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Steve Earle - Sidetracks

Aptly named, this album collects outtakes, B-sides and movie soundtrack contributions from the country outlaw’s eclectic back catalogue. Along with instrumental originals like the Celtic “Dominick St.” and the bluegrass “Sara’s Angel,” Earle covers reggae (“Johnny Too Bad”), ’60s rock (“Time Has Come Today,” with Sheryl Crow), Lowell George (“Willin’) and Bob Dylan (“My Back Pages”). But most surprising is his rendition of Nirvana’s corrosive “Breed.” Kurt Cobain with a Texas twang.
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The Full Nine - The Full Nine

Veterans of Toronto cover bands, the Full Nine “grooves with the purposeful stagger of a drunk negotiating his way through a crowded bar to get to the can,” ventures the group’s publicity material. Who writes this stuff? Still, the hard-rock quartet shows promise and doesn’t hide its influences, with guitarist Rob Langhans singing alternatively like Robert Plant and Thom Yorke on the “Fourteen” and “Gotta Wanna” sounding like Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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Marianne Faithfull - Kissin Time

Proof of Faithfull’s stature can be found in the A-list collaborators on each of her albums. The raspy singer’s latest effort is no exception. From the dark, dance-oriented “Sex with Strangers” with Beck and the dreamy “Wherever I Go” with Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan to the brash, autobiographical “Sliding Through Life on Charm” with Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and the disturbing title track with Blur’s Damon Albarn, this is ambitious, engaging stuff. Not for the faint-hearted.
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54-40 Radio Love Songs: The Singles Collection

Vancouver veterans 54-40 have crafted memorable songs over the years, some recorded for Warner, which might’ve posed a problem when compiling this greatest hits collection for rival Sony. But, cleverly, the band simply re-recorded early classics like “I Go Blind” (now more robust), “Baby Ran” (faster, harder) and “One Gun” (better vocals).  Along with recent winners such as “She-La” and “Nice to Luv You,” there are two fine new songs.  A Canrock bonanza.
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Tuuli - Here We Go

Tuuli are four “drop-dead gorgeous” girls with “super-model” looks, according to the band’s bio. They don’t mind breaking the occasional manicured fingernail either, because they actually play their own instruments. All of which is admirable, and brings to mind the Go-Gos, Tuuli’s obvious videogenic role models. But Tuuli doesn’t have the catchy songs to complete the package: no hooks or memorable choruses and only lame lyrics. Alas, it’s only eye candy.
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Edwin & the Pressure - Edwin & the Pressure

The former I Mother Earth singer who went solo back in 1997--and enjoyed double platinum success with hits like “Trippin’”--is back with a band.  Always a confident songwriter and performer, Edwin has this time mined the age-old axiom of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll for material. Songs like the dreamy “High” and the sinister “Painkiller” deal with narcotic thrills, while “Superhoney” and “Impossible” explore sexual desires. Hits a-plenty here.
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Céline Dion - A New Day Has Come

With Queen Céline these days, it’s all about her hubby Rene Angelil and the birth of their son. So, naturally, the title track from the diva’s first studio album in five years treats the child’s arrival as something akin to the coming of baby Jesus.  Angelic choruses, heavenly strings prop up such overblown lyrics as “hush now, I see a light in the sky/oh, it’s almost blinding me.” Expect a video by Dino de Laurentis and a visually grandiose treatment of the miracle birth.
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