-The Big Doe Rehab

-The Big Doe Rehab
Artist: Review: Getting the entire Wu-Tang Clan together seems as tough a challengeas acing the SATs or making Thom Yorke laugh. So it’s remarkableenough that the new Wu-Tang album — the Staten Island crew’sfirst in six years — actually exists. What’s more, 8Diagrams is better than most would have expected: a terrificmix of classic Clan grime and enough new tricks to justifyInspectah Deck’s claim that “Wu-Tang keep it fresh likeTupperware.”Those tricks include more expansive production… Rating: 4 Stars[Lees verder]

Wu-Tang Clan -The 8 Diagrams
Artist: Wu-Tang ClanReview: Getting the entire Wu-Tang Clan together seems as tough a challengeas acing the SATs or making Thom Yorke laugh. So it’s remarkableenough that the new Wu-Tang album — the Staten Island crew’sfirst in six years — actually exists. What’s more, 8Diagrams is better than most would have expected: a terrificmix of classic Clan grime and enough new tricks to justifyInspectah Deck’s claim that “Wu-Tang keep it fresh likeTupperware.”Those tricks include more expansive production… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Mele Haggard -The Original Outlaw
Artist: Mele HaggardReview: Merle Haggard’s toughest song may be his 1968 country hit “ITake a Lot of Pride in What I Am.” Despite the title, it’s notabout a working man — he sings in the voice of a hobo loner,drifting from place to place. “I keep thumbin’ through the phonebooks/Lookin’ for my daddy’s name in every town,” Hag sings —the way he picks up that line, cuts himself deep on it and sets itback down is the essence of his hard-boiled vocal genius. Thiscould be the guy Bob Dylan sang about in “Tang… Rating: 4.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Vashti Bunyan -Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind (Singles And Demos 1964 To1967)
Artist: Vashti BunyanReview: This set’s title song is most notable not for the singer but thecomposers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who gave the song – morefolk-pop sweetness than “Brown Sugar” – to their producer AndrewLoog Oldham, who made it the debut release by hisprotégée, Vashti Bunyan. Today, Bunyan is a goddessto the freak-folk community, due to the sturdy beauty of her 1970album, Just Another Diamond Day. But at the time of theserarities, Bunyan was part Joan Baez, part Marianne Faithfull, witha virgina… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Japanther -Skuffed Up My Huffy
Artist: JapantherReview: Japanther are two punk-rock dudes from Brooklyn, banging on drums,abusing guitars, singing through pay-phone receivers, cutting updistorted tape loops and dumb samples — they make it all seemso easy. Their sound is a scruffy mess, turning their three-chordsurf-guitar riffs and organ squalls into surprisingly catchy rockslop. Japanther took a huge leap on 2005’s Wolfenswan,with the Beach Boys goof “I-10″ and the Rolling Stones piano loop”Full Cup.” But they make even merrier noise… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

The Harlem Experiment -The Harlem Experient
Artist: The Harlem ExperimentReview: At first, the Harlem Experiment sounds like yet another noblecross-cultural experiment marooned on the shoals of its goodintentions. Even session cats as irreverent as Ropeadope asked tosum up Harlem’s musical history — one-time Bowie guitaristCarlos Alomar, high-end salseros Eddy Martinez and Ruben Rodriguez,Sex Mob leader Steven Bernstein — can only take thefunk-lite-con-cha-cha-cha of the mostly instrumental first half sofar. Soon, however, other voices intrude. One cha-cha… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

-The Big Doe Rehab
Artist: Review: Getting the entire Wu-Tang Clan together seems as tough a challengeas acing the SATs or making Thom Yorke laugh. So it’s remarkableenough that the new Wu-Tang album — the Staten Island crew’sfirst in six years — actually exists. What’s more, 8Diagrams is better than most would have expected: a terrificmix of classic Clan grime and enough new tricks to justifyInspectah Deck’s claim that “Wu-Tang keep it fresh likeTupperware.”Those tricks include more expansive production… Rating: 4 Stars[Lees verder]

Wu-Tang Clan -The 8 Diagrams
Artist: Wu-Tang ClanReview: Getting the entire Wu-Tang Clan together seems as tough a challengeas acing the SATs or making Thom Yorke laugh. So it’s remarkableenough that the new Wu-Tang album — the Staten Island crew’sfirst in six years — actually exists. What’s more, 8Diagrams is better than most would have expected: a terrificmix of classic Clan grime and enough new tricks to justifyInspectah Deck’s claim that “Wu-Tang keep it fresh likeTupperware.”Those tricks include more expansive production… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Mele Haggard -The Original Outlaw
Artist: Mele HaggardReview: Merle Haggard’s toughest song may be his 1968 country hit “ITake a Lot of Pride in What I Am.” Despite the title, it’s notabout a working man — he sings in the voice of a hobo loner,drifting from place to place. “I keep thumbin’ through the phonebooks/Lookin’ for my daddy’s name in every town,” Hag sings —the way he picks up that line, cuts himself deep on it and sets itback down is the essence of his hard-boiled vocal genius. Thiscould be the guy Bob Dylan sang about in “Tang… Rating: 4.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Vashti Bunyan -Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind (Singles And Demos 1964 To1967)
Artist: Vashti BunyanReview: This set’s title song is most notable not for the singer but thecomposers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who gave the song – morefolk-pop sweetness than “Brown Sugar” – to their producer AndrewLoog Oldham, who made it the debut release by hisprotégée, Vashti Bunyan. Today, Bunyan is a goddessto the freak-folk community, due to the sturdy beauty of her 1970album, Just Another Diamond Day. But at the time of theserarities, Bunyan was part Joan Baez, part Marianne Faithfull, witha virgina… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Japanther -Skuffed Up My Huffy
Artist: JapantherReview: Japanther are two punk-rock dudes from Brooklyn, banging on drums,abusing guitars, singing through pay-phone receivers, cutting updistorted tape loops and dumb samples — they make it all seemso easy. Their sound is a scruffy mess, turning their three-chordsurf-guitar riffs and organ squalls into surprisingly catchy rockslop. Japanther took a huge leap on 2005’s Wolfenswan,with the Beach Boys goof “I-10″ and the Rolling Stones piano loop”Full Cup.” But they make even merrier noise… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

The Harlem Experiment -The Harlem Experient
Artist: The Harlem ExperimentReview: At first, the Harlem Experiment sounds like yet another noblecross-cultural experiment marooned on the shoals of its goodintentions. Even session cats as irreverent as Ropeadope asked tosum up Harlem’s musical history — one-time Bowie guitaristCarlos Alomar, high-end salseros Eddy Martinez and Ruben Rodriguez,Sex Mob leader Steven Bernstein — can only take thefunk-lite-con-cha-cha-cha of the mostly instrumental first half sofar. Soon, however, other voices intrude. One cha-cha… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]