Reviews

29 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

In 1988 -- some 26 years into his career -- Dylan embarked on this Never Ending Tour. It's still going today. But how well is it going?

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XXX: State of the Union (2005)

Ice Cube makes an unusual action hero, cooler and shorter than most.

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Look at Me (Comme une image) (2004)

Used to being yessed no matter what how small the detail, Étienne assumes his every desire will be satisfied.

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29 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

King’s Ransom (2005)

Malcolm King (Anthony Anderson) is a miserable rich man.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Ford Prefect (Mos Def) wanders into the film of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a little late, and in no hurry.

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	13 & God: Men of Station/Soft Atlas

America's Themselves take on Germany's The Notwist in potential indie postgenre meltdown. Results frustratingly accessible and catchy; shared philosophy of quality prevails.

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	John Tejada: Logic Memory Center

The album's all-digital nature dictates the mood, and the mood is intricate.

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	Plate Fork Knife Spoon: self-titled

Their name describes a table setting, but their music dishes out the whole meal, baby.

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	Joni Mitchell: Songs of a Prairie Girl

The third personal compilation of Joni's Songs to be released in the last year, this disc features songs about or inspired by her Canadian childhood. There's almost nothing new here, though Joni's old songs are enough to make you smile. But if you already own this stuff, don't bother. If you don't have it, this is not the ideal collection. So, like -- what's the point?"

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	Aimee Mann: The Forgotten Arm

Fifth solo release from consummate singer-songwriter is an examination of the centripetal destruction that consumes lives at the point of no return. It's also a concept album that actually works -- devastatingly so.

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28 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lo’Jo: Ce Soir Là

The newest album by the French group with multi-cultural cred is maybe a little too perfect.

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	The Complete Strategist: We Care

Glistening tight pop from a group caught between Philly and New York that would make Rivers Cuomo and Andy Partridge take note.

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	Be-Bop Deluxe: Sunburst Finish [reissue]

Today, Bill Nelson is a cult figure known for his often oblique solo albums and his indifference to the musical mainstream. Once upon a time, however, his band had a hit song on the radio and an album full of sing-a-long pop moments.

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M83

28 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

No matter how intellectualized rock might become, the message from your soles is that we're all still groundlings.

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	Warsaw Village Band: Uprooting

A bold and brash band releases another engaging romp through eastern European folk music.

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27 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Sights: The Sights

Hammond-heavy rock from Detroit power trio is a resounding caterwaul of garage, psychedelia, glam, and pub rock.

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27 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Sole: Live from Rome

Sole wants you to think he goes deeper than other MCs -- if you believe it, he's got you fooled, too.

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27 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Mockers: The Lonesome Death of Electric Campfire

The Mockers are back with their best effort yet, featuring 12 catchy power-pop songs and one enthusiastic anti-Bush anthem.

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27 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Guapo: Black Oni

London's Guapo want you to get ur prog on. Or so they would like us to think.

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27 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Faith Evans: The First Lady

Biggie's widow makes a bid for neo-soul stardom on a new label -- and proves that her singing is more than enough to overcome the faceless tracks featuring guest rappers that open and close this otherwise vintage disc.

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