Prince, The Rainbow Children (Npg Records/redline Entertainment)

December 31st, 2001 · 1 Comment

Prince The Rainbow Children Npg Records/redline Entertainment By: Eric Greenwood And you thought Graffiti Bridge was bad. You’ll be begging for “Thieves In The Temple” after you get a load of this. Bitter and disappointed by the lack of hits off his blatant stab at a comeback, 1999’s Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, Prince cashes […]

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Vitesse, What Can Not Be, But Is… (Acuarela)

December 30th, 2001 · Comments Off on Vitesse, What Can Not Be, But Is… (Acuarela)

Vitesse What Can Not Be, But Is… Acuarela By: Eric Greenwood This New York city duo takes a magnifying glass to those bleak melodic bits in songs by bands like New Order and The Magnetic Fields – you know the ones that make you press repeat over and over again " well, Vitesse makes entire […]

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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Relative Ways/Homage Ep (Interscope)

December 27th, 2001 · Comments Off on …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Relative Ways/Homage Ep (Interscope)

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Relative Ways/Homage Ep Interscope By: Eric Greenwood If this EP is any indication, the major label debut full-length from this Austin quartet will be its most stunning yet. The mark of adolescent influences is much more distant this time, so the Sonic Youth references will […]

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Le Tigre, Feminist Sweepstakes (Mr. Lady)

December 27th, 2001 · Comments Off on Le Tigre, Feminist Sweepstakes (Mr. Lady)

Le Tigre Feminist Sweepstakes Mr. Lady By: Eric Greenwood Unfortunately picking up where this year"s half-assed EP, From The Desk Of Mr. Lady, left off, New York City"s favorite lesbian trio, Le Tigre, struggles to capture any of the energy or fun of its outstanding 1999 debut. The formula, however, is identical to its full-length […]

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The Nectarine No. 9, Received Transgressed (Beggars Banquet/creeping Bent)

December 27th, 2001 · Comments Off on The Nectarine No. 9, Received Transgressed (Beggars Banquet/creeping Bent)

The Nectarine No. 9 Received Transgressed Beggars Banquet/creeping Bent By: Eric Greenwood Labeling pop music "experimental" is always a gamble. Pop music by definition is, well, popular, but the term has been bastardized to mean any music laden with hooks and/or catchy choruses, as you well know. In some circles experimental pop is known simply […]

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Bis, Music For A Stranger World (Wiiija)

December 18th, 2001 · Comments Off on Bis, Music For A Stranger World (Wiiija)

Bis Music For A Stranger World Wiiija By: Eric Greenwood As if you weren"t sick enough of 1980"s Eurotrash pop- Bis offers up this obnoxiously giddy EP as a precursor to its latest full-length. Thanks for the warning. Bis celebrates everything that was wrong with the bombastic pop of the 1980"s on these six songs, […]

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Gang Of Four, Entertainment (EMI International)

December 18th, 2001 · Comments Off on Gang Of Four, Entertainment (EMI International)

Gang Of Four Entertainment EMI International By: Eric Greenwood Released in 1979, Gang Of Four’s Entertainment is the quintessential post punk album, representing the first marriage of punk, funk, and politics that actually worked. The band’s trademark sound fused a tight rhythm section with unorthodox harmonies and searing, staccato guitars. The band’s use of sarcasm […]

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Vanilla Sky, Directed By Cameron Crowe (Paramount)

December 18th, 2001 · Comments Off on Vanilla Sky, Directed By Cameron Crowe (Paramount)

Vanilla Sky Directed By Cameron Crowe Paramount By: Eric Greenwood With Vanilla Sky Cameron Crowe starts to take himself a little too seriously. In all fairness, Vanilla Sky is an unbelievably entertaining film to watch until its absurd ending. Crowe takes drastic measures to throw as much eye candy on the screen as possible. For […]

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The Dismemberment Plan, Change (Desoto)

December 17th, 2001 · Comments Off on The Dismemberment Plan, Change (Desoto)

The Dismemberment Plan Change Desoto By: Eric Greenwood The Dismemberment Plan could not have produced a better follow up to Emergency & I than Change, its fourth full-length. Emergency & I was an anomaly for several reasons- it’s critical success notwithstanding. First, it was the synthesis of everything that is great about The Dismemberment Plan. […]

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David Byrne, Look Into The Eyeball (Virgin/Luaka Bop)

November 20th, 2001 · Comments Off on David Byrne, Look Into The Eyeball (Virgin/Luaka Bop)

David Byrne Look Into The Eyeball Virgin/Luaka Bop By: Eric Greenwood Following the demise of the Talking Heads, David Byrne flew under the radar for a few albums, suffering from the same disease that has plagued so many lead singers of legendary bands. This disease often forces former lead singers to join forces with The […]

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The Cure, Greatest Hits (Elektra/Fiction)

November 20th, 2001 · Comments Off on The Cure, Greatest Hits (Elektra/Fiction)

The Cure Greatest Hits Elektra/Fiction By: Eric Greenwood Arbitrary and somewhat unrepresentative, the new Greatest Hits package by The Cure is inessential for fans new or old, even if you buy the limited edition double disc that includes acoustic versions of all the songs. With two retrospective collections already on the shelves (Standing On A […]

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Serotonin, Universal Time Constant (Bifocal Media)

November 13th, 2001 · Comments Off on Serotonin, Universal Time Constant (Bifocal Media)

Serotonin Universal Time Constant Bifocal Media By: Eric Greenwood Serotonin"s aggressive emo suffers from an overly complex musical base and a rushed sense of melody, among other things. The guitars surge, but they were recorded so poorly that the effect is limp. In terms of dynamics, the band whips through its changes flawlessly- it"s just […]

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M. Ward, End Of Amnesia (Future Farmer)

November 13th, 2001 · Comments Off on M. Ward, End Of Amnesia (Future Farmer)

M. Ward End Of Amnesia Future Farmer By: Eric Greenwood Being compared to an anomaly like Tom Waits is more of a curse than a blessing. Simply put- there"s only one Tom Waits, and anything resembling him will invariably be viewed as a sad rip-off. So when I read that M. Ward sounded like a […]

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Isobella, A 24 Syllable Haiku (Claire)

November 12th, 2001 · Comments Off on Isobella, A 24 Syllable Haiku (Claire)

Isobella A 24 Syllable Haiku Claire By: Eric Greenwood With an impressive wall of guitars guiding its slow and shimmering songs, Isobella returns on its second album with another collection of dreamy albeit derivative pop. Let"s get the obligatory references out of the way. Yes, Isobella owns a copy of My Bloody Valentine"s Loveless and […]

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X-ray Spex, Germfree Adolescents (Caroline)

November 11th, 2001 · Comments Off on X-ray Spex, Germfree Adolescents (Caroline)

X-ray Spex Germfree Adolescents Caroline By: Eric Greenwood X-Ray Spex were one of the few female-fronted punk bands to make an indelible mark on the burgeoning punk movement in England in the late 1970"s. The band"s early singles were raw and full of abrasive energy, particularly the rambunctious punk classic "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" which […]

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Figurine, The Heartfelt (March)

November 11th, 2001 · Comments Off on Figurine, The Heartfelt (March)

Figurine The Heartfelt March By: Eric Greenwood Figurine"s The Heartfelt is the best argument for the synthesizer that I"ve heard in a long time. Living up to its name – or down rather – Figurine"s music sounds small and insular. The warm analogue tones conflict with the icy detachment of the monotone male and female […]

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Dealership, Tv Highway To The Stars (Keiki)

November 6th, 2001 · Comments Off on Dealership, Tv Highway To The Stars (Keiki)

Dealership Tv Highway To The Stars Keiki By: Japanese Correspondent- Patrick Doherty "Power-noise-pop" may be too generic and cliched as a descriptor for a band that has a self-proclaimed infatuation with Imperial Teen, but at least it gives you a pretty good idea. The trio that constitutes Dealership (Chris Groves, Miyuki Jane Pinckard and Chris […]

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Saso, Big Group Hug (Melted Snow)

October 22nd, 2001 · 1 Comment

Saso Big Group Hug Melted Snow By: Eric Greenwood Why on earth would anybody name an album Big Group Hug? It smacks of emasculation and the ripple effect of the whole 1960"s zeitgeist. However languid the music may seem, Saso understands the dynamics of subtlety and substance. So, let"s try to forget what the album […]

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Death Cab For Cutie, The Photo Album (Barsuk)

October 19th, 2001 · Comments Off on Death Cab For Cutie, The Photo Album (Barsuk)

Death Cab For Cutie The Photo Album Barsuk By: Japanese Correspondent- Patrick Doherty Sixteen months after the release of its sophomore effort, Death Cab For Cutie returns with an attempt to overhaul its sound somewhat, trading lofty experimentalism for more conventional songwriting techniques. Let"s be honest, though- these guys are still playing prog-rock, relying on […]

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Tenacious D, S/t (Epic)

October 16th, 2001 · Comments Off on Tenacious D, S/t (Epic)

Tenacious D S/t Epic By: Eric Greenwood "I love you baby but all I can think about is kielbasa sausage your buttcheeks is warm." There are so many reasons why that line is funny, not the least of which is its utter absurdity. Such is the charm of Tenacious D. Jack Black and Kyle Gass […]

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