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2 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Standard: Albatross

Portland, Oregon quartet's second album in as many years is dramatic tension in search of a worthy epic.

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2 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Rasputina: A Radical Recital

Cello-rock might not be all the rage just yet, but Rasputina are clearing the path.

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	Leaves’ Eyes: Vinland Saga

Leaves' Eyes second album brings a refreshing feminine perspective to Viking-themed metal.

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	Electric Light Orchestra: All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra

This new collection of Electric Light Orchestra hits (and a few confounding misses), reveals Jeff Lynne's lifelong obsession with becoming the fifth Beatle.

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	Cobra Verde: Copycat Killers

A cover CD from one of the best kick-ass bands out there. Better than most original CDs from the glut of rockers in the world.

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Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: Jacksonville City Nights

Ryan Adams returns to the plaintive pedal steel and late-night quiet that got him on everyone's radar in the first place.

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	Various Artists: Layered Sounds 2

Thankfully for this reviewer as well as the music buying public, the wares sampled on the second Layered Sounds compilation are far from dull.

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29 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Zuco 103: Whaa!

Latest release from Amsterdam trio features a guest appearance from reggae legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

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	Nada Surf: The Weight Is a Gift

It is a slim, focused effort that moves forward by cutting back on some of the musical bombast.

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	Kathy Mattea: Right Out of Nowhere

She doesn't want to set the world on fire, because it's already burning. Who could blame her for wanting to extinguish the flames?"

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29 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	My Morning Jacket: Z

2003's stellar It Still Moves sounded like the last word on MMJ's atmospheric Southern rock. But on the follow-up, they prove they have more to say that's worth hearing.

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	Killing Joke: Pandemonium / Democracy

A decade later, two overlooked Killing Joke albums get the reissue treatment.

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	The Human League: Hysteria [reissue]

Although disappointing at the time, the Human League's sequel to the genre-defining Dare has aged far more gracefully than its synth-pop peers.

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	B.G.: Heart of tha Streetz Vol. 1

At his best B. Gizzle is the Dirty South's anti-Robocop machine.

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	Blood of Abraham: Eyedollartree

Like the Boss, I believe in the Promised Land. California rappers Blood of Abraham take listeners half of the way there.

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	Various Artists: Swinging Mademoiselles

The British certainly didn't have a monopoly on the vibrant youth culture of the 1960s. The French certainly played their part in the so-called youthquake.

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	Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary

Cue the Hyperbole.

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	Toy Dolls: Cheerio and Toodlepip: The Complete Singles

Sunglasses and loony grins, one of punk's longest-running outfits gathers up its amassed chart attacks for a run through a relatively obscure but surprisingly solid history.

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28 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Stryper: Reborn

'80s Christian rockers Stryper have returned with a surprisingly good album, their dignity intact.

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28 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Morcheeba: The Antidote

This record is a study in the way a new vocalist can completely change the sound of a band. Your mileage may vary.

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