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27 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kraak & Smaak: Boogie Angst

The breaks-influenced Dutch trio blend jazzy rhythms, breaks and a retro, diva vocal vibe into a pleasant, light mix.

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Daniel Smith: Be Bop Bassoon

Even the thorough application of this great bassoonist, with as good a threesome as could reasonably be hoped for, can not establish serious claim for bassoon as a versatile horn in jazz. "Birk's Works" is nonetheless lovely... music not to laugh at, but smile with!

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Various Artists: The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson

The real question is whether the latest effort to honor the legendary songwriter is any good. The simple answer is yes.

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27 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Four Tet: DJ Kicks

Insomuch as Kieran Hebden's sound is unassailably unique, his DJ Kicks is also a rather indescribable experience.

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Irving: Death in the Garden Blood on the Flowers

An album full of worthy successors to the pop rock legacy of The Cars. All in all, a pitch perfect soundtrack to summer.

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India.Arie: Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship

On her third album, Arie becomes glazed with easy listening grooves, but inevitably pulls through with soul and introspection.

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Alejandro Escovedo: The Boxing Mirror

Escovedo's brush with death yields one of his best records.

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26 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Abe Duque: American Gigolo II

American Gigolo II offers a pleasantly comprehensive summation of one of the decade's more unique labels.

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Bill Evans and Randy Brecker: Soul Bop Band Live in New York

A welcome revival -- note the accusing use of the word "Greed" in Hiram Bullock's vocal! Not a bad start, but by the second CD the word is Excellent, soulful, bopful.

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Andy Caldwell: Universal Truth

Looking for a jam to get your mojo working? Need to get your groove back? The soundman from the electronic super-group Soulstice serves up a collection of tunes that will keep you hyped up all year long.

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26 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matt Costa: Songs We Sing

Not as mellow as Jack Johnson, Matt Costa's debut album is a very consistent, engaging, and charming piece of pop rock that taps into classic influences.

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	Willowz: Seeinsquares (2006): Richie James Follin, Alex Nowicki, Jessica Reynoza - PopMatters Film

A band that got its first big break through the movies revisits the visual format with mixed success.

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The Plastic Constellations: Crusades

Sacrificing feel for precision, The Plastic Constellations deliver a lackluster album full of overwrought prowess and too many missed chances.

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Judas Priest: The Essential Judas Priest

In the early 1980s, Judas Priest's brand of metal was punk for most Americans, the music you played to give the finger to the mainstream.

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Beatnik Filmstars: In Great Shape

The world has changed in the seven years since the Filmstars' last record, but their knack for turning out lo-fi pop gems remains unerring. Plus: a hip-hop influence!

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Daedelus: Daedelus Denies the Day’s Demise

A strong enough contender that it could conceivably be a breakout record for both artist and label.

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23 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matthew Herbert: Scale

Is Scale Matthew Herbert's masterpiece, or just his latest masterpiece?

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Snow Patrol: Songs for Polarbears

These newly-expanded reissues from Snow Patrol's salad days make a smarter, more satisfying alternative to Eyes Open.

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C-Mone: The Butterfly Effect

There's a young butterfly in Nottingham spreading her wings, and she's on a mission to make her presence felt around the globe.

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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan: Life and Death (And Almost Everything Else)

One-third funny haha, one-third funny strange, and another third poignant and sad.

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