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Arctic Monkeys: My Propeller EP

Arctic Monkeys' EP runs largely on the title track's strength. Still, even the weaker tracks point to a bright future for the band and its nascent laureate, Alex Turner

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Simon Murphy and the New Dutch Academy: Crowing Glory - Zappa Symphonies

Simon Murphy's rediscovery and recording of court musicians in the Hague has been not only an aesthetic, but an archeological exploration. The disc has amplified the excitement of Willem V's culturally fertile reign.

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Barney Bentall: The Inside Passage

WIth a vocational change and a few years of settling in to his own brand of music, Mr. Bentall has hit his stride.

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Dorian Recordings

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Goldfrapp: Head First

It is not daring to evoke the '80s so obviously as Goldfrapp does on their new album. It may be enjoyable in places, but pray that this is an enjoyable leap into irony. Otherwise, it is the abyss.

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Jonas Reinhardt: Powers of Audition

Like any experience, the appropriate situation is everything. For those with the patience, Jonas Reinhardt makes the most of the orthodoxies of his genre.

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Pentatone Classics

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Emma Pollock: The Law of Large Numbers

Emma Pollock's follow-up to Watch the Fireworks builds her songbook with great integrity and a little help from her friends.

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Sambassadeur: European

Sambassadeur is as safe as the Volvos of their hometown in Sweden. Safe is not necessarily bad, just rooted in the light pop sophistication of the early '80s.

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Chemikal Underground


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