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Various Artists: Electric Gypsyland 2

Electric Gypsyland 2 is a good sequel: a playful, explorative sequel that takes the basic idea from its predecessor and uses it as a foundation, not a restriction.

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The Jeff Gauthier Goatette: One and the Same

Categorizing this 39 minutes of music that takes itself so seriously as jazz is questionable, even if there is improvisation.

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28 Nov 2006 // 5:00 AM

The Horrors: The Horrors EP

The Horrors formula is ridiculously simple: they’re simply a modern update of the weird “96 Tears” crooners ? & the Mysterians.  A little bit of

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28 Nov 2006 // 3:00 AM

Robin Guthrie: Everlasting

Ex-Cocteau Twin follows up his recent solo album with four more lush instrumentals that sound just like his old band without the words.

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28 Nov 2006 // 1:00 AM

Two Five: Who is Two Five

Two Five couldn't out-rap my grandma.

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27 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Close: Sun, Burn

The Close used to sound like a band anxious to be discovered, but on Sun, Burn, they sound a little like one that hasn't been.

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Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury

The Virginia duo manages to pull off one of the most entertaining releases of the year, on the surface.

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Rock Star Supernova: Rock Star Supernova

If you want to prove to the world that you're not a cliché, shouldn't you be singing about something other than girls, kicking ass, and how awesome you are?

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Brand New: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

Brand New's third album is not a disc you want to check out if you’re looking for an overview of their first two: it's an innovation of the grandest kind.

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Branford Marsalis Quartet: Braggtown

Saxophone-plus-rhythm, head down and bent to it again.

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Grey Does Matter: Your Job Will Kill You

Good New York music. What else can you say?

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27 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jason Darling: Settling Dust

Jason Darling grew up around Woodstock. Yes, the older Woodstock, not the “mud people” NIN-memorable version. But don’t let that fool you, there’s

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Diana Ross: I Love You

Though Ross sounds better than ever, I Love You continues a tired trend -- the "covers" album.

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Les Primitifs du Futur: World Musette

World Musette could use less world and more musette.

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Frida Hyvonen: Until Death Comes

Intensely personal Swedish artist Frida Hyvonen has created an oddly affecting debut, crafting beauty out of piano plonks and her own fractured experience.

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Roger ODonnell: The Truth in Me

O’Donnell was a significant part of the Cure until his unceremonious ouster by Robert Smith in 2005; he created synthesizer textures, as well as contributed

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Evan Stone: Sticks & Stone, Vol. 1

This is the story of a drummer, his sticks, and a tight band.

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The Winter Blanket: Golden Sun EP

Minneapolis band makes beautiful music, if you can stay awake for it.

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Ellison: Say Goodnight, Sleep Alone

It is not an exact copy of another act, but Ellison's musical composite is an incredible simulation of many.

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Joan Osborne: Pretty Little Stranger

This is country in a Roseanne Cash or Kim Richey vein: meticulously crafted, understated, and loaded with material that less subtle singers will probably turn into megahits.

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