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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ali Farka Touré: Savane

Western blues is brought to the fore on Savane, the excellent final recording from Ali Farka Touré.

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Greg Graffin: Cold as the Clay

Graffin's distinctive vocals from his Bad Religion days transfer remarkably well into folk and country music

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Excepter: Alternation

An overwhelming drone of noise that's ceaselessly propelled chemically forward.

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Dashboard Confessional: Dusk and Summer

At least the old Carrabba had a bit of slow crescendo in his whining.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Irma Thomas: After the Rain

New Orleans's Queen of Soul shows she has as much resilience as her hometown on her first album in six years.

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Various Artists: Paupers, Peasants, Princes and Kings

Few of these bands have anything like the personality it takes to become a great cover band. Some of them, however, do have the sense to come in out of the rain.

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Jeffrey Foucault: Ghost Repeater

Jeffrey Foucault is the kind of songwriter who works within tradition and furthers it in a simultaneous moment, a true glimpse into the future of folk music.

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Vivian Linden: Watch the Light Fade

Backed by a seasoned horde of Seattle musicians, Vivian Linden paints a dark, dreary backdrop on several of these songs so she can draw you

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2 Aug 2006 // 9:01 AM

Ted Wulfers: Cheap Liquor

Ted Wulfers lives in a hard drinkin’, hard lovin’, hard livin’ world—all of which comes out on his eight-song mini-album, Cheap Liquor. These are

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Cordovan: Highway 10 Blues

Gil Evans incorporated electronic music into his work, following up a conviction that the rhythm of new jazz should be, and had always been, what

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Chip Taylor: Unglorious Hallelujah / Red, Red Rose

In these two discs, we get a full-on tour of the 62-year-old mind of one of the great American songwriters.

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Silversun Pickups: Carnavas

This enjoyable disc hearkens back to when indie rock hooks were big, and the guitars sounded even bigger.

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The Sleepy Jackson: Personality

The Sleepy Jackson have produced another album chock full of sparkling moments. Personality is a thing to be gradually discovered and eventually treasured.

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Powerman 5000: Destroy What You Enjoy

Destroy What You Enjoy is so obviously directed toward the maintenance of a predefined image as to be a finger in the throat of all but the Hot Topic suburban drones that still find something appealing about this silly little band.

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Edip Akbayram: Edip Akbayram

In Edip Akbayram's mouth, the dreamy, hopeful sunshine of hippie psychedelica has merged with a dramatic lament.

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Janis Siegel: A Thousand Beautiful Things

Manhattan Transfer vocalist's Latin gambit is risky and rewarding.

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

McFly: Just My Luck

English boy group McFly deliver an album of fun, bouncy guitar pop that's something of an unabashed guilty pleasure.

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Basement Boys: The Basement Boys Presents Mudfoot Jones

The music of the mythical Mudfoot Jones swings, boogies, rocks, and sways like a congregation ought to when it’s calling up the Spirit. 

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Various Artists: This Is Crucial Reggae: Funk Party

Listening to these reggae artists covering American soul hits gives you insight into the evolution of Jamaican music. After all, many reggae pioneers were raised

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Various Artists: Sur La Mer Samp-Le-Mer

Noise label 5 Rue Christine’s first sampler initially looks like a rarities collection, but the “exclusive tracks” come off more like a compilation of also-rans

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