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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

DJ Olive: Heaps As

Even the jokes of Tasmanian Devil cartoons are fresher than what you experience here.

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21 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Plaid: Greedy Baby

While Plaid has always excelled at percussive melodic sounds, the new album makes such natural, effective use of assorted xylophones, bells, and glockenspiels that it seemed an additional multi-instrumentalist had to be responsible.

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George Benson: The Essential George Benson

Looking back at the once and future king of jazz guitar, Bad Benson.

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Lambchop: The Decline of Country & Western Civilization Part II: The Woodwind Years

Aside from the occasional clunker, this album of b-sides, rarities, alternate takes, and unreleased tracks shows that Lambchop should be remembered primarily as a fine alt.country community, not some sock the late Shari Lewis wore on her hand.

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20 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mary-Anne Paterson: Me

Folk singer issues album in 1970 to no acclaim, vanishes for over three decades until sudden recovery by dedicated loyalists -- no, it's not Vashti Bunyan, but it's still quite good.

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The Divine Comedy: Victory for the Comic Muse

Neil Hannon has largely toned down his extravagant look-at-me persona, and decided instead to rely on the quality of his song-writing.

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20 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Frank Black: Fast Man Raider Man

Frank Black takes a journey into the heartland on Fast Man Raider Man, but he never gets off the highways.

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Rise Against: The Sufferer and the Witness

The Sufferer and the Witness, Rise Against's second album for Geffen, picks up where Siren Song left off, with 13 tracks of hard-nosed punk with a focus on melody, crunchy hooks, and shout-along choruses.

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20 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Thomas Brinkmann: Lucky Hands

Like a lot of techno these days, it rises to a level of competent charm but fails to create a more lasting impression.

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Jamie Lidell: Multiply Additions

A remix album/live album smash-up that seems like a true in-the-meantime.

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Tony Bennett: Through the Years

Through the Years is a compilation of Tony Bennett's hits. Need I say more?

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Marvin Sease: Candy Licker

Marvin Sease doesn't particularly care what anyone thinks about his music. Too bad, 'cause if he did, his work might be a bit more enjoyable.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Korn: Live & Rare

This helping of Korn leftovers leaves the consumer stuck with a smattering of krappy kernels.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Muse: Black Holes & Revelations

Muse impresses, and continues to impress on Black Holes, not only because they have the Romantic classical harmony-fueled huge stadium sound down pat, but in the details that show a band mature and talented.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gilles Peterson: Back In Brazil

Once more, Peterson takes us to South America to expose the world to the past and present of Brazilian jazz and dance.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lola Ray: Liars

On their sophomre outing, Lola Ray show an admirable amount of growth -- but they've still got a ways to go.

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Bryan Sutton: Not Too Far from the Tree

This album gives Sutton the justifiable opportunity to step to the forefront of an album, while presenting a tribute to -- and celebration of -- bluegrass guitars and guitarists.

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Pete Zimmer Quintet: Burnin Live at the Jazz Standard

Joyous stuff -- five brilliant musicians with an astonishing range of jazz expression instating old virtues, including simple statements, tuneful on foundations of unobtrusive complexity.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Feist: Open Season

Otherwise delightful, a Mushaboom cloud hangs over this album of remixes and collaborations.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

uncing Souls: The Gold Record

Credit has to be due to a band that can continue to tweak its sound, mature, and still stay true to its roots all at the same time.

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