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18 Sep 2006 // 11:50 PM

Earlymay: Little Answers

Even this slight jump forward doesn't give Earlymay enough of an identity to really make an impact.

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18 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

Russian Circles: Enter

A massively heavy instrumental album that packs more sonic oomph into one song than most bands can muster in a career

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18 Sep 2006 // 6:00 AM

Sound Advice: Play Anything

Yeah, it's intriguing to hear Sam Cooke blend into the Bangles, but it's not the best way to spend an hour.

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18 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Eux Autres: Hell Is Eux Autres

Reissue gives brilliantly hooky pop band a second crack at a larger audience, and it's well worth it.

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Various Artists: Irie Reggae Hits: Best of Dancehall

Document of a near-dead genre, this is a timecapsule at most.

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Maneja Beto: Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud

Manejo Beto proves that too many ideas can wind up being too much of a potentially good thing.

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The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Penumbra

Like a heavily coiled snake, bass clarinettist Bennie Maupin's latest will hypnotise you, encircle you and bite.

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Lionel Richie: Coming Home

Coming Home is an album that even Lionel Richie fans might dismiss. Though there are glimmers of substance, an album cannot stand on just two or three pretty good tracks

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mastodon: Blood Mountain

Mastodon is on the cusp of something huge, with a hotly anticipated CD that threatens to turn metal on its ear and bring another underground sound to the mainstream in the process.

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Sigur Rós: Saeglópur

The unique falsetto vocalizations and the sometimes starkly minimal, often breathtakingly beautiful, and always sweepingly unearthly signature soundscapes are back.

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¡Forward, Russia!: Give Me a Wall

The band is best in small doses, and could use some development; but this post-punk Bloc Party fallout compensates with plenty of aggression

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Darrell Scott: The Invisible Man

Scott remains defiant in the face of the uncaring world, wearing that Sisyphus mask with panache and style.

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Stutter: Stutter

Glam-pop for the summertime 1980s retro-waver.

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bluebottle Kiss: Doubt Seeds

If you're ready to put in the effort to understand and really engage with this music, its depth can be rewarding indeed.

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Panama!

Panama! doesn't have the feeling of infinite riches that compilations from larger countries such as Brazil sometimes achieve, but it's still a solid effort.

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Persephones Bees: Notes from the Underground

A sugared pop rock (the musical genre not the exploding candy) confection of a major label debut for a quirky band fronted by a beautiful voice.

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Kerosene Kondors: New American Standards

Rock-solid second outing for Northern California's finest all-purpose blues/country/folk/jug band.

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15 Sep 2006 // 6:00 AM

The Finals: Plan Your Getaway

If there's room for a straight-up rock band in this genrefied age, the Finals are a good choice for taking on that role.

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Metallic Falcons: Desert Doughnuts

Remember that Western movie with Sharon Stone as the gunslinger riding into the dusty desert town to blow things apart with lead and vengeance? Can

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15 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Manual: Bajamar

More great coastline tidal ambience from a man who's made it his stock in trade.

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