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20 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Opeth: Ghost Reveries

If you're going to buy one metal album this year, make it this one. If you're a metal fan, what are you waiting for?"

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	Melodium: La Tête Qui Flotte

This is a veritable feast of fragile, intricate melodic composition -- the effect is startling, sparse and ethereal.

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	The Knitters: The Modern Sounds of the Knitters

Legendary punk band X's alt-country-lovin' alter egos take 20 years to release their sophomore disc; memo to band: keep your day jobs.

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20 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Horace X: Strategy

On Strategy, Horace X combines serious musical chops with near-unmatched energy, all while doing away with the evidently outdated concept of 'genre'.

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19 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Brandon Schott: Release

Singer/songwriter Schott's debut album shows great promise with a number of mellow soft-rock gems.

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	Our Lady Peace: Healthy in Paranoid Times

The lyrics are good. The melodies are decent. The problem is, the two can't manage to work together long enough to result in something compelling.

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	Leo Kottke / Mike Gordon: Sixty Six Steps

Guitar legends Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon have invented a new genre -- calypso-folk. And it rocks.

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19 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Gabin: Mr. Freedom

This is merely the finest in modern retro-lounge funk, and when you consider the slightly shopworn state of the genre, enthusiasm can make up for a myriad of sins.

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The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour: Expanded Deluxe Edition

The lavish reissue of the seminal 1982 album by The Fall sounds just as potent today, or perhaps even more so.

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	Curumin: Achados e Perdidos

Get lost. Then find yourself with a Brazilian wunderkind.

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	A.R.E. Weapons: Free in the Streets

At some point the high concept gave way to the concept of simply getting high.

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	The American Analog Set: Set Free

One of the quietest bands in the world (sporting a drummer) prove that you can record some excellent songs without a Marshall stack (most of the time).

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18 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Timo Maas: Pictures

A superstar DJ, Brian Molko, and Kelis walk into a studio. And they make a pretty good album!"

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	The Love Hall Tryst: Songs of Misfortune

John Wesley Harding's fascinating confluence of literature, music, and theater explores the nature of ye olde British folk songs with a mostly a cappella recording of grim standards and smart originals.

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18 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Josh Joplin: Jaywalker

Josh Joplin gets his feet wet as a solo artist. Regrettably, he forgot to take off his socks.

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18 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Goldfrapp: Supernature

Goldfrapp's bid for pop stardom is decidedly calculated, but not without a curveball or two.

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18 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Elkland: Golden

If Elkland have any saavy at all, they'll return to the studio to re-tool, and comb the chicken bone predictions of tastemakers to find a newly budding style.

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18 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	DJ Craze: Miami Heat

Listening to Miami Heat it is impossible to deny the facility that Craze brings to the tables, and it's easy to see how an American DJ was able to ensconce himself so easily in the traditionally exclusive scene.

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18 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eric Clapton: Back Home

At one time, Eric Clapton was God. Right now, he's not even George Burns.

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	The Ying Yang Twins: United States of Atlanta: Chopped & Screwed

Why is it that I can listen to Blowfly without flinching, groove along with Luke Skyywalker and the gang when the mood hits, but Kaine and D-Roc's antics turn my stomach?"

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