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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lylas: Lessons for Lovers

Nashville alt.brooders used to love you like a sister... now they want to teach you how to kiss.

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Roy Orbison: The Essential Roy Orbison

The story of the Big O from the beginning of his career to posthumous releases can be found on this new compilation. Orbison knew the mystery of dreams could be better suggested by a trill than by words alone.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Faktion: Faktion

It may be cookie cutter modern rock, but this debut isn't without its quality moments. Too bad there aren't enough of them.

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Shalabi Effect: Unfortunately

As calculated as an improv-noise album can be, Unfortunately melds the accessible with the impenetrable.

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26 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Daniel Powter: Daniel Powter

The newest singer-songwriter star's debut is pop without apologies, and very skillful pop at that.

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The Church: Uninvited, Like the Clouds

Can we all agree now that the Church are back to form and have been for a few years?

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Various Artists: Voices from the Frontline

Bet you didn't know they taught hip-hop in Basic Training. Meet the soldiers who rock the mic while stationed in Iraq.

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Tom Verlaine: Songs and Other Things

As a poet, Tom Verlaine is a guitarist.

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26 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

&nbTom Verlaine: Around

As a guitarist, Tom Verlaine is a poet. We have known this ever since his band Television issued "Little Johnny Jewel" as a two-sided single in 1975.

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Bitter:Sweet: The Mating Game

Does the world really need another sexy/vulnerable, tongue-in-cheek trip-hop act?

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Pat Martino: Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery

The late Wes Montgomery was a hugely influential guitarist, and this record highlights the Montgomery side of one of a few guitarists whose tribute means a lot. Pat Martino does justice to the real Montgomery sound.

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The Coup: Pick a Bigger Weapon

The Coup's back to bomb the system, and they've brought the funk with them.

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Katatonia: The Great Cold Distance

Magnificent vocal melodies and exceptional songwriting craft collide on one of the finest metal albums of early 2006.

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25 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Latrice: Illuminate

Soul-house veteran enlists Kaskade and Jay-J to man the boards for first solo album. It's as smooth and lush as you can imagine, but still...

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Jandek: Khartoum Variations

Duchamp's urinal or Texaco's?

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Wordsworth: Mirror Music: The Deluxe Edition

The re-release of Wordsworth's 2004 debut proves that syndication might work for television, but it won't do for hip-hop. It's better to make new mistakes than to keep repeating old ones.

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25 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Super XX Man: X

X looks back on ten years of Scott Garred's own little brand of musical therapy.

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Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice: Gipsy Freedom

The mystic ones pull back their hoods, emerge from the mist, and reveal themselves as... regular guys? What the...?

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25 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ass Ponys: The Okra Years

For the most part, The Okra Years presents a better version of the Ass Ponys than the band's few fans from that era might remember.

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Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

A folk tribute to Pete Seeger that's about a thousand times as fun as that description might suggest, We Shall Overcome is also an album as American as apple pie, baseball and Bruce Springsteen.

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