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Ronnie Milsap: The Essential Ronnie Milsap

Thirty-three of the 40 songs on The Essential Ronnie Milsap reached #1 on Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart, and the other seven made or closely approached the Top Ten.

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Golem: Fresh off Boat

Punk is too strong a word for this band. The singers shout and wail, and the instruments sometimes leap into high gear, but their thrashing isn't angry punk thrashing. They're not rebels.

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27 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Lee Hooker: Hooker

At long last, this wonderful four-disc box set offers a career-spanning retrospective of the amazing blues legend John Lee Hooker.

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Various Artists: From Bakabush

You could almost forgive Stonetree if From Bakabush sounded amateurish and the songs were shaky and ragged. Instead, the label has put together an album that serves as both an introduction to the label and a superbly enjoyable invitation to the region's music as a whole.

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26 Oct 2006 // 1:30 AM

There's a delicacy here that you suspect would be violated by anything so vulgar as a lyric.

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26 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

As a reminder of the intrepid, home-made spirit of much Icelandic music and the varied uses to which folk can be put, it's an interesting CD to have around.

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Pop-punk band treads familiar ground, but with enough skill and energy to have some highlights.

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26 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jazzanova: Broad Casting

As eclectic as its title would suggest, Jazzanova's Broad Casting is a compilation of downtempo and broken beat music by some of today's most interesting electronic artists.

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26 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Christina Carter: Electrice

A sonically interesting musical journey.

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Various Artists: Outlaw Country: Austin City Limits - Live from Austin, TX

There's something downright pleasant and wholesome about the whole thing. The amiable atmosphere may make the CD enjoyable to listen to, but this also has a downside.

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26 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ska-soul done well and done right is always a good time.

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz: Faux Départ

You have to have a very high level of musicianship to sound good when you are busy trying to sound like an amateur.

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The Lesser Birds of Paradise: Space Between

A slow-moving, emotionally powerful album for particular tastes.

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Nina Simone: Remixed and Reimagined

A whole album of remixes is an unwieldy proposition, but Remixed and Reimagined is an effective exercise in establishing a new context for the work of Nina Simone.

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26 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Graham Lindsey: Hell Under the Skullbones

A short, but sweet exploration of the dark side of the human condition -- complete with drinking songs!

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Cari Lee and the Saddle-ites: Brought To You Via Saddle-ite

Western swing revivalists know how to have fun, but fail to outshine their heroes.

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25 Oct 2006 // 2:15 AM

Instrumental tribute to Neil Young displays a lot of talent, but maintains only a modicum of interest.

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25 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

Ane Oestergaard is restless and inquisitive and can't leave things alone -- she's compelled to fiddle.

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25 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

European pop band carries on the torch for the Delgados.

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25 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

La Pieta makes pleasant, literal indie pop with a female vocal and a limited musical appeal. The trio’s style is simple, building off acoustic-strummed

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