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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Tell that girl to shut up

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Lindsay Lohan’s Speak is barely 40 minutes of pink grease and plastic guitars. “I’m not above being under/I’m at the brink though I know that I’m empty” or “There’s a good kind of pain/An insane kind of sane” — its lyrics are soul-choking jumbles of self-empowerment and love-speak generica,...

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Want Two

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Rufus Wainwright has, quite appropriately, established himself as one of contemporary pop music’s most interesting songwriters. With the release of his fourth album, Want Two, a follow-up to last year’s Want One sessions, there is, however, very little that is modern about the singer-songwriter save for his flag-waving homosexuality....

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100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong … The Premiere Collection

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2004 at 12:00 AM

While most of the nation’s rock critics were lining up to polish whatever remains of the late Kurt Cobain’s rotting knob with their hosanna-draped reviews of the Nirvana box set, this four-CD/one-DVD collection from one of the groups Nirvana and its grunge ilk set out to destroy quietly slipped...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Exclusive! Stefani *Saves* America

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Don’t speak — I know just what you’re thinking. Because one way or another, she’s the one we’ve all been waiting for. At long last, Love.Angel.Music.Baby marks Gwen Stefani’s acceptance of her solo platinum tiara and the title of America’s truest pop star. She deserves the throne on the...

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Bosco Prime Cuts, Vol. 2: The Devil in Miss James

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

For Round 2 of their Bosco-branded compilation series, the brains behind Ferndale’s sleek three-treed nightspot sidestep the pitfalls common to lounge-friendly collections. Instead of an imperfect ratio of jams to empty beats, the Bosco’s Devil in Miss James is a cohesive, near perfectly sequenced set of hazy soul, flinty...

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Nikki Sudden & the Last Ban

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The long, sometimes-illustrious, sometimes-checkered career of former Swell Maps/Jacobites savant Nikki Sudden resumes on the first Sudden studio album in more than five years. With Sudden and his Last Bandits draping themselves in pirate attire for the sleeve and booklet photos, the music is appropriately swashbuckling, bolstered by such...

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Classified

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Sure you’ve heard the hype (“These Bond girls put the ass back into classical music”) and wondered, “Are these ELO bimbos for real?” Or are they the brainchild of some marketing whiz who walked into Decca, said, “Charlie’s Angels with violas,” and got three albums of Hooked on Classics...

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Street Disciple

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Nas’s albums always have a funny way of catching listeners off guard. Whether it’s his sonic jumps from Nasty Nas to Escobar to Nastradamus, or his evolving views on life, the Queensbridge MC keeps fans on their toes. Along with his multiple personas, two things have remained constant since...

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Nymphetamine

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

First of all, it goes without saying that Nymphetamine is the undisputed heavyweight album title of the year. This is the kind of magnificent moniker that should have adorned a 1967 AIP sexploitation movie written by Lou Reed and directed by Russ Meyer. And speaking of movies, y’know that...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Paper Street Saints

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Paper Street Saints unites former Bliss 66er Cheyenne Goff with drummer Charlie Grover (ex-Sponge). They’ve obviously built on their previous adventures in the modern rock funhouse — Paper Street Saints features a manicured post-grunge sound that capably channels both the brashness of vintage Stone Temple Pilots and the slick...

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