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10 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pedro Luis Ferrer: Natural

The album of an honest man, who works without tricks or promises or loud bangs.

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys: Turntable Matinee

Dance your tears away while the steel guitar plays and the band finds its groove.

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Billy Talent: Billy Talent II

Yeah, but how will it play outside of the Vans Warped Tour and the malls of America?

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Slaid Cleaves: Unsung

Slaid Cleaves comes up smelling like roses again with this album, even if he had nothing at all to do with writing any of the material here.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matthew Herbert: Scale

Herbert has created music that is thoroughly fresh and consistently challenging, and, in today's culture, that feat alone is enough to earn the album the heartiest of recommendations.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Paul Oakenfold: A Lively Mind

A Lively Mind stutters slip-shod through its unoriginal sounds, even more disappointing as these are unoriginal even by Paul Oakenfold's standards.

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Ise Lyfe: Spread The Word

You know what they say, "Ain't no party like a Black Panther Party 'cause a Black Panther Party don't stop." Okay, nobody says that. But when you hear this poet/emcee's debut, you just might.

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Ice Cube: Laugh Now, Cry Later

Ice Cube's been livin' large off his gangsta boogie and movies like Boyz-N-the-Hood and Friday. So why does he want to be a "microphone master"?

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Glen Phillips: Mr. Lemons

The Toad the Wet Sprocket singer's third solo set is his most confident yet. Still, he can't help covering Huey Lewis.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wa-Zimba: Mande Wazy

The band members incorporate a host of world influences from free jazz and hip hop to techno and pop to Rai and raga into their repertoire. And on one song, "Sodine Key", I swear I could even hear echoes of Jerry Garcia jammin' country-style circa American Beauty.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Talkdemonic: Beat Romantic

Talkdemonic's Beat Romantic fuses elements of classical composition with IDM, jazz beats, and thoughtfully placed organic filigree, making for a very lovely and engaging album of hypnotic melancholy and meditative bliss.

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7 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Thom Yorke: The Eraser

The Radiohead solo album delivers what it didn't know it promised.

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6 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Evangelicals: So Gone

The Evangelicals are making up their own sport, with the rules slowly coming along.

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6 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Enslaved: Ruun

Norway's ultimate late bloomers shed the black metal tag for something altogether more enthralling.

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Grant-Lee Phillips: Nineteeneighties

It's a cover album, sure, but you really should spin this right round baby right round like a record something something something.

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6 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Trey Anastasio: Shine

Phish frontman drops the funk for classic PH-M rock sounds. 'Bout time.

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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh: Daybreak: Fainne An Lae

Danu singer steps out for a solo record that has several Celtic nuggets and a Richard Thompson cover to boot.

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Rhymefest: Blue Collar

Kanye's fanbase may have their Lacoste logos and expensive cellphones, but Rhymefest's "blue collar niggas" have soul.

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Takagi Masakatsu: Journal for People

The Kyoto artist and musician has amassed a body of work that has established its own language and imagery, and both are on display with this CD/DVD re-release.

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Big Bill Broonzy: Amsterdam Live Concerts 1953

This two-disc set succeeds both as art and artifact. Broonzy not only sings and plays well, his between song patter also functions to reveal the poisonous effect of racism in the United States at this time in history.

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