Reviews

11 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hostage (2005)

The crisis begins with a clash between rich people and a trio of conventionally coded 'delinquents'.

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10 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Samples: Very Best of the Samples 1989-1994

Never heard the Samples? Start here. Love the Samples? This definitive compendium includes a DVD of rare goodies. Hate the Samples? Better sit this one out.

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	Nagisa Ni Te: Dream Sounds

Prince once sang of hearing songs in his dreams, so does that mean Shinji Shibayama is like the unpronounceable one? Nagisa ni te, his collaboration with Masako Takeda, has enjoyed a number of comparisons, some more likely than others to be be invoked while listening to the duo's latest, Dream Sounds. Dig a little deeper, and you'll find a tender beauty that is neither Belle nor Sebastian, Neil nor Young, here nor there.

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10 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mogwai: Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003

The band named after the cuddliest of characters from a Spielberg film unleashes a helping of BBC sessions. The late John Peel does the honors.

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10 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kasabian: Kasabian

Twenty-years of dance-inflected British rock, surveyed through the eyes and ears of, erm, 'Kasabian'.

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	Happy the Man: The Muse Awakens

Cult '70s prog act reunites, writes songs with titles like 'Lunch at the Psychedelicatessen'. Fans rejoice; world at large plugs ears.

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10 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Julian Fane: Special Forces

Young Canadian debuts with melancholy electronic meditations.

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10 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Dufus: Ball of Design

Dufus's Ball of Design can make one feel like they're either on a weird drug trip or suffering from sleep deprivation.

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10 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Starlet

Faye Dunaway established herself as a great muse of cinema, not in the sense that she inspired great movies, but that her inspired performances buoyed her films.

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10 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Law & Order: Trial by Jury

Although a curly hairdo can't quite erase the shade of Frasier's Lilith from Tracy Kibre, Neuwirth slips authoritatively into the role of a powerful mid-career prosecutor.

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10 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Contender

If it succeeds, one of the truly great and historically rich sports in the world will have a public pulse again, and our belief that the underdog can get a fair shake might just be restored.

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10 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Blind Justice

Blind Justice attempts to depict how, institutionally and individually, we try to 'deal with' disability.

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10 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

American Dreams

The patterns are predictable and disconcerting: 'American dreams' are produced and reproduced in celebrity and performance.

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	Leeroy Stagger: Beautiful House

The young Canadian singer-songwriter combines indie pop with country on his pleasant second album.

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	Language of Flowers: Songs About You

Belfast group takes a pinch of Delores O'Riordan and a teaspoon of the Smiths to concoct its own mid-tempo highbrow pop recipe.

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	Hybrid: Hybrid Presents Y4K

My indifferent reaction to the mix as a whole has less to do, perhaps, with the overall quality -- which is high -- than the simple fact that this disc presents far less variety and far more stylistic similarity than past volumes.

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	Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (DualDisc)

What, you thought this album was going to suck after 46 years? And with the bonuses on the DVD, it's even better.

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9 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Steve Barton: Charm Offensive

Barton puts the power back into power pop, covering a wide realm of melodic retro styles with energy, talent and charm.

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9 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ash: Meltdown

Ash have returned with a new album, only to be upstaged by the solo debut by their own guitarist.

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	Hope Alane: Pink Sky Blue

Hope Alane is part folk singer, part abstract expressionist. The songs on Pink Sky Blue are like collages of sound, but Alane often paints with too many colors.

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