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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Smoosh: Free to Stay

What if I don't like Free to Stay? What if I find the Smoosh sisters' dad on my doorstep with a baseball bat a couple days after this review runs?

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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Absentee: Schmotime

It's music for schmoes, and deep down we're all schmoes.

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Slo-Mo: My Buzz Comes Back

As relaxed and jammy as it was initially intended to be, the result is neutered by its blatant transparency

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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Blue October: Foiled

One-hit wonders from Texas give commerical success another go, and wind up with a dark and biting pop album that shatters any preconceptions that ever existed about them.

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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dieselboy: The Human Resource

America's top d&b DJ presents a compilation of pumped-up, scalpel-sharp tunes.

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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sophie Barker: Earthbound

It's a shame when moments of such beauty can be swallowed by albums that fall into the same old downtempo traps.

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Dub Syndicate: The Rasta Far I

If you've never heard anything by the Dub Syndicate, this will serve as a good primer. If you are a fan already, waiting patiently until summer 2007 for the new album, then this might sate your appetite until then.

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Quasi: When the Going Gets Dark

An album of political frustration and rage from the duo, Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss.

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Charalambides: A Vintage Burden

Sparse, delicate and fragile: this serenely hushed free-folk offering contains more genuinely psychedelic moments than most of its overdriven, fuzz-drenched peers ever manage.

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Villalobos, Ricardo: Salvador

Bringing 'dance' to the physically inept, with an eye on Art.

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The Futureheads: News and Tributes

The Futureheads provide the sort of control that leads to recklessness.

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26 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Court and Spark: Hearts

Yet another set of songs in the key of moody California Americana from a band that decided not to stray too far from the comforts of formula.

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26 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Natacha Atlas: Mish Maoul

Atlas' gorgeous voice presides over the entirety of Mish Maoul, imbuing these songs with a prayerful authenticity that transcends the genre.

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John Long: Lost and Found

Thirty years a young white bluesman, a solid belated debut for John Long

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Romica Puceanu and The Gore Brothers: Sounds From A Bygone Age: Vol. 2

Romica Puceanu never made a name for herself outside Romania, which is fine for the Romanians but harsh on the rest of us. We've been missing out.

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T-Bone Burnett: Twenty Twenty: The Essential T-Bone Burnett

It doesn’t matter if you know any of the songs: hyphen or not, good music is simply good music. Here’s to a career that’s been full of it.

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Zucchini Drive: Being Kurtwood

Being Kurtwood is a tense, angrily introspective 10-track rundown of tough-guy shoegazing, generically despairing raps, and competent but generally unimpressive production.

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Phoenix: Its Never Been Like That

The lack of imperfections makes these supposed lightning bolts of inspiration sound awfully, well, calculated.

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Tilly and the Wall: Bottoms of Barrels

Exuberant music that's always in motion, but also seeks to be a rock of support for the fragile and restless at heart.

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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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