Entries from May 2002

Clockhammer, S/T (First Warning)

May 25th, 2002 · Comments Off on Clockhammer, S/T (First Warning)

Clockhammer S/T First Warning By: Eric Greenwood Back in the early 1990's, Nashville, Tennessee was home to an exciting and innovative rock trio that assimilated genres in a way that few bands had the balls, much less the chops, to pull off. Clockhammer's music was rooted in heavy metal and punk, but it veered off […]

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Luna, Romantica (Jetset)

May 25th, 2002 · Comments Off on Luna, Romantica (Jetset)

Luna Romantica Jetset By: Eric Greenwood Add a hot bass player to your line-up and suddenly your tunes get happy and you name your album Romantica. Coincidence? Hmm. After the dark departure of the stellar Days Of Our Nights, Luna returns three years later with a new bass player (Britta Phillips), yes, but also a […]

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Trans Am, Ta (Thrill Jockey)

May 24th, 2002 · Comments Off on Trans Am, Ta (Thrill Jockey)

Trans Am Ta Thrill Jockey By: Eric Greenwood After the giant step backwards that was its fifth album, Red Line, Trans Am tossed aside any pretense of seriousness in favor of a full-on, retro-mock-rock schtick. The band's collective tongue is planted so firmly in its cheek nowadays that the gratuitous bulge is almost as obnoxious […]

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Capitol K, Island Row (Xl)

May 24th, 2002 · Comments Off on Capitol K, Island Row (Xl)

Capitol K Island Row Xl By: Eric Greenwood Island Row is a spastic yet glorious fusion of organic instrumentation and computerized experimentalism and, therefore, an essential addition to your collection. Kristian Craig Robinson A/K/A Capitol K is a human blender of musical ethnicities, ambient soundscapes, glitches, bleeps, and unadulterated pop genius. His songs veer away […]

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The Get Up Kids, On A Wire (Vagrant)

May 23rd, 2002 · Comments Off on The Get Up Kids, On A Wire (Vagrant)

The Get Up Kids On A Wire Vagrant By: Eric Greenwood Let's put it this way: if you had graciously overlooked The Get Up Kids' sappy word vomit for its pogo in place pop hooks on its first two albums, then you will be sorely disappointed with its third, On A Wire. Gone is any […]

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Moby, 18 (V2)

May 16th, 2002 · Comments Off on Moby, 18 (V2)

Moby 18 V2 By: Japanese Corespondent- Patrick Doherty Moby's history of alienating his splintered fan-base is notorious. His 1995 release, Everything Is Wrong, with its orchestral and moody overtones, turned off legions of glow-stick waving fans of "Moby the DJ." Everything Is Wrong fans didn't have to wait long to be brushed off, either. Animal […]

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Star Wars Episode II – Attack Of The Clones, Directed By George Lucas (Twentieth Century Fox)

May 16th, 2002 · Comments Off on Star Wars Episode II – Attack Of The Clones, Directed By George Lucas (Twentieth Century Fox)

Star Wars Episode II – Attack Of The Clones Directed By George Lucas Twentieth Century Fox By: Charles Michael Jones- Special Star Wars Correspondent I just watched a bootleg copy of Episode II – Attack of the Clones. My first instinct is to convey this fact in a playground-taunt tone of voice, but I cannot […]

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Elvis Costello, When I Was Cruel (Island)

May 15th, 2002 · Comments Off on Elvis Costello, When I Was Cruel (Island)

Elvis Costello When I Was Cruel Island By: Eric Greenwood It's been a long time since Elvis Costello has released an album that wasn't kind of a chore to sit through. While I respect the breadth of his musical talents on paper, I'm not always so keen on listening to him croon. It's been almost […]

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The Exit, New Beat (Some)

May 14th, 2002 · 1 Comment

The Exit New Beat Some By: Eric Greenwood From the artwork to the font to the snotty pose, it looks as if The Exit were going to be a rough and tumble punk rock outfit from big, bad New York City, but, unfortunately, the band opts for a much more streamlined and safe approach. The […]

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Weezer, Maladroit (Geffen)

May 13th, 2002 · Comments Off on Weezer, Maladroit (Geffen)

Weezer Maladroit Geffen By: Eric Greenwood Weezer's speedy follow-up to last year's self-titled "Green" album signals a new found sense of purpose for bandleader, Rivers Cuomo. The dark, five-year period following what still stands as the band's best album, 1996's Pinkerton, is ancient history, as Cuomo has been accepted once again in the commercial arena. […]

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Spider-man, Directed By Sam Raimi (Columbia)

May 13th, 2002 · Comments Off on Spider-man, Directed By Sam Raimi (Columbia)

Spider-man Directed By Sam Raimi Columbia By: Eric Greenwood Despite the lame CGI effects, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man easily tops all of the superhero-themed films of the past two decades with a solid balance of camp, humor, and charisma. Raimi's cast is pitch-perfect. Convincing Sony that Tobey Maguire was the man for the lead role was […]

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The Notwist, Neon Golden (City Slang)

May 8th, 2002 · Comments Off on The Notwist, Neon Golden (City Slang)

The Notwist Neon Golden City Slang By: Eric Greenwood Having undergone inexplicable facelifts over its decade-long, five-album existence, Germany’s The Notwist is barely recognizable as the same band that churned out semi-industrial punk-metal back in the early 1990’s. Somewhere along the way, though, The Notwist, like countless post-punk outfits before it, slowly acquiesced to the […]

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