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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Klezmer Revolution

The Rough Guide to Klezmer Revolution brings multiple artists together on this compilation showcasing traditional klezmer with a modern, multi-genre flavored twist.

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Various Artists: Putumayo Presents India

The India of the tourist brochure.

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From the Basement

There is something refreshing in such a direct approach that is content to be unspectacular on a formal level for the benefit of the participants.

Thomas Britt
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Various Artists: Arriba la Cumbia!

Arriba la Cumbia has its heart in the right place.

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Live from Bonnaroo 2008

The communal spirit seems almost sacrosanct to its attendees and artists, some of whom invoke the term 'commune' in the footage on this disc.

Thomas Britt
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10 Years of Rialto Pictures: 10 Discs Box Set

Though primarily western, Rialto represents the high standards of the art house scene in storytelling, formal and technological adventurism, and intellectual stridency.

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Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: African Reggae

A good-natured introductory disc.

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American Slapstick, Vol. 2

If you have a taste for the forgotten, the obscure, and the lost, American Slapstick, Vol. 2 is for you.

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Various Artists: Sound of the World

Sound of the World: Beyond the Horizon is the most eccentric collection of foreign-language songs widely available, and the best one to pick up because of it.

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Various Production: Various Versus

This half-remixer/half-remixee album, a teaser for Various’ upcoming sophomore release, serves its purpose

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Various: The Rough Guide to Colombian Street Party

This is exactly how a party album from a respected world music label should be handled.

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Weird Tales & Edgar Allen Poe Collections

Horror fans may feel these collections are essential, but fans of the authors or aspiring genre filmmakers will appreciate them, too.

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TV Sets: Holiday Treats

The episodes range from classic variations on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and O. Henry’s Gift of the Magi to, as in the case of Taxi, only a cursory attempt to include holiday content.

Jessica Suarez
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Fear(s) of the Dark (Peur[s] du noir)

The fear described here is not visceral or familiar, but it is incisive. What if civilization is inexplicable?

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin Lounge

This album goes out of its way to avoid "heavy".

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The 2007 Newport Music Festival: Connoisseur's Collection

Held in vast chambers with exquisite interiors, the concerts are a reminder of the cultural and economic structures that subtend such ostentatious musical displays.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Mali

An album that is paradoxically almost redundant and almost perfect.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of the Romanian Gypsies

Romanian Gypsies moves restlessly from one idea to the next, as if it has a dozen itches and wants to scratch each one in turn.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Japan

Think of a Rough Guide to the Music of the United States that included blues, Gershwin, a contemporary country singer, one Cajun track, and nothing from any pop star, no rock music of any kind.

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Various: The Rough Guide to Australian Aboriginal Music

The Rough Guide to Australian Aboriginal Music is the best all-around single-disc introduction to Aboriginal music available at the moment.

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Various: The Rough Guide to Arabic Café

Listening to the Rough Guide to Arabic Café, I realised that this is not the same as the music you would expect to hear if you were sitting in a Western coffee shop.

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Various Artists: Radio Myanmar (Burma)

It would have been disturbing if Radio Myanmar had taken the same route as Radio Thailand, and made the SPDC junta's propaganda instruments sound deliberately exotic and surprising and fun.

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Various Artists: Living is Hard

Living is Hard is a compilation that deserved to be made, not only because the music is beautiful and worth hearing, but because it offers us a glance into the idea of continuity, of the flow of time.

Deanne Sole
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Various: Black Stars

Black Stars is an adeptly compiled hiplife snapshot, giving us a sampling of recent arrivals like Tic Tac, as well as godfather figures such as Reggie Rockstone.

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Various: Bollywood Steel Guitar

The elevator music of India.

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L'Origine de la tendresse and other tales

"L'Origine de la Tendresse" and Other Tales, programmed by Jonathan Howell, offers a range of experiences, including fiction, animation, and documentary, mixed up, discrete, and intersecting.

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Various: The Rough Guide to Cuban Street Party

The party atmosphere of Cuban Street Party doesn't rely on remixes, as it did in parts of African Street Party. It doesn't need them.

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Various: Think Global: Fiesta Latina

Enlightenment has taken a back seat: this is a party album.

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Various: Think Global: Native America

No group of people should be made to sound this relentlessly nice.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Hungarian Gypsies

Hungarian Roma music, according to this Rough Guide, has a dancing energy, like a ball always bouncing forward.

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The Nightmare Factory

On one level, this is esoteric horror for esoteric tastes, but as a graphic novel, it’s not a good fit.

William Gatevackes

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