195 items by Christian Hoard

  • The Greatest

    The Greatest | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the 2004 DVD Speaking for Trees, the Georgia-born singer-songwriter Chan Marshall stands in the middle of a forest and slowly works her way through stark, mournful covers of songs by luminaries like Bob Dylan, the Stones,...

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • "Weighted Down"

    "Weighted Down" | SONG REVIEW

    Beck's ever-changing covers band continues on its Skip Spence project with this slow-as-molasses song from the Moby Grape frontman's 1969 solo album, Oar....

    January 21, 2010 1:10 PM ET
  • The Black Keys' Muscle Shoals Odyssey

    The Black Keys' Muscle Shoals Odyssey | ARTICLE

    The Black Keys assumed Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, where the Rolling Stones cut "Wild Horses" and Wilson Pickett made "Don't Knock My...

    December 10, 2009 12:45 PM ET
  • Untitled

    Untitled | ALBUM REVIEW

    At this late date in history, listening to R. Kelly document his busy sex life is like listening to an old jazzman run through standards — it's exactly what you expect, but when he's inspired it's well...

    December 1, 2009 4:07 PM ET
  • The Circle

    The Circle | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bon Jovi are billing their 11th album as a back-to-rock move, following on the heels of 2007's country-tinged Lost Highway, which featured duets with Music City stars. It does rock — if your idea of rock is...

    November 11, 2009 3:50 PM ET
  • Bad Romance

    Bad Romance | SONG REVIEW

    Gaga's new tune — a snippet of which she recently debuted on SNL — isn't up to the star's trashy-chic standards: The booming beat feels oppressive, the wordless hook is a little annoying, and...

    October 29, 2009 12:30 PM ET
  • Have A Nice Day

    Have A Nice Day | ALBUM REVIEW

    The girls who grooved to Slippery When Wet back in 1986 have gotten married and bought SUVs, but Bon Jovi have kept their arena anthems simple and sweaty — so much so that hating the New Jersey...

    October 7, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Black Gives Way To Blue

    Black Gives Way To Blue | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the Nineties, Alice in Chains wentmultiplatinum on a grunge-metal sound that was like the soundtrack to singer Layne Staley's heroin addiction, which killed him in 2002. On the band's first album in 14 years, sludgy guitars...

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Popular Songs

    Popular Songs | ALBUM REVIEW

    Playing like a welcome sequel to 2006's style-hopping I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, Yo La Tengo's 16th studio album finds the New Jersey trio bringing out Farfisa solos and celebrating...

    September 8, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Ill Communication (Remastered Edition)

    Ill Communication (Remastered Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Topping the charts upon its release in 1994, Ill Communication found the Beasties out-cooling almost all other alt-rock acts. The New York trio mixed up hooky beat science, hardcore punk and cerebral but brassy rhymes — a...

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Blood

    Blood | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you liked Franz Ferdinand's last album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, but thought it was missing something —perhaps a futuristic, stoner-friendly electro vibe? —you're in luck. This dub version, mixed by Lee "Scratch" Perry producer Dan Carey, adds...

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Monkey Business

    Monkey Business | ALBUM REVIEW

    For 2003's multiplatinum Elephunk, the Black Eyed Peas recruited sexy crooner Fergie and ditched ponderous rhymes in favor of smooth hooks, transforming themselves from the world's most boring rap group to hip-hop's brightest popsters. Monkey Business...

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • "Kinda Like A Big Deal"

    "Kinda Like A Big Deal" | SONG REVIEW

    This seductive cut finds the world's best coke-rap duo crowing cleverly over DJ Khalil's rumbling beat about diamonds, cars and how "it's a blessing to blow a hundred thou in a recession." Kanye nearly outbrags the...

    May 14, 2009 3:30 PM ET
  • Stand Up

    Stand Up | ALBUM REVIEW

    One advantage of actually being able to play your instruments: Midcareer crises are often less scary. In the four-plus years since Dave Matthews Band last convened to write and record a new album, its members have toured...

    May 7, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • 'Cause I Sez So

    'Cause I Sez So | ALBUM REVIEW

    The reconstituted New York Dolls stack up awfully well against the original Seventies band, whose glam rock inspired thousands of acts. This Todd Rundgren-produced follow-up to the Dolls' fine 2006 comeback features new moves like reggae and...

    May 1, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Neko Case's Animal Instinct

    Neko Case's Animal Instinct | ARTICLE

    Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 1074 from March 19, 2009. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium...

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition

    Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1997, these slacker romantics slowed things down and serenaded their fans, delivering an album short on noise and long on artfully dissonant ballads. Stephen Malkmus worked softy sentimentality even into his funniest lines, rhyming "quasar in...

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Prospekt's March EP

    Prospekt's March EP | ALBUM REVIEW

    This EP collects recordings from the sessions for Viva la Vida, Coldplay's most sonically tricked-out record, but the new songs feel too conservative after Viva's world-music-laden sprawl. Though "Rainy Day" finds Chris Martin crooning brightly over strings...

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • I Am...Sasha Fierce

    I Am...Sasha Fierce | ALBUM REVIEW

    Having transitioned into a more grown-up sound, Beyoncé has gotten conceptual on us: Her third album offers two discs, a collection of heartfelt ballads credited to Beyoncé and a danceable set credited to "Sasha Fierce," the pop...

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Funhouse

    Funhouse | ALBUM REVIEW

    Pink wanted to call this album Heartbreak Is a Motherfucker — a fitting title for a record that follows her divorce from pro motocross rider Carey Hart. With songwriter Max Martin chipping in, the rock diva finds...

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM ET