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Phoenix – It’s Never Been Like That

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Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That       Rob Theakston: ' After avoiding the sophomore slump with relative ease, Phoenix return with their third release "Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That " stripped of the post-d...

John Mayer – Continuum

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John Mayer - Continuum       Matt Collar: '... Working with his blues trio/rhythm section of bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan, along with guest spots by trumpeter Roy Hargrove and guitarist Ben Harper,...

Pulp – Different Class

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Pulp - Different Class       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: '....  Pulp don't stray from their signature formula at all -- it's still grandly theatrical, synth-spiked pop with new wave and disco flourishes, but they have m...

Blur – Think Tank

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Blur - Think Tank       Caroline Butler: 'Compared to the brash pop of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz side project and 1999's overtly emotional 13, Think Tank is a soulful and subtle affair—its tone possibly traceable to th...

Michael Kiwanuka ‎– Home Again

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Michael Kiwanuka ‎– Home Again       Thom Jurek: 'An age ago, major labels signed artists knowing it would take three, four, or even five records before she or he matured sufficiently to build a a dedicated audience....

Japan – Tin Drum

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Japan - Tin Drum       Ned Raggett: 'Partially growing out of their success in the country they were named after, as well as growing friendship and affiliation with such bands as Yellow Magic Orchestra, Japan, on Tin...

Madrugada – Madrugada

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Madrugada - Madrugada       Madrugada is the sixth and final studio album by the Norwegian band Madrugada. It was released by the band's own label, Malabar Recording Company (distributed by EMI records), on 21 Januar...

The Offspring – Smash

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The Offspring - Smash       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'The Offspring's second album for Epitaph did the impossible: it landed in the Top Five, unheard of for independent records. The Offspring crossed over due to the ...

Crowded House – Woodface

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Crowded House - Woodface       Chris Woodstra: 'Where Crowded House's previous album, Temple of Low Men, showcased the often dark side of a man alone with his thoughts, Woodface represents the joy of reunion and the ...

Fiona Apple – Tidal

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Fiona Apple - Tidal       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Fiona Apple demonstrates considerable talent on her debut album, Tidal, but it is unformed, unfocused talent. Her voice is surprisingly rich and supple for a teenag...

Echo & The Bunnymen – What Are You Going To Do With Your Life

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Echo & The Bunnymen - What Are You Going To Do With Your Life       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Echo & the Bunnymen made a dignified return in 1997 with Evergreen, but that record displayed some hints of rustin...

Phil Collins – …But Seriously

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Phil Collins - ...But Seriously       Geoff Orens: 'Spawning four hit singles, But Seriously topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. While pursuing much of the same formula as on No Jacket Required, there wa...

The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry

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The Cure - Boys Don't Cry        Chris True: 'Falling somewhere between official release and compilation, Boys Don't Cry was released in February 1980 in hopes of increasing the band's exposure outside of the U.K. It...

Nada Surf – The Weight Is A Gift

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      MacKenzie Wilson: 'Upon its reissue in 2003, Let Go had already positioned itself to be an indie rock milestone in the making for Nada Surf. They'd left the major labels behind for Barsuk and remained for their ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication       Greg Prato: 'Many figured that the Red Hot Chili Peppers' days as undisputed alternative kings were numbered after their lackluster 1995 release One Hot Minute, but like ...

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

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      Heather Phares: PJ Harvey followed her ghostly collection of ballads, White Chalk, with PJ Harvey - Let England Shake, a set of songs strikingly different from what came before it except in its Englishness. Whit...

Noir Désir – Des visages des figures

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      Sergey Mesenov: 'Des Visages des Figures, the sixth studio album by French bad-boy guitar band Noir Désir, turned out to be their last. It was released in 2001 and featured a considerably quieter and more stripp...

David Byrne – Feelings

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Attempting to inject some adventure into his multicultural, worldbeat-inflected avant-pop, David Byrne dabbled with trip-hop and drum'n'bass on Feelings. These tracks, including a colla...

Counting Crows – Films About Ghosts: the Best of

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Counting Crows always seemed a little older than their years, so it somehow seemed appropriate when they arrived at certain milestones a little earlier than their peers. They released t...

Garbage – Garbage

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Garbage - Garbage Garbage is the debut album by alternative rock group Garbage. It was released in the late summer and autumn of 1995 worldwide. "Stupid Girl" was nominated Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by...

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