Reviews

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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Bruce Cockburn: Life Short Call Now

The good and great songs easily overpower the middleweights, making for a very strong Bruce Cockburn album that even his casual fans will want to pick up.

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Candid Camera Greatest Moments

Smile, you're watching Candid Camera!

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Kyoto Jazz Massive: 10th Anniversary

On this exceptional two-disc compilation, an all-star cast of DJs and producers pays tribute to an acid jazz giant and provides an ideal introduction to the sophisticated world of broken beat music.

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The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower: INRI EP

A new EP/single from the Plot offers only meager attractions.

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Leafcutter John: The Forest and The Sea

Who would have guesed it? It turns out Leafcutter John is a genius.

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31 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Billy Joel: 12 Gardens Live

I know, another Billy Joel compilation? Live, even? Yes, but standing on its own, 12 Gardens Live is actually a very good listen.

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Various Artists: Green & Blue: Loco Dice & Ricardo Villalobos In The Mix

If you can't make it to the Waldschwimmbad Obertshausen in September for this year's Green & Blue festival, listening to this disc may be the next best thing.

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30 Aug 2006 // 4:00 PM

Los Lobos

Not only has the wolf survived; it's stronger than ever.

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30 Aug 2006 // 8:00 AM

Isan: Plans Drawn in Pencil

Glitch soldiers on in this soundtrack to slumberland.

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30 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Luca: Sick of Love

Accomplished and storied in the studio, when it comes to his own work, Nick Luca leaves a lot to be desired.

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30 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Red Animal War: Seven Year War

As a chronicle of Red Animal War's development, Seven Year Warillustrates how far the band has come, and how sharp its songwriting has grown.

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Various Artists: Voyces United For UNHCR

Benefit album to aid the UN Refugee Agency goes slightly awry...

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30 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Outkast: Idlewild

It would appear as if the Dynamic Duo have bitten off more than they can chew, because the results are, while brilliant in places, overall astonishingly mediocre.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Reinas (Queens) (2005)

Manuel Gómez Pereira's Reinas (Queens) makes the current U.S. wrangling over same sex marriage look awfully provincial.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Trace Adkins: Dangerous Man

A big man with a big hat, a likeably warm baritone, and a fine ear for a crowd-pleasing song, Trace Adkins is one of those country types you could end up enjoying despite yourself.

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