Reviews

21 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Petra Haden: Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out

Even to the curious Who fan, this experiment will probably come off as nothing more than a silly novelty item.

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	Jeremy Ellis: Lotus Blooms

Let the PR machine sound off on Ellis' ill-fated trip to the PR islands. Instead, indulge in Lotus Blooms' bliss: all natural, organic hype, the type that make you want to shake shake shake or marinate with the 'phones for a minute... or sixty.

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	Dave Holland Big Band: Overtime

This is another great disc from Dave Holland's big band, which contains some of the best contemporary jazz musicians on Earth.

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	Robbers on High Street: Tree City

Tree City consists of 13 tracks of tightly-wound, musically-literate passion from musicians who themselves are conscious of the awesomeness of their output.

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20 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Living Colour: Live at CBGB’s

At its best, this look into Living Colour's past reminds the listener just how strong a voice this band brought to the world in its day; rarely have such songs of uncompromising honesty been celebrated with Grammy awards and sales in the millions. At its worst, Live at CBGB's is inexplicable: while it's a pleasant listen, the reason for its coming to the light of day now seems as obscure as is its all-too-often muddled sound.

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	Laurent Garnier: The Cloud Making Machine

It doesn't sound a lot like most of his recent material, and the new sounds that he utilizes here are neither very new or very good.

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20 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Adam Green: Gemstones

Adam Green comes off like a 'blue' comic trapped inside the body of a folk singer who wishes he were a Vegas showman... but his songs are weirdly affecting.

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	Roger Davidson Trio: Rodgers in Rio

Musically Conservative Jazz Piano Trio -- an unusual combination of the pedestrian and the genuinely originally creative.

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20 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Color Guard: Dark Pop

With Evanescence on hiatus, NYC's the Color Guard fills a niche you that didn't know needed filling -- gothpopmetal flagwaver.

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	The BellRays: The Red, White & Black

The BellRays give us the same old stuff, which is all we ever ask of them.

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18 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Son of the Mask (2005)

The baby is endowed with awesome powers to shape-shift and abuse every living creature that comes within reach of his chubby little hands.

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18 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Constantine (2005)

Doubting his mission and his faith even as he's consumed by them, Constantine is an achingly topical comic book/movie hero.

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18 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Assisted Living (2003)

The easy moral to draw is that everyone needs assistance in living, but the more difficult truth is that living is illusory always.

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	Various Artists: Lif Up Yuh Leg an Trample

The boutique label- and Blur-frontman-backing lend Lif Up Yuh Leg an Trample an out-of-place discomfort, not unlike Otter and co. walking into the Dexter Lake Club. However, Honest Jons remains true to its name and presents a complete document of pan-African music, this time focusing on hits from Trinidad's most recent Carnival seasons.

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17 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

M.I.A.: Arular

To Congo, to Colombo, can't stereotype her thing, yo. Ms. Arulpragasam has delivered the best UK debut since Dizzee Rascal's Boy in da Corner.

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	My Morning Jacket: Chapter 1: The Sandworm Cometh: Early Recordings

Jim James and co. deliver the first of two volumes chronicling their infancy. A confusing and superfluous listen for the casual fan, The Sandworm Cometh proves a captivating treat for the My Morning Jacket cognoscenti.

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	Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak

Even if their lyrics are sometimes unintelligible, these swampy Southern rockers haven't run out of things to say on their rollicking sophomore offering.

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	J.B. Hutto: Stompin’ at Mother Blues

From the commencement of J.B. Hutto's wider than South Side Chicago career, the very fire that lit its touchpaper.

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	Dubtribe Sound System: Baggage

Despite good intentions, veteran act is not up to the task of Saving House Music.

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17 Feb 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Tim Booth: Bone

The return of former James front-man, Tim Booth, finds him with much to say, working to the bone...

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