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Eleventh Dream Day: Zeroes and Ones

One of the most consistent of rock bands offers a profound questioning of life on their latest.

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Magical Power Mako: Super Record

Japanese experimental-rock trio re-releases their groundbreaking album after thirty years. Its creativity still holds up strongly, though a little more songwriting focus wouldn't have hurt.

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Morrissey: Ringleader of the Tormentors

Morrissey has become Morrissey-eque, a dull carbon copy of the Morrissey from years past.

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Boban Markovic Orkestar feat. Marko Markovic: The Promise: The King of Balkan Brass

The solo flugelhorns are exciting, but it's the sound of the group that brings the album together.

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25 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lostep: Because We Can

DJ's from Down Under strut their stuff, only to come off as sonically self indulgent.

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Dirty Pretty Things: Waterloo to Anywhere

Carl Barat returns from the wreckage of The Libertines with a collection of taut, visceral songs that occasionally touch on punk-pop perfection.

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The Isley Brothers: Baby Makin Music

With producers who know how to package their sound, the Isley Brothers turn out their best album in ten years.

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24 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

DJ Format: Fabriclive 27

In the perfect world of a deejay, Ella Fitzgerald is a B-Girl and Nina Simone hangs with Cut Chemist & This Kid Named Miles. Well, that perfect world exists and you can experience it in a single listen.

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Black 47: Bittersweet Sixteen

16-track retrospective from Irish-American rockers tends to highlight their weaknesses rather than their strengths

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24 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Danielson: Ships

Moms often say to their kids, "How do you know you won’t like it? You haven’t even tried it." Danielson, however, is something you may not like -- even after ingesting this healthy morsel of music.

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24 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Evermore: Dreams

Evermore are a band of brothers, like Hanson or more appropriately, the Finn brothers from Crowded House. But their brand of dreamy pop music is distinctly their own.

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Brotherman in the Fatherland

Terrible title for a blistering showcase of this overlooked jazz genius's hugely idiosyncratic talents.

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24 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Heil, Johannes: Freaks R Us

German producer drops signature lushness for club-friendly minimal techno.

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Bronze Nazareth: The Great Migration

This Wu-Tang associate knows how to create a hot track. Maybe he and The RZA would be interested in a hip-hop reality show.

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23 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

k.d. lang: Reintarnation

Reintarnation offers a close-up look at a somewhat lesser known but equally fulfilling period of her career.

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23 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hot Chip: The Warning

London's addictive, laid-back electro-soul outfit Hot Chip offers up a stew of metallic indie disco, soul-fed and calibrated with a keen sense of the ridiculous. It's all rather excellent.

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23 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Paul Simon: Surprise

A bright and rewarding work that will be lauded as His Best Album Since Fill In The Blank Here, Surprise is a low-key, sneaky little gem.

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Hudson Bell: When the Sun is the Moon

1990s guitar-rock made a decade later, managing to be compelling if not wholly original.

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Pretty Girls Make Graves: Élan Vital

With stretch marks out in full display, Pretty Girls Make Graves hit puberty and deliver Élan Vital, an album shaped by the band's growing pains.

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Charnett Moffett: Internet

The wonder-bassist delivers a more straightforward jazz programme than on For the Love of Peace: righteous in a different, equally commendable way.

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