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Midlake: The Trials of Van Occupanther

Is it a concept album? Is it a rock opera? It doesn't matter because ultimately this is one of the best albums of 2006.

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The 5 Browns: No Boundaries

They are five fingers of the same talented hand, and if they just happen to bring in a younger audience to the Classical Appreciation Club, more power to them.

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Voicst: 11-11

The bar has been raised and the gauntlet is down. I would love to hear a better collection of songs this year, but I won't be holding my breath.

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31 Jul 2006 // 10:30 AM

Brookville: Life in the Shade

Opening with a great Coldplay knockoff called “Blue Morning”, Brookville’s second LP is nothing if not melodic.  However, the simple strings, warm synth

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31 Jul 2006 // 8:45 AM

Vandalays: Happy Ever After

We’ll do this the obvious way: Once upon a time, there was an indie rock four-piece called the Vandalays, who released an enjoyable five-song

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31 Jul 2006 // 8:00 AM

Baby Calendar: Gingerbread Dog

Sugar-coated pop is an acquired taste—you either like it or stick your tongue out at it as if you swallowed sour candy. Baby Calendar

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The Pipettes: We Are the Pipettes

With catchy songs and studied irreverence, these three English teenagers in polka-dot dresses make the idea of girl groups seem fresh again.

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Spoon: Soft Effects EP/Telephono

A younger, brasher Spoon's early albums show a band gradually getting over its Pixies obsession and defining a jittery, soulful sound.

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31 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Nya Jade: My Denial

Do you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning? If so, Nya Jade recorded an album just for you.

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Tommy Keene: Crashing the Ether

Crashing the Ether is better than a lot of Keene's output over the last few decades, although it's not the masterpiece some of the singer / songwriter's best songs have hinted at.

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Elliott Caine: Blues from Mars

High-class hard bop such as can happily be found nowadays, but Caine's an exceptional trumpeter, hot but also a ballad master.

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Pure Reason Revolution: The Dark Third

On its first full-length release, a British band reaches into the future while remaining rooted in the glory of rock's psychedelic past.

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Presents The Songs of Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh ‘The Soul of a People’

Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh (nationalist, opera-lover, maker of rhythmic drag) gets a well-deserved showcase.

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28 Jul 2006 // 8:30 AM

Skye: Mind How You Go

Skye was Morcheeba to some people, so it should come as no surprise that her solo album tends to stay with part of her past

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Los Lonely Boys: Sacred

Go ahead and hate me for loving this, but it's too well-done and adorable not to be loved.

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Raul Malo: Youre Only Lonely

You're Only Lonely has the makings of a great record, but the truth is, something is missing. While this is not a bad record, and a few cuts are very good, the results are more dream inducing than dreamy.

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Michael Franti & Spearhead: Yell Fire!

Slipping into genre stereotypes should sound a warning bell for the artist's career, and it's a shame, because Michael Franti's message, even if it is overly idealistic, should be welcomed when war is an unfortunate reality.

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Heidi Mortensen: Wired Stuff

In every sense, Mortenson's twisted girrl-pop is uncompromising. This is the soundtrack to Christina Aguilera's nightmares.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Al-Andalus: Alchemy

And yet, as the album went on, I began to realise that there was something of substance here...

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Purple City: The Purple Album

For rappers this bad to sell that much, somebody had to work their ass off.

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