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  • The Complete Geffen Recordings

    The Complete Geffen Recordings | ALBUM REVIEW

    The eighties weren't kind to Joni Mitchell, and the quintessential introspective singer-songwriter of the Sixties and Seventies disliked them right back. In the liner notes to this box set of her four albums released between 1982 and...

    September 24, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • So Damn Happy

    So Damn Happy | ALBUM REVIEW

    The queen of soul is still the Queen. But that doesn't mean the material on Aretha Franklin's latest album is deserving of her crown. Last time around, on 1998's A Rose Is Still a Rose, Lauryn Hill,...

    September 9, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Christina Aguilera

    Christina Aguilera | ALBUM REVIEW

    Is there room on the pop charts for one more ex-Mouseketeer? When the results are as sophisticatedly saucy as Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle," pedigree isn't even an issue. A midtempo argument for soulful affection weaves...

    August 20, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera Give Night-and-Day Performances at Oakland Arena

    Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera Give Night-and-Day Performances at Oakland Arena | ARTICLE

    Although both former teen-pop stars aim to show the world how grown-up they are, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera are going at...

    July 10, 2003 12:00 PM ET
  • Liz Phair

    Liz Phair | ALBUM REVIEW

    Back in 1998, Liz Phair attempted a subtle compromise between indie rock and adult rock, Whitechocolatespaceegg, with dullish results and disappointing sales. On the new Liz Phair, she teams with Avril Lavigne hitmakers the Matrix as well...

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Dance With My Father

    Dance With My Father | ALBUM REVIEW

    Luther Vandross is justly celebrated as a singer's singer. He reinterprets pop and R&B classics masterfully, and his detailed lyrics give his own sleek ballads a lived-in presence, as if Luther was right there on the couch...

    June 3, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • St. Anger

    St. Anger | ALBUM REVIEW

    Metallica released the best-selling album of their career, 1991's Black Album, in the middle of an identity crisis. That same year Nirvana released Nevermind, a disc that immediately made the previous decade's worth of metal seem kitschy...

    June 3, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • The Golden Age Of Grotesque

    The Golden Age Of Grotesque | ALBUM REVIEW

    Marilyn Manson really should be sucking by now. Sex, violence, drugs, religion — yes, they're all practically inexhaustible topics, but he's done them for more than a decade, and his shtick isn't that shocking anymore. Whether it's...

    May 6, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Think Tank

    Think Tank | ALBUM REVIEW

    Brit-poppers Blur have lost their guitarist, and they're all the better for it. Former axman Graham Coxon plays only on the album's closing track, "Battery in Your Leg," one of several yearning, sorrowful songs on Think Tank,...

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Summer Sun

    Summer Sun | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Summer Sun, Yo La Tengo explore quiet the way they once indulged in loudness — as a means to a mood. Wandering farther down the path cleared by their last two albums, the Hoboken, New Jersey,...

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Meteora

    Meteora | ALBUM REVIEW

    Presenting the hardest-working men in showbiz: Linkin Park? It ain't easy making green, and the band wants us to know that following up the best-selling debut of the new millennium is no simple feat. Especially if you're...

    April 4, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • ...Baby One More Time

    ...Baby One More Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    Seventeen-year-old actress Britney Spears couldn't land more than a role in an off-Broadway update of The Bad Seed until she scored a contract with the Backstreet Boys' record company. She was flown to Sweden's Cherion Studios, the...

    January 13, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • The Essential Janis Joplin

    The Essential Janis Joplin | ALBUM REVIEW

    Janis Joplin didn't have time to leave a sizable legacy. And aside from her posthumous Pearl, her albums didn't always support the shifting weight of her physically rigorous talent. So The Essential Janis Joplin is accurately named...

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Charmbracelet

    Charmbracelet | ALBUM REVIEW

    Apparently, the best thing Mariah Carey can do to put her career back on track is to cover Def Leppard. The catchiest cut on Carey's eighth album, Charmbracelet, is a fascinatingly overblown orchestral remake of "Bringin' on...

    November 19, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico: Deluxe Edition

    The Velvet Underground & Nico: Deluxe Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    Famous for hard drugs and harder sex, the Velvet Underground's 1967 debut seems an unlikely candidate for a pricey double-disc presentation. This elegant set offers the familiar stereo mix of the album, along with the Velvets-written songs...

    October 3, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Back In Black

    Back In Black | ALBUM REVIEW

    This review originally ran in Rolling Stone as part of a series that looked back at classic albums. Imagine that Mick Jagger or Bono or Axl Rose or Eddie Vedder died and their respective bands decided to find...

    September 11, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • October Road

    October Road | ALBUM REVIEW

    On his first album in five years, James Taylor doesn't sound contemporary — and he seems very unworried by that fact. October Road reunites him with Russ Titelman, producer of 1975's Gorilla and '76's In the Pocket....

    September 10, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Untouchables

    Untouchables | ALBUM REVIEW

    Korn have a problem. they devoted the first part of their life to making the most extreme music they could create. Then their sick little cult sound started connecting with more kindred souls than they ever knew...

    July 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Live On Brighton Beach

    Live On Brighton Beach | ALBUM REVIEW

    The more that dance music insists on minimalism, the more tired it gets, as coherent lyrics, hefty melodies, hook-y song structure and fleshy arrangements are removed from the groove. Norman Cook has for years proved his ability...

    June 6, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Pet Sounds Live

    Pet Sounds Live | ALBUM REVIEW

    The project seemed destined to fail. But last January, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson came to London, performed Pet Sounds in its entirety and bowled over the fussy Brits. How could an album so richly orchestrated and...

    June 6, 2002 12:00 AM ET