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  • When I Was Cruel

    When I Was Cruel | ALBUM REVIEW

    As its title suggests, When I Was Cruel hearkens back to those bitter days when Elvis Costello was as vicious as the punks with whom he was first lumped. You know the man is back on track...

    May 9, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Living Proof

    Living Proof | ALBUM REVIEW

    Cher's "Believe" set off a trend for electronically tweaked vocals while bamboozling listeners into questioning their own trust in love. It was a revolutionary act for a fiftysomething camp icon with serious credibility issues — a bizarre...

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Cocky

    Cocky | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kid Rock proves the power of perseverance, eventual excellent timing and a truckload of dumb luck. In these days of hypermarketed instant success, Rock's belated, massive victory with a banging, multiplatinum fourth album after three lousy flops...

    January 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Britney

    Britney | ALBUM REVIEW

    Britney Spears is now so high-concept, such a distillation of what made pop singers like Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson and Madonna so fabulously marketable, that her third record, Britney, is a concept album about herself. She's "Overprotected."...

    October 30, 2001 1:00 AM ET
  • Songs From The West Coast

    Songs From The West Coast | ALBUM REVIEW

    It don't always work when veteran rockers try to conjure their classic albums' old black magic. Going back to your roots and whatnot sounds good on paper, but your voice and reflexes change, recording techniques evolve and...

    September 17, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Celebrity

    Celebrity | ALBUM REVIEW

    Musicians at the center of multimillion-dollar machines have two choices: ensure that the G's keep coming in no matter what it does to their art and souls, or repay the public with the gift of genuine inspiration....

    August 2, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Mandy Moore

    Mandy Moore | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's so rare and refreshing when a teen star takes the high road. Mandy Moore doesn't seem the most likely candidate to actually put music first: This B-level Orlando upstart played the jailbait card with her initial...

    July 24, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Beat 'Em Up

    Beat 'Em Up | ALBUM REVIEW

    The battle plan behind Iggy Pop's latest couldn't be simpler or more obvious even if it was one of those one-sentence plot descriptions Hollywood agents use to sell movie concepts: After releasing Avenue B, Iggy's impersonation of...

    June 25, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Songs in A Minor

    Songs in A Minor | ALBUM REVIEW

    Many young female singers court the tweenie market by exaggerating their girlish charms, but twenty-year-old Alicia Keys sings for adults. Showing a maturity beyond her years, this New York newcomer's largely self-produced debut suggests down-home R&B contemporaries...

    June 25, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Irresistible

    Irresistible | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jessica Simpson sings, dances and spouts scary quotes like a Fifties B-movie actress doomed to trail in the path of true stars. Her by-the-numbers 1999 debut, Sweet Kisses, made Mandy Moore seem underground. Irresistible offers a slightly...

    June 11, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Exciter

    Exciter | ALBUM REVIEW

    Depeche Mode should be horribly burnt out or split up by now: They lost their initial songwriter, Vince Clarke, after their 1981 debut; their principal musician, Alan Wilder, after their eighth album; and their sanity in 1995,...

    May 14, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Human

    Human | ALBUM REVIEW

    The last time Rod Stewart put his balls on the line was for "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?," a ridiculous, superb disco classic. That was twenty-three years ago. So if you're not salivating at the thought of...

    February 5, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Things Falling Apart

    Things Falling Apart | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Nine Inch Nails released The Downward Spiral in 1994, Trent Reznor inherited the dark rock crown that fell off the head of Kurt Cobain. Five years later, this industrialist found himself no longer...

    December 7, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)

    Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death) | ALBUM REVIEW

    What do politicians, religious leaders, rap-metal fans, right-wingers, jaded goths, homophobes and parents everywhere have in common? They all want to see our era's most willing hate magnet, Marilyn Manson, disappear up his own overexposed, underclothed butt....

    November 23, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Black & Blue

    Black & Blue | ALBUM REVIEW

    There comes a time in every boy band's and teen queen's career when the idols want freedom from their puppet-masters. The irony behind Backstreet Boys is that the more they strive to prove their adult autonomy, the...

    November 21, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Music

    Music | ALBUM REVIEW

    Just when we've put Madonna in another box — one labeled "Introspective Celebrity Mom Who Doesn't Want to Be an Icon Anymore but Can't Help Herself" — the forty-two-year-old reverts to pleasure girl on the punk-funk dance...

    October 12, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Christmas Album

    Christmas Album | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Beach Boys have been at least three bands: crafty chroniclers of pre-freakout mid-Sixties Southern California, audacious cult oddballs and shameless nostalgia merchants. The first incarnation created pop art of the highest order from 1962 to 1969;...

    September 14, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • The Beach Boys In Concert

    The Beach Boys In Concert | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Beach Boys have been at least three bands: crafty chroniclers of pre-freakout mid-Sixties Southern California, audacious cult oddballs and shameless nostalgia merchants. The first incarnation created pop art of the highest order from 1962 to 1969;...

    September 14, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Faith and Courage

    Faith and Courage | ALBUM REVIEW

    I know that I have done many things/To give you reason not to listen to me, sings Sinead O'Connor in "The Lamb's Book of Life," one of several new songs that ask forgiveness from her lovers, father...

    June 22, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Return Of Saturn

    Return Of Saturn | ALBUM REVIEW

    The difference between obscurity and overexposure is only one video and a few million Total Request Live votes. After languishing for years on the Orange County, California, ska scene, No Doubt sold 15 million copies worldwide of...

    April 27, 2000 12:00 AM ET
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