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  • Lullabies To Paralyze

    Lullabies To Paralyze | ALBUM REVIEW

    As lead guitarist and singer for one of hard rock's remaining bastions of old-fashioned chops, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme had his work cut out for him on Lullabies to Paralyze. The previous Queens album,...

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Silent Alarm

    Silent Alarm | ALBUM REVIEW

    One of punk rock's greatest joys is when group members interlock to the point of becoming a visceral, vibrating dance machine. London's Bloc Party achieve this manic bliss on nearly every track of their superb long-playing debut....

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Mayfield: Remixed - The Curtis Mayfield Collection

    Mayfield: Remixed - The Curtis Mayfield Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    Viewed through the prism of the past two decades, Curtis Mayfield has been celebrated as a hip-hop prophet, largely because of his Superfly blaxploitation soundtrack of smooth funk grooves and ghetto poetics. But the late Chicago soul...

    March 10, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • LCD Soundsystem

    LCD Soundsystem | ALBUM REVIEW

    A New Jersey-born punk in a dance-floor world, James Murphy brings rock and disco together with the DFA label and his work with partner Tim Goldsworthy. (The duo is best known as the team behind the Rapture's...

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • The Beekeeper

    The Beekeeper | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tori Amos suffers from the same affliction as Prince and other freakishly talented musicians: Too smart and too foolish to take direction, she overreaches and ends up making music that's too abstract and oblique. On her eighth...

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • All The Best

    All The Best | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a double-disc set, Tina Turner's latest best-of falls between 1991's too-short Simply the Best and 1994's slapdash three-CD box The Collected Recordings: Sixties to Nineties . This one includes 1993's inferior rendition of "Proud Mary" (from the...

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Around the Sun

    Around the Sun | ALBUM REVIEW

    The first few seconds of R.E.M.'s Around the Sun nearly retrace the opening to rock's archetypal power ballad, Aerosmith's "Dream On." As the song, "Leaving New York," continues, R.E.M. sound remarkably like multiplatinum-era early-Nineties R.E.M.— the band...

    October 10, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Antics

    Antics | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their 2002 debut, Turn On The Bright Lights, Interpol proved that their uncanny resemblance to the heavy-hearted post-punk guitar groups of the early Eighties was both a blessing and a curse. On its follow-up, the New...

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Medulla

    Medulla | ALBUM REVIEW

    Even measured against the Icelandic singer's own artistic yardstick, Bjork's seventh studio album is a shocker, the kind of record that'll stop those who overhear it and make them ask, "What the hell is that?" Medulla is...

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Carved In Stone: Live At Red Rocks Vol. 2

    Carved In Stone: Live At Red Rocks Vol. 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Despite the presence of big names such as U2, Coldplay, Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, this benefit collection of exclusive and familiar live performances from the renowned Colorado concert venue feels slapdash and mostly second-rate. The...

    August 5, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Sonic Nurse

    Sonic Nurse | ALBUM REVIEW

    By Sonic Youth's own ear-shredding standards, Sonic Nurse is mellow gold. The guitar feedback that has defined these noise-worshipping New York bohemians for more than twenty years hasn't vanished, yet this is Sonic Youth's most accessible album...

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Madonna Reinvents Herself

    Madonna Reinvents Herself | ARTICLE

    After twenty years in the limelight, Madonna is expected to cause controversy and reinvent herself for every new tour. So for the May 24th Los Angeles opening of her Re-Invention world trek, Madonna did the most unexpected...

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Trampin'

    Trampin' | ALBUM REVIEW

    Patti Smith helped give birth to punk rock, inspired countless women to pick up guitars and microphones, turned her back on fame twice to raise a family, returned both times with escalated grace and wisdom, and, most...

    April 21, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Franz Ferdinand

    Franz Ferdinand | ALBUM REVIEW

    Franz Ferdinand's first gig was for an all-female art exhibit; the aim of the Glasgow band was to make the patrons dance. That just about sums up this photogenic foursome, whose mix of arch lyrics and catchy...

    April 7, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Good News For People Who Love Bad News

    Good News For People Who Love Bad News | ALBUM REVIEW

    Modest Mouse could easily be mistaken for indie-rock also-rans — they look like small-town misfits and usually sound like that, too, between their detuned guitars and unpretentious Pavement affect. But there's some mystery in their equation that...

    April 7, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • One From The Heart

    One From The Heart | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tom Waits' 1982 soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola's offbeat musical is a smooth-sailing counterpart to a beautiful car crash of a movie. Recorded before Waits' raspy croon turned into a hacking cough, this is the singer-songwriter's sweetest...

    March 4, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Tupac Resurrection (Sdtk)

    Tupac Resurrection (Sdtk) | ALBUM REVIEW

    How can Tupac Shakur be resurrected if the record industry won't let him die? The most padded of his many posthumous releases, this soundtrack to a Tupac biopic of the same name includes album cuts, hits and...

    November 20, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Try This

    Try This | ALBUM REVIEW

    In her own way, Pink is more punk than what passes for punk these days. First she was a white R&B singer at a time when black radio had closed its doors to white artists. Then she...

    November 10, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Chutes Too Narrow

    Chutes Too Narrow | ALBUM REVIEW

    It must mean something that the freshest indie rock boasts tunes more substantial that what is sold in the mainstream. The Shins, an unassuming quartet originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, have not only assimilated several decades of...

    October 21, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Dear Catastrophe Waitress

    Dear Catastrophe Waitress | ALBUM REVIEW

    The first thing you need to know about the latest Belle and Sebastian album is that it's produced by Trevor Horn, the man behind Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The second is that it's funny. This Scottish seven-piece...

    October 8, 2003 12:00 AM ET