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  • 16 years ago | Music News

    Blur 13 (Virgin) In the well-worn realm of "theme" music, there is precious little new to be said about a handful of mossy topics -- love, loss, drugs, and death spring immediately to mind. On its sixth album, 13, Blur disregards this truism and a...

  • 17 years ago | Music News

    Olivia Tremor Control Black Foliage: Animation Music (Flydaddy) Picking a song out of an Olivia Tremor Control disc for critical examination and singular praise is like choosing your favorite spot of color in a Seurat painting. To narrow your focu...

  • 17 years ago | Music News

    Various Artists Fit For Kings: A Compilation of Peripheral New Zealand Music (Drunken Fish) Birchville Cat Motel Siberian Earth Curve (Drunken Fish) Like the weirdest, wildest practitioners of '60s free-jazz, the avatars of the busy New Zealand no...

  • 17 years ago | Music News

    Lhasa La Llorona (Atlantic) Like seasoned songsters more than twice her age, Lhasa evokes an idyllic past that's tucked away in the folds of our collective musical consciousness. Borrowing from the vocal styles of jazz singers, cabaret divas, and ...

  • 17 years ago | Music News

    U2 The Best of 1980-1990 (Island) U2 is no stranger to division. During its early days, the band engaged in an internecine dispute over whether its sound should hew to the punk or Christian genres. (Thankfully it's fully neither.) The religious sp...

  • 17 years ago | Music News

    Various Artists for the MASSES (1500/A&M) Certain signs indicate that a band is aging: Instead of new material, it releases "best of" compilations, B-side collections, rare recordings, and the obligatory live album; at least one member goes throug...

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