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11 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mecca Normal: The Observer

An eclectic piece of work that is vivid with lyrical imagery while relying on a style that brings to mind Lou Reed's New York landmark

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Ugly Duckling: Bang for the Buck

All of the songs are perfectly enjoyable on their own, but taken as a whole they blend together and become a wonderful funk mood piece. If smiles were music, they might sound a lot like this album. Mischievous, silly, happy smiles.

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Jason Miles: Whats Going On: Songs of Marvin Gaye

Desecration of a music legend begins here.

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11 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rah Bras: WHOHM

Rah Bras will eat you alive, digest you, regurgitate you, and then maybe eat you again, like cows, except greener and with alien antennae.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Tanzania

It's an entire music store in a single album. Or something like that.

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11 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

T.I.: King

It's pretty early in 2006 to talk about albums of the year -- but this record says it's time to start.

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Christopher O’Riley: Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute

There's more intensity than obvious variety, and a remarkable unity became manifest when I just started the CD playing and let it play through. Then the whole recital revealed itself as manifestly something massive, and the lack of superficial variety a development of consistency.

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Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos: The Dust of Retreat

With a relatively meteoric rise, chamber-pop band Margot and the Nuclear So and So's are fast becoming one of those mythical indie rock basement-to-penthouse success stories. And it's all so well deserved.

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Terence Trent DArby: Do You Love Me Like You Say?

A worthwhile introduction (or re-introduction) to an extremely underrated artist who stubbornly and satisfyingly followed his own muse.

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Edwin McCain: Lost in America

Lost in America is Americana through a mid-'90s singer-songwriter filter, except a little less exciting.

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Pinetop Seven: Beneath Confederate Lake

Winter may be ending where you are, but sometimes you need to get in touch with your inner autumn. Let the Pinetop Seven help you.

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Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet: Samba Jazz in Black & White

A breezy samba-jazz date suggests the warmer days ahead.

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto: insen

A deceptively relaxing collaboration between a composer and a sound designer...

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Faris Nourallah: Near the Sun

Faris Nourallah hides a complex worldview in direct pop songs. Smile as you resolve those philosophical dilemmas.

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10 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

South Filthy: Crackin Up

If you admire blues and Budweiser more than booksmarts and would readily forgo lyrical prowess for rough and ready swagger... you might just classify Crackin' Up in the category of Great Works.

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10 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

MONO: You Are There

MONO catches up to its legendary live experience not via brute force, but through an exquisite display of melodic and dynamic subtlety.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Syn: Syndestructible

The pre-Yes group, featuring a member of Yes, return during a lull in Yes to create music that, yes, sounds somewhat like Yes if Yes weren't Yes anymore. Confused? Get in line.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Young People: All at Once

As much as I may like Young People, I really wanted to love them. An uninspiring new album makes that much more difficult.

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Paper Moon: Broken Hearts Break Faster Every Day

Slow, dreamy, and reflective, Broken Hearts Break Faster Every Day is perfect Sunday morning listening.

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Amandine: Leave Out the Sad Parts

Amandine's spare pop-folk sounds, gently accompanied by strings or muted brass or mellotron, are softly-observed, pretty pieces that can't for the life of them annoy.

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