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 |  Feb 03, 2006  |  0 comments

SHAKIRA. The English-language Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (Epic; Music ••••, Sound ••••) is the sequel to the all-Spanish FijaciÓn Oral, Vol. 1 - but aside from two overlapping songs, it's a different Shakira entirely. The Spanish set was a lush and relatively subdued pop disc; the follow-up is wildly and creatively multicultural.

Billy Altman  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
A Time to Love Motown
Music ••••½ Sound •••
It was hard to know just what to expect from Stevie Wonder's A T
Billy Altman  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
Catching Tales Verve Forecast
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On his breakout major-label debut, Twentysomething, the jazz-based E
Brett Milano  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
Kate Bush Aerial Columbia
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Shine Columbia
Music •••• Sound •••• DualDisc Extras •••½
A more appropriate cover photo would sh
Parke Puterbaugh  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
12 Songs Columbia
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Neil Diamond's 12 Songs isn't quite the artistic rehabilitation we heard
Rob O'Connor  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
The Magic Numbers Capitol
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Is it the sound of the Strokes hitting the sandbox or Belle & Sebastian getti
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  First Published: Jul 11, 2005  |  0 comments
A trembling flute figure drifts into the air and hangs there, sensuously falling and rising. It's one of the most celebrated moments in orchestral music, and the free, blissful, agile development that follows does not disappoint. Nor does Telarc's multichannel recording of this sumptuous work.
Adrienne Maxwell  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  First Published: Jul 11, 2005  |  0 comments
I don't know how many banjo players you can name, but I can come up with two: Bela Fleck and Roy Clark (and I had to cheat to get Roy Clark-before a trip to IMDB.com, it was "that guy from Hee-Haw"). Even if you've never heard of Bela Fleck, you've probably heard his music, as he's appeared on a ton of pop and jazz albums. He's won Grammys in the country, jazz, classical, and pop categories, but his roots are pure bluegrass.
Steve Guttenberg  |  Dec 16, 2005  |  0 comments
I guess I shouldn't have counted him out, but, after Neil Young's last few efforts—Silver & Gold, Are You Passionate?, and Greendale—I was starting to feel like he was in a rut. The recordings had their high points, all right; but, when I'm in the mood for Neil, I'll spin Comes a Time or Sleeps With Angels. Although I've only spent a few weeks with Prairie Wind, I think it'll stand beside Young's earlier triumphs. It's that good.
Rob O'Connor  |  Dec 14, 2005  |  0 comments
Z RCA/ATO
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A trip through rock's storied past, perhaps?
Steve Simels  |  Dec 14, 2005  |  0 comments
A Musical History Capitol
Music ••••½ Sound ••••½
Somebody's Miracle Capitol
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I'll say one thing for Liz Phair's new album: It really makes you app
Brett Milano  |  Dec 14, 2005  |  0 comments
Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking? Geffen
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If I told you that the Like is an all-female L.A.
Brett Milano  |  Dec 14, 2005  |  0 comments
Big Star in Space Rykodisc
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If this disc had been released under leader Alex Chilton's

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