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27 Mar 2007 // 11:03 PM

Eluvium: Copia

I can think of few musicians of any genre making instrumental music as involving as Matthew Cooper's ambient compositions under the name Eluvium.

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Daníel Águst: Swallowed a Star

Daníel Águst, former singer for the Icelandic dance/trip-hop outfit Gus Gus, applies a different but no less quirky approach to his solo debut.

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:01 PM

Holy Moses: Queen of Siam

It took some bravery and audacity for Holy Moses to promote their product in the most male-dominated genre in popular music.

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The Fall: Reformation Post T.L.C

Mark E. Smith has previously thrived on conflict and controversy, but this time the fallout from yet another dramatic line-up change has resulted in one of the Fall's more disappointing releases.

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Grant-Lee Phillips: Strangelet

Stranglet's songs are often wrapped in production quirks and dense arrangements when they beg for leaner treatment.

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price: Last of the Breed Volume 1

Yes, that’s right. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price offer the somnolent styles of yesterday and today for your enjoyment.

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Shining: Grindstone

On its fourth album, Norway's Shining obliterates the line between rock, jazz and classical composition and, in the process, creates one of the most compelling albums of the year.

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The Alan Parsons Project: I Robot

About as antiseptic as rock music ever really got, restrained and rearranged to within an inch of its life, is there anything that can possibly be salvaged here?

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various: Black Snake Moan

The soundtrack of Craig Brewer's latest film is a solid selection of old and new blues music, though Samuel Jackson's vocals suggest he shouldn't think about quitting his day job anytime soon.

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Emily Grogan: At Sea

Grogan is not happy making radio-friendly polished pop, showing a far more soulful side.

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27 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Stones Throw: Ten Years

The Stones Throw label seems like a slightly scratched vintage jazz record. The songs skip sometimes to create snippets rather than complete compositions, but once the needle hits the groove -- well, you know the rest.

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26 Mar 2007 // 11:04 PM

Lucky Soul: Aint Never Been Cool

1950s girl-group pop gets a modern-day reworking on the delightful title track of the UK pop group Lucky Soul's three-song Ain't Never Been Cool EP.

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The One AM Radio: This Too Will Pass

While the songs feature even more organic instrumentation than before, they all exist in that tepid, midtempo, watery, emotional area that is being done much better by similar artists.

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Dragon or Emperor: Dragon or Emperor

Dragon or Emperor's deft rage evokes the sound of a Pere Ubu v Back Door arm-wrestle.

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Kokolo: More Consideration

Kokolo, although ardent worshippers at Fela Kuti’s afrobeat altar, inject elements from their New York surroundings into More Consideration.

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26 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

These Arms Are Snakes: Easter

Overall, Easter manages to be These Arms Are Snakes' strongest statement.

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26 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Stooges: The Weirdness

Legendary proto-punk band led by Iggy Pop reunites after 30 years and makes a record with the help of Steve Albini and Mike Watt.

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31Knots: The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere

31Knots somehow hone their craft by expanding their palate, creating an album you need to hear, even if they didn’t get their break on MySpace.

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26 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Amiina: Seoul

Fragile, and twee to the point of nothingness, it’s sweet without being sugary, but unfortunately acts like a constant appetizer in a meal where the main dish never appears.

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26 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Erie Choir: Slighter Awake

Chapel Hill indie rockers forgo bells and whistles and rely on the quality of the songwriting to woo their listeners on this debut record.

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