Reviews

4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Camping 2

Compiled by label boss Ellen Allien herself, Camping 2 showcases the best of BPitch Control's recent output, including three of her own tracks.

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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	P-Love: All Up in Your Mind

Early press for the album promised a mélange of styles and beats, but it's actually surprisingly bland.

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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Omara Portuondo: Sentimiento

This Cuban legend is a singer, not a screamer. She lets the trumpets do the dirty work. They make suggestive sounds. She sounds seductive.

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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Paul Kelly & The Stormwater Boys: Foggy Highway

Kelly has made an album that fails to cross over from bluegrass to capture the average Paul Kelly listener.

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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Friends of Dean Martinez: Lost Horizon

Want to get away? Friends of Dean Martinez will take you on a 37-minute vacation to somewhere mostly peaceful and mostly serene.

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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Gary Allan: Tough All Over

I am more open to Allan's music precisely because I assume it to be authentic as hell and rooted in a deep, personal tragedy.

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4 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

If a man can be found not guilty by reason of insanity after he finds his wife sleeping with the mailman, surely he's got a free pass on acts he committed after turning into a giant lizard.

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4 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Bridget St. John

had been the one to answer Devendra Banhart's letters?

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4 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers: Volume 1

Bringing together Three Stooges-style slapstick and Looney Tunes-ish physics, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers offers no in-between or subtlety.

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One Nation Under God: The History of Prayer in America by James P. Moore, Jr.

Looking at the United States from the knees of those who fashioned its history offers a fresh perspective on the country's past.

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4 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Match Point (2005)

Chris is fond of Enrico Caruso, whose voice 'expresses everything that's tragic about life,' one of these Allenish aphorisms that's probably true but just sounds trite.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Stephen Duffy: Duffy

Why isn't this man famous? Re-issued Britpop-era gem from Robbie Williams' new writing partner.

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	Super Deluxe: Surrender!

Super Deluxe is the mid-'90s throwback you weren't really waiting for and don't really need.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Les Yeux Noirs: tChorba

Back with their sixth album, Les Yeux Noirs turn 'Eastern European, Jewish, gypsy... and rock music', into a friendly, polished blend.

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	Kiss Me Deadly: Misty Medley

Poorly produced but inspired and distinct, Kiss Me Deadly debut with an album full of skipping romps and screaming joy.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	INXS: Switch

Hard as he might try, J.D. Fortune can't quite overcome the problem of a tight, American Idol-like turnaround time.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Hot Chip: Coming on Strong

Hot Chip have a number of influences on their minds, but unfortunately they don't gel very well at all.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Erasure: The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne [DVD]

Capturing the Nightbird tour for posterity, Erasure treats their fans to the expected elaborate games of dress up. Oh yeah, and some great music, too.

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	Amandine: This Is Where Our Hearts Collide

Swedish roots-folkers are steeped decidedly in Americana. I guarantee that a taste test will surprise you.

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3 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Calexico + Iron and Wine

Calexico's wind-swept desert epics combined with Iron and Wine's soft southern lilt in an evening that saw cowboy poetry, blues murder ballads, and folk laments fleshed out by stirring twang.

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