an-epic-no-less,Infinite Possibilities [Amel Larrieux], We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Reds [DVD Boxset] [2-Disc Set/ 25th Anniversary Edition], Folon [016253102224], Disintegration [The Cure] [CD] [1 disc] [075596085526]

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Entertainment Weekly (2/18/00, p.86) - "...She embraces spirituality amd monogamy, dressing her love-child lyrics in cool beats and misty melodies....making it clear that true soul stems from the heart..." - Rating: B+Q (3/00, pp.102-4) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...confident, thoughtful Erykah Badu-style philosophising over a confluence of dreaminess and spirituality, spacy electronics and ethnic sounds, futuristic funk and night-club jazz....never less than beguiling."Muzik (4/00, p.106) - 5 out of 5 - "...Miss Larrieux has more variety [than Badu, Hill et al.] and will not be pushed into the next 'nu-soul diva' category....Amel's style is totally unique, devastatingly interesting and extremely innovative."Vibe (3/00, p.212) - "...she takes it to the old-school with this rhapsodic, jazzed-out offering....With talent like Larrieux's anything is possible....After this solo comeback, we should all be true believers."Melody Maker (3/14/00, p.53) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "Silky, slinky, soulful....Quite lovely in places..."6.573632

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Rolling Stone (p.78) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's louder and somewhat less twisty than the group's indie output..."Spin (p.85) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Brock's pop instincts have never been more refined....It's a road-trip sing-along album not for vacationers, but for escapees."Entertainment Weekly (p.58) - "Brock has never sounded more charismatic, or chameleonlike, as he alternately croons, spits, and bronchially howls through lyrics..." -- Grade: A-Q (p.128) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Marr dazzles throughout....Modest Mouse show no signs of sinking into the quagmire of mainstream orthodoxy...A fantastic voyage."Alternative Press (p.145) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Brock and his bandmates have filled the album with the kind of guitar-heavy dirges and poignant ballads that long ago turned them into blue-collar indie-rock gods."Q (Magazine) (p.87) - Ranked #11 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "[L]oosely based around a nautical theme, it conjures up visions of a grunge Talking Heads..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Isaac Brock's vocal histrionics and Marr's itchy guitar scrawl provide a backdrop for cryptic, neurotic lyrical intrigue, but they're also capable of a cute romantic ballad..."6.563566

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"...Courageous and uncompromising..." Variety "...Keaton is nothing less than splendid....REDS is an extremely fine film." New York Times "A rabble-rousing tour de force....The movie is political, educational, provocative...It is also intellectually stirring..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly "REDS remains a superior history lesson, thanks to Mr. Beatty's thorough command of the material and to his inclusion of real-life 'witnesses' to the life and times of Reed."New York Times "Beatty's passion is indisputable."Rolling Stone Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 DVDs Of The Year" -- "[T]he movie has only increased in power and relevance."Entertainment Weekly 4 stars out of 5 -- "Beatty and Keaton give career-best performances and Jack Nicholson, as ever, steals all his scenes..."Total Film "There is plenty to admire here....It takes a certain gumption to make a three-hour Hollywood epic centered on the Russian revolution."Sight and Sound0.1815769

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Q (2/96, p.64) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995 - "...a nod towards reggae, and vintage highlife....an artist at ease with himself and his culture..."Down Beat (8/96, p.65) - 4 1/2 Stars - Very Good/Excellent - "...the crack ensemble seamlessly fuses griot songs with reggae, funk and fusion....Keita himself, one of the most soulful singers on the planet, carries the emotional weight."JazzTimes (3/96, p.121) - "...a master has returned. Keita's transcendant tenor sails above a jubilant web of chattering guitars, grooving drums, horn-spiked punches....an epic poem to Africa..."Sing Out! (5-6-7/96, p.151) - "...intensity of focus may make FOLON less accessible to American tastes...but hard-core fans will find a new, more personal understanding of Keita's music here."0.148074

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Rolling Stone (p.84) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he album's tension between masochistic experiment and big pop still blazes."Entertainment Weekly (p.117) - "[T]his album of ultra-romantic synth dirges broke goths' cold hearts and became the Cure's biggest record." -- Grade: ACMJ (1/6/03, p.15) - Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"CMJ (1/5/04, p.26) - Ranked #1 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1989"Billboard (p.33) - "The nuances that Robert Smith and David M. Allen lent the final production -- warm tones, balanced tempos, cascading guitars -- saved the album's comforting gloom from becoming innocuous."Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] work of tragic, ineffable beauty....[With] a sound of frosty, slo-mo grandeur, constructed around boomy drumming, flanged guitar and magisterial synths."Paste (magazine) - "DISINTEGRATION is less a collection of epically needy songs and more the distillation of a specific feeling..."Pitchfork (Website) - "It's a single, grand, dense, continual, epic trip into core stuff the Cure did well."0.1269206

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