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Herman Düne – Mas Cambios

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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 (brothe...

The National – Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

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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 C...

The Wrens – The Meadowlands

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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,...

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...

No-Man – Together We’re Stranger

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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...

Four Tet – Rounds

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      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 dem...

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...

Michael McDonald – Motown

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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...

The Mars Volta – De-loused In The Comatorium

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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 Univer...

The Postal Service – Give Up

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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-le...

Blink 182 – Blink 182

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     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, b...

Daniel Lanois – Shine

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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...

Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated Place

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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...

Explosions in the Sky – The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place

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Explosions in the Sky - The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place AMG Review:  Explosions in the Sky's second effort takes a more studied, even lush approach to the literate chaos of their 2001 debut. But put on your sad sa...

Opeth – Damnation

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      Eduardo Rivadavia: 'Released in 2003, Opeth - Damnation is easily the most radical departure of Opeth's career. The companion piece to the previous year's Deliverance set, to which it was originally inextricably...

Dave Gahan – Paper Monsters

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      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...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell

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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. ...

Evanescence – Fallen

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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 "...

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Greatest Hits

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      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 ...

Damien Rice – O

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      AMG Review: Magnificently packaged in a CD-sized hardcover book filled with personal artwork, lyrics, and photos, Damien Rice - O, is nothing less than a work of genius, a perfect cross between Ryan Adams and Da...