Reviews

8 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Dark Water (2005)

The more anxious Dahlia becomes, the more the dark, soppy, unruly apartment resembles her state of mind.

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	Various Artists: The Best Mashups in the World Ever Are From San Francisco

In the here-and-now, there are few things quite as enjoyable as a good mash-up.

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	Superaquello: Bien Gorgeous

I just want to be the first to say it: this record is a psychedelic masterpiece.

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	Sinead O’Connor: Collaborations

In every case on Collaborations, you're reminded of two things that should actually be very hard to forget: O'Connor's voice is gorgeous, and she rarely competes with the song.

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	Need New Body: Where’s Black Ben?

Need New Body continue to laugh at out loud while keeping the joke to themselves on their scattershot third album.

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7 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Miss Kittin: Mixing Me

Miss Kittin is one of the very best and most imaginative DJs working today, but as enjoyable as Mixing Me is, it is still something of a gimmick.

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	Chris Hillman: The Other Side

Longtime Gram Parsons friend, Burrito Brother, Byrd, and Desert Rose man breathes new life into some of his quality back catalogue.

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	Fruit Bats: Spelled in Bones

Dropping in the dead-heat of summer, the Fruit Bats' latest is the sweetest lemonade.

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	Jill Cohn: Seven Year Surrender

The kind of album that can make even the most hardened cynic think twice before issuing judgment.

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7 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Afu-Ra: State of the Arts

Former Jeru the Damaja protégé sheathes lyrical swords, gets jiggy.

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7 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Singer/songwriter snobbery is written on my palms. I can't leave without it and I tend to sneer at vocalists who get help with their material. We all do. So are we wrong?

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7 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Into the West

Into the West is honest about the role of women, both Caucasian and Native American.

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7 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Empire

Empire can best be summed up as a buddy movie-cum-hero's journey update of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

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How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life: Reluctant Confessions of a Big-Butted Star by Kirstie All

The most refreshing aspect of Kirstie Alley's story is that it's her story -- find yourself offended by that triple-X laundry service comment? Doesn't matter, this isn't your fat-experience.

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7 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Starting Over (1979)

Starting Over captures the sting of loving someone despite knowing he is going to break your heart.

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7 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Good Father (1985)

Within minutes of its start, Mike Newell's The Good Father has thus established Bill's rage.

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	Télépopmusik: Angel Milk

French trio's sophomore release is less music for dancing than for the bookends of a night out.

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6 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	S.U.M.O.: S.U.M.O. Rebounces

A pair of industrious Swedes add their special touch to world dance music, rebouncing and remixing their way to an interesting result.

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	Joshua Redman Elastic Band: Momentum

The idea of a brainy and ambitious young saxophonist finally breaking out into his own is an extremely inviting bandwagon.

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	The Planet The: You Absorb My Vision

What we've got here is failure to communicate. In a word, The Planet The confounds.

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