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1 Apr 2007 // 11:01 PM

Valorie Miller: Folk Star

Folk Star serves as the perfect reminder that you can never underestimate the power of an original voice.

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Slavic Soul Party: Teknochek Collision

Accordions and brass instruments came out and everyone bounced robustly around.

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Robert Gomez: Brand New Towns

Move over, Midlake. The drowsy relationship rock of Robert Gomez is supposed to be the next big thing out of Denton, Texas.

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Redman: Red Gone Wild: Thee Album

The Funk Doc can still flip metaphors and similes with the greatest of ease, but has Red gone wild enough?

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Kaito: Hundred Million Love Years

Separated from the beats that give these tracks their backbone, the end result is unsurprisingly flabby, essentially invertebrate.

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1 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Post Industrial Boys: Trauma

This is the music of a brave new world, where emotion is eliminated and only structure remains.

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Various Artists: Imagine the Shapes

What's Your Rupture? compiles their prior releases for a rollicking album full of infectious angst and giddy angularity.

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Fountains of Wayne: Traffic and Weather

A messy, dark, and defiantly askew center exists at the core of the candy-coated pop-sweetness of Fountains of Wayne's songs -- which is what makes them such a recognizable take on American culture at its twisted best.

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Jonatha Brooke: Careful What You Wish For

A folk-pop chanteuse has her Liz Phair middle-aged moment -- trying to make plastic pop music and succeeding all too admirably

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Ferocious Eagle: The Sea Anemone Inside of Me Is Mighty

Apparently, the members of Ferocious Eagle can’t decide whether or not to be sonic minimalists. Sometimes, they seem to be focused on making bare-bones

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The Makes Nice: Candy Wrapper and Twelve Other Songs

The Makes Nice sound as if they’ve been listening to early British records by the Kinks and decided to mash them up with some Keith Moon drum rolls.

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Julie Sokolow: Something About Violins

Something About Violins is a beguiling lo-fi debut from a singer-songwriter whose lyrics can become strangely upsetting at times.

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Various Artists: EV Records presents: Everything

Yes, yes, y'all. And it don't stop. Chicago, Illinois, is in the house with a load of fresh rhymes and beats. And it goes a lil' somethin' like this…

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29 Mar 2007 // 11:01 PM

Vixen: Live and Learn

A fans-only disc, this album might not make much commercial headway, but the fact that Kuehnemund and her mates are having a blast starting from scratch makes Live and Learn all the more appealing, despite its shortcomings.

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Various Artists: Roots of Rumba Rock

A very fun and sublimely sweet collection of great songs from an exciting period in the history of African music.

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Johnnie Taylor: Live at the Summit Club

Gritty 1972 club set by the 'Philosopher of Soul' is released for the first time on the reactivated Stax label.

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Roxette: A Collection of Roxette Hits

A Collection of Roxette Hits is what it is, it does its job just fine, and if you buy it, you know pretty much exactly what you're getting into.

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29 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Willowz: Chautauqua

Michel Gondry's favorite band is probably not going to be your favorite anytime soon.

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The Eternals: Heavy International

The Eternals named their latest album Heavy International. Apparently Electro-jazz-funk-dub-post-punk Opus was already taken.

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The Zincs: Black Pompadour

Fresh off of their first cross-country tour, Chicago's Zincs internalize all that movement on a set of spry, shimmering rock.

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