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BENZINO
Arch Nemesis
(ZNO)
The infamous, marginally talented Eminem-hater stumbles from tired crunk to Kris Kross-style bubblegum hip-hop to that most unfortunate of genres, rap-rock, on this overzealous, 25-track mess. C -

BLUE MERLE
Burning in the Sun
(Island)
A test-tube alliance of bluegrass twang and Britpop swoon, this quartet's full-length debut is undeniably pleasant, even if the songwriting is slight. B -

CORALIE CLÉMENT
Bye Bye Beauté
(Nettwerk)
French chanteuse Clement tosses indie-rock nuggets (''L'Enfer'' is like the Strokes go to Paris) into her Gauloise-jazz repertoire for a soigne CD sure to seduce both hipsters and their parents. B+

BOOM BIP
Blue Eyed in the Red Room
(Lex)
Combining solitary styles — acoustic indie-folk and experimental-electronica — Cincinnati-based producer Boom Bip's Red Room is a meditative mix of blips and strums. Computer programmers, this is your bedtime music. B

IVY
In the Glear
(Nettwerk)
The New York City trio's latest breezy offering brims with pop tunes that are bar-of-soap, barefoot-in-the-park fresh. It'll remind you of St. Etienne. And springtime. B

Originally posted Feb 28, 2005 Published in issue #809 Mar 04, 2005 Order article reprints