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R.E.M. / Reveal
(Warner)

Prior to the May 9th release of US rockers R.E.M.' 12th and latest studio album, TC got the chance to test run Reveal. Lavish and atmospheric, the album wraps singer Michael Stipe's voice - not in the usual layered harmonies - but in a blanket of warm synthesizers and effects. This is highly effective on the dreamy, nostalgic opener, "The Lifting," but runs a bit maudlin on "I'll Take The Rain." For longtime fans, classic, jangly R.EM. crowd-pleasers such as the first single off the album, "Imitation of Life," and the gently ironic "All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)," are in evidence as well. More melodic than its predecessor Up, Reveal takes R.E.M. back onto more familiar territory with 12 gently insistent songs that grow on you, reveal themselves even, with each new listening.


MAKYO / Yakshini
(Dakini)


Where does the traditional Indian music end, and the psychedelic electronica begin? This is the line being steadily blurred in the ongoing explorations of Tokyo techno figure Makyo, who has just released his third full-length CD from his homegrown Dakini imprint. The title is Hindi for a beautiful but slightly dangerous female spirit that appears in dreams, and Yakshini's richly interwoven, trance-inducing grooves (some of which run to 20 minutes) are the result of a lengthy process of sampling live Indian and Arab percussion. "I spent two years making this, seeing how deep into the sound I could go," says the producer. "All I learned is that you can always go deeper." Representing Makyo's onward evolution toward a more seamless musical collage, Yakshini stands not only as a chill-out favorite, but also as a worthy addition to a growing body of music linking West and East, ancient and future.

MISSLE GIRL SCOOT / Wanderland
(EMI)


Perhaps it's the contrast between diminutive appearance and raucous effect that makes the sound of Japanese women rasping out vocals over loud guitars so effective. But even without that contrast this album is as varied as a punk album could be. The band dabble in straight-ahead power pop ("Get Back"), angst ridden chords ("Every time It Rains"), two-min adrenaline punk ("Rock'n Roll*High School"), super-hardcore ("Samurai") and the downright eccentric title track. The single "KKP Connections" is the catchiest, though. With five members and good production, the sound is solid as well as loud, and the distortion is purely intentional. If you like your rock hard and fast, the album's big failing is only that it lacks a track title like "Fake Sista Ain't Shit" - the first album's hit single. Simeon Paterson


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OCTOBER
394:
NATALIE IMBRUGLIA/White Lilies Island
DAFT PUNK/Alive
VARIOUS ARTISTS/Trance Progression
GERLING/When Young Terrorists Chase The Sun
THE CHARLATANS/Wonderland
SEPTEMBER
392:
LAURIE ANDERSON/Life On A String
BLAKE/Step Into The Light
ROGER SANCHEZ /First Contact
BUDDY GUY/Sweat Tea
VARIOUS ARTISTS/WIRE01 Compilation
391:
The strokes
New Order
Grant-lee Phillips
390:
Ben Folds
V.A
Jamiroquai
Bjork
Cake
389:
Tantric
Turin brakes
Herbie Hancock
august
388:
Roots Manuva
Green Day
V.A.
Bran
V.A.
387:
Super Furry Animals
Usher
Boz Scaggs
386:
Farida's Cafe
Freaky Flow
Laura Liza
385:
Rhona
Dan Bryk
Jose Padilla
384:
Catatonia
Deep Dish
Manu Chao
Pre_Shrunk
Taraf De Haidouks
JULY
383:
The Cult
Sphongle
Tomb Raider Soundtrack
382:
Ursula Rucker
The Rembrants
Perry Farrel
Iggy Pop
Feed
381:
Stone Temple Pilots
Inner Circle
Gorodisch
380:
Joe Hisaishi
Plaid
Sugar Ray
Tarika
Travis
JUNE
379:
Goo Goo Dolls
Tonino Baliardo
Bran Van 3000
378:
Shur-I-Kan
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot
Pete Rock
Frankie Valentine
Masanori Ikeda
377:
Depeche Mode
Chilldren ov Paradise
Our Lady Peace
376:
Backyard Babies
Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues Band
ebz
Solid Ground
Weezer
375:
David Byrne
Mekon
Ken Ishii
MAY
374:
AIR
Martires Del Compas
V.A.
Coil
Cosmic Rough Riders
373:
G. Love & Special Sauce
Ben Harper
Neil Finn
372:
Alternative 3
Stevie Nicks
Snake Hip Shakes
Soul Scramble
The Slackers
371:
The Black Crowes
Dirty Beatnisk
DJ Spinna
Mogwai
Tokyo-Mirai
APRIL
370:
R.E.M.
Makyo
Missile Girl Scoot

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