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Various Artists: La Vie en Rose

Even 44 years after her death, Piaf remains a true icon, featuring one of the most spectacular song canons in pop history.

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7 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

R. Kelly: Double Up

Self-proclaimed King of R&B returns with another audacious, entertaining tour de sex.

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7 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

David Bowie: Young Americans

Two new reissues illustrate different sides of Bowie: restlessly shifting gears from glam rock to soul in the '70s and embracing complacency in the bad-taste abyss of the '80s.

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David S. Ware Quartet: Renunciation

This document of the last concert by one of the best small contemporary jazz groups gestures towards the spirited music that the Impulse! label released in the late '60s.

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The Field: From Here We Go Sublime

An electronic album that is utterly original and not easily forgotten.

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Lets Go Sailing: The Chaos in Order

There's a fine line between twee and annoying, but the debut from Irving's former keyboardist manages to pull it off.

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7 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Storyhill: Storyhill

Cunningham and Hermanson's harmonies are on glorious display, and only the most detached listener could keep from being absorbed by the richness contained in the tones.

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Custom Made: Truth Be Told EP

Custom Made use East coast elements to craft their angry, energetic brand of West coast hip-hop.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:03 PM

Coffinberry: God Damn Dogs

Coffinberry's power pop makes me wish it 1996... maybe a little too much.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:02 PM

Olympia: Emergencies

Juvenile party rock makes a stand.

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Foreverinmotion: The Beautiful Unknown

Dreamy, confessional melodrama.

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Questions in Dialect: The Ghost Wishes to Speak

Questions in Dialect is content with ‘70s era mediocrity.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Comas: Spells

On Spells, the Comas put a bit more power in their pop, making not only their most rockin' album yet, but also their best.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Dondolo: Dondolisme

Dondolo serves up a funky buffet of skippy trippy beats served with blasts and pulses of creative sonic shine and shimmer... perfect French synth-pop and electrofunk.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Praxis: Tennessee 2004

An auditory snapshot of supergroup/jam band/fusion fiends Praxis and their live set at Bonnaroo, Tennessee 2004 may arguably be one of the best live albums released this century.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Ed Rec Vol. 2

Label comp from the guys who gave us Justice and SebastiAn try to show they're the new faces of French House, dirty electro sheen, and all.

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Various Artists: Johnny Greenwood Is the Controller

Greenwood's selection from and interpretation of reggae's varied journeys around the world is successful, largely because it invites us to move beyond the surface mainstream to take a closer look at what is often overlooked.

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6 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Ne-Yo: Because of You

R&B singer/songwriter comes close to perfection while defining the antithesis of a sophomore slump.

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Charles Davis: Land of Dreams

Veteran individual jazz saxophonist is -- and delivers -- the real thing: empathy with a trio so able he might have been keeping it to himself. The opposite of half-hearted.

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Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love: Ends of June

The fragile bedroom pop on the band’s second album is relaxed, compelling, and down-to-earth -- no freak in this folk.

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