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Rick Ross

Trilla | Def Jam
It’s easy to hate on Rick Ross for his sub-standard flow and tired materialism.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 25, 2008



Dive Deep | Ultra
He’s Morcheeba’s best bet for avoiding a trip to snoozytown.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 25, 2008


Plamen Karadonev

Crossing Lines | Mu
This debut CD from young Bulgarian-born pianist Karadonev (now living in Boston) recommends itself despite occasionally wayward electronics and a singer whose accent distracts you from the English lyrics.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 18, 2008


Various artists: Obsession

Some of the finest psychedelic rock in the late ’60s and early ’70s was created far from the movement’s epicenters in the UK and US.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  March 18, 2008



Girls Sing | Geometriya
Maybe next time Auktyon should have a little more Stoli before hitting the “RECORD” button.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2008


Mike Doughty

Golden Delicious | ATO
The sardonic, word-drunk singer-songwriter has settled down a bit on Golden Delicious , but finding a good groove remains his priority.
By: VICTORIA WELCH  |  March 18, 2008



Super Roots 9 | Thrill Jockey
Certain sounds were not made to mix, in my view: a brass section should never be blowing over heavy-metal guitars, and you should never play drums behind a choir.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  March 18, 2008


Xiu Xiu

Women as Lovers | Kill Rock Stars
Jamie Stewart has been releasing recordings at such a steady clip since 2002 that you might expect him to have run out of new ways to provoke discomfort.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 18, 2008


Be Your Own Pet

Get Awkward | Ecstatic Peace/Universal
Blonde-bombshell frontwoman Jemina Pearl and her mates haven’t exactly reached maturity.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 12, 2008


David Torn: Prezens

Guitarist Torn has quietly labored in the jazz and prog-rock trenches for more than 20 years.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 12, 2008


Van Morrison

Keep It Simple | Lost Highway
You might call this the Van Morrison equivalent of Bob Dylan’s Modern Times .
By: BRETT MILANO  |  March 11, 2008


Brethen of the Free Spirit

All Things Are from Him, through Him and in Him | audioMER
The Brethren of the Free Spirit are Dutch lutenist Jozef van Wissem and English guitarist James Blackshaw.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  March 12, 2008


The Wire: And All the Pieces that Matter

The Wire is over, but the five-season drama lives on in the unforgettable characters and in this simmering HBO collection.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  March 12, 2008


Shiko Mawata

Kimbanda Nzila | iMak
Featuring Congolese rumba tinged with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Shiko Mawatu’s debut CD is compelling enough to transcend the oft-dubious distinction of “world music.”
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 12, 2008


The Whigs: Mission Control

The Whigs began life as a guitar/bass/drums college band toiling away in Athens.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  March 05, 2008



Autumn Fallin' | Blue Note
“Where’s my morning coffee?”, Jaymay wonders in “Sea Green, See Blue,” a cut from the New York–based singer-songwriter’s major-label debut.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 04, 2008


Jill Aigrot

Words of Love | LML Music
There’s no CD booklet, and in her acknowledgments, Aigrot thanks Olivier Gahan . Tant pis .
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 04, 2008


Ed Sanders

Sanders' Truckstop | Collector's Choice
Beer Cans on the Moon still met with a deserved shrug.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 05, 2008



Black Habit | Paw Tracks
The members of the Brooklyn-based trio Rings — Nina Mehta, Abby Portner, and Kate Rosko — are hippies with focus.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  March 05, 2008


The Fleshtones

Have a Good Look | Yep Roc
It’s not enough for a great live band to create a strong, sweaty groove in the studio: they’ve gotta write the songs, too.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  March 05, 2008


Patty Larkin

Watch the Sky | Vanguard
Patty Larkin made this a real solo album, sequestering herself in remote locations to build these dozen songs from the ground up.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008

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