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    Peter Gabriel - Up (Geffen)

    Ordinarily, albums have choruses, hooks, songs -- hey, maybe even a thematic element or two, if the artist feels particularly ambitious. By contrast, Up (ten years in the making and, Lord, don't it feel like it?) is all about epic psychodramas and op...

    by Tim Grierson on November 28, 2002
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    Christina Aguilera - Stripped (RCA)

    Christina Aguilera's problem has always been overcompensation. On her debut, the young waif was so eager to show off her pipes that she mostly sounded horribly overwrought and warbly, like Mariah Carey hopped up on diet pills. On her sultry new secon...

    by Jason Bracelin on November 28, 2002
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    Carrie Akre - Invitation (My Way)

    Since her days with Northwest acts Goodness, Hammerbox, and short-lived project the Rockfords, Seattle diva Carrie Akre has built a loyal following with her shrewdly powerful vocals and tough-but-eloquent songwriting. Her solo debut, the two-year-old...

    by Omar Perez on November 28, 2002
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    Dot Allison - We Are Science (Mantra)

    Dot Allison is best-known as the ex-singer of Scottish trio One Dove, which quickly came and went back in 1993. One Dove's detached coolness and dub explorations (courtesy of Primal Scream producer Andrew Weatherall) still generated enough earth tone...

    by Jeff Stratton on November 28, 2002
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    Nervous in Suburbia - The Ataris' pop-punk won't hurt your mommy

    Ataris guitarist Kris Roe has lived the pop-punk dream. He escaped his shitburg Indiana hometown by passing along a demo to the Vandals' Joe Escalante. Offered a record deal over the phone, Roe informed Escalante that he didn't have a drummer. "No pr...

    by Tom Bowker on November 28, 2002
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    Fallon Fast - Saturday Night Live's prime player outgrows the small screen

    Things you will learn from a forthcoming oral history of Saturday Night Live: Dan Aykroyd slept with, among others, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, and writer Rosie Shuster, the latter of whom was, at the time, married to the show's producer and creato...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 21, 2002
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    Living Legend - Caetano Veloso tells the tropical truth

    My heart of hearts shouted Pele, Pele -- full of power, with one foot in Africa. How great to be a beautiful people who dance, dance, dance. How great to make music. The power comes from that stone that sings Itapoa; it speaks Tupi, it speaks Yoruba....

    by Lissette Corsa on November 21, 2002
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    The MARS Chronicles - How those big-box stores turned into coffins for MARS Music

    From the Bandwidth Business Desk: In 1995, after he was brought in as a consultant for Ace Music, former Office Depot prez Mark Begelman purchased five Ace stores. For years, Ace had dominated South Florida instrument retailers; when Begelman took ov...

    by Jeff Stratton on November 21, 2002
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    Paul Westerberg - Mono and Stereo (Vagrant)

    Like most of Westerberg's post-Replacements work, this pair of discs is most listenable when the artist conveys vulnerability without the sappiness he often mistakes for maturity. The curiously named Stereo, essentially a solo project featuring spars...

    by John Jesitus on November 21, 2002
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    BT - 10 Years in the Life (Reprise)

    In the liner notes to this retrospective, Brian Transeau (BT) comes off as the Yanni of DJs. Looking like a prettier version of Kato Kaelin, he writes that he was inspired by long walks and the work of Deepak Chopra. Among his influences, he cites De...

    by Danny Alexander on November 21, 2002
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    Soundtrack of Our Lives - Behind the Music (Universal/Republic)

    In case you haven't noticed, those damn Swedes are everywhere now, running rampant over the musical landscape with ridiculous names like Per and Pelle. And if none of these new arrivals -- like the Hives, Division of Laura Lee, Soundtrack of Our Live...

    by Tristram Coffin on November 21, 2002
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    Vincent Gallo - Recordings of Music for Film (Warp)

    Vincent Gallo once described himself as the kind of guy who'd attend a football game in a visiting uniform and cheer until he got killed. Divisive as a portcullis with the stare of Rasputin, the Buffalo-bred director/actor/composer has certainly garn...

    by John La Briola on November 21, 2002
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    Here Come the Judge - Judge Jules remixes it up

    Uber-remixologist Judge Jules mixes hard -- house, dance, trance -- putting his own spin on tunes by everyone from Paul Oakenfold to Beat Pusher. He's also a host on BB's high-profile Radio One show, where he was responsible for the air-drop debut of...

    by Leah Gliniewicz on November 21, 2002
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    Beings There - Supreme Beings of Leisure: an empire in recline

    You'd think a night creature like Geri Soriano-Lightwood would have little time for television. To judge from the suave refinement of Supreme Beings of Leisure, to which her alluring voice adds a sophisticated chanteuseiness, leisure necessitates lim...

    by Jeff Stratton on November 14, 2002
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    Friendly Fire - Eradicating pressure-cooker paranoia with Your Enemies Friends

    For such an effective purveyor of paranoia, Your Enemies Friends singer/guitarist Ronnie Washburn is a sunny-side-of-the-street kinda guy. "It's amazing that we've managed to accomplish everything we have on just a six-song EP," he beams. Sure enough...

    by Tom Bowker on November 14, 2002
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    Roger, Wilco - Son who? These days, there's something about Tweedy

    The same week the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart debuted in area theaters, the band rolled into town for a spectacular, sold-out show Monday, November 4, at the Carefree Theatre. Remember back when the two Uncle Tupelo offshoots, S...

    by Jeff Stratton on November 14, 2002
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    Eyes Adrift - Eyes Adrift (SpinART)

    Supergroups usually suck -- they're like new TV shows starring old Seinfeld cast members. Sure, we used to love them, and, yeah, they've brought us a lot of joy over the years. But, really, enough already, stop. Why bother trying to recapture the pas...

    by Tim Grierson on November 14, 2002
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    Ani DiFranco - So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter (Righteous Babe)

    So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter, Ani DiFranco's second live double-disc package, makes the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences look clueless. In 1999, the academy nominated DiFranco for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance but ended up giving the...

    by Marli Guzzetta on November 14, 2002
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    Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe (Matador)

    This 140-minute deluxe reissue makes a high-priced fetish of aging hipsters' nostalgia for indie rock's lo-fi heyday -- and why not? After all, Pavement was never innocent about its fetishes, and this 1992 debut is often celebrated as these Californi...

    by Franklin Soults on November 14, 2002
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    Ladytron - Light & Magic (Emperor Norton)

    Now that there are endless new synth-tech-electro-pop-punk-Clash compilations on the racks every time you enter a record store, it's become nearly impossible to find much refreshing within the once-underground genre. Many of the key players in the mo...

    by Dafydd McKaharay on November 14, 2002
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