30 items by Arion Berger

  • The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album

    The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album | ALBUM REVIEW

    With 1,061,000 copies sold in a week and holding five Number One positions on the Billboard charts simultaneously, The Bodyguard's soundtrack is one of the fastest-selling albums and sports one of the fastest-selling singles in music-industry history....

    November 13, 2013 10:00 PM ET
  • Burn To Shine

    Burn To Shine | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ben Harper does everything well without doing anything particularly brilliantly. On his fourth album, Burn to Shine, he works electric and acoustic guitars, often within the same song, moving from keening folk ("Alone") to propulsive rock ("Less")...

    October 1, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • The Old Kit Bag

    The Old Kit Bag | ALBUM REVIEW

    After a lifetime of making graceful music out of turmoil, British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson's taut, literary folk pop is as odd and pleasing as ever. The Old Kit Bag, his twenty-fifth album, is chimerical rock girded by...

    May 6, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Say You Will

    Say You Will | ALBUM REVIEW

    For those keeping score at home, the latest lineup of this endlessly regenerative California-rock legend goes Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and John, but not Christine McVie. It's the first Mac album in sixteen years for...

    May 1, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Thankful

    Thankful | ALBUM REVIEW

    What have they done to our Kelly, those canny men pulling the strings of her post-American Idol career? Her single last fall, "A Moment Like This," signaled that she might be headed toward the Mariah-Whitney-Celine radio-ballad sausage...

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • 100th Window

    100th Window | ALBUM REVIEW

    With 1991's Blue Lines, the collective known as Massive Attack virtually invented the kind of who-does-what? knob-twirling aggregation of sound makers, singers and programmers that makes finding producer's credits so difficult and makes "electronica," whatever that is,...

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • This Is Me...Then

    This Is Me...Then | ALBUM REVIEW

    Will Jennifer Lopez never shut up about how humble she is? Lopez could be the tin-pot Evita of inoffensive R&B, with "Jenny From the Block" being her "Don't Cry for Me, the Bronx." Still, "Jenny" is worth...

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • The Very Best Of Sting & The Police (2002)

    The Very Best Of Sting & The Police (2002) | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is not what becomes a legend most, but it will do for the part-time fans who understand Sting and his former band to be part of a steady radio-hits continuum rather than a rock-evolution one. Cleverly,...

    October 22, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • BareNaked

    BareNaked | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jennifer Love Hewitt has no intention of being an actress-with-a-pop-record joke. Her mistake, because this faux-rock record (her fourth) is the funniest thing since Ravyn-Symone's Here's to New Dreams. Who does this broad think she is? Well,...

    September 25, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Songs For The Deaf

    Songs For The Deaf | ALBUM REVIEW

    There comes a time in every band's life when it must accept its fate. For Queens of the Stone Age, that means embracing the old- (as opposed to new-) metal wrought-iron heart that beats at the center...

    August 14, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Live Report: No Doubt in '02

    Live Report: No Doubt in '02 | ARTICLE

    Smith Center, George Washington UniversityApril 26, 2002Washington, D.C. There wasn't a moment during No Doubt's performance for college kids and their 'tweener...

    June 6, 2002 2:20 PM ET
  • The Rolling Stone Hall of Fame: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours'

    The Rolling Stone Hall of Fame: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' | ARTICLE

    Fleetwood Mac's Rumours hasn't become a dated Seventies artifact, mostly because it sounded odd even then. Its brainy guitar solos were rather...

    May 23, 2002 5:50 PM ET
  • The Rainbow Children

    The Rainbow Children | ALBUM REVIEW

    It isn't expedience, it isn't desperation, it isn't eccentricity of vision per se: Whatever compels Prince to continue expounding on his idea of a spirito-sexual musical revolution remains a mystery all these records away from his greatest,...

    January 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • The Argument

    The Argument | ALBUM REVIEW

    Those who refuse to learn from rock history are doomed to watch its repetition in kicky fad form, its intentions misunderstood and its inheritors mutated beyond recognition. So little wonder that D.C.'s hardcore muse and former minuteman...

    November 13, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Essence

    Essence | ALBUM REVIEW

    After toiling in relative obscurity and then in the partial shade of cultish appreciation, singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams bowled over most of the known rock universe with 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Her unique strengths —...

    May 1, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Natty Dread (Reissue)

    Natty Dread (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Reggae in this country tends to attract rabid, cultish, blanket admiration. The sanctification of the form doesn't always allow that much of the stuff can be, well, boring. But the wild range in reggae's quality is actually...

    October 26, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Nightbirds

    Nightbirds | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Space children, are there any others?" On their fourth album, Nightbirds, Labelle looked the future in the face and put out a call — who's coming along for the ride? With Patti LaBelle's strident, nasal bellow in...

    April 13, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • BBC Sessions

    BBC Sessions | ALBUM REVIEW

    This compilation culls eight years of live in-studio performances for the BBC, broken up with introductions by the smooth and hearty Beeb announcers. The...

    March 16, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Bloodflowers

    Bloodflowers | ALBUM REVIEW

    Face it: british goth-popsters the Cure have been running on fumes for ten years. Still, that's less than half of their life span, not bad for a band that was part of the late-Seventies post-punk fallout. The...

    March 2, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • S&M


    Metal warhorse Metallica invite the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra over and create the most crowded, ceiling-rattling basement rec room in rock. If the point of nestling Metallica's massive crunch inside a muscular swirl of chugging strings and...

    January 20, 2000 12:00 AM ET