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The Tragically Hip - In Violet Light

Ninth LP from veteran Canadian rockers

Mary Lorson & Billy Cote - Piano Creeps

Cinematic album of moody instrumentals from Madder Rose duo

Beezewax - Oh Tahoe

Radio-friendly Norwegian beat mavericks raised on R.E.M. and Teenage Fanclub

Hellenic Hell

In November 2001, the owner of Tongue Master records invited Mark Eitzel to fly out to Greece and...

Power Pop - Trio Grande

Three varieties of harmonic, overdriven bliss from the West Coast and Maryland

Jennifer Terran - The Musician

Concept album from uncompromising American singer about killing the corporate beast

Jeff Hanson - Son

Winsome, hormonally-challenged folk-pop

Serene

Promising opener from US alt.rock quartet

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Thug World Order

Fourth album from Cleveland's fast-rapping soul gangstas

Good Charlotte - The Young And The Hopeless

Maryland foursome produce second album of kiddie-pleasing punk

Roots - Phrenology

Fourth album proper from live Philly jazz-rappers

Various Artists - Beginner's Guide To World Music

Moderately entertaining introductory selection

Bitter, Bitter Weeks

A kinder, gentler Ryan Adams

Echoboy - Giraffe

Idiosyncratic Liverpudlian's third LP reveals pop direction

Deleyaman - 00

Multi-ethnic mixture of religious, film and dance music by post-punks

Avant-Garde Of Honour

The "In The Fish Tank" series is the brainchild of Dutch label Konkurrent. The concept is...

Liza's Back - Liza Minnelli

It's easy to be cynical about a windy old narcissistic diva but less so to heckle one who's come...

Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers - Wea

Underwhelmed as we are by franchise McBlockbusters, this score's by the really rather talented...

Punch-Drunk Love - Nonesuch

After the steamy funk of Boogie Nights and the Aimee Mann tearjerkers of Magnolia, PT Anderson's...

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Editor's Letter

Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...