5 items by Ann Powers

  • Murray Street

    Murray Street | ALBUM REVIEW

    How do you respond to unnatural disaster? That question is a prime motivator for Sonic Youth. In the Eighties the band rose from punk and postmodernism to survey the battered beauty of late-century civilization, gravitating toward such...

    July 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Maladroit

    Maladroit | ALBUM REVIEW

    By all logic, Weezer's musical pileups should end up in a drawer somewhere. Rivers Cuomo — the maladjusted, misanthropic mind behind the band — scribbles muddled diatribes about life and love's utter futility, and splatters the lyrics...

    May 9, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Up


    Rock ballads are the songs you play after the night has burned itself out. Soft music takes you down from the party, filling the...

    November 12, 1998 2:20 PM ET
  • Mechanical Animals

    Mechanical Animals | ALBUM REVIEW

    For pure American pathos, nothing matches The Jenny Jones Show when it turns its sights on Marilyn Manson fans. These gentle suburban children, owlish and soft beneath their meticulous black finery, are so eager to serve their...

    September 4, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • The Score

    The Score | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Fugees are a Neapolitan treat, sweet in three layers: rhyme, sample and groove. On its second album, the hip-hop threesome cops a grim veneer but escapes gangsta clichés by playing around with the formulas. Witticisms like...

    March 21, 1996 12:00 AM ET