reviews

Fiona Apple, ‘Extraordinary Machine’ (Epic)

She's been a bad, bad girl. Six years ago, it seemed like Fiona Apple was out of our hair forever -- the doe-eyed ingenue delivered…
Andrew Beaujon / October 25, 2005

Gravenhurst, ‘Fires in Distant Buildings’ (Warp)

Some music works best as a background. It doesn't work so well when you're driving on the open road, windows down, and so on, but…
Matt Terl / October 21, 2005

Silver Jews, ‘Tanglewood Numbers’ (Drag City)

Scattered across car floors are thousands of mix-tape liner notes dotted with pearls of David Berman's wit. That's what college-radio America used to do with…
Joe Gross / October 20, 2005

Boards of Canada, ‘The Campfire Headphase’ (Warp)

As Boards of Canada, Marcus Eoin and Mike Sandison take strangely hypnotic wanderings through a monochromatic, ethereal haze. Listening to the Scottish duo's third full-length,…
Julia Simon / October 19, 2005

Chamillionaire, ‘The Sound of Revenge’ (Chamillitary/Universal) Paul Wall, ‘The Peoples Champ’ (Atlantic)

Houston rappers Paul Wall and Chamillionaire have been friends since they were young'uns, back when candy meant more to them than candy paint. Escalating a…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / October 18, 2005

Matt Pond PA, ‘Several Arrows Later’ (Altitude)

Curses, Matt Pond PA! Damn you for sucking all the originality out of your quirky, lush, orchestral pop and making it into just another neutered,…
Jessica Grose / October 17, 2005

The Exit, ‘Home for an Island’ (Wind-Up)

The Exit have lofty goals. Apparently, they're determined to use their second album to depict the scarred psyche of post-911 lefty America. Given that their…
Matt Terl / October 12, 2005

Sigur Ros, ‘Takk…’ (Geffen)

On Vespertine, Björk built a perfect song ("Aurora") around the sound of feet crunching through snow. "Glósóli," the first full song on Takk..., by fellow…
Will Hermes / October 12, 2005

Liz Phair, ‘Somebody’s Miracle’ (Capitol)

Liz Phair may never make another smart-sexy classic like Exile in Guyville. But two years ago, when the former indie vixen took a shot at…
Laura Sinagra / October 11, 2005

Jimmy Eat World, ‘Stay On My Side Tonight’ (Interscope)

When Jimmy Eat World released Bleed American, that sure was an exciting time for emo. Granted, an exciting time for emo isn't really all that…
Todd Goldstein / October 7, 2005
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