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Various artists: Radio Algeria

Intoxicating collages of radio-transmitted rai, chaabi, desert blues, and synthy pop open an impressionistic window onto Algeria's musical culture. But if you don't already know what you're listening to, you're out of luck.

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Caribbean Jazz Project: Mosaic

Professional and accomplished and populated with classy musicians.

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5 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dan Reeder: Sweetheart

It’s a hit and miss album though, with “Pussy Titty” and “Pussy Heaven” futile attempts at comedy.

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4 Oct 2006 // 8:00 AM

Motion Man: Pablitos Way

Motion Man excels by expanding his boundaries without throwing them out entirely.

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Fans of post-Beatles pop from Big Star to Spoon should check out this very good sophomore album from Minnesota's the Vestals.

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4 Oct 2006 // 4:00 AM

What should sound brutal sounds far too safe for its own good.

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It's nice to see bachata being given space to show off its strengths away from the shadow of its attention-grabbing neighbour, merengue.

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Eddie Cohn: If Im Happy It Ends

Eddie Cohn has been compared to Pearl Jam and Radiohead, but a fairer comparison might be a cross between an inventive or experimental Goo Goo

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4 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Beck: The Information

Beck's ninth studio album, his third with producer Nigel Godrich, is his most infectious and adventurous mess of irrelevance since Midnite Vultures.

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4 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kasey Chambers: Carnival

Chambers constructs her songs like little one-act plays that star her heart on her sleeve.

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Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked Ladies Are Me

This disc won’t win over any converts, and probably won’t grab any teenage fans, but if you’ve loved them for this long, you definitely won’t be disappointed by this album.

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Keith Moon: Two Sides of the Moon

This collection doesn't really make sense, but it's Keith Moon, so it doesn't matter anyway.

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4 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Optimo: Psych Out

A motley array of psychedelic, acid, rare grooves and the best song that Simple Minds ever recorded.

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Marky Ramone: Start of the Century

A solid effort by a stand-up guy who still hits the Mark.

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4 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sean Jones: Roots

Superlative jazz trumpeter, sometimes with splendid saxophonist, but much of the time so very sanctified.

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Thunderbirds Are Now!: Make History

On their third album Thunderbirds Are Now! turn to pop for inspiration. It works well in combination with the group's dance-punk sound.

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Lights went out in Georgia, Chicago died, and that toke went over the line: the '70s revisited.

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3 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Fergie: The Dutchess

Fergie prances, preens, moans, talks and raps, but the result is canned and sterile.

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Scissor Sisters: Ta-Dah

Ta-Dah unveils the Scissor Sisters jumping in fits and spurts to maintain the high quality of their latest single.

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3 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kenny Smith: One More Day

No lost classics, but exceptional unpredictability and high interest factor.

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