitious and soulful, in all its jazzy pop majesty, Through The Windowpane is a truly magnificent record quite unlike anything else you'll hear this year.

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Darker My Love: Darker My Love

Darker My Love is an excellent debut from a band delightfully willing to spurn the pop charts in favor of a consistent, interesting, absorbing musical vision.

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