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Frank Sinatra: Strangers in the Night: Deluxe Edition

Frank Sinatra vs. the Beatles: Score a pop chart victory for the Chairman.

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Digital Leather: Warm Brother

Nothing disappoints like a provocation with little behind it.

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Talk Normal: Sugarland

An album by any other name would sound as sweet…

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Pylon: Chomp More

Slick production and shrieking howls: A necessary re-release and a chance to discover an influential American original.

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Alan Lomax: Alan Lomax in Haiti

An important historical document, a master class in Haitian music from a bygone era, and an entertaining, life-affirming listen.

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Harte

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White Out with Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore: Senso

Senso from White Out and friends is out. Real out, man.

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Rare Book Room

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Zoos of Berlin: Taxis

Greater cohesion and clarity of vision are certainly in the future given the talent and production acumen on display throughout Taxis.

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Annie: Don't Stop

Don't Stop exudes polish, depth, and the sense that Annie is moving confidently forward as a pop artist of the first order.

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The Octopus Project: Golden Beds EP

The Austin, Texas band throws some vocals and visuals into the mix on its latest EP.

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Totally

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Experimental Dental School: Forest Field

Forest Field feels refreshingly organic -- as brutal and beautiful as nature itself.

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Peek-A-Boo

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Morrissey: Swords

Morrissey's uneasy expression on the cover notwithstanding, Swords is a worthy collection of 18 b-sides from his last three studio albums.

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XDS

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Sparks: The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman

Who else but Sparks could create a half-English, half-Swedish musical about Ingmar Bergman's fictional, fantastical journey to Hollywood... and still make it good?

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Islands: Vapours

Islands dials back the excess just like you like it, you damn hipster rube.

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The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side by Jim DeRogatis

Great visuals aside, this collection is hit-and-miss. Like any textual description of music that falls short of actually hearing it, the words can't keep up with the images.

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Ecstatic Peace

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Polydor

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Mission of Burma: The Sound the Speed the Light

American treasure Mission of Burma remain solid, if slightly unspectacular on The Sound the Speed the Light.

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Like a Stuntman: Original Bedouin Culture

By varying their gait and direction, Germany's Like a Stuntman have created a patient, entertaining, and ultimately distinctive album.


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