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The Beau Brummels

Beau Brummels '66 | Collectors Choice
This little oddity owes its life to a classically bad mid-’60s A&R decision.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  June 27, 2007

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Brad Paisley

5th Gear | Broken Bow
Paisley’s winsome 5th Gear is about as light as Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is dark — in a good way.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  June 27, 2007

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Sam Yahel Trio

Truth and Beauty | Origin
Sam Yahel’s expressive approach to the Hammond B3 organ has made him one of the most sought-after sidemen in jazz.
By: ADAM GOLD  |  June 27, 2007

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Duke Robillard

Worl Full of Blues | Stony Plain
Everything on these CDs is played with total command.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 26, 2007

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Benni Hemm Hemm

Kajak | Morr Music
The language of twee-dom knows no borders.
By: DAVID DAY  |  June 26, 2007

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The Go

Howl on the Haunted Beat You Ride | Cass
Fear not, Nuggets heads: on their new long-player, Jack White’s old bandmates in the Go sound as if they hadn’t heard a note of music made since 1972.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 26, 2007



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Von Südenfed

Tromatic Reflexxions | Domino
On the face of it, Mark E. Smith and Mouse on Mars’ Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma are an unlikely match.
By: SUSANNE BOLLE  |  June 19, 2007

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Ozma

Pasadena | About a Girl
I wonder whether Ozma didn’t title their new album after their suburban Los Angeles home base as a way of distinguishing themselves from Weezer.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 19, 2007

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Tcheka

Nu Mondo | Times Square
The latest talent to emerge from the Cape Verdean archipelago adds new power and sophistication to an alluring national genre.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  June 19, 2007

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The National

Boxer | Beggars Banquet
The National’s new vessel turns out to be a pirate ship.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 19, 2007

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David Torn

Prezens | ECM
If you’re looking for a middle ground between Tool and John Coltrane, this is it.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 19, 2007



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The Field

From Here We Go Sublime | Kompakt
Not since Akufen’s “My Way” has an album of microsamples achieved the status of high art.
By: DAVID DAY  |  June 19, 2007

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Nancy Drew: Music from the Motion Picture

Nancy Drew: Music from the Motion Picture | Bulletproof
What do Ned Nickerson and the Nancy Drew soundtrack have in common? Neither gets in Nancy’s way.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 13, 2007

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Mavis Staples

We'll Never Turn Back | Anti-
This is an overlooked gem: soulful, beautifully performed, and socially relevant.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 12, 2007

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Cedric Gervais

Miami | Yoshitoshi
This set by influential French-born, Miami-based DJ Gervais lives up to its title.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  June 12, 2007

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Dizzee Rascal

Maths + English | XL
Boy in da Corner may be the classic Dizzee will be forced to chase for the rest of his career.
By: MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  June 12, 2007



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Omar Sosa

Promise | Otá
What we get on his latest outing is more often Miles’d-up trancy electric Afropop than what you might think of as Afro-Cuban jazz.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 12, 2007

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Erasure

Lights at the End of the World | Mute
Heck, they could have made it on Mars.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 11, 2007

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Rufus Wainwright

Release the Stars | Geffen
Despite Rufus Wainwright’s intentions, Release the Stars could be his most lavishly appointed disc yet.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 11, 2007

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Bokoor Beats: Vintage Afro-Beat, Afro-Rock & Electric Highlife from Ghana

Bokoor Beats: Vintage Afro-Beat, Afro-Rock & Electric Highlife from Ghana | Otrabanda
Pop music in 1970s Ghana was a collision of lilting highlife.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  June 05, 2007

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Pela

Anytown Graffiti | Great Society
If more bands wrote music that sounded like fiction, they might deliver results as pleasurable as this.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  June 05, 2007


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