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31 Jul 2007 // 11:01 PM

The Lift: It Is What It Is

The Lift's rather routine feel doesn’t have much bite or verve to it.

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Ella Fitzgerald: Love Letters from Ella

One of the 20th century's great voices gets the Starbucks treatment on some previously unreleased tracks.

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31 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

UNKLE: War Stories

It takes more than great production to create compelling music: there's a spark missing from Lavelle's songwriting

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31 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Buffalo Tom: Three Easy Pieces

After nine-year silence, the Boston trio picks up exactly where it left off.

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Kenge Kenge: Introducing… Kenge Kenge

In their explosiveness they're closer to David Fanshawe's field recordings of East African rural music, the hooting bung'o horn and so forth, than the tidier benga from Shirati Jazz.

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Butterfly Assassins: Butterfly Assassins EP

Young group tries too hard to be Muse, making better inroads as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jr.

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Chantal Kreviazuk: Ghost Stories

Former Avril Lavigne songwriting buddy and one of Kelly Clarkson's favorite collaborators releases her fourth solo disc, proving that she saves some of the best stuff for herself -- filler included.

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31 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Lafayette Gilchrist: Three

This album succeeds because of one simple thing: it's a lot of fun to listen to.

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31 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Linda McRae: Carve It to the Heart

Is it still "Americana" when recorded by a Canadian? Singer-songwriter surveys the old-timey side of the traditional music pallet.

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30 Jul 2007 // 11:04 PM

Moka Only: Vermilion

Ask Moka Only, and he'll tell you that this is the album he "wanted" to make.

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Protest Hill: The City Echoes Our Hearts

Protest Hill skillfully achieves a nuanced blend of moods, tonal colors and styles.

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27: Holding On For Brighter Days

Coming from a label which produces mostly death metal acts, 27 catches the listener off guard with their ambient, ethereal tone.

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These two CDs of relatively unknown musicians were compiled by MPress Records’ founder Rachael Sage.

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I Walk The Line: Desolation Street

Given their name, I Walk The Line could be a Johnny Cash tribute band; but they have much more in common with someone like Mike Ness.

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30 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Korn: Untitled

Coming off the back of a hugely busy schedule, Korn turns up the experiments and rage against global warming on their eighth album, but forget how to engage us.

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Josh Rouse: Country Mouse, City House

Josh Rouse has "Been to Spain" been to Spain. He lives there.

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Various Artists: White Lace & Strange

With all the hard rock bootlegs out there, the release of another -- even in legit label disguise -- is rather anticlimactic.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide To Bellydance Cafe

A splendidly diverse introduction to one of the most influential and intriguing musical families of the East.

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30 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Harumi: Harumi

A reissued orchestral pop oddity that would've been better left lying in Verve's vaults...

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30 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Dark Tranquility: Fiction

Fiction contains, without question, some of the best death metal out there, no less than we've come to expect from these long-serving veterans.

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