LOU REED, "ECSTASY"

OK, I admit it. Maybe Ihaven't been paying close enough attention to Reed's solo career, butI'm going to say this anyways ... this is the best thing he has done in25+ years.
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GUS GUS VS. T-WORLD

If you don't want reviewers to reminisce about the good old days of your band, then don't put out inferior crapola.
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DIRTY THREE, "LOWLANDS"

If you're lucky enough to catch Dirty Three in concert, you'll want to walk away with this gem.
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OPTIGANALLY YOURS, "EXCLUSIVELY TALENTMAKER"

For those not on thenostalgia bandwagon, the Optigan (along with the Talentmaker andOrchestron) was a child's toy, a sort of 70's pre-cursor to the sampler.
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SPEEDY J, "A SHOCKING HOBBY"

This anti-drum n' bass, post-post-industrial product from Speedy J could be the loudest item on the noise scale this week.
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SIEBEN, "FORBID THE SUN'S ESCAPE"

Hailing from the UK, this is the debut album by Sieben.
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GORDON MUMMA, "STUDIO RETROSPECT"

This is goodold-fashioned electronic music. Busy, idiosyncratic, sonically richtracks that give you noises you've never heard before in combinationsyou had never imagined.
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Einstürzende Neubauten, "Silence Is Sexy"

This album celebrates EN's 20th year of operation with a marked improvement in production values. The focused and streamlined sound finds equal space for pulsing, naked bass guitar, trimmed-down sound effects, low-end percussion, and strings. Not least of all, the punchy production brings EN's often-personal lyrics and intense delivery to the forefront--to double-edged effect.

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ROLLERBALL, "EINAUGIGE KIRSCHE"

This three-track/35-minute CD creeps along somewhere between stylish jazz and electronic noise.
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KOZO, "PLANNED PENETRATION"

Porn has found itself a new Pied Piper!
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