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Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 12:00 am

Nelly Lite: Less genius, more idiot

Nelly Sweat (Fo Reel/Universal) Nelly is all things to all people -- there are no multiplatinum weirdoes -- and therein lies his charm. Beloved by all races, the photogenic St. Louis rapper
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004 12:00 am

No beating around the Bush here

Various Artists Future Soundtrack for America (Barsuk) Pity the young Republican who aspires to hipness. The nation might be evenly polarized, but the rock community, particularly the indie fac
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004 12:00 am

Safety first

Ricky FantéRewind (Virgin) Ricky Fanté makes soul music, nothing "neo" about it: just sweet, buttery, Stax-sounding soul that's wholesome as a plate of hotcakes. No hip-hop flourishes, no Pr
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004 12:00 am

The San Francisco treats

Doug Hilsinger and Caroleen Beatty Brian Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (DBK Works) Thirty years after Brian Eno released his second solo album, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), m
Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004 12:00 am

On the line between safe and sorry

Various Artists Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo (Or) Tribute compilations are tricky bastards. Given the regrettably narrow and highly specialized tastes of most music fa
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004 12:00 am

Time for a comfort cat

The Naysayer Kitten Time (Red Panda Records) As anyone who has ever sobbed into soft, forgiving feline fur can tell you, there's nothing like a cat when it comes to free therapy. Take it from An
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004 12:00 am

Resurrections and second chances

Jolie Holland Escondida (Anti) With her languid drawl, her vintage guitars, and her penchant for ancient parlor tunes, Jolie Holland traffics in what rock scribe Greil Marcus once called "the
Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 12:00 am

Tipping ever so slightly to the center

The Roots are, among other things, exhibit A when earnest white National Public Radio members try to argue that not all contemporary rap is crass consumerist crap: "They rail against the system! They
Thursday, July 22, 2004 12:00 am

Redefining ‘pop’ as brain invasion

A.C. Newman The Slow Wonder (Matador) The problem with the "pop" tag is that it's essentially meaningless: J.Lo is pop. Elvis Costello is pop. OutKast is pop. Bing Crosby is pop. And A.C. Newma
Thursday, July 15, 2004 12:00 am

Louden Up Now (Touch and Go) & Eleni Mandell Afternoon (Zedtone)

Getting old sure can blow sometimes. You feel kinda smart and all, telling the shiny-eyed kid that her favorite new band (a) isn't reinventing music as we know it, (b) isn't even inventing a new hybri


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