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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Unbound energy and the problem of too perfect.

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Forget what you know, drop the glam and allow Ian to enter. Why? Because all the misplaced glitter has finally rubbed off.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Drunken college kids can (and will) dance to anything with a beat. And, in most cases, it will look funny.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The local band we all loved in high school, but much better live...

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Saturday by Ian McEwan

While the final effect is like a pointillist painting that adds up to something amazing, waiting for McEwan to connect the dots becomes a little tiring.

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Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History by Devin McKinney

McKinney sets out to re-place the greatest band in rock and roll history within the context of the volatile time in which the band exploded into the public consciousness, changing the band, its four members and everyone forever.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Inner Circle by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Kinsey remains an enigmatic figure, one of Boyle's numerous gurus that his fiction has distrusted so readily over the last several decades.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

Beginning this book was like engaging in conversation with a Born Again pro-lifer at a clinic picket line.

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The Cocaine Chronicles by Gary Phillips and Jervey Tervalon

When the subject is coke, blow, 'caine, whatever the chosen endearment or curse of nomenclature may be, the story never really ends.

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	Lee Ann Womack: There’s More Where That Came From

It's not a revolution, it's not a bold new path, it's nothing more than good old country music, schmaltz and truth and hurt and illicit sex all wrapped up together with a pretty and garishly red bow.

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	Kylie Minogue: The Ultimate Kylie

The only woman who managed to be a one-hit wonder in America on two separate occasions finally gets a compilation that should finally justify her greatness, despite including 'The Loco-Motion'.

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21 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kaiser Chiefs: Employment

Listening to Employment over the last few days has left me with an undeniable and disappointing lethargy. I'm just not getting it.

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21 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jeffrey Foskett: Stars in the Sand

Jeffrey Foskett has had a long career in Japan sounding like the Beach Boys. Finally, there's a collection of this talented vocal chameleon's 'greatest hits' available in North America.

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	The Decemberists: Picaresque

Beware The Decemberists! The band's literate musings take audiences on a journey to the inner mind where ghosts lay in wait and shameful secrets are revealed for your listening pleasure.

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	Crystal Skulls: Blocked Numbers

Confident debut combines the glossy jazz-ercises of '70s AOR with contemporary slackerisms. It's got shabby chic! Buzzwords ho!"

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21 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Michel Camilo: Solo

This fabulous performer indulges himself and the listener with a hodgepodge of Latin, Brazilian and Cuban jazz for yet another engaging record.

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	Thunderbirds Are Now!: Justamustache

The sugar rush, caffeine-addled sophomore effort from these ex-dance punkers, explodes with ideas, none of which stick.

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21 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Summerland

You might argue that star and co-creator Lori Loughlin is only working with what she knows.

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21 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Shield

Vic is the man in every way: mean, impulsive, voluble, in love with his authority but resentful too, resisting his own responsibility.

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21 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Office

Whatever your thoughts on the new American remake of The Office, you have to give NBC credit for picking the right man for the job.

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