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Young and Sexy: Panic When You Find It

Vancouver’s other great indie pop band make their long-awaited return with a more mature sound.

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Guillemots: From the Cliffs EP

How did four ever so slightly geeky, hopelessly uncool birdwatchers from southern England (via Brazil) get around to making the pop record of the year so far?

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Electric Light Orchestra: No Answer

The release of No Answer and E.L.O. II turns the spotlight on a part of Lynne's career before he was writing pop symphonies transmogrified into schlock by decades of movies and TV commercials.

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28 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Essex Green: Cannibal Sea

The Brooklyn three-piece's third album of melancholy '60s indie-pop won't come as a surprise to anyone, but who really wants to be surprised all the time anyway?

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ghostface Killah: Fishscale

Ghostface Killah is all grown up now. And he's got some stories to tell.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Massive Attack: Collected

Simply on the basis of the fourteen songs included on Collected, Massive Attack stake a mighty persuasive claim towards being one of the best pop groups of all time.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sing-Sing: Sing-Sing and I

Sing-Sing’s second album inches closer to the dreampop of Lush, with a few detours along the way.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Supreeme: Supremacy

Touting a new record deal and the same old skills, Supreeme may not be on the top of the rap game yet, but with more albums like this, they're definitely on their way.

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Zemog el Gallo Bueno: Cama de la Conga

He's got a lot to say about Latin music and about the history and treatment of Puerto Rico by the U.S.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lylas: Lessons for Lovers

Nashville alt.brooders used to love you like a sister... now they want to teach you how to kiss.

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Roy Orbison: The Essential Roy Orbison

The story of the Big O from the beginning of his career to posthumous releases can be found on this new compilation. Orbison knew the mystery of dreams could be better suggested by a trill than by words alone.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Faktion: Faktion

It may be cookie cutter modern rock, but this debut isn't without its quality moments. Too bad there aren't enough of them.

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Shalabi Effect: Unfortunately

As calculated as an improv-noise album can be, Unfortunately melds the accessible with the impenetrable.

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26 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Daniel Powter: Daniel Powter

The newest singer-songwriter star's debut is pop without apologies, and very skillful pop at that.

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The Church: Uninvited, Like the Clouds

Can we all agree now that the Church are back to form and have been for a few years?

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Various Artists: Voices from the Frontline

Bet you didn't know they taught hip-hop in Basic Training. Meet the soldiers who rock the mic while stationed in Iraq.

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Tom Verlaine: Songs and Other Things

As a poet, Tom Verlaine is a guitarist.

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26 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

&nbTom Verlaine: Around

As a guitarist, Tom Verlaine is a poet. We have known this ever since his band Television issued "Little Johnny Jewel" as a two-sided single in 1975.

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Bitter:Sweet: The Mating Game

Does the world really need another sexy/vulnerable, tongue-in-cheek trip-hop act?

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Pat Martino: Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery

The late Wes Montgomery was a hugely influential guitarist, and this record highlights the Montgomery side of one of a few guitarists whose tribute means a lot. Pat Martino does justice to the real Montgomery sound.

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