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    In this heyday of the re-repackage, if you don't own Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' 1995 two-CD Anthology, skip everything in this annual Xmas-gift roundup except the Holiday and purchase that singing group's 2002 two-CD Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology...

    by Robert Christgau on December 17, 2002
  • Crazy/Dutiful



    In the world of country and western, fresh new dudes are allowed to become good ol' boys, George Strait turning out the same record every couple years, Garth keeping pace, and Alan Jackson maintaining a freakin' concept career about the ethical virtu...

    by Jane Dark on December 17, 2002
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    Dollywood Bollywood

    It doesn't get any more weirdly cynical than this: A trio of albums containing the same 19 songsone red, one green, and one blueall differently recorded and catering to three target audiences. Up! is an album tailor-made for a format-driven Clear C...

    by Kembrew McLeod on December 17, 2002
  • Music



    Someone Else's Train Not a bridge, but a chasm: New York's post-punk stepchildren split two generations of rock fans like a nightclub Vietnam. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, who's 44, recently said he was "bumming out" while listening to the Rap...

    on December 17, 2002
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    Stick to You Like Glue

    At times, it seems like the once glorious possibilities in reggae's red-hot cry of ghetto outrage against all downpressors have shrunk to dictates about hairstyle, clothing, diet, and even fucking, from guys who get off on telling the rest of us what...

    by Elena Oumano on December 10, 2002
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    The Last Hypocrite

    The Last DJ is Tom Petty's latest stab at exposing the less savory aspects of the recording industry and trying to force it to mend its ways. With every other musician in the business stepping up to take a crack at the topic, Tom's complaints are, by...

    by Sean Carruthers on December 10, 2002
  • Music



    Joined at the Heart "Wow, that is one slippery stage," Jason Trachtenburg camps, kicking off the December residency of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players "on Ice" at Fez. The smoke machine creates the illusion of ice, or so we're told, and...

    on December 10, 2002
  • Wearing the Melancholy - This Dungeon's for Hire, Even If We're Just Dancing in the Darkwave


    Wearing the Melancholy - This Dungeon's for Hire, Even If We're Just Dancing in the Darkwave

    If you live in Salem, you either embrace Halloween full-force or endure a silent October. In the capital of witchcraft, as Salem has been since 1692, there's no other choice. Salem people wear a lot of black a lot of the timea large Wiccan contingen...

    by Michael Freedberg on December 10, 2002
  • Shock My Monkey


    Shock My Monkey

    High concept, or maybe just high, posi-fatalist goth-trance "darkwave" outfit VNV Nation's mooning would probably seem cheesy even to the preppie meatheads who frequent Webster Hall. Formed in London, temporarily relocated to Toronto, and most popula...

    by Nick Catucci on December 10, 2002
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    Sophisticate's Choice

    Electric Wizard, Grand Magus, Bad Wizardso many metal magicians, you almost can't tell which is which. Bad Wizard's the one with the strangest press, a blurb from The New Yorker linking them fondly to Molly Hatchet. It's hard to know what's more unb...

    by George Smith on December 10, 2002
  • Today's Mathematics


    Today's Mathematics

    Quality Control, Jurassic 5's 2000 debut album, refined a sound forged in the heat of battle: on the unforgiving stage of Los Angeles's Good Life Caf, during the early 1990s. There, originally working as two separate and unrelated unitsRebels of Rh...

    by Harry Allen on December 3, 2002
  • Beef Not Bacon


    Beef Not Bacon

    You don't need to be a Five-Percenter to suss that pork has no place in hip-hop. How pleased, to give one example, was Ice Cube when "mama cooked a breakfast with no hog" in "Today Was a Good Day"? DJ Quik's contribution to hip-hop's nostalgic, fleet...

    by Nick Catucci on December 3, 2002
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    Christmas Gilt - A Bounty of Chestnuts and Gift Boxes

    The annual profusion of Christmas albums suggests a bottomless appetite for the same dozen or 15 songs done in every conceivable fashion, and a hapless record industry is eager to oblige. When in doubt, shake up the backlist, develop a seasonal pun, ...

    by Gary Giddins on December 3, 2002
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    2Gether 4Never

    A friend inherited several dozen copies of the Sugababes' first album. She just called the distributor one day, and found out they were going to be landfilled. The fate of yet another pop record in 2002 is hardly a damning indictment of our times, I ...

    by Jess Harvell on December 3, 2002
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    Two Boots - Stiff Old Bands Get Down Like That

    One of the most uncanny effects of so-called mash-up bootlegs is the way already existing rhythm tracks by bands who've never seemed particularly swinging (XTC, Metallica) can be suddenly loosened up, utterly transformed by adding even marginally fun...

    by Dale Lawrence on December 3, 2002
  • Like Reich On Vodka - A Generation of Russians Embraces Post-Minimalism


    Like Reich On Vodka - A Generation of Russians Embraces Post-Minimalism

    By coincidence I arrived in Moscow the day the Nord-Ost theater siege began. I found a population distracted and depressed, but not too traumatized to share musical enthusiasms. I hadn't heard a peep of Russian music in decadesonly the occasional Es...

    on December 3, 2002
  • Music



    Join Our Cell "I feel a nostalgia for an age yet to come," a clipped BBC voice intones between tracks on Saint Etienne's new Finisterre. On Soft Cell's comeback single, "Monoculture," Marc Almond offers a blunter take on pop chronology, beating n...

    on December 3, 2002
  • Bad Babysitters


    Bad Babysitters

    Obviously using a beta version of the Ciccone Careermaster, the Prodigy released their best song ever last summer and attached it to no promotional carriage beyond a few live shows. Album? Oops, forgot to make oneunless "Always Outnumbered, Never Ou...

    by Sasha Frere-Jones on November 26, 2002
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    Guess What, America, We Love You

    Having already chart-ruled 21 countries and gone pan-European No. 1, "Aserej" will be compared relentlessly to the macarena as it's angled for the Anglo market. But the real musical forebears of Las Ketchup, three daughters of Spanish flamenco star ...

    by Jane Dark on November 26, 2002
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    From Safety to Where

    There are those among us, and you know who you are, with black capes and PVC corsets moldering in the back of your closets, a single tube of Revlon's Blackberry lipstick melting in your bathroom cabinet, and a stack of Sisters of Mercy 12-inches in s...

    by Kat Long on November 26, 2002
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