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Bemis' own emotional/mental issues seem to fit in perfectly with Say Anything's image of emotionally complex, burdened artists.

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27 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

ZZ Top: 2006 Reissues

Much-needed reissues that don't answer every question that they need to.

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Souad Massi: Mesk Elil (Honeysuckle)

With a voice as sweet as honeysuckle drifting in through an open window, Souad Massi has captured the attention of international audiences.

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Jessi Colter: Out of the Ashes

It’s the first ever concept album by a widowed former outlaw. As such, it's a mix of tomfoolery and the sublime, with a little gunplay and squeaky bedsprings in there too.

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Slick and his posse The Shock Mob try to get you crunk with a release full of California Love.

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A great CD lies in wait...

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Embalasasa is an album of warm, kind singing with a warm, kind flute and warm, kind drums.

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Polysics: Now Is the Time

Polysics take their inspiration from DEVO but turn it all the way to 11. Now is the Time is a good jumping on point for new converts to the band.

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Don Byron's and David Sanchez's pianist makes a bold US debut.

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Slow Runner: No Disassemble

Slow Runner releases their debut lo-fi pop album, showing the musical chops to rival Postal Service but stumbling a bit on overwrought lyrics. We can do without the 'melted chocolate'.

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Chamillionaire: Sound of Revenge, Screwed and Chopped

Remixers offer an interpretation of Chamillionaire's Sound of Revenge that is too often its own worst enemy.

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Edgar's hybrid makes for catchy electro, but it's hard to shake the feeling that there's nothing new happening here/

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sissel promises to take us into paradise, but many of us would rather live in a messier world. Perfect beauty tends to be boring.

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sevendust cranks out a solid album, looking back at the aggression of the past while searching for a new identity for the future.

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Tony Hussle: Sexy Freaky Electric

On his debut EP, Tony Hussle wants to whet your appetite for the main course. Unfortunately, you might have had enough before you're done with the appetizer.

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Paul Motian can’t help playing bebop -- it's in his blood. But on his new album he throws off the shackles of rhythm and bathes in a pool of free-form self-expression. Well, mostly.

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Not that he was ever particularly "hard", per se, but the first album in six years from William Orbit is that of an artist gone soft.

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The Gourds: Heavy Ornamentals

The Gourds are a fun, 'try this out' kind of band, and closer to actual country music than alt-country… It’s tough to say whether this will be The Gourds' breakout album, but it sure as hell deserves to be.

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23 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Nine Black Alps: Everything Is

The sounds of early ‘90s Seattle have been conspicuously absent from the disco-rock revival we've been experiencing over the last couple of years, so who cares if Nine Black Alps are writing us a postcard?

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Th’ Faith Healers: The Peel Sessions

This early '90s 'baggy metal' Brit band may not have made it as big as some of their supporting acts, but they sure know how to rock 'n' roll.

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