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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
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+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
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+ Espers - II
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While the media — like the total, like, dicks that they are — invariably picked up and ran with the angry-young-woman "angle," the real story with Kelis's Kaleidoscope was that, back in the '99, it introduced the world to the bill-paying productional skills of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. Over two years on, the duo, the Neptunes, done come a long way, sister, what with that N*E*R*D record and choice paid-work jobs for Mystikal, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Britney and P.Diddy under their fashionable studded belts. And now they're back working with the singer whose star set their own star rising. And, with Wanderland, we get a whole disc of choice Neptunes tunes, an album-long display of their focused talents, not just a couple paid-up moments in the middle of a money-slung producer-hiring soup. Even more than that, they show a caring consistency on the set, so it's an album that sounds like an album, even if there are a couple of moments that do jump out. One such jump-out comes when the record starts off in stellar form with single "Young, Fresh n' New," a fresh entry into the-most-fucked-up-tune-to-get-spun-on-gormless-commercial-radio ranks. All belligerent bass-buzz, wired-up keyboard blasts, syncopated handclaps, and raining Space Invaders sound effects, the nattily named number is equal parts avant-electro knock-up and giddily-emphatic pop-song. But, such single material — like the suspiciously angry-young-woman anthem "Get Even" (sample lyric: "I'm a survivor") and the No-Doubt-collaborative bad-rock-song "Perfect Day" — is the only time the album ruffles its laid-out-seductively-on-the-feather-cushions feathers, the set maintaining an expressed purpose to produce beautiful sole music, even if the spaced-out kineticky beats and minimalist synth-symphs don't leave the digital world. Like on "Digital World," when the shuffling electro-stabs lay it down under the angel-humming buzz of fluorescent light, over which Kelis details her history of having to maintain love via voice and electronic mail, and, thus, how the pale-blue glow of the unblinking eye of the soul-sucking computer screen can come to represent love — or failing love — itself. The album is filled with lyrical juxtapositions just as poignant, although, this said, you get the feeling that Kelis is an innocent imprompteur, and that her belief in both UFOs and God — and a possible relationship between them — is absolute and earnest. Which makes me think, in a thought symbolic of how I feel as listener here, of one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard anyone say: I don't believe in God, but I believe in you.

by Anthony Carew

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