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Previewing new albums from DJ Shadow, DJ Quik, Doves, Dirty Vegas, and more.
A Place Without Noise

A Place Without Noise

Wayne Gratz is one of the more unheralded solo pianists of the past decade, having quietly released more than 10 albums for Narada since 1989.
Somewhere Different

Somewhere Different

A former English school instructor, contemporary gospel artist Lexi (aka Alexis Allen) opted to apply her teaching methods to music.
Life Force Radio

Life Force Radio

Good, old-fashioned hip-hop gets a shot in the arm with Afu-Ra's sophomore set, Life Force Radio.
Little Big Town

Little Big Town

With their fresh-faced good looks, sunny demeanor, and earnest optimism, this coed quartet establishes itself as a big target out of the box for those leery of yet another sticky dose of vaporous pop country.
Mark Chesnutt

Mark Chesnutt

Save an unfortunate if hugely successful one-off in Diane Warren territory, no one ever accused Mark Chesnutt of going pop.
Cow Hear This

Cow Hear This

Compendia releases this Texas-centric compilation under the "Cowpendia" banner, and quite honestly, it aptly represents the thriving Lone Star singer/ songwriter scene via rough-and-rowdy cuts custom-built for live audiences.
Bad Bad One

Bad Bad One

After a four-year industry sabbatical, singer/songwriter/guitarist Meredith Brooks jumps back into the fire with the high-octane Bad Bad One, her bow for Gold Circle.
Besides: A Collection of B-Sides and Rarities

Besides: A Collection of B-Sides and Rarities

Obviously, the appeal of this disc isn't exactly all that broad. Yet, for the devoted Buffalo Tom fan, Besides—a companion to Beggars' 2000 best-of set, A-Sides—is a genuine jewel made even more precious by the fact that the band's future seems unclear (the band went on hiatus last year and has now scheduled a few shows).
Atticus Fault

Atticus Fault

Atticus Fault's debut is a very enjoyable pop/rock project, notable for its fantastic musical arrangements and generally ethereal sound.
The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

For its first cast recording, Sh-K-Boom chose this recent off-Broadway musical by Jason Robert Brown (Parade)—a wise choice.
Frantic

Frantic

Ferry's first release in three years shows the sometime-Roxy Music vocalist in top form. It also shows him collaborating with the likes of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Dave Stewart (who co-wrote several tunes), and longtime cohort Brian Eno.
Hecho a Mano

Hecho a Mano

On her fifth U.S.-made album—her second since parting ways with Sony—Cuban chanteuse Albita delves deeper than ever.

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