Reviews

26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

Patti Smith: Trampin’

More pertinent to Trampin’ than her previous albums themselves is the sheer authority her 30 critically lauded years allows her to bring to whatever she attempts.

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26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Lycia: Empty Space

I can’t say I was ever the world’s biggest goth fan. I’ll give credit to the hardcore kiddies that love the stuff,

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26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	J-Kwon: Hood Hop

Suppose an alien from Mars was to come down from outer space and ask this music critic if there exists a magic formula that has

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	Johnny Horton: Live Recordings from the Louisiana Hayride

Johnny Horton was born in 1925 and died in 1960. Over that period of time, his brand of music endeared him to future legends of country, rock,

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	George Benson: Irreplaceable

Few guitarists can match the resume of one George Benson. The guitarist has been plying his trade for the better part of several decades now

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26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Badawi: Clones and False Prophets

Reflecting multiple cultures in one’s music can often be a trying task. To tie neatly the threads of disparate lifestyles, their traditional music, and

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26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Acid Mothers Temple: Mantra of Love

Acid Mothers Temple runs at the forefront of Japan’s underground movement and, in the last couple of years, has started making headway abroad. The

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The Roots Jean Grae Skillz OK, picture this. It’s the hottest day of the summer. Searching desperately for something to occupy yourself and the

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26 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

PeachesPhoto credit: Lynne Porterfield Once you work in a porn store with someone, you’re bonded for life. It’s the common experience of shuddering

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26 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Talib Kweli Rap music, for the most part, gets a bad rap. It’s become an overtly visual, gimmicky art form over the last decade,

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26 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

JC Chasez In America, the only thing more contentious than politics is pop music. Pop music—the stuff that’s mainstream but not hip-hop, urban,

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26 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Way Past Legal by Norman Green

What elevates this book far beyond other page-turners is Green's acute understanding of the emotional bonds between people: father and son, husband and wife, boss and subordinate.

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The Last Ride by Denise Young

The author has wants only to champion the self-awareness of some of them rather than challenge their idea that a bad upbringing is a license to be an asshole.

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26 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Dog Fighter by Marc Bojanowski

What separates this book from McCarthy's hopeless bloodbath is that Bojanowski has given us the gift of the narrator's voice.

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	To Rococo Rot: Hotel Morgen

It’s strange and even a bit sad to think that at the most basic level music ultimately comes down to mathematics. German trio To

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	Akira Tana (The Asian American Jazz Trio): Moon Over the World

Akira Tana‘s notes lay no claim to this recording as his own. It is a piano trio set, with the Hong Kong pianist Ted

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25 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Sekiden: Junior Fiction

Whenever I see an album like Sekiden’s Junior Fiction for the first time, I always get an urge to groan in despair. Yes, another

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25 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Seachange: Lay of the Land

One of the more polarizing efforts released this year, Seachange’s debut album initially sounds like a retread of some of the louder names in ‘9

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25 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Rjd2: Since We Last Spoke

Rjd2’s 2002 album Deadringer was a focused, powerful debut that immediately had hip-hop fans proclaiming him as one of the hottest producers around. The album

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	Kill Me Tomorrow: The Garbageman and the Prostitute

Most music magazines like to try and predict what the next hot new trend will be. Last year, critics were predicting a wave of British

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