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Wednesday, June 12, 2002

MTV Unplugged No. 2.0

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Unplugged, the re-education of Lauryn Hill, can be described by a hundred adjectives. It’s sincere and overbearing. It’s raw, inspired, emotional and, at times, agonizing. It’s brave and, possibly, foolhardy. It’s self-absorbed and self-effacing, wise and naive. And, at its core, though she only raps twice (albeit ferociously) on...

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The Red Record

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2002 at 12:00 AM

It’s no surprise that in the wake of the success of garage-ist media darlings (the Strokes, etc.) that the major labels would be falling over one another to sign next week’s mop-headed garageland superheroes to hype, market and sell as their very own. Enter Loudermilk — my pick for...

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On

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Imperial Teen’s always kinda just been there, lingering around the edges of the indie-pop scene; a little too something or not enough of another something to really be plunged into the bloodstream of a particular insular scene. Good thing on both counts since Imperial Teen is impressively broad in...

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Old Smooth

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The title itself better describes the texture of John Lawrence's first CD than anything else that could be said here. Well, almost. This is not a jazz album for jazz purists. Anyone who frowns reflexively at all post-Breezin' George Benson albums should move on. Read no further. This one...

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