- Print Reviews
- September 21, 2020
Akashic Books Noir series stops in Addis Ababa for some stories about the dark side of Ethiopia. The stories blend myth, history, memory and regret related to dealing with the county’s traumatic recent past.
In The Dark (ATO). Review by Joe Frietze.
Some Strange Country (Signature Sounds). Review by Joe Frietze.
Potato Hole (ANTI-Records). Review by Joe Frietze.
Robbie Coltrane stars as the psychologist who always cracks the case, while alienating everyone who cares about him. Joe Frietze wants your badge on his desk in one hour.
As Dr. Slippery, a man struggling with mid-life crisis as his wife returns to her career, actor/director Hugh Laurie breathes new life into some of the oldest sitcom clichés on the books with Fortysomething.
Ken Stott returns as the hard-drinking, hard-smoking, DI John Rebus for a second set of mysteries, based on the books by Ian Rankin. This series sees Rebus dealing with complex ciphers, underworld bosses, duplicitous businessmen, and dead cats, along with the requisite murders in each episode. Joe Frietze gives his best good cop/bad cop.
Helen Mirren returns to say goodbye to her groundbreaking character Jane Tennison in the conclusion to the Prime Suspect series. Amidst a myriad of personal problems, she must search for a missing-presumed-dead 14-year-old girl.
Brother to the Blues (Telarc). Review by Joe Frietze.
The protagonist of Small Town Odds is stuck in rural West Virginia, his dreams of college faded, working two jobs, caring for his daughter, drinking too much, and of course, dealing with the prospects of romance. For readers like Joe Frietze who’ve paid their dues to Small Town America, Jason Headley’s debut novel will strike more than one familiar chord.
Slow Ride (Inside Sounds). Review by Joe Frietze.
After a long absence from the genre that he innovated, Joe Frietze witnesses George Romero’s return, to teach the young pups how to make a zombie movie. Land of the Dead hits on all cylinders, serving up classic scares while still moving his overall story along.
Memphis Meets The Beatles (Inside Sounds). Review by Joe Frietze.
MTV2 Headbangers Ball: Volume 2 (Roadrunner Records). Review by Joe Frietze.
Austin City Limits Music Festival 2003 Collection (New West Records). Review by Joe Frietze.