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Lambchop: The Decline of Country & Western Civilization Part II: The Woodwind Years

Aside from the occasional clunker, this album of b-sides, rarities, alternate takes, and unreleased tracks shows that Lambchop should be remembered primarily as a fine alt.country community, not some sock the late Shari Lewis wore on her hand.

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20 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mary-Anne Paterson: Me

Folk singer issues album in 1970 to no acclaim, vanishes for over three decades until sudden recovery by dedicated loyalists -- no, it's not Vashti Bunyan, but it's still quite good.

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The Divine Comedy: Victory for the Comic Muse

Neil Hannon has largely toned down his extravagant look-at-me persona, and decided instead to rely on the quality of his song-writing.

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20 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Frank Black: Fast Man Raider Man

Frank Black takes a journey into the heartland on Fast Man Raider Man, but he never gets off the highways.

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Rise Against: The Sufferer and the Witness

The Sufferer and the Witness, Rise Against's second album for Geffen, picks up where Siren Song left off, with 13 tracks of hard-nosed punk with a focus on melody, crunchy hooks, and shout-along choruses.

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20 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Thomas Brinkmann: Lucky Hands

Like a lot of techno these days, it rises to a level of competent charm but fails to create a more lasting impression.

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Jamie Lidell: Multiply Additions

A remix album/live album smash-up that seems like a true in-the-meantime.

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Tony Bennett: Through the Years

Through the Years is a compilation of Tony Bennett's hits. Need I say more?

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Marvin Sease: Candy Licker

Marvin Sease doesn't particularly care what anyone thinks about his music. Too bad, 'cause if he did, his work might be a bit more enjoyable.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Korn: Live & Rare

This helping of Korn leftovers leaves the consumer stuck with a smattering of krappy kernels.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Muse: Black Holes & Revelations

Muse impresses, and continues to impress on Black Holes, not only because they have the Romantic classical harmony-fueled huge stadium sound down pat, but in the details that show a band mature and talented.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gilles Peterson: Back In Brazil

Once more, Peterson takes us to South America to expose the world to the past and present of Brazilian jazz and dance.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lola Ray: Liars

On their sophomre outing, Lola Ray show an admirable amount of growth -- but they've still got a ways to go.

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Bryan Sutton: Not Too Far from the Tree

This album gives Sutton the justifiable opportunity to step to the forefront of an album, while presenting a tribute to -- and celebration of -- bluegrass guitars and guitarists.

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Pete Zimmer Quintet: Burnin Live at the Jazz Standard

Joyous stuff -- five brilliant musicians with an astonishing range of jazz expression instating old virtues, including simple statements, tuneful on foundations of unobtrusive complexity.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Feist: Open Season

Otherwise delightful, a Mushaboom cloud hangs over this album of remixes and collaborations.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

uncing Souls: The Gold Record

Credit has to be due to a band that can continue to tweak its sound, mature, and still stay true to its roots all at the same time.

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Aoki Takamasa & Tujiko Noriko: Twenty-Eight

The album appears like a beam of sunshine on a warm spring day: pleasant and warm, but of extremely brief duration.

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Carl Hancock Rux: Good Bread Alley

It might not be your cup of tea, but maybe you need to drink something besides tea for a change.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Karrin Allyson: Footprints

A stunning program of post-bop jazz standards from a mature singer out on the mainstream edge.

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