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15 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bananarama: Drama

The coolest Bananarama songs were never really deep. The group had an attitude and a look, a cool, sultry sound, and a sense of fun. Bananarama still displays these characteristics to full effect.

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Korpiklaani: Tales Along This Road

Alcohol-fueled polka metal from Finland. What’s there not to love?

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15 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Van Hunt: On the Jungle Floor

Van Hunt is a soul man and a rocker and a pop star and a funkateer and a hip-hop balladeer. Some people don't want him to be such a renaissance man but Van Hunt doesn't want to fit into anyone's cozy little box.

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15 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

About: Bongo

Intricate samples, fractured sentiment, pop melodies and tubas from Jason Forrest's multitalented protégé

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London Elektricity: Power Ballads

London Elektricity, though it cannot always avoid the limitations of the genre, are making hearty drum & bass music with infinitely more soul than Pendulum or Audio Bullys.

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Hillstomp: The Woman That Ended the World

Quirky management of vocals, no bad idea for white bluesmen, accompanied by percussion and really topline guitar combining -- wow! – early John Lee Hooker and Fred McDowell. Interessante? Molto!

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12 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lacuna Coil: Karmacode

Nearly four years after their last album, the Italian band is ready for Stateside stardom.

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Dr. John: Right Place, Right Time:  Live at Tipitinas Mardi Gras 89

It seemed like only yesterday, New Orleans was loaded with music and vitality. Dr. John was a very large piece of the puzzle, and this musical snapshot easily explains why.

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12 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Clear Static: Clear Static

Although they don't appear to have anything new to say, they say it pretty well.

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The Fiery Furnaces: Bitter Tea

Bitter Tea is an uncontrolled outpouring of musical concepts in every way, the good ideas right along with the bad -- life.

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12 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Filastine: Burn It

Filastine's international approach to protest music makes us want to travel the world, but does it make us want to change it?

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The Raconteurs: Broken Boy Soldiers

The Raconteurs are early on to this, which could be one of the emerging trends of 2006: the rebirth of rock in indie music.

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12 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moov: The Arrivant Volume 1

They look like concept albums, they smell like concept albums, but in the end, the two volumes of The Arrivant are just another bunch of Tracks.

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Of Montreal: The Early Four Track Recordings

Series of reissues offers recent fans a chance to turn back the clock to Of Montreal's formative years and explore the progression out of the garage and into indie pop brilliance.

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12 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Asha Bhosle: Love Supreme

Everybody needs a bosom to lean on. At 73 years of age, Asha sounds as supple and sylphlike as ever.

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Lansing-Dreiden: The Dividing Island

At what point does a piece of music turn from artful homage to unintentional parody?

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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Lover Boy

It’s fun to take a trip down a nostalgic path that never existed in the first place.

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11 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Little Willies: The Little Willies

Restrained and polished, the Little Willies are the perfect example of a democracy that needs a dictator.

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11 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Concretes: In Colour

Although nostalgia is the album's overwhelming theme, if you're bewitched by The Concretes' backward-looking Technicolor pop, there's no need to feel like you've been duped.

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Sunset Rubdown: Shut Up I Am Dreaming

Spencer Krug steps out from under the shadow of Wolf Parade to shine a light on his more morose and introspective inclinations.

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