8 items by Brian Raftery

  • Love's Crushing Diamond

    Love's Crushing Diamond | ALBUM REVIEW

    The opening moments of Love's Crushing Diamond are awash in heartsick strings and wind-struck chimes; it sounds less like a band tuning up than a dust-strewn shack shaking itself awake. That fragile quality is preserved throughout the...

    December 11, 2013 4:05 PM ET
  • Black Panties

    Black Panties | ALBUM REVIEW

    On his past two albums, R&B's most shameless lover man abandoned his shtick in favor of lovelorn, PG-rated retro soul. But the 2011 throat surgery that saved R. Kelly's voice clearly also reignited his libido, because...

    December 10, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • You Were Right

    You Were Right | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Brendan Benson's sixth solo album, the FM-gold guru — and occasional Jack White collaborator — turns into a dark-hearted relationship expert, spinning tales full of curb-kicked exes and embittered beaus (sample fun-time title: "She's...

    November 29, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Uncanney Valley

    Uncanney Valley | ALBUM REVIEW

    For some indie-rock fans, the Dismemberment Plan have always been the band that got away: too noisy to win over bookish brainiacs, but too smart (and too subtly funny) to convert cool-kid cred dispensers. A decade...

    October 15, 2013 12:15 AM ET
  • Tally All the Things That You Broke

    Tally All the Things That You Broke | ALBUM REVIEW

    On last winter's neck-jerkingly fast Light Up Gold – one of the year's best debuts – Brooklyn's Parquet Courts sounded like apostles of Jonathan Richman and the Minutemen, mixing smart-stoner musings with turtle-jaw-tight playing. This EP...

    October 8, 2013 12:15 AM ET
  • I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

    I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams | ALBUM REVIEW

    Onstage, the members of this execrably named Nashville outfit come off like college sketch-troupe goofs who just downed some 40s, broke into a Guitar Center and decided to celebrate by holding the loudest, messiest shred-off known to...

    August 20, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Jason Sudeikis Envisions Life After 'Saturday Night Live'

    Jason Sudeikis Envisions Life After 'Saturday Night Live' | ARTICLE

    Jason Sudeikis has been out in public for all of five minutes, and he's already getting bum-rushed. We're sitting on a bench in Washington Square Park, watching a Thursday-afternoon crowd that's perfectly, improbably New York – a...

    June 6, 2012 4:55 PM ET
  • Michael Jackson: The Unlikely King of Rock

    Michael Jackson: The Unlikely King of Rock | ARTICLE

    When the members of Fall Out Boy were recording 2007's Infinity On High, they turned to two albums for guidance. One was a late-'90s hardcore record from Sweden. The other was Michael Jackson's Thriller. "It's the best...

    July 7, 2009 2:44 PM ET