Reviews

29 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Undertow (2004)

Uncle Deel (Josh Lucas) hauls up in his muscle car, his face grizzled and his pink cowboy shirt weirdly stylish.

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29 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Tying the Knot (2004)

The film opens with black and white footage from 1971: the Gay Activists Alliance takes over Manhattan's marriage bureau, explaining to straight couples that they cannot be married, since they are not gay.

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29 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Saw (2004)

Detective Tapp's convoluted weirdness is attributable to Danny Glover's resourcefulness, since the script doesn't know quite what to do with him.

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29 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Ray (2004)

Repeatedly, Ray collapses lore and desire into metaphorical, emotional, and narrative economy, occasioned by a groundbreaking song.

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Brazilian Hip-Hop

Hip-hop has become the new lingua franca of the world, or at least the poor and oppressed parts. The existence of this Portuguese-language compilation stands

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	TV on the Radio: New Health Rock

TV on the Radio are weird enough to be safely below the radar of the average rock fan for the time being, which is a good thing, because as good as they are, they are still a long way from being as good as they will be.

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	The Smithereens: From Jersey It Came: The Smithereens Anthology

Call it fate; call it bad timing; call it the curse of the Smithereens, but here is one band that should have made it—made

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28 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Meshuggah: I

In the entire genre of heavy metal, the epic song is something that has always been tried by many, but perfected by few. Going all

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	Liz Janes: Poison & Snakes

“I want to play guitar like Son House and sing like Mavis Staples,” Liz Janes says of her musical aspirations. Like others before her, it’

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28 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	IQU: Sun Q

The latest record from Seattle duo IQU opens up with sunny brilliance. It is fitting that the first song is entitled “Under the Cherry Blossom”,

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	Duke Ellington: Centennial Collection

This is a fair sample of Ellington, planned not blind (or deaf?) just by choosing standard items of repertoire in any old performance, but presenting

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28 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Blue Nile: High

The Blue Nile has managed to build an unassailable career by being selective about what they record, and even more selective about what they eventually release.

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	Apostle of Hustle: Folkloric Feel

It's preposterous that the same press machine that hailed Broken Social Scene has yet to jump all over Apostle of Hustle with a similar passion. Simply put, to miss out on Folkloric Feel would be to miss out on some of the most extraordinary sounds of the year.

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	Various Artists: Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster

Her doorbell plays a bar of Stephen Foster. —From the Silver Jews’ song “Tennessee” by David Berman Like postage stamps and currency, you don’t

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	Swell Maps: A Trip to Marineville / Jane from Occupied Europe

Cacophonous and anarchic, imbued with an insular irony, and inspired equally by punk primitivism and Krautrock experimentalism, the Swell Maps pioneered a hyperintelligent yet unforgivingly

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	Chuck Prophet: Age of Miracles

Chuck Prophet is a reliable talent, as comfortable and effortless as an old pair of boots. He’s the songwriter you can turn your friends

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27 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Mos Def: The New Danger

Mos Def's desire to expand the boundaries of hip-hop is admirable, but The New Danger too often feels like it's taking hip-hop backwards, not forwards.

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	Bob Marley & The Wailers: Soul Revolution Part II / Upsetter Revolution Rhythm

Appearing in Jamiaca in 1971, Soul Revolution Part II is a sequel of sorts to 1970’s Soul Rebels. Both albums were culled from Marley & The

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	Buddy Miller: Universal United House of Prayer

They don’t come any better than Buddy Miller, they just don’t. If you look at who Miller has worked with, aside from his

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	Coleman Hawkins: Centennial Collection

Unlike other jazzmen represented for well or ill in this series, Coleman Hawkins really had no extensive or valuable connection with RCA/Victor Records. He

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