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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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27 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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27 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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27 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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24 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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24 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

As befalls the fate of so much post-rock, repetition without innovation becomes stagnation.

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24 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Invisible: The Invisible

As terrible as it is to say, you almost wish that the band would live up to its name and just disappear.

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24 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ministry: Rantology

A.J.'s still pissed off, and that's a very good thing for Ministry, who went from techno/dance to industrial in a... well, snap.

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Slowcore band avoids the pitfalls of its genre to deliver an album of simple yet surprising refinements.

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The unmistakable vibe of six brainy kids knowingly smirking at each other (band bio also features Mentos).

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Once you're drunk off your ass and the Furies' leather-jacket roadies are packing up the amps, you'll realize that you don't even remember who just played and won't be able to recall a single song.

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23 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

I didn't know the guy, but my guess is that your grandpa probably would have loved this record.

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Pop on your headphones, close your eyes, and you could almost be in the midst of the infamously sophisticated sleaze of the world-famous club.

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Doctor? Yes, it’s about patient Downtown Singapore. I’m not sure yet, but their debut seems to display a terminal lack of hooks.

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It rewards attention and re-listens. It's not music you can slap onto an iPod or run while you balance a checkbook.

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"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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