Entries from December 2001

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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