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'The Girl in the Road' Blends Genres Into a Rich, Sensuous Broth

In its heartfelt, humorous appraisal of the shocking beauty of life, all scars and suffering included, The Girl in the Road is profoundly generous and humane writing.

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Quantic: Magnetica

Quantic's journey into Tropicália continues with another fine slice of mellow grooves, zesty vocals and full-bodied percussion. It's a well-rounded platter, fresh from around the globe.

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Sohn: Tremors

Having launched the careers of Banks and Kwabs with brio, Sohn's full-length maiden voyage finds him deep in the witching hour waters of his own mind, a whirlpool as insidious and intoxicating as any siren song. Is he waking or drowning?

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Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Chosen by the people, a young quartet with a frontman touched by greatness deliver a sometimes fine, sometimes fantastic, always fun debut with feeling. Pass it on...

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The Chap: Ham

Group of intellectual reprobate Brit pranksters proffer a sophomore album that values everything, is sweetly sad, rocks stoopid hard, and holds nothing sacred. Get your Ham on!"

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Floetry: Flo'Ology

Grammy-nominated Londoners drop third album with the aid of some American bigshots. Your jaw won't, though.

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Amusement Parks on Fire: Amusement Parks on Fire

Having heard this album, you might be tempted to give the guy responsible a million dollars. 'Nuff said.

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Various Artists: Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture

The Killer Bees meet some of what keeps the underground buzzing these days, and the flows run thicker than blood.

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Ivan Smagghe: Fabric 23

Frozen synths, hot sweat and digital disco drugs in the mix of the year so far from the gallic Darth Vader of electro; a daddy not afraid to scare his children...

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Mike Ladd: Father Divine

Infesticon, Nostalgiagator, poet, MC and producer goes semi-conceptual and ends up between destinations. He's still smart and funky, but it's not really enough.

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Ewan Pearson: Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi_01

Respected, stylish dance remixer to the stars drops debut in revered dance music label's new mix series. The result is respectable and stylish. And that's about it.

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Scratch Perverts: Fabric Live 22

A mix 'n' scratch tour through the demented minds of a world-class DMC crew. Their cup of tea is rude and jet black.

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The Remote Viewer: Let Your Heart Draw a Line

You know that attic full of your childhood toys and dreams? This is the music of the spheres hidden in its dozing dust motes. Shine a light, and listen.

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Susumu Yokota & Rothko: Distant Sounds of Summer

As we become more grateful for the last of the sun's rays, this record will let you feel the joys of sleeping on a summer lawn... wide awake.

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Omega One: The Lo-fi Chronicles

The man behind the decks and spraycan of classic Aesop Rock material steps out on his own in impressive fashion, although he chooses to remain in shadow.

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The Earlies: These Were the Earlies

In 2004, NME gave their album a 9, but decreed their members too ugly to depict; their debut remains a weird and wonderful Earlies ticket to future sights unseen.

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APSCI: Thanks For Asking

Prize media beasties amongst the new Quannum litter deliver very little bite to their Philippines/Sydney/Bronx bark. Future promise, but for the moment, mostly mess.

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Laura Veirs: Year of Meteors

Nature's elfin balladeer returns with a clutch of songs for couples, adding scorch marks of passion to the (c)old black lines on the backs of her gentle hands.

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Lina: The Inner Beauty Movement

Indie soul one-hit-wonder follows up her great, idiosyncratic first album with a drearily positive sophomore effort that strikes out for the mainstream, only to succumb to anodyne stupor.

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The Magic Numbers: The Magic Numbers

The British band of the summer drop one of the debuts of the year; an unabashedly sentimental breath of fresh air as uplifting as it is unadorned. Prepare to succumb.

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J-Live: The Hear After

The triple threat completes his opening trilogy with resolutely impressive panache, establishing a firm platform for mature hip-hop that thinks as hard as it hits.

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Leela James: A Change Is Gonna Come

Leela James' small frame packs a punch as big as her hair, and her potential is palpable. Despite aiming at the old stars, though, she remains frustratingly stuck in today's well-worn orbits.

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Lali Puna: I Thought I Was Over That

A pick'n'mix B-sides compilation that's more miss than hit, best in small rocking doses but served in a sprawled daze. Essentially non-essential.

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