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13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection (2005)

Harold Lloyd doesn't have super strength, agility or speed, he just uses Yankee ingenuity, celebrated in the heady days after World War I.

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	Various Artists: Crunk Hits

Crunk Hits offers up an exploration of the crunk music enigma, whatever it is.

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	Denny Zeitlin: Solo Voyage

The sense of liberty and simplicity, bluesiness on an un-bluesy instrument, I find captivating, right to the pedal note on neo-melodica.

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	Shakira: Oral Fixation, Vol. 2

Shakira is the truth, people, and she's proven it twice over in 2005. She's made the best pop album of the year.

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	New Sense: Flowers Before Hours

Put all of those Postal Service comparisons to rest. Seriously. Though it has only been two years since New Sense’s self-titled E.P., which

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	Joe McBride: Texas Hold ‘Em

I wanted to like this record, on the basis that Joe McBride seems like a pretty good guy, and the other basis that not many

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12 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Reba McEntire: #1’s

Reba is divinity unmatched. Even if this hits collection is entirely superfluous.

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	Clapan: 21st Century Lullaby

21st Century Lullaby is what happens when the Aphex Twin sound is coupled with inspiration from a young boy.

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12 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rogue Wave

Looks can be deceiving, but this is ridiculous...

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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection Volume 8

What we have here is a reference book for rib tickling; a televisual tome where every possible pratfall or wicked witticism is stored for future, frequent use.

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12 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie

Richie somehow manages to take a lifetime of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll and render it about as exciting as Kenny G playing Christmas tunes.

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12 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Fantastic Four (2005)

The superpowers bring trauma, anger, and confusion, and eventually a sense of responsibility, as the crew decides to do good with what they've got.

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	The Whigs: Give ‘Em All a Big Fat Lip

On their impressive self-released debut, Athens, Georgia's The Whigs shed the 'local bar band' tag for good.

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	Mercedes Sosa: Corazón Libre

Can we give this woman some love, please?"

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11 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Oranger: New Comes and Goes

Oranger wants to be a constant, a monolith of rock 'n' roll that shows its contemporaries there is a zone of comfort and consistency that does not require boredom or downsizing.

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	Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: The Sameness of Difference

A hip and happenin' new-style jazz trio covers the (newly) usual indie-folk: Bjork, Brian Wilson, The Flaming Lips. In a word: Eh.

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	Fifths of Seven: Spry From Bitter Anise Folds

Sadly, the perfect accompaniment of the times.

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11 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eminem: Curtain Call

Eminem's new stocking stuffer Curtain Call has this bizarre morning-after effect, like the drugged pre-teen in 'Guilty Conscience' - oh my God, I totally can't believe we all fell for this guy.

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	Steve Dawson: Sweet is the Anchor

Sensitive songs about sensitive things, most often sung with an acoustic guitar. Yes, this has been done before, and better.

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9 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Konono No.1

Without the uber-hip distortion that usually dresses their music, all that remains are the modest men behind the curtain. Will that be enough for the indie set?

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