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Light Blue Sun
Light Blue Sun
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Price: CDN$ 11.68
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great instrumentals, not-so-great singing., June 4 2004
This review is from: Light Blue Sun (Audio CD)
Lili Haydn is a powerhouse violinist, and this album holds some beautifully melodic instrumentals, including a ten-minute jam with George Clinton and Pharaoh Sanders. However, the album falters with her singing. The new-age timbre of her voice combined with her cheesy/obvious lyrics distract from the music that would stand so beautifully on its own. Haydn emotes so much with her violin that she doesn't NEED to sing, and I hope she'll just stick to her awesome instrumentals in the future.

Frasier: Season 2
Frasier: Season 2
DVD ~ Kelsey Grammer
Price: CDN$ 22.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Caller, I'm listening., April 12 2004
This review is from: Frasier: Season 2 (DVD)
Frasier's second season was incredibly solid; no single episode can be viewed as a "weak link". More uncomfortable situations, more Daphne/Niles tension, more more more!
Extras: The commentary and extras were really interesting, but some of the extras were just montages of snippets from the shows rather than any sort of commentary or explanation. (eg, I know how great Eddie is, but I wish I could've seen more footage of him being trained, or interviews with his trainer). I'm glad the extras were more solid than in Season 1, but I'd always love more, of course! The packaging is really nice and sturdy.
Biggest complaint (and again the reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5): No sub-titles. The closed-captions are there, but on many TVs it's impossible to bring those up without muting the TV, which somewhat defeats the purpose. That said, though, the audio is generally very easy to understand and I wished for subtitles only on a handful of occasions.
Can't wait for seasons 3 and beyond!

Last Boat
Last Boat
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4.0 out of 5 stars good first effort, April 12 2004
This review is from: Last Boat (Audio CD)
Brent Arnold has done arranging work for/with bands like Quasi and Modest Mouse, and he applies those talents to his own debut album, which sounds so much like Thalia Zedek's post-Come work that you can almost hear her singing behind Arnold. Most of "Last Boat" is solidly orchestrated pop and is solid next to any of the recordings Arnold contributed to behind the scenes.
Recommended if you like Quasi or Modest Mouse or any other band Arnold has worked with.

Baby Blue
Baby Blue
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album; she sounds great with a full band!, March 16 2004
This review is from: Baby Blue (Audio CD)
Folksinger Mary Lou Lord has always sung other people's songs, and she continues that tradition here, working with Bevis Frond mastermind Nick Saloman, playing both Frond songs and newly-penned Saloman tunes. She usually performs solo, but here she's got a full band to back up her breathy voice.
Overall, this is a solid effort from Lord, her first studio album in quite some time. Much of the album is peppy and upbeat, but she reworks the Frond's melancholy "Why Stars Burn Out" almost certainly as a memorial to her longtime friend Elliott Smith. With that song and with all the other covers on this album, she takes other people's songs and makes them clearly her own.

Come Across The River
Come Across The River
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4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome change of sound from this Seattle musician., March 8 2004
This review is from: Come Across The River (Audio CD)
Heather Duby delivers a solid performance in "Come Across the River", which is a welcome departure from the new-age sound of her Sub Pop debut. While the songs that rely solely on piano and vocals are a bit too melodramatic, the more instrumented songs dominate this album, and tunes like "Three Miles" with dual vocal melodies and the support of a full band show her power as a songwriter.
These songs are catchy and fantastic. Definitely an album worth checking out!

Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
Price: CDN$ 14.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars this record is neither cold nor dead., Dec 30 2003
I'm convinced that every instrumental band gets compared to Mogwai and Godspeed. It's really very incestuous -- every instrumental band gets compared to every other instrumental band, with so many circular references that you can never really figure out what any of them actually sounds like.
Therefore, to describe Explosions in the Sky's second record, "The Earth is Not a Cold, Dead Place", I will give you only this endorsement. One of my friends who listens almost solely to mainstream top-40 music heard this CD playing in my apartment and was so mesmerized that she insisted I email her the details of the album and where she could find it. I don't think she's stopped listening to it since.

Today Is The Day! (6 Track EP)
Today Is The Day! (6 Track EP)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid sampler of what Yo La Tengo does., Dec 22 2003
This EP is a good introduction to YLT's musical diversity (for people who are not familiar with the band) while providing longtime fans with three things at which these musicians are incredibly skilled -- beautiful originals, solid covers and reinventions of their own songs.
YLT's catchy pop melodies are solid, whether they redo them by bumping them up a notch (the EP's title song, from this year's Summer Sun) or stripping them way down ("Cherry Chapstick", from 2000's And then nothing turned itself inside-out). Beyond YLT's original tunes, the most beautiful and touching song on this EP is the lullaby-like cover of Bert Jansch's "Needle of Death."
Overall, this EP might be short, but it shows a breadth of musical styles and is a cheap introduction to the music if you've never heard them before, or an interesting take on some previously-released songs for those who have.

Turbo Mattress
Turbo Mattress
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4.0 out of 5 stars 15 minutes of rockin' songs., Dec 8 2003
This review is from: Turbo Mattress (Audio CD)
The Chinese Stars are two parts Arab on Radar, one part Six Finger Satellite, and one part mystery man. "turbo mattress" blasts off with a shrill, arpeggiated guitar line, with Eric Paul hollering lyrics that just barely make sense ("You could build a support group/with the germs that you bring on vacation."). One track rolls into the next so quickly that you'll barely have time to rest before another grinding tune begins. You just know that these guys must slay in concert, and cranking up this CD to full volume gives a fifteen-minute preview of what that must be like.
Warning: this CD is shaped like a Chinese star (clever!) and might not play in all stereos.

Lost Notes From Forgotten Song
Lost Notes From Forgotten Song
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remix album that doesn't feel like one!, Dec 1 2003
Usually I steer far away from remix albums, but this one is a pleasant surprise. Even though they don't explicitly call it a remix album (they opt instead for witty terms like "re-invented", "re-shaped", and "re-volutionized"), it is exactly that. They trust their instrumentals to artists who keep with their overall aesthetic and add vocals that sound remarkably consistent from one track to the next.
By far, this album's standout track is the one re-defined by Jenn Ghetto and Mat Brooke of Carissa's Wierd (and their version is enough to make me want to seek out everything they've done). Once the song gets rolling, harmonized "ooohs" and "heys" swirl around a beautiful plucked melody, and I just want to listen to this song over and over and over again.
Throughout this album, notable musicians like Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Dave Bazan (Pedro the Lion) and Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse) take foundations laid by the Six Parts Seven and build new songs on top. Each artist makes the re-mixed song his or her own; yet the album still maintains a holistic feel. All in all, the finished product is phenomenal.

Williams-Sonoma Collection: Dessert
Williams-Sonoma Collection: Dessert
by Abigail Johnson Dodge
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 13.71
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to please a sweet tooth!, Nov. 19 2003
The recipes in this cookbook are very straightforward and easy-to-follow. And at this price, it's totally worth it -- even if you find only one or two recipes that you fall in love with, it's worth it. I would highly recommend the Chocolate Mousse, which I've made for friends and was a GREAT success! Give yourself a little extra time the first time you prepare any of these recipes: they're not hard, but you'll definitely get better/faster at it the more you do it. Highly recommended for anyone, whether you're a master chef or just a beginner -- the great photos and straightforward directions are perfect for any skill level!

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