6 items by Ariel Swartley

  • Gaucho

    Gaucho | ALBUM REVIEW

    The thing you begin to notice, listening to Steely Dan's songs, is that no one ever answers anyone. For all the talk — and their latest album, Gaucho, is as compulsively chatty as dinnertime on death row...

    February 5, 1981 12:00 AM ET
  • Emotional Rescue

    Emotional Rescue | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like the thermographic photos of the Rolling Stones on the album cover, Emotional Rescue is a portfolio of burned-out cases and fire trails. High-contrast patterns of familiar outlines and blackened patches where the heat has burned...

    June 20, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Damn The Torpedoes

    Damn The Torpedoes | ALBUM REVIEW

    Damn the Torpedoes is the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album we've all been waiting for — that is, if we were all Tom Petty fans, which we would be if there were any justice in the...

    December 13, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Stardust

    Stardust | ALBUM REVIEW

    When country singers go back to their roots, the album's usually called Amazing Grace, but Willie Nelson's never been known for his orthodoxy. Instead of hymns, he's giving us ten of the best from popular classicists like...

    June 29, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • Hejira

    Hejira | ALBUM REVIEW

    It is the tug of war between the symbolist and the siren that makes Joni Mitchell's albums alternately alluring and forbidding. On the one hand she is the most ruthlessly analytical member of the music-as-therapy songwriting school,...

    February 10, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Blue Moves

    Blue Moves | ALBUM REVIEW

    When another performer might have bared his chest and strutted onstage in trousers tighter than White House security, Elton John capered in clown suits and hid behind his glasses. There was something engagingly sly about the self-mocking...

    December 30, 1976 12:00 AM ET