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Atari Teenage Riot `60 Second Wipe Out' (Digital Hardcore) A timely piece of revolutionary zeal from the German band that recently got arrested at an anti-Nato rally. Making the Prodigy seem comparatively quiet - and dated - ATR deliver punkish beats like no other. Sonically awesome. HHHHH

Willard Grant Conspiracy `Mojave' (Slow River/Ryko) On their third album, the rootsy Boston collective, known for their sparse but warming arrangements, have come up with a set of highly emotional tunes, none more so than "I Miss You Best". A record that sits proudly alongside Smog, Wilco and other US classics released this year. HHHH

Johnny Dowd `Pictures from Life's Other Side' (Munich) If Dowd's first excellent album could be described as country-blues murder ballads, then this

is more like psycho-psychedelic blues-ish madness. Dowd's twisted Texan chords have found a perfect singing partner in Kim Sherwood-Caso, as they prod the American underbelly together. HHH