Reviews

Spiritualized, ‘Amazing Grace’ (Spaceman/Sanctuary)

Recently released census figures indicate that Detroit has lost some 26,219 citizens since 2000. However, that loss is more than made up for by all…
By: RJ Smith / September 29, 2003

Pretty Girls Make Graves, ‘The New Romance’ (Matador)

"She wants it now / And she will not wait / But she's too rough / And I'm too delicate," warbled Morrissey on the Smiths'…
By: Will Hermes / September 25, 2003

Rancid, ‘Indestructible’ (Hellcat)

Back in 1993, almost eight years after the Clash sputtered to a close, Rancid released their self-titled debut, which exhumed the Clash's ultra-potent punk rock…
By: Greg Milner / September 25, 2003

A Perfect Circle, ‘Thirteenth Step’ (Virgin)

Some hard-rock records sound like incorrigible monsters, stomping through city streets at random, tearing at the jugulars of unsuspecting tourists. A Perfect Circle's Thirteenth Ste…
By: Chuck Klosterman / September 24, 2003

Andrew W.K., ‘The Wolf’ (Island)

Remember in Boogie Nights, when Dirk Diggler and Reed Rothchild are in the studio, trying to cut "The Touch," and Dirk's singing, "After all i…
By: Joe Gross / September 24, 2003

Nappy Roots, ‘Wooden Leather’ (Atlantic)

Near the midpoint of this follow-up to Nappy Roots' 2002 surprise hit, Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz, the group's B. Stille drawls perhaps the most outlandish…
By: Charles Aaron / September 24, 2003

My Morning Jacket, ‘It Still Moves’ (ATO/RCA)

Think of It Still Moves--the third album by Kentucky's My Morning Jacket and their first for Dave Matthews' ATO Records--as a Tennessee Williams play revamped…
By: Zac Crain / August 8, 2003

Dashboard Confessional, ‘A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar’ (Vagrant)

He is a boy. You are a girl. Could he make it any more obvious? The answer, apparently, is no--Dashboard Confessional, a.k.a.Chris Carrabba, doesn't fool…
By: Andrew Beaujon / August 8, 2003

Mondo Generator, ‘A Drug Problem That Never Existed’ (Rekords Rekords/Ipecac) ; Fu Manchu, ‘Go For It…Live!’ (SPV)

Back in 1995, when Kyuss finally disintegrated, nobody outside of a certain sunburned cult could've predicted that the Palm Desert goliaths would turn into a…
By: Joe Gross / August 7, 2003

The Locust, ‘Plague Soundscapes’ (Anti-)

There are a handful of legendary groups--the Ramones, the Velvet Underground-who never sold mega-millions of records, but who famously inspired an unusually huge number of…
By: Charles Aaron / August 7, 2003
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