Reviews

18 Jan 2006 // 2:00 AM

Various: Cuban Essentials

Escondida Music presents the second half of its 10-part Cuban Essentials series, covering a spectrum of greats from the last half-century. Not Been There, Done That; rather, Been There, Should've Done This, Instead...

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18 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Akron/Family + Wooden Wand

Long Hauls? Yes; Bong Hauls? Maybe...

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18 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Sleeper Cell

Both terrorist and FBI agent mean to win, even when the costs are too great to bear.

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18 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Distraction

When is a game show not really a game show? When it's an excuse for public humiliation called Distraction.

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18 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Thérèse Raquin (1953)

The movie opens and closes with the same overhead shot of Lyons. Carné, like Zola, emphasizes the ordinary tragedy of desperate city folk.

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	Various Artists: Sound of the World

The latest instalment in Charlie Gillett's series of annual world music round-ups is a mixed bag of favourites, imperfect but interesting, an appetite-whetter.

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17 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Rocky Votolato: Makers

This is an album of refreshingly earnest songwriting and sweet vocals. Makers is as relaxed as cold lemonade on a summer afternoon.

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	Some Girls: Heaven’s Pregnant Teens

Icily dull hardcore screamo metal that has been Pro-Tooled within an inch of it's life. Daring and scary and brutalizing and eardrum bleeding? In its dreams.

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	The Sons of Emperor Norton: The Putrid Minds Anthology: Battle Hymns for the Blue States

In which politics and humor prove to be self-negating.

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	Killing Joke: XXV Gathering: The Band That Preys Together… Stays Together [DVD]

This is music to dance to, music to move. This is music to march to, to dance... the war dance!"

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	45 Grave: Only the Good Die Young

This group continues to prove that death is never the end.

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	Crosby, Stills & Nash: Crosby, Stills & Nash / Daylight Again

Two fine reissues from the seminal trio of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, not the seminal trio of Crosby, Etheridge, and Cypher. Sorry, had to.

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17 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Writer Dan Slott captures the pathos that makes the character of the Thing so interesting.

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17 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Asylum (2005)

Surrounded by this sort of oppressive hushing, Stella's largely nonverbal relationship with Edgar resembles a form of attention.

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The Coffin Lids: ‘Round Midnight

The garage rocking Coffin Lids finally show their serious side, but don't worry, they are mainly serious about having fun.

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Sarah McLachlan: Bloom Remix Album

The producers of the remixes on Bloom do everything they can to make the songs their own, but the centerpiece remains McLachlan's beautiful voice.

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The Supahip: Seize the World

Two songwriters overcome self-imposed limitations to deliver a solid pop collection.

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Talking Heads: 77 / More Songs About Buildings and Food / Fear of Music / Remain in Light [DualDisc

Following last year's career-spanning Brick box set, the first four studio albums from the seminal art-pop band are reissued as individual DualDiscs.

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Amadou and Mariam, Dimanche À Bamako

Their collaboration with Manu Chao brings the good parts of all three musicians together in wonderful ways.

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17 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Go Betty Go: Nothing Is More

These ladies possess The Rock in equal or greater proportion to their rockingest male counterparts, and the fact that they're not already superstars is baffling.

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