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click to enlarge Blonde Redhead 23  - 4AD  -  - Sounds like: A daydream set to music -  - Short take: Finally, the carpet matches the - drapes -  - A mind-blowing sonic exercise in ambient mood shifts - that's just the tip of the adjective iceberg when - describing 23. Experimental in the same way - that Radiohead twists melodies and Sigur R's creates - ethereal bliss, this eclectic, underground New York City - trio has finally released a signature album. A rousing title - track opens, while the subtle "The Dress" and the - anthemic "SW" bounce between artsy and alternative. - Considering the stale taste of indie pop and the - redundancy of garage bands, Blonde Redhead reminds - us that music without boundaries is alive and well in the - new millennium.  John Benson
  • Blonde Redhead 23

    4AD

    Sounds like: A daydream set to music

    Short take: Finally, the carpet matches the drapes

    A mind-blowing sonic exercise in ambient mood shifts that's just the tip of the adjective iceberg when describing 23. Experimental in the same way that Radiohead twists melodies and Sigur R's creates ethereal bliss, this eclectic, underground New York City trio has finally released a signature album. A rousing title track opens, while the subtle "The Dress" and the anthemic "SW" bounce between artsy and alternative. Considering the stale taste of indie pop and the redundancy of garage bands, Blonde Redhead reminds us that music without boundaries is alive and well in the new millennium. John Benson

click to enlarge Nine Inch Nails  - Year Zero  -  -  - Interscope  -  - Sounds like: NIN get political -  - Short take: Reznor resurrects career -  - Leave it to the Bush administration to beget the most - focused Nine Inch Nails project in over a decade. - Year Zero details a dystopian civilization devoid - of civil liberties, church-and-state separation and some - pesky thing called the Constitution. For Trent Reznor, it's - always been a bleak world, but now the ante's upped. - And Year Zero actually covers new, varied rock - ground. The bass-heavy "The Good Soldier" has an urban - feel, while "Survivalism" caters to industrial rock fans. - The first half of the album is stronger than its second - ("Capital G" comes across as artifice), but it's still a - marked improvement. John Benson -
  • Nine Inch Nails

    Year Zero

    Interscope

    Sounds like: NIN get political

    Short take: Reznor resurrects career

    Leave it to the Bush administration to beget the most focused Nine Inch Nails project in over a decade. Year Zero details a dystopian civilization devoid of civil liberties, church-and-state separation and some pesky thing called the Constitution. For Trent Reznor, it's always been a bleak world, but now the ante's upped. And Year Zero actually covers new, varied rock ground. The bass-heavy "The Good Soldier" has an urban feel, while "Survivalism" caters to industrial rock fans. The first half of the album is stronger than its second ("Capital G" comes across as artifice), but it's still a marked improvement. John Benson

click to enlarge Fishbone  - Still Stuck in Your Throat  -  -  - Sound in Color  -  - Sounds like: The Voodoo Glow Skulls on a - bender with George Clinton -  - Short take: It's fun, it's catchy, it's Fishbone -  - After disappointing sales and big-time roster turnover, - Fishbone bites back with Still Stuck in Your Throat. Though he's been at it for more than 25 years, lead - singer Angelo Moore hasn't lost a smidgen of verve. You - can almost hear him jump around the studio while - hollering out lines such as "Nutty nut pack nutter core, - nuttin' up for life!" and  somehow  meaning it. The - trademarked fusion of ska, megafunk and metal will be - welcome to those who still think the word "skank" is a - verb.  Steve Kline -
  • Fishbone

    Still Stuck in Your Throat

    Sound in Color

    Sounds like: The Voodoo Glow Skulls on a bender with George Clinton

    Short take: It's fun, it's catchy, it's Fishbone

    After disappointing sales and big-time roster turnover, Fishbone bites back with Still Stuck in Your Throat. Though he's been at it for more than 25 years, lead singer Angelo Moore hasn't lost a smidgen of verve. You can almost hear him jump around the studio while hollering out lines such as "Nutty nut pack nutter core, nuttin' up for life!" and somehow meaning it. The trademarked fusion of ska, megafunk and metal will be welcome to those who still think the word "skank" is a verb. Steve Kline

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