MUSIC DISC & DOWNLOAD REVIEWS

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Steve Guttenberg Posted: Aug 16, 2006 0 comments
It's not just cables anymore.

It was in the late 1970s when Noel Lee, a laser-fusion design engineer, started a little company, Monster Cable, which soon spawned, well, the entire high-end audio-cable industry. Over the decades, Monster maintained their dominance in the cable market as it branched into power conditioners and M•Design home theater furniture. Now, with Monster Music, they're jumping into the record business with a line of High Definition Surround SuperDiscs. Noel Lee's passion for multichannel music—and frustration with the stillborn SACD/DVD-Audio formats—pushed him to extract the best sound from Dolby- and DTS-encoded music. Monster Music claims that the SuperDiscs are the first music releases certified by THX for sound quality.

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Surprise Warner Bros.
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Paul Simon's first album in six years is called Surprise, without an excl
Brett Milano Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Broken Boy Soldiers Third Man/V2
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The Raconteurs could've been a power-pop fan's dream, s
Brett Milano Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
The Obliterati Matador
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Mission of Burma's 2004 disc ONoffON was a th
Billy Altman Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Taking the Long Way Open Wide/Columbia
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Given the backlash, boycotts, and even death threats they've had
Rob O'Connor Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Just Like the Fambly Cat Will/V2
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Modesto, California's Grandaddy grew up in pub
Jeff Perlah Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
10,000 Days Tool Dissectional/Volcano/Zomba
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Aim the "stereoscopic lenses" built into
Billy Altman Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Eyes Open Fiction/Polydor/A&M
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There's no denying that Gary Lightbody has the kind of arr
Rob O'Connor Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Goodbye Alice in Wonderland Atlantic
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Jewel's attempt to recast herself as a dance-pop diva with 2003
Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Every Man for Himself Island
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Every Man for Himself is Hoobastank's stab at relevanc
Mike Mettler Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments

"Four Dead in O-HI-O." "Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970s." "We got a kinder, gentler machine-gun hand." "Time is runnin' out, let's roll." "I'm living with war every day." Neil Young has never been one to pull punches either socially or politically.

Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments

The Velvet Underground: "one of the most unique bands of the 1960s." Syd Barrett: "one of the most unique talents to surface from the 1960s underground music scene." Kate Bush: "one of the most unique artists in British musical history." Queen: "perhaps the most unique band in the history of rock music." Such is the slant of your opening line of narration

Billy Altman Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros.
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Topping two hours, this double CD is almost too much of a good thing - espe
Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Jun 30, 2006 0 comments
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We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions Columbia
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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
How We Operate ATO
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This freewheeling British fivesome loves to follow its own ramshackle muse.

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