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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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	Miguel Migs: House of Om Presents: Get Salted Vol. 1

Deep house is an amiable and pleasing genre, but it lacks the capacity for surprise that fuels musical epiphany. This is the type of music that works best through cumulative effect.

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	Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

A largely forgettable set of pop duets that could be interpreted as a regrettable sell-out move if it actually had any commercial potential. Hancock's Starbucks album yawns toward blandness.

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