Entries from March 2002

Blanket Music, Move (Hush)

March 31st, 2002 · Comments Off on Blanket Music, Move (Hush)

Blanket Music Move Hush By: Eric Greenwood It would be easy not to notice this album if you dropped in at a party, and it just happened to be playing in the background. The music is so laid back and innocuous that it just hangs pleasantly in the air. You probably wouldn't know why you […]

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Blur, Leisure (Food/SBK)

March 31st, 2002 · Comments Off on Blur, Leisure (Food/SBK)

Blur Leisure Food/SBK By: Eric Greenwood Blur naively stormed the British music scene in 1990 with some false advertising. “There’s No Other Way” seemingly fit right in with the “baggy” Manchester dance pop revival, but it was hardly representative of the band’s versatility. Blur was far too talented to limit itself to any passing fad, […]

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This Computer Kills, S/T (Substandard Records/new Red Archives)

March 30th, 2002 · Comments Off on This Computer Kills, S/T (Substandard Records/new Red Archives)

This Computer Kills S/T Substandard Records/new Red Archives By: Eric Greenwood Just as I finish telling somebody that playing hardcore in 2002 is not unlike flogging a long-dead horse, here comes This Computer Kills to serve up a big plate of crow for me to eat. Sadly this Reno, Nevada trio announced its breakup only […]

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Stephin Merritt, Eban & Charley Soundtrack (Merge)

March 30th, 2002 · Comments Off on Stephin Merritt, Eban & Charley Soundtrack (Merge)

Stephin Merritt Eban & Charley Soundtrack Merge By: Eric Greenwood Traditional soundtrack albums are always hit or miss, and Eban & Charley is a little bit of both, as it finds Stephin Merritt just outside his natural element. It's odd that Merritt would choose to use his birth name for the first time on such […]

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Yuka Honda, Memories Are My Only Witness (Tzadik)

March 28th, 2002 · Comments Off on Yuka Honda, Memories Are My Only Witness (Tzadik)

Yuka Honda Memories Are My Only Witness Tzadik By: Eric Greenwood The musical brains behind Cibo Matto delivers her first solo work for John Zorn's Tzadik label, and it's a diverse collection of electronic instrumentals, skimming across the tops of dance, soul, disco, funk, blues, and rock. Honda's production skills are outstanding. Each track thumps […]

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Daniel Ash, S/t (Psychobaby)

March 19th, 2002 · Comments Off on Daniel Ash, S/t (Psychobaby)

Daniel Ash S/t Psychobaby By: Eric Greenwood Yikes. Bad techno schlock from former guitar genius confirms that Daniel Ash can't make a decent solo album to save his life. This is just terribly embarrassing. Cheesy, decade-old techno beats? What is Ash thinking? He proved he could at least pretend to hang with the underground electronic […]

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Cornelius, Point (Matador)

March 18th, 2002 · Comments Off on Cornelius, Point (Matador)

Cornelius Point Matador By: Eric Greenwood Cornelius" follow up to his dizzyingly schizophrenic breakout, Fantasma, is a more cohesive but less spontaneous collection of clean samples, calculated rock, and fusion noise. Cornelius is a meticulous producer. Every single sound is deliberate and precise, and he builds each song into a symphonic climax, using wholly unorthodox […]

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…and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Source Tags (Interscope)

March 15th, 2002 · Comments Off on …and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Source Tags (Interscope)

…and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Source Tags Interscope By: Eric Greenwood "And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is the most exciting band making records today. Feel free to disagree, but listen to this record first. Source Tags & Codes is this Austin quartet"s major label debut, […]

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