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Patti LaBelle: The Definitive Collection

LaBelle's work is fabulous. This collection is not.

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The Brother Kite: Waiting for the Time to be Right

The Brother Kite released their sophomore album more than a month ago, and while the album is easily one of the best you’ll hear this year, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of it until now.

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The Be Good Tanyas: Hello Love

Hello Love is cozy and enveloping, like a big, hand-woven blanket on the first brisk winter day.

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7 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Ronnie Day: The Album

Ronnie Day’s second album is along the lines of fellow younger musicians like Teddy Geiger. But it doesn’t distract from the fact he

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George Strait: It Just Comes Natural

There are great joys to be had in George Strait's phrasing, diction and emotional interpretation. And then there's the music.

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Various Artists: Do You Copy?

This set commemorates five years of Mitek's existence, and based on the evidence herein I must conclude that they do a pretty good job of things.

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Lindsey Buckingham: Under the Skin

Under the Skin marks the first step along Buckingham's artistic regeneration since the most recent Fleetwood Mac reunion in 2003 and, while not completely accessible, the album is nevertheless intriguing.

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The Cat Empire: The Cat Empire EP

Welcome to the Cat Empire - a band not conducive to rave reviews on websites like these, but one that can spark intense adoration in potential fans. Are you one?

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The Bird and the Bee: Again and Again and Again and Again

Gorgeous and easy female-vocal pop debut EP bodes well for the 2007 full-length.

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6 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Feathers: Synchromy

This mixture of solid groove and irregular sounds almost becomes as good as it keeps suggesting it could be.

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Various Artists: Live at the Cedar

All of the tracks were recorded at Cedar concerts and none of them sound as if they've been thrown in just to get a famous name on the cover.

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Buffalo Killers: Buffalo Killers

Buffalo Killers' music is mired in a style that makes you think there is something wrong with the speed of the album.

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Nellie McKay: Pretty Little Head

Nellie McKay's excellent second album, Pretty Little Head, surfaces at last, revealing a greatly matured songwriter on top of her game.

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Deftones: Saturday Night Wrist

Generic 90s alt-metal might be dying on the vine, but don't discount the ever-evolving Deftones just yet.

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Yip-Yip: In the Reptile House

The goggled wonders actually put out a CD that has memorable style and memorable music!

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6 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Tears for Fears: Gold

Just about worth the purchase price for its single new track, Gold is the best summary thus far of Tears for Fears' 25 years.

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Goldenboy: Underneath the Radio

This is an uncluttered, attractively produced record, performed with skill and care. But if a record doesn't do anything new or fill some sort of void -- and this one fails on both accounts -- then what's the point?

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Gloria Estefan: The Essential Gloria Estefan

You get a double-CD set filled with nearly 40 songs from an award-winning, multi-platinum international superstar. What more could you want?

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Various Artists: Musics In The Margin

A 25-track compilation of artists, scientists and ordinary people -- most of which you've never heard of -- creating sound and art on the most gut level of honesty and sincerity.

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Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers: Lucky 13

Aussie guitar phenom cuts a joyous swath through electrified raunch, haunted 12-bar vamps, New Orleans swing and rockabilly stomps... if you didn't see the album cover, you'd swear she was black, 50-something and weighed at least 300 pounds.

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