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Doctor? Yes, it’s about patient Downtown Singapore. I’m not sure yet, but their debut seems to display a terminal lack of hooks.

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It rewards attention and re-listens. It's not music you can slap onto an iPod or run while you balance a checkbook.

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23 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Traveler ‘06

Six Degrees Records returns to their definitive Traveler series with this classy collection of electronically reworked traditional music from all over the world.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Magnet: The Tourniquet

Third full-length from Even Johansen (his second as Magnet) is a warm but unadventurous rehash of gooey sentimentalisms and optimistic buzzwords.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Burst: Origo

Chaos and beauty collide on what is certain to be the Swedish band’s breakthrough disc.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Andrew Hill: Time Lines

The stalwart post-bop pianist returns (again) to Blue Note with a combination of daring and remembrance.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

AM Syndicate: Empire

Indie collective or rock supergroup, either way, this debut makes a strong bid for early year-end list placement.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Carioca

If you don't listen to a lot of Brazilian music, you'll have to kind of re-adjust your ears for this one.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Daniel Ash: Come Alive

Ash has not one, not two, not three, but four impressive back-catalogs to draw from on this better-than-expected live document.

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Gamble Brothers Band: Continuator

Memphis may be alive, but so are plants. The Gamble Brothers take a forgettable stroll through the Memphis bar-band tradition.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Alif Tree: French Cuisine

It is essentially that rarest of artifacts -- a splendid album that aspires to nothing more than creating a sustained mood through the application of superlative musicianship.

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Arab Strap's version of romance might well be scarred and battered, but it's a romance that's real and breathtakingly recognisable.

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Two tenors (one doubling alto clarinet) not outclassed by Jason Marsalis on drums, and a marvellous bassist. Many of the good things of jazz, only quiet, but amazing!

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21 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tail Dragger: My Head Is Bald

Oh, Tail Dragger is an authentic blues man, all right; he studied with Howlin' Wolf, he's been playing in Chi forever, he's authentic as hell.

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The Society of Rockets: Where the Grass Grows Black

The Society of Rockets' progression since its debut album Sunset Homes is impressive and, honestly, more than a little scary.

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The progressive folk music band once put out an album only heard in Canada. Now that they have gathered a bigger audience, the disc has been re-released for the rest of us.

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21 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jeff Hanson is a lovely record that will not disappoint fans of his debut and can only serve to increase the popularity of this talented singer/songwriter.

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Guillermo Scott Herren’s new “mini-album” sounds to be entirely a reaction to his previous album, and a solid one at that. Even so, the two share a single damning trait...

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Grand National: Kicking the National Habit

It's an ‘80s summer album made 2000s-style, without the slightest regard for the aggressively jaunty dance-rock popularized by the slew of Brit indies hanging around.

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20 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Sword: Age of Winters

The Sword’s debut does cater to the non-metal crowd, but contrary to what the cynics claim, doesn’t alienate metal fans one bit.

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