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Wednesday, July 28, 1999

SHAKE IT UP

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

I’ve read too damned many reviews that praise Detroit’s Demolition Doll Rods as mere cross-dressing modern primitives! There’s been a whole lot of useless ink spilled about pasties being part of their stage presence (about which all I’ll say is, yup, they’re pretty much naked – more later). And, in...

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JAZZ

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Violinist Regina Carter has built a reputation for fusing jazz with elements of funk, Latin and R&B. With her last album, Something for Grace, she proved she can play different genres of music without smothering her jazz sensibility. On Rhythms of the Heart, her third album and first for...

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Proceed With Caution

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

GZA/Genius doesn’t appear in public very much. He seldom interviews, and laces the liner notes of his albums with one-liners that thank all and none simultaneously. His concern has always been the spoken word and how to make it cut to the artery. You won’t dance to GZA’s second album,...

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Durned Good, Then

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

You say you like alternative country, huh? Supposing that’s the case, let’s make sure that y’all are down with Souled American. Emerging in the late ’80s, Souled American anticipated the alt-country phenomenon by at least five years and put out three classic albums in the space of 18 months. Those...

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Chanteuse-Juiced Drum 'N' Bass

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Jungle innovator Roni Size is trying it with Breakbeat Era, and such groups as Baxter and Everything But the Girl have, with varying degrees of success, married the warm spontaneity of vocals onto the nervous turns of drum ’n’ bass rhythm sections. But the trouble so far with most drum...

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Grand Entrance

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Truly great debut albums from important young artists are relatively rare. The Doors made one. Bob Dylan didn’t. And when a debut is independently released, cheap production values can make things worse. Often, songs flow unevenly together, track sequencing is poor and the record runs needlessly long – even when...

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Wednesday, July 21, 1999

Swingin' Techno

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Newcomer Jason Hogans is an anomaly among Detroit producers, an auteur capable of reminding us what Detroit techno was all about in the first place (exploration) while also reminding us of the limitations of a music that is more programmed than played. On this EP, Hogans blends echoing, rounded synth...

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Mod-ern Popsounds

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The very lighthearted and sophisticated pop of The 3 Way is the culmination of the Lilys’ seven-year love affair with the best of the British music scenes – from the coolly grooving Mod days of the mid-’60s to the circa-1991 shoegaze days best mimicked in their debut, In the Presence...

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Caveat Emptor

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The best way to critique Missy Elliot’s sophomore album may be to test it against the principle of polarity. Since everything has two sides, negative and positive, there are two ways to look at this project. The positive: Missy’s album is good. The woman has outstanding talent and vocal ability,...

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Bluesy Big Beat

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Once he was America’s rave-anthem king and now he’s America’s, well, Fatboy Slim, leaning on old vocal samples – read: public domain and therefore royalty-free – to find his bluesy, big-beat sound here. Moby’s MO is to fashion his tracks around vocal snippets from pre-blues warblers, going back to the...

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