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Fastball: Little White Lies

Fastball have always been -- to dust off a worn but sadly apt cliche -- their own worst enemies, victims both of their songwriting style and of their early success.

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Fires of Rome: You Kingdom You

You Kingdom You is not a subtle kind of album. It is the kind of album that comes crashing down very loudly upon your head and makes you pay attention.

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Chris Velan: Solidago

In all honesty, Chris Velan's third album Solidago is better than it quite has the right to be.

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Woolfy Vs. Projections: The Astral Projections of Starlight

There's nothing very bad about Woolfy Vs. Projections's The Astral Projections of Starlight, but there isn't anything very good about it, either.

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Ha Ha Tonka: Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South

In crafting a more challenging album -- a more mature album -- Ha Ha Tonka have, against the odds, crafted a much better album, too.

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Marissa Nadler: Little Hells

Little Hells finds Nadler branching out from her voice-and-guitar formula, and while the effort is wholly commendable, the results are rather more mixed.

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Max Ochs: Hooray For Another Day

Hooray For Another Day shows both why Ochs was considered promising, and why he ultimately was unable to deliver on that promise.

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Brigitte DeMeyer: Red River Flower

Red River Flower comes off more like jumble of influences than a complete work in and of itself.

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In-Flight Safety: We Are an Empire, My Dear

This is not an original album. But it is a good album, and can you really ask it to be more than that?

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The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love

Beware! Here there be shape-shifters, amoral rakes, an ill-tempered Queen, and a hell of a well-executed rock opera.

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The Loom: At Last Light EP

Intriguing, exciting, and lush -- there isn't much more you can ask for from an EP than this.

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Linkin Park: Road to Revolution Live at Milton Keynes / Songs from the Underground

Road to Revolution, like the band itself, is slickly-produced, mostly soulless, but somehow not entirely without merit.

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East Village Opera Company: Olde School

These rock interpretations of opera songs are interesting enough, but before long, they start to sound more like an exercise than anything.

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The Brighton Port Authority: I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

The first album from The Brighton Port Authority (aka Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook) is pretty stupid. But also pretty fun.

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Lisa Hannigan: Sea Sew

Hannigan puts the specter of Damien Rice firmly behind her with her accomplished, affecting debut.

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Lotus: Hammerstrike

On their latest release, Lotus throw a new element into their sound: lyrics! Too bad they're better musicians than wordsmiths.

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Live: Live at the Paradiso Amsterdam

Alternative rockers Live drop in from the '90s to bring us a long-awaited live album. The only question: Who exactly has been waiting for it?

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The Lonesome River Band: No Turning Back

One song is atrocious. Four more are unremarkable. But the remaining nine tracks are accomplished, straightforward, bluegrassy goodness.

Kyle Deas
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Warren Zevon: Warren Zevon

Dark, powerful, and intelligent, Zevon's self-titled album is an underappreciated masterpiece.

Kyle Deas

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