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Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004 12:00 am

Tired Eminem rolls another rock up a hill

Eminem Encore (Aftermath/Interscope) If you're curious about how Eminem's art has evolved during the two-and-a-half years since his last full-length, The Eminem Show, the Encore cover andbook
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004 12:00 am

Chicks have cake and eat it, too

Chicks on Speed 99 Cents (Chicks on Speed Records) The shopping season is upon us, a grim reminder that ours is a fat, frivolous, reckless nation, drunk on debt and self-destruction. Still, eve
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004 12:00 am

Soul-scorching redemption

Arcade Fire Funeral (Merge) Funeral, the first CD from Montreal's the Arcade Fire, came out in September, and already it's induced scores of worshipful music writers to churn out drool-slick
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 12:00 am

Another reason to bone up on French

Carla Bruni QuelquÕun mÕa dit (Na•ve/V2) Don't hate Carla Bruni because she's beautiful. If you're going to hate her, there are plenty of other, better reasons. The 36-year-old Italian-born, Fr
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 12:00 am

Consolation for these moments of darkness

Various Artists The Late Great Daniel Johnston Discovered Covered (Gammon) History will prove you poor enlightened blue-staters right someday, but that's cold comfort now, when Christian nutjob
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004 12:00 am

Sweet vindication for well-read rockers

Augie March Strange Bird (spinART) Don the bard mantle at your peril, rockdudes. Before you break out the thesaurus, think of the sick-making excesses of Rush. Think of Lou Reed's recent Edgar
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004 12:00 am

Asthmatic robot monkeys canÂ’t solve this riddle

Björk may be the most unpopular pop star alive. Sure, she had a gigantic hit single in her native Iceland when she was 11 years old, and she's sold millions of records over the subsequent decades.
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004 12:00 am

CanÂ’t stand by as the world burns

Tom WaitsReal Gone (Anti) At 54, Tom Waits is weirder than he's ever been, which is quite an accomplishment when you consider that he's been weird -- deeply, uniquely, unrepentantly weird --
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004 12:00 am

Delivery Man delivers several firsts

Elvis Costello and the Imposters The Delivery Man (Lost Highway) On the title track of his latest album, Elvis Costello sings, "I want to be your delivery man." True to form, he's layered the l
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004 12:00 am

The world of men

Sally Timms In the World of Him (Touch and Go) Sick unto death of so-called security moms and their effect on the upcoming election? Are women the new white men? The latest solo CD by Mekons singe


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