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Revisit is a series of reviews highlighting past releases that now deserve a second look.



Revisit: The Mekons: Fear and Whiskey

Revisit: The Mekons: Fear and Whiskey

Eric Dennis July 21, 2014 0

Punk and country don’t make for such strange bedfellows anymore, for better or worse. We can partly thank, or blame, the Mekons for that, as those who obsess in finding the fateful point at

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Revisit: Wilco: A Ghost Is Born

Revisit: Wilco: A Ghost Is Born

Rob Rubsam July 14, 2014 0

Critics often associate experimentation with expansion, a willingness to try just about anything. What strikes me about A Ghost Is Born, Wilco’s last great album and certainly my favorite, is how limited it sounds,

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Revisit: Funkadelic: Maggot Brain

Revisit: Funkadelic: Maggot Brain

Mike Randall July 7, 2014 0

Funkadelic’s introduction to the world came in the form of a question: “Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?,” the opening track of their self-titled 1970 record, seemed placed as if to say, “This mothership is going

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Revisit: Pulp: This Is Hardcore

Revisit: Pulp: This Is Hardcore

Michael Merline June 23, 2014 0

Compilation albums have a funny way of homogenizing the finer details of an artist’s career, often making wildly different albums fit into one stock image of their musical identity. Pulp’s 2002 collection Hits is

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Revisit: Oasis: Be Here Now

Revisit: Oasis: Be Here Now

Kevin Korber June 16, 2014 0

The story of Britpop as a musical moment ends sometime around 1997, and it coincides with the release one particular album: Oasis’ Be Here Now. To the press and to music fans, this album

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Revisit: The Human League: Dare

Revisit: The Human League: Dare

Jake Cole June 9, 2014 0

From the start, the Human League stood for an optimism that clashed with the nihilism of the punk scene that begat them. Despite the ominous, John Carpenter-esque tone of the commercial synthesizers available to

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Revisit: Frank Sinatra with Count Basie & the Orchestra: Sinatra at the Sands

Revisit: Frank Sinatra with Count Basie & the Orchestra: Sinatra at the Sands

Jacob Adams June 2, 2014 0

The term “triple threat” was once used frequently in show business—especially on Broadway—to delineate entertainers who could sing, dance and act with equal ease. They were considered the artists who were truly commercially viable,

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Revisit: Scritti Politti: Cupid & Psyche 85

Revisit: Scritti Politti: Cupid & Psyche 85

Pat Padua May 26, 2014 0

One of the brightest synth-pop confections of the ’80s deconstructs the very pop constructs it celebrates. Its layered dance music productions marry the sacred and the profane, its love songs aware that love songs

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Revisit: The Stranglers: La folie

Revisit: The Stranglers: La folie

Nathan Kamal May 19, 2014 0

Question: when is punk rock not punk rock? Answer: whenever the guy with the biggest mohawk says so. But perhaps a less snarky answer would be that it’s whatever the Stranglers happened to do.

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Revisit: Big Head Todd and the Monsters: Sister Sweetly

Revisit: Big Head Todd and the Monsters: Sister Sweetly

Mike Randall May 12, 2014 0

In the autumn of 1994, I started high school in a new town, made new friends and had mostly awkward first experiences while my mom was in her final stages of cancer. Music was

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