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The Best Country Music of 2007

Whatever your taste in music, be it Country or Western, 2007 has been something of a disappointment when compared with recent years. You have to look a little harder to find the diamonds in the Van Lear coal-mine that was the year that was, but they're there.

Roger Holland
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Led Zeppelin: Mothership

More Songs About Groupies and The Lord of the Rings.

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The Amazing Race

This is the way the best reality show on TV returns. Not with a bang, but a whimper. I love The Amazing Race, but I'm increasingly unhappy with how its handling.

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Men in Trees

Reasons to watch Men in Trees, Part One: It's not Sex and the City.

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Beauty and the Geek

If she lasts long enough to find her place between the geeks and beauties, Nicole will enjoy her very own "Why, Miss Jones, You Were Beautiful All Along" moment, and make more than one geek's day.

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Private Practice

The show's true centre of dramatic gravity can be found midway between Violet (Amy Brenneman) and Cooper (Paul Adelstein).

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NCIS

In the best episodes of NCIS, the plot is all but incidental.

Television

NUMB3RS

NUMB3RS combines two of television's most staply of staples, crime-fighting and family drama.

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House

Hugh Laurie's outstandingly charismatic Dr. Greg House doth bestride the increasingly narrow-minded world of network television like a contemporary Colossus.

Television

Chuck

Marvelous Adam Baldwin is the deadly NSA Major John Casey, all sneers and casual disregard for sanctity of life.

Roger Holland
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Emerson Lake and Palmer: Pictures at an Exhibition

Emerson Lake and Palmer has been one of my guilty pleasures for many a long year.

Roger Holland
Music

Rilo Kiley: Under the Blacklight

If there's anything at all in Jenny Lewis's cheek, it's probably not her tongue.

Music

The New Pornographers: Challengers

Roger Holland thinks Challengers is what the New Pornographers always wanted to sound like and that it just took them four albums to get there.

Roger Holland
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Traveler

Traveler over-promised and under-delivered.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide To Bellydance Cafe

A splendidly diverse introduction to one of the most influential and intriguing musical families of the East.

Television

Mad Men

Mad Men is stylish and clever, showing men who are simultaneously at the pinnacle of their corporate and personal worlds, and at risk of losing everything.

Television

The Singing Bee / Don't Forget the Lyrics

Where The Singing Bee piles on the action, snapping through round after round of quick-fire singing, winning, and losing, Don't Forget the Lyrics drags out every decision in search of something like tension,

Roger Holland
Music

Amy LaVere: Anchors & Anvils

If you can find a better opening song anywhere, then I'll eat the hat of your choice.

Roger Holland
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Kids' DVDs: June 2007

Given that babies and young children love nothing more than repetition, repetition, and... um.... repetition, I can't understand why even the pointiest of heads would think children between the ages of six months and three years could possible need 23 different Baby Einstein DVDs.

Television

Robin Hood

Robin Hood makes a quick anti-war comment, establishing right-on credentials for the benefit of the Islington classes, but doesn't pursue broader issues of taxation and social justice.

Roger Holland
Music

Joan Osborne: Breakfast In Bed

All shine and polish, but no sex or sensuality.

Music

Architecture and Morality: The Wedding Present Revisited

Pop scholars frequently undervalue The Wedding Present. If the Smiths were the undeniable figurehead for the UK's thriving independent pop scene of the 1980s, then Gedge's little-band-that-could certainly inherited that mantle.

Roger Holland
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Veronica Mars

The final scenes of Veronica Mars offered no sense of closure. Rather, we were left with the sense we'd been denied a genuinely thrilling fourth season.

Roger Holland
Music

Miranda Lambert: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

In “Kerosene”, the broken-hearted singer turned to arson to resolve her issues with a cheating boyfriend. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sees her opt for “Gunpowder and Lead”.

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