Tag: 2000

Phoenix – United

Phoenix – United       Jason Birchmeier: ‘On their debut album for Astralwerks/Source, Phoenix applies a slick electronica aesthetic to traditional pop/rock songwriting, resulting in a quite adventurous album capable of re-organizing perceptions about 1980s-style verse-chorus-verse guitar pop. Of course, the fact that the group members come from France gives them the necessary perspective […]

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Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors

Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors       Fevers and Mirrors is the third album by the Nebraska indie band Bright Eyes, recorded in 1999 and released on May 29, 2000. It was the 32nd release of the Omaha, Nebraska-based record label Saddle Creek Records. The album was released later in 2000 in the […]

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Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun

Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun       Ned Raggett: ‘Some older fans looked askance at Lightbulb Sun, feeling it was verging on overt commercialism (and admittedly, the near power ballad solo on “Where We Would Be” is a bit odd!). Then again, given Wilson’s own explorations of avant-garde pop with No-Man, who’s to say […]

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Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP The Marshall Mathers LP is the third studio album by American rapper Eminem. It was released on May 23, 2000, by Interscope Records, Aftermath Entertainment and his newly founded label, Shady Records in the United States, and on September 11, 2000, by Polydor Records in the United Kingdom. The […]

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Lenny Kravitz – Greatest Hits

Lenny Kravitz – Greatest Hits       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘ Lenny Kravitz’s greatest gift is that he’s a master synthesist, pulling together different sounds and styles from eras past to create a sound that isn’t necessarily blazingly original, but fresh due to his craft and sheer mastery of the studio. Since he was an […]

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Liquid Mind – Liquid Mind IV: Unity

Liquid Mind – Liquid Mind IV: Unity The fourth in Liquid Mind’s elegant electronic series of slow relaxation music albums takes many listeners to a place of deep calm and tranquility. This peaceful album may be used by parents to help quiet hyperactive children, to assist themselves in going back to sleep in the middle […]

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Deftones – White Pony

      It marked a significant growth in the band’s sound and is considered a turning point for the band in terms of experimentation, incorporating more new wave, dream pop, trip hop, and shoegazing influences into the alternative metal edge for which the group had become known. It is generally regarded by fans and […]

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Carpenters – Gold: Greatest Hits

Carpenters – Gold: Greatest Hits AMG Review: Usually the name Gold: Greatest Hits means “avoid this album.” Many times small labels will buy the rights to some obscure songs by a big-name artist and then release it under that very title. But despite the name, this collection keeps the crap in the middle of the album, […]

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Richard Ashcroft – Alone With Everybody

Richard Ashcroft – Alone With Everybody AMG Review:  He experienced what could have been a traumatic blow to his inventiveness and creativity as a musician but ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft is fresh. He has moved on from the effervescent prettiness of his former band to make music for himself — something the Verve might have […]

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Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Giuliano Carmignola)

Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Giuliano Carmignola) Amazon.com: You’re moaning to yourself, “Yet another Four Seasons?” But this disc, believe it or not, is actually worth hearing. Violinist Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra use a slightly different scoring of Vivaldi’s masterpiece, the 1996 Ricordi critical edition, and somehow unveil world premieres of three […]

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PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, stories from the Sea

PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, stories from the Sea AMG review: During her career, Polly Jean Harvey has had as many incarnations as she has albums. She’s gone from the Yeovil art student of her debut Dry, to Rid of Me’s punk poetess to To Bring You My Love and Is This Desire?’s postmodern […]

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The Dandy Warhols – Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia

The Dandy Warhols – Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia AMG Review: Though they still tend towards pastiche, the Dandy Warhols’ third full-length, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, presents a bakers’ dozen of their most focused and cohesive songs. Where their earlier albums were eclectic to the point of being scattershot, this release manages to limit […]

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Porcupine Tree – Voyage 34: The Complete Trip

Porcupine Tree – Voyage 34: The Complete Trip Porcupine Tree – Voyage 34: The Complete Trip is a compilation album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. The individual tracks were recorded in 1992 or 1993, while the album itself was compiled and released in 2000, and then reissued again in 2004. The album originates […]

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Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump

Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump The Sophtware Slump is the second studio album by American indie rock band Grandaddy. It was released on May 29, 2000, through record label V2. It is seen by some as a concept album about problems concerning modern technology in society. AMG review: Picking up where their Signal to Snow Ratio […]

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Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain is the debut album by English electronic duo Goldfrapp. It was released in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2000 by Mute Records. The album takes influence from a variety of music styles such as 1960s pop, cabaret, folk and electronica. Felt Mountain peaked at number 57 […]

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Radiohead – Kid A

Radiohead – Kid A       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘ In the wake of OK Computer, it became taken for granted among serious rock fans of all ages that Radiohead not only saved rock from itself, but paved the way toward the future. High praise, but given the static nature of rock in the last […]

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Tosca – Suzuki

Tosca – Suzuki AMG review: Tosca – Suzuki takes a lighter, airier approach to the trip-hop terrain that Opera explored. The spare, shimmering title track’s delicate synth textures, minimal beats, mellow rhythms, and breathy vocal samples set the tone for the rest of the album’s laid-back tracks. Though “Orozco,” “Bass on the Boat,” and “Ocean […]

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GYBE! – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like …

GYBE! – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven  AMG review: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, the much-anticipated follow-up to Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Slow Riot, is a double-disc achievement of four works (each with multiple parts): “Storm,” “Static,” “Sleep,” and “Antennas to Heaven.” It is a windfall for any fan of […]

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Antony And The Johnsons

Antony And The Johnsons – Antony And The Johnsons Since the release of his 2004 sophomore effort “I Am Bird Now” Antony’s profile has sky rocketed worldwide. Now you can immerse yourself in Antony’s wonderous world of where it all began, the genesis of an exceptional talent. “Antony And The Johnsons” is a re issue of the […]

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