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Magneta Lane: Dancing with Daggers

Lexi Valentine takes Chrissie Hynde's sweetly sour alto and wraps it around Debbie Harry's blasé romanticism for an emotionally potent vocal style that conveys the same tender toughness as those two peerless women who came a generation before.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Mary Jane Lamond: Storas

This sinfully pleasing Cape Breton singer revisits traditional Gaelic songs with accompanying musicians and a voice as clear as the Bras D-Or Lakes.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Mellowdrone: Box

Bring on the major leagues: Mellowdrone answers Columbia's call with the 21st century's answer to corporate rock.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Placebo: Meds

Despite forays into heavier metal-inspired sounds or electronica, a new Placebo album becomes an exercise in slight variation, little more.

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Heather Headley: In My Mind

Hearing love song after cheating song after being cheated on song makes In My Mind the textbook definition of a generic "adult" R&B diva album.

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3 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Excepter: Sunbomber

Sunbomber’s most obvious strength and most glaring flaw is entirely the point of its release: It was recorded on a hot summer day in one hour.

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The Stems: Terminal Cool: Anthology 1983-1986

In three short years, these Aussies left an indelible mark on the garage revival scene.

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3 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Bubba Sparxxx: The Charm

Bubba Sparxxx doesn't go bling and boring, so much as rejoice in it, splash around in it, rub it all over itself and go sprinting through the fields.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance

Second round for Rough Guide's tour of bhangra. This time, the travel company seeks to update the sounds for your next trip to Kuch Kuch.

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The Appleseed Cast: Peregrine

Proving once again to be Lawrence's finest, the Appleseed Cast synthesizes its parts and finds itself on the album that saved the band from a too-early demise.

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The Guess Who: The Best of the Guess Who

You may never think you need to hear a Guess Who song, but they often come as some relief when they crop up on the radio or in the supermarket Muzak mix.

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Bonnie Bramlett: Roots, Blues & Jazz

An Ike-ette and lost legend growls a variety of soul and jazz standards.

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Dogme 95: The Reagle Beagle

Chicago based songwriter Nick Wright goes a-sailin' with Charles Darwin. No, literally, he does.

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The Kronos Quartet / Terry Riley: Cadenza on the Night Plain

A classic recording of Terry Riley's string quartet music, reissued.

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31 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Amorphis: Eclipse

With a new vocalist leading the way, Amorphis sound reborn on their seventh full-length album.

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Joseph Israel: Gone Are the Days

Joseph Israel's debut splits the difference between Judaism and roots reggae, Jamaica and Arkansas.

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The Flaming Lips: At War with the Mystics

Finally, the punk rockers are going into orbit. Again.

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Electricity and drum will change your mind? You better believe it.

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Cocteau Twins: Lullabies to Violaine Volume 1

...and from vital to less vital in 14 years, 16 EPs, and two double-disc sets of opulent art-music.

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Ben Harper: Both Sides of the Gun

With his latest release, Ben Harper sets his sights on crafting his definitive statement with two barrels of lyricism, wit, and musicianship.

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