Mark Watt

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  • 15 years ago | Reviews

    After the opening title track of Morphine's now posthumous studio release fades into darkness, this much becomes clear: Band leader Mark Sandman's unexpected death onstage at a European festival last summer mercilessly pulled the plug at a pivotal...

  • 16 years ago

    Miles Davis Panthalassa: The Remixes (Columbia) When the Star Wars trilogy was updated for re-release over the past few years, George Lucas's crew at Industrial Light & Magic tooled around with added special effects to modernize those sci-fi class...

  • 16 years ago

    The sophomore slump is a popular phenomenon in modern music. A band's debut release does well; the next album falls short of expectations as the group stumbles to re-create the magic that brought fans into its realm in the first place. Maybe this ...

  • 16 years ago

    Vinicius Cantuaria Tucumo (Verve) Maybe Brazilians are just musically superior to the rest of us. It's food for thought not only because the leading lights of Brazilian popular music -- artists such as Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, who defined ...

  • 16 years ago

    Combining techno and organic music is not exactly a revolutionary idea anymore. Plenty of groups, from Dubtribe Sound System to Medeski, Martin & Wood, have successfully merged the dance-driven grooves of the turntable underground with the in-the-...

  • 16 years ago

    Blur 13 (Virgin) Around 1991 America was bracing itself for the dark antipop of grunge; Blur was not. "Taking the fun out of everything/Making me run when I don't wanna think/Taking the fun out of everything/I don't wanna think at all," Damon Alba...