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2 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Compost 200

Those who might never before have encountered Compost -- or who may have unfairly dismissed their output as yet more cosmopolitan chill-out crap from the continent -- could probably get a great deal of enjoyment from this disc.

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Various: Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack

It doesn't take braaaaains to enjoy the simple pleasures of a solid cover album, even when it's in the dicey realm of indie rockers covering classics.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Darondo: Let My People Go

Darondo is more than just a footnote. Even if his recorded output prior to this release was only six tracks, wow, what a six tracks they were!

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Zulya and The Children of The Underground: The Waltz

Zulya's voice is as silvery as ever, but now she has a better band, and racier, more multilayered tunes.

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Otis Rush: All Your Love I Miss Loving

Before 1966, Otis Rush was a blues legend whose few recordings could hardly be found. In 2006, this tape of a live 1976 gig, finally issued, does everybody justice.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Paul Weller: As Is Now

The new album from Paul Weller does exactly what it says on the tin. A return to form? Not quite, but not a bad attempt.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dimmu Borgir: Stormblåst

The Norwegian black metal greats risk the wrath of their fanbase by re-recording a much-loved early album. Blasphemers!

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hard-Fi: Stars of CCTV

A heady mix of punk and guitar pop influences, this debut full-length proves the UK act to be exciting, catchy and highly promising.

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The Handsome Charlies: Gentlemen Never Tell

This Australian quartet has created a delicious bite of pop-rock with enough swagger and personality to be worthy of a decent following and a few iPod-worthy tunes you can flip through any time.

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rosanne Cash: Black Cadillac

Confronting personal loss using public legacy, Rosanne has the last and most affecting word in a year filled with Cash legends.

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Capes: Hello

Closely associated both musically and personally with their buddies in Bloc Party, the Capes are a band that's lacking much that would distinguish them from their brethren.

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Sonny Rollins: Essential Sonny Rollins: The RCA Years

If you don't need to have every one of his best performances for the label, this is one of three double CD sets with equal claims to quality. High claims if you have no Rollins yet!

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Born Again: Pagan

Mediocre 1970s rock band is rescued from the dustbin of history.

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Richard Ashcroft: Keys to the World

The dull groove the former Verve frontman seems to have settled into is striking.

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Various: Dawning of a New Era: The Roots of Skinhead Reggae

Trojan explores rocksteady's transition to reggae and how UK skins helped with the jump off.

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bjorn Olsson (The Lobster)

Something has to be said for an album that confuses you when you see the sleeve and confuses you some more when you actually hear the tunes.

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Green Carnation: Acoustic Verses

An all-acoustic experiment by the progressive metal band turns out to be just as powerful as their amplified work.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Long Walk to Freedom

Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, and Emmylou Harris all appear on this record, but even they are overshadowed by the joyful harmonies of Joseph Shabalala and his cohorts.

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Sonic Youth: Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui Su Tim Barnes

This is a disc that shows off the avant-garde side of Sonic Youth

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Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell: Begonias

The album thoroughly succeeds in injecting a much-needed dose of traditional country into the alt.country label under which it will be lazily categorized.

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