Wednesday, November 21, 2001

A Funk Odyssey

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Long labeled a Stevie Wonder imitator, Jason Kay’s white-skin soul-funk singing and stage kinesics got Jamiroquai ridiculed as some sort of ’90s dance version of the Average White Band. But eight years (“Twenty Zero One”) into the ’70s-’90s bit-picking of black psychedelia, he has put the Wonder thing to...

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Lyricists Lounge: Underground Airplay

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Let’s clear up a few questions before turning the thumb up or down on this one. Underground Airplay, the third CD connected with the legendary Lyricist Lounge, is presented in conjunction with Ecko Unltd., a clothing company? Yes. And though the debate still rages as to what is and is...

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New Favorite

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Riveting when they’re not striving to be, Alison Krauss and Union Station’s full-bodied, alluring and euphonic New Favorite is a smooth sail that glides through the realm of loneliness. Strongest when rooted in traditional bluegrass sounds, the group advantageously uses this foundation as a starting point of exploration, resulting...

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Demos & Outtakes

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

On Guided by Voices’ mid-period albums, guitarist Tobin Sprout played the role of a musical sharpshooter. And while GBV front man Robert Pollard has always been content to release every millimeter of tape that he’s recorded on (leaving it to the listener to separate the prime cuts from the...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Get Ready

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 12:00 AM

When an extremely influential band such as New Order releases its first studio album in eight years — its seventh in 20 years — you’d better Get Ready. Yet satisfying old fans while attracting new ones is often a crapshoot. The last thing this world needs is another crusty...

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For the Greater Good

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 12:00 AM

“Have you ever been cheated?” asks For the Greater Good. “Been lied to?” The four ladies in the Moto-litas have. They’ve also been tattled on, mistreated and condescended to. Then they wrote surf ’n’ turf songs about it — nine of ’em to be exact — and our music...

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Los Angeles

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 12:00 AM

From the opening riff of “Your Phone’s Off the Hook, But You’re Not,” to the final-choruses of “The World’s a Mess; It’s In My Kiss,” Los Angeles is a four-on-the-floor dream of what rock ’n’ roll should sound like in the presence of American decadence and decline. Recorded in...

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Preaching to the Perverted

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Best-of albums are notoriously silly, for they rarely capture an entire band onto one album. It’s very hard to sum up a band’s entire sound and history into one hour. With a band such as Pigface, it’s even more ridiculous. Less of a band and more of a concept,...

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Party Music

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Party Music is the fourth LP by the Coup, the Bay-area duo comprised of Boots Riley, a self-proclaimed communist, and Pam the Funktress, his DJ and right-hand woman. The album was supposed to be a kind of culmination of the rhetoric Boots honed on the Coup’s previous recordings —...

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Wild Gift

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 12:00 AM

From the opening riff of “Your Phone’s Off the Hook, But You’re Not,” to the final-choruses of “The World’s a Mess; It’s In My Kiss,” Los Angeles is a four-on-the-floor dream of what rock ’n’ roll should sound like in the presence of American decadence and decline. Recorded in...

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