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GOO GOO DOLLS / What I Learned About Ego, Art, Opinion & Commerce
(Warner)

While they wait for frontman Johnny Rzeznik to get over his writer' block, US rock trio the Goo Goo Dolls released this remix album that looks back on a nearly 15-year career and revisits both their classic and lesser-known songs. Of course the question arises: Do we really need a retrospective on a career that has for all intents and purposes never risen above the mediocre? A side-by-side comparison with the original versions may point up some differences between the earlier mix and the new remix here of hits like "Name," but why not call a spade a spade and simply title this a greatest hits album? Rockers take note: remix albums are best left to the dance world.


TONINO BALIARDO / Essences
(Epic)


With Spain's international supergroup the Gipsy Kings due in for engagements at the Tokyo International Forum and NHK Hall this week, the timing couldn't have been better for the release of this first solo album by Kings guitarist Tonino Baliardo. Compared to the Kings' chest-thumping Latin brio, Baliardo offers up a more contemplative, personal take on the gypsy-flamenco fusion that has propelled the Kings' career. "Redemption" is a soul-searching ballad, while "Bossa Nueva" has a bright, sunny feeling tinted with hints of jazz. "Cynthia" is an even mellower love ballad, and "Caravan" evokes the nomadic gypsy lifestyle with haunting voices whispering like the wind. Only on "Recuerdo Apasionado" does Baliardo let loose a fusillade of the virtuoso guitar fireworks typical of his work with the Kings.


Bran Van 3000 / Discosis
(Grand Royal)


We have all found ourselves poring over our record collections at one time or another trying to find that perfect mix for that special someone, which is exactly how James Di Salvo describes his brainchild, the new Bran Van 3000 album. Over 20 artists contribute to Discosis, among them superstars Curtis Mayfield, Dimitri from Paris, Youssou N'dour and Eek-a-mouse, just to name a few, creating an aural collage of just about everything. Issued following a European tour with Massive Attack, Discosis rides the success of their last hit, "Drinking in LA," focusing in the first half mostly on dance and house breaks that sound more like a nouveau French Daft Punk album than a bunch of guys from Montreal. The mood changes, however, halfway through, with the introduction of tracks that vary from rock to ballads, leaving visions of Hole and the Cranberries dancing in your head. Ryan Hart


CD REVIEWS ARCHIVE:
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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