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The Most Memorable Albums of 1999 (Part 1)

PopMatters is 20 this year -- until October when we are 21 -- and a 2009 special section celebrates the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Today we kick things off with albums from January through March, highlighted by Eminem's debut and stellar pop from XTC and Blur.

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Grouplove: Never Trust a Happy Song

The Los Angeles quintet settles for a mixed bag of goods on their debut album. Or perhaps a mixed bag of bads is more applicable?

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Wales: So "Cool Cymru" Part II

Not so beholden to British traditions, Welsh bands are as likely to be influenced by US music as UK music. Indeed, Cardiff is sometimes called the “New Seattle” due to its prevalence of (post-)grunge bands.

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Stereophonics: Decade in the Sun

The Welsh outfit's Best Of is a remarkable account of a career completely devoid of a sense of humour.

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20 Questions: Stereophonics

One of Apple's inventions and Salvador Dali's creations hold some envy for members of Stereophonics. The band's bassist and drummer talk with 20 Questions about these and other inspirations.

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Stereophonics : Pull the Pin

The Welsh rockers' last album put to bed whatever hints of singular creative direction could be descried on their first three releases, so why should their latest be any different?

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Live from Abbey Road - Episode Four

Sundance Channel's acclaimed series is well into its second season, and, again, is bringing all manner of artists to Abbey Road for a look into the process of music-making.

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Stereophonics: Live From Dakota

The second greatest Welsh trio today (Manics being numero uno) show their wares and seasoned chops during this enjoyable, relentless double-disc collection of favorites.

Jason MacNeil
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Stereophonics: Language. Sex. Violence. Other?

No more croaking ballads? Have Stereophonics finally decided to move on or are they just Britrock revivalist bandwagon jumpers?"

Raphaël Costambeys-Kempczynski
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