Tag: 2003

Herman Düne – Mas Cambios

Herman Düne – Mas Cambios       Stewart Mason: ‘French-Swedish anti-folk trio Herman Düne recorded 2003’s Mas Cambios, their third album, in New York in the company of local scene heavyweights like Jack Lewis (brother and collaborator of Jeffrey Lewis), Turner Cody, and Diane Cluck. However, by this point in their career, the Herman […]

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The National – Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

The National – Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers       Tim DiGravina: ‘For a band that’s been compared to Joy Division, Leonard Cohen, Wilco, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the National sure sounds a lot more like the Czars or Uncle Tupelo on this sophomore album Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. …  Berninger […]

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The Wrens – The Meadowlands

The Wrens – The Meadowlands       Heather Phares: “The Wrens’ third album, The Meadowlands, is a sprawling, shifting affair, perhaps reflecting the fact that it took four years to create. It’s easy to take the sweet, slightly alt-country “13 Months in 6 Minutes” at face value — the song’s epic feel suggests the […]

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No-Man – Together We’re Stranger

No-Man – Together We’re Stranger       Kelvin Hayes: Accomplished but slow, Together We’re Stranger further envelops the epic arrangements of its predecessor, Returning Jesus. The echo of Talk Talk shrouds this album in that the bouncy pop of such material as “Teardrop Falls” is now long gone to the extent you wonder if […]

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Four Tet – Rounds

      John Bush: ‘For his solo projects, Fridge’s Kieran Hebden is a lo-fi experimentalist who, had he been recording 15 years ago, would’ve been cranking out songs on a four-track recorder instead of a laptop. As demonstrated on his third record, Rounds, he’s one of the few musicians capturing all the promise inherent […]

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Counting Crows – Films About Ghosts: the Best of

      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 their first live album, an exhaustive double-disc set, just two albums into their career, then, two albums later, they issued […]

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Michael McDonald – Motown

Michael McDonald – Motown Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Michael McDonald never disguises what his seventh solo album is: the title Motown makes it clear that this 2003 effort is a tribute to the glory days of Berry Gordy’s Detroit empire. McDonald never strays too far from that thesis, occasionally dipping into the late ’70s for material […]

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The Mars Volta – De-loused In The Comatorium

The Mars Volta – De-loused In The Comatorium De-Loused in the Comatorium is the debut studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta, released on June 24, 2003, on Gold Standard Laboratories and Universal Records. Based on a short story written by lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and sound manipulation artist Jeremy Michael Ward, […]

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The Postal Service – Give Up

The Postal Service – Give Up     Heather Phares:  ‘Coming off their work on Dntel’s beautiful This Is the Dream of Evan and Chan, Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard team up again for their full-length debut as Postal Service, Give Up. Instead of covering that EP’s territory again, with this […]

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Blink 182 – Blink 182

     Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘There comes a time in every punk’s life where he or she has to grow up, or at least acknowledge that maturity is just around the corner. blink-182 put it off for as long as they could, but ten years into their career and two albums after their big breakthrough, […]

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Daniel Lanois – Shine

Daniel Lanois – Shine AMG Review: Thirty seconds into “I Love You,” the first track off of Shine, Daniel Lanois’ warm, watery guitar signature is already unmistakable, even before his voice entwines ecstatically with Emmylou Harris’. Shine is the third Lanois album to appear under his own name, and his first in a decade. What […]

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Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated Place

Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated Place AMG Review:  Ulrich Schnauss’ second record for City Centre Offices moves away from the early-’90s U.K. techno touches of Far Away Trains Passing By in order to zero in on another early-’90s U.K. phenomenon. Though it was plain to hear in the debut that Schnauss had an affinity […]

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Dave Gahan – Paper Monsters

      Don Kline: ‘ … Dave Gahan – Paper Monsters is what many would expect — a collection of material culled from his addictions, failed relationships, and spiritual rebirth. While the lyrics on Paper Monsters lack some of the depth and clever irony associated with those of bandmate Martin Gore, Gahan masters innuendo, […]

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell is the debut album by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, released on April 29, 2003, through Interscope. It was produced by David Andrew Sitek and mixed by Alan Moulder. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell was nominated for a Grammy for Best […]

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Evanescence – Fallen

Evanescence – Fallen      Johnny Loftus: ‘ Fallen is the major-label debut of Evanescence, a Little Rock, AR-based quartet led by the soaring vocals of 20-year-old Amy Lee. Emboldened by the inclusion of its single “Bring Me to Life” on the soundtrack to the hit film Daredevil, Fallen debuted at an impressive number seven […]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Greatest Hits

      Matt Collar:  Red Hot Chili Peppers – Greatest Hits is a compelling listen, culling tracks from the band’s 1989 breakthrough, Mother’s Milk, to its melodic 2002 release, By the Way. In some ways, one could view this as the best of the John Frusciante years, charting most of the band’s work with […]

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