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Jimmy Eat World, ‘Chase This Light’ (Interscope)

Time isn't kind to anyone, but it's been especially harsh to turn-of-the-century emo bands. Pour a little on the curb for the Get Up Kids,…
Andrew Beaujon / November 1, 2007

Marilyn Manson, ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ (Interscope)

Hey, 38-year-old androgynous vampire extraterrestrials get their hearts broken, too! Marilyn Manson's sixth album scales back the Weimar guignol of 2003's The Golden Age of…
Andrew Beaujon / July 26, 2007

Kings of Leon, ‘Because of the Times’ (RCA)

Despite their well-publicized evangelical upbringing, I have no idea what religion Kings of Leon practice. I suspect they'd make lousy Buddhists -- because repetition, when…
Andrew Beaujon / March 31, 2007

Lee Hazlewood, ‘Cake or Death’ (Ever)

Lee Hazlewood's farewell to the recording industry is as oblique as his journey through it, which took him from producing Duane Eddy to saving Nancy…
Andrew Beaujon / February 15, 2007

Mute Math, ‘Mute Math’ (Teleprompt/Warner Bros.)

Mute Math can seem hopelessly dorky -- they wear skinny ties, singer Paul Meany sounds like Sting, and they sued Warner Bros., charging that the…
Andrew Beaujon / December 7, 2006

Portastatic, ‘Be Still Please’ (Merge)

With his eighth album as Portastatic, Mac McCaughan still has his feet on the ground -- befitting what began as a subdued side project to…
Andrew Beaujon / November 14, 2006

Jet, ‘Shine On’ (Atlantic)

The pitiless logic of the music biz goes something like this: Your first album is the one you put all the work into, and if…
Andrew Beaujon / October 27, 2006

Darkel, ‘Darkel’ (Astralwerks)

"TV Destroy," the best song on the solo debut of Air's Jean-Benoit Dunckel, is a near-perfect confluence of early-'90s indie guitar noise, Daft Punk-style disco,…
Andrew Beaujon / October 6, 2006

Bobby Bare Jr.’s Young Criminals Starvation League, ‘The Longest Meow’ (Bloodshot)

Eleven songs recorded in 11 hours by an 11-person pickup band (featuring members of ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and…
Andrew Beaujon / October 6, 2006

Emily Haines, ‘Knives Don’t Have Your Back’ (Last Gang)

Occasionally beautiful and often brain-meltingly boring, the solo debut of Metric's Emily Haines is mostly frustrating. Songs such as "The Maid Needs a Maid" boast…
Andrew Beaujon / September 30, 2006

Robert Pollard, ‘From A Compound Eye’ (Merge)

Okay, uncle. I give. After Robert Pollard broke up Guided by Voices, of which he was the only real member, I thought I'd finally have…
Andrew Beaujon / February 7, 2006

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

My Morning Jacket, ‘Z’ (ATO/RCA)

It's fun to imagine that My Morning Jacket's Jim James composes his songs by wailing into an abandoned railroad tunnel, his beard moist with sweat,…
Andrew Beaujon / September 29, 2005

Franz Ferdinand, ‘You Could Have It So Much Better…With Franz Ferdinand’ (Domino/Epic)

Ladies and gentlemen, let's hear it for the Owen Wilsons of rock, the guys who look like they'd be hanging out at our houses eating…
Andrew Beaujon / September 27, 2005

Frank Black, ‘Honeycomb’ (Back Porch/Virgin)

No man should have to scream forever. Except maybe Charles "Frank Black" Thompson, who could make a comfortable living doing nothing but spazzing out with…
Andrew Beaujon / July 28, 2005

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