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Saturday, December 31 1994

    The Lucksmiths: Why That Doesn’t Surprise Me

Evening news got you down? Life giving you a few rough turns lately? What you need is a healthy dose of pleasant love songs with

Ute Lemper: Punishing Kiss

Hey pop kids, hands up anyone who has heard of Ute Lemper? Nobody? Well, it’s hardly surprising. She probably hasn’t been on any

Lee Konitz: Another Shade of Blue

While the trio Konitz assembled on Another Shade of Blue sticks to a very narrow span of material, that’s no barrier to the excellence

Labtekwon: Song of the Sovereign

Baltimore underground MC Labtekwon projects a multi-sided persona on his career retrospective Song of the Sovereign. Collecting tracks from 8 albums that he released on Anh

    Steve Lacy: Snips

Since first recording in the late 1950s, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy has been one of the most prolific musicians on the planet, with well over 100

    Lina: Stranger on Earth

The last two tracks of this debut album are extremely good. “Waiting” is an effective ballad with a charming muted-brass accompaniment and “Stranger On Earth”

Suede, Head Music

Being labelled Britpop these days in the UK is a certain kiss of death, which may be one reason why Suede—the original NME poster

Lourds: Limited Edition Basement Tapes

Take Janette Napolitano, Tori Amos, and Courtney Love, add classical violin, and top it off with enough energy to power the nation well into the

Leatherface: Horsebox

A friend of mine once said that all bands are the grass and AC/DC is the lawn mower. Well if AC/DC are the

    Lil’ Blacky: Big Ballin’

Lil’ Blacky is only 19, but young G’s grow up fast in the ‘hood. Well…that’s what it says in his promo package. LB

David Kristian: Room Tone

I’m confident that this was a big mistake. David Kristian, according to what research I’ve done on him, is a genius. He’s

    Ronan Keating: Ronan

TThere are a number of artists about these days with voices so unmistakable it can take but a breath for them to be identified. Some

Kitty in the Tree: Hello Kitty

The back cover of this CD has a huge stage with lights that spell out “KITTY” in a manner that apes the “KISS” logo that

The Kinks: Whistle Bait - Something Else

Despite having one of the longest and most prolific careers of any rock ‘n’ roll band, the Kinks remain best known in America for their

Kula Shaker, Peasants, Pigs, and Astronauts

I always have two CDs that stand out for each season. Its sort of a ying-yang thing. One CD represents the love, mystical experiences and

Kansas: Somewhere to Elsewhere

In its early days of popular success the band Kansas was often ridiculed by critics who found its home-grown electicism pretentious. Nevertheless the band enjoyed

    Kandi: Hey Kandi

It is just possible that Kandi Burris is the most significant lyricist on the pop scene at the moment. Not the best, certainly not the

Habib Koite & Bamada: Muso Ko

If you were alive during the ‘80s, or have ever watched VH1 for more than say, 20 consecutive minutes, you’ve probably seen the video for

Knodel: The White Hole

A ball of energy akin to Bodoi from Solarbabies, Knodel literally have the power to conquer weak-minded individuals and corrode their half-functioning brains into little

    Nikolo Kotzev: Nikolo Kotzev’s Nostradamus

I’ll admit that I’ve watched as many awful TV freakout specials about Nostradamus as the next person. I’ll also confess to a

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