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Reviews in this issue (1/2/2002)

ARTIST Title How Good is It ?
Weezer Weezer
Le Tigre Feminist Sweepstakes
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros Global a Go-Go
John Mellencamp Cuttin' Heads

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By popular demand (OK, my brother John), we have added a new feature

                                  Retro Reviews!

We will expound at some length on a landmark recording from the past.  Some of these will be obscure, others will be well-known, but all will have had a profound influence on us.  From the last issue, read about the Stooges' Funhouse

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Reviews are of CDs that have been recently listened to by the staff in enough detail to give a full and fair account of the music.  That means that they are not always the most timely - but, be honest, how many artists these days make you want to go buy the CD the day it is released?  Other than Steve Earle.  Check out earlier reviews you may have missed!

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To give you some idea of our exacting critical standards, we provide below a handy, if loose, guide to our grading range with examples.



The A+ and A records are ones that we listen to again and again over the years  
A+    A must for the savvy collector  (Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones, I Feel Alright - Steve Earle, Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails, London Calling - The Clash)
A       Highly recommended  (El Corazon - Steve Earle, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One - Yo La Tengo, Surrender - Chemical Brothers, South Mouth - Robbie Fulks, Fragile - Nine Inch Nails)
The A- and B+ records are ones that we thoroughly enjoy and listen to often  
A-       Very good record, with only minor flaws/annoyances  (Junior Citizen - Poster Children, Midnite Vultures - Beck, Ursa Major - Eleventh Dream Day, Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane)
B+      Recommended; worth the money  (In Utero - Nirvana, Dig Your Own Hole - Chemical Brothers, The Hot Rock - Sleater-Kinney, Mermaid Avenue - Billy Bragg & Wilco)
B, B- and C+ are ones that we rarely listen to anymore, but give us some passing pleasure  
        Okay, but only if you like this artist or style of music (Her Wallpaper Reverie - Apples in Stereo, Apocalypse 91 - Public Enemy, This is Hardcore - Pulp, Rumor and Sigh - Richard Thompson)
B-        Nothing special, but some redeeming qualities  (The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails, Pop - U2, Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden, Astro Lounge - Smashmouth)
C+       One or two good songs, the rest are unmemorable (It's Martini Time - Reverend Horton Heat, Nobody's Cool - Lotion, Through the Trees - Handsome Family, Broken Things - Julie Miller)
C and C- means we wish our had our money back  
C          One good song, the rest are pretty bad  (The Battle of Los Angeles - Rage Against the Machine, Liquid Skin - Gomez, Electric Honey - Luscious Jackson, Shot - Jesus Lizard)
C-        Pretty bad record  (AstroCreep: 2000 - White Zombie, 14 Songs - Paul Westerberg, Bee Thousand - Guided by Voices, Tuesday Night Music Club - Sheryl Crow)
D or F means we cannot give it away.  
D/F     Really bad/offensive record  (Core - Stone Temple Pilots, Out in L.A. - Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Supersonic Storybook - Urge Overkill)