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182 items by Anthony DeCurtis

  • I'll Find a Way

    I'll Find a Way | ALBUM REVIEW

    For these gospel titans' latest album, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver brought the group to his Wisconsin studio and added sparse production to its lush traditional harmonies. The marriage is not perfect. The various cameos (Sam Amidon,...

    November 1, 2013 4:10 PM ET
  • Muscle Shoals Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Muscle Shoals Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | ALBUM REVIEW

    Thirteen tracks could never do justice to Muscle Shoals, the Alabama town whose studios and session musicians revolutionized R&B in the Sixties. But as a souvenir of the current documentary, in which Bono, Keith Richards...

    October 7, 2013 5:15 PM ET
  • The Last Ship

    The Last Ship | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Last Ship is Sting's first album of new material he wrote himself in a decade, and it continues his effort to find fresh ways to connect with his audience. It's a collection of songs for...

    September 24, 2013 12:20 AM ET
  • Still Within the Sound of My Voice

    Still Within the Sound of My Voice | ALBUM REVIEW

    For well over four decades, Jimmy Webb's songs have helped shape the American musical landscape. And "landscape" is the operative term. A native of Oklahoma, Webb imbues his songs with a cinematic expansiveness and a musical...

    September 10, 2013 12:35 AM ET
  • Paradise Valley

    Paradise Valley | ALBUM REVIEW

    John Mayer has made a career of growing up (or failing to grow up) in public, and Paradise Valley, his sixth studio album, continues that autobiographical journey. As its title (a reference to Mayer's Montana...

    August 20, 2013 12:35 AM ET
  • ¡Tré!

    ¡Tré! | ALBUM REVIEW

    Green Day's three-album run this year began with the exhilarating, all-aboard-for-funtime blast of ¡Uno!, and now it ends with a symphonic long goodbye. ¡Tré! picks up where its predecessor, ¡Dos!, left off: with...

    December 6, 2012 4:40 PM ET
  • Eric Burdon and the Greenhornes

    Eric Burdon and the Greenhornes | ALBUM REVIEW

    On this EP, former Animals singer Eric Burdon – who seemed to have disappeared until Bruce Springsteen invited him onstage at SXSW in March – teams with Cincinnati garage-rock trio the Greenhornes for 17 minutes of raw,...

    November 23, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • GRRR!

    GRRR! | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a 50th-anniversary souvenir, the Stones have assembled a three-disc, 50-track compilation that is the best and most comprehensive collection of the band's high points available. "Doom and Gloom," one of two new songs here,...

    November 13, 2012 12:20 AM ET
  • 4th Street Feeling

    4th Street Feeling | ALBUM REVIEW

    This album's dramatic opening track, "Kansas City," finds Melissa Etheridge recalling a youthful journey to freedom fueled by "Lucky Charms and Tic Tacs and Mom's amphetamines" in her "old man's Delta 88." Such autobiographical musing deepens Etheridge's...

    September 4, 2012 12:05 AM ET
  • The Singer

    The Singer | ALBUM REVIEW

    A rare combination of angelic delicacy and extraordinary power, Art Garfunkel's voice has lent reverie and wonder to songs for nearly 50 years. This two-CD set, lovingly curated by Garfunkel himself, collects 34 examples of...

    August 28, 2012 12:20 AM ET
  • Older Than My Old Man Now

    Older Than My Old Man Now | ALBUM REVIEW

    Loudon Wainwright III’s 22nd album extends the folk-rock autobiography that's made his body of work so impressive. It's a saga filled with Oedipal tension (his dad was a famed journalist, his son is Rufus Wainwright) and fraught...

    April 17, 2012 2:20 PM ET
  • Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

    Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now | ALBUM REVIEW

    A horn section lends Justin Townes Earle's fourth LP a Memphis-soul feel, which is less a departure than a shift in emphasis. Thematically, he continues his chronicle of a life balanced (barely) on the edge. Love is...

    March 27, 2012 12:30 AM ET
  • Whitney Houston Opens Up About Her Marriage, Fame

    Whitney Houston Opens Up About Her Marriage, Fame | ARTICLE

    This story is from the June 10, 1993 issue of Rolling Stone. You're expecting her to float delicately into the room, but Whitney Houston strides in with a purposeful air. She's dressed way down in purple stretch pants and...

    February 12, 2012 12:35 AM ET
  • The Blackbird Diaries

    The Blackbird Diaries | ALBUM REVIEW

    Recorded during a five-day sprint in Nashville, the Blackbird Diaries offers a rawer portrait of Dave Stewart - the producer, former Eurthymic and current member of Superheavy, with Mick Jagger - than you're likely ever to have heard. The...

    September 14, 2011 2:02 PM ET
  • Black and White America

    Black and White America | ALBUM REVIEW

    From the title track, which references the insults endured by his interracial parents in the Sixties, to its colorblind blend of rock, soul and pop, Lenny Kravitz makes race the central theme of his ninth album. Despite big ideas, he deftly keeps the...

    August 30, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Paul McCartney on 'Beatles 1,' Losing Linda and Being in New York on September 11th

    Paul McCartney on 'Beatles 1,' Losing Linda and Being in New York on September 11th | ARTICLE

    As Paul McCartney strolls along Manhattan's Sixth Avenue on a spectacular fall day, he leaves a trail of stunned people in his wake. Some just stop dead in their tracks and stare slack-jawed as he walks...

    June 17, 2011 5:40 PM ET
  • Prince Reclaims His Crown

    Prince Reclaims His Crown | ARTICLE

    "Hammering! That's the word. That's it!" Prince folds over in laughter and stamps his high-heel boots on the floor. Those heels, as it happens, are clear plastic, and lights twinkle within them. It's a perfect metaphor...

    June 7, 2011 8:30 AM ET
  • Union Town (EP)

    Union Town (EP) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Inspired by protests against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's war on collective bargaining, Tom Morello recorded this bracing benefit EP. Veering from acoustic strumming to searing electric solos, and calling on comrades like the MC5's Wayne Kramer, Morello...

    June 7, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Ukelele Songs

    Ukelele Songs | ALBUM REVIEW

    The ukulele doesn't allow for the widest range of expression, which makes it a challenging foil for Eddie Vedder, who never met a feeling he couldn't drive through a wall. But this uke-suffused album stands up...

    May 31, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Give Till It's Gone

    Give Till It's Gone | ALBUM REVIEW

    The 10th album from slide-guitar master and jam-band darling Ben Harper is his most searingly personal album, an expression, no doubt, of the recent implosion of his marriage to actress Laura Dern. Even the quietest moments on...

    May 17, 2011 12:30 AM ET
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