195 items by Christian Hoard

  • Silent Alarm Remixed

    Silent Alarm Remixed | ALBUM REVIEW

    Despite their sexy, sinuous rhythms, these Brits aren't much of a party band. These remixes of songs from their debut wisely avoid tacking on block-rocking beats. But aside from Black Box's elegantly jungle-ized "Positive Tension," Four Tet's...

    February 6, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Curtain Call: The Hits

    Curtain Call: The Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    This inevitable hits package raises an obvious question: Are three so-so new songs, decent sequencing and a track commemorating a surreal TV moment enough to make you buy thirteen (great) songs all over again? Hard to say,...

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Chris Brown

    Chris Brown | ALBUM REVIEW

    Chris Brown is a sixteen-year-old Virginia soulster riding a hot single, "Run It!," a de-crunked "Yeah!" that gets by thanks to a slinky synth beat and the mix of smooth seduction and cunning come-ons in Brown's baby-mack...

    November 28, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Tha Carter II

    Tha Carter II | ALBUM REVIEW

    Of all the Cash Money MC's who blew up in the Nineties, Lil Wayne has grown the most — understandably so, since he was just sixteen when he released his debut in 1999. Wayne's fifth album finds...

    November 28, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Kicking Television: Live in Chicago

    Kicking Television: Live in Chicago | ALBUM REVIEW

    Stretching nearly two hours and twenty-three cuts, Kicking Television is both a love letter to Wilco's dedicated fans and a definitive live statement from America's foremost rock impressionists. Nearly two-thirds of the material — which was recorded...

    November 21, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Panic! at the Disco: New Faces

    Panic! at the Disco: New Faces | ARTICLE

    "A year ago we were just sitting around in our practice space," says Panic! at the Disco drummer Spencer Smith, 18. Now these Las...

    November 17, 2005 11:15 AM ET
  • Feels

    Feels | ALBUM REVIEW

    Animal Collective specialize in shape-shifting songs that seem to wrench melodies out of the ether. Their third full-length album maintains a sense of childlike joy and free-flowing exploration while creating bizarro pastoral reveries out of primitivist tom-tom...

    November 3, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Interpol Remix

    Interpol Remix | ALBUM REVIEW

    At this late date in history, it makes sense that hipster indie-rock bands will remix their own shit. An Interpol remix CD with only four cuts, however, makes less sense. Though Carlos D.'s "Public Pervert" enhances the...

    November 3, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Living Things Burn Bush

    Living Things Burn Bush | ARTICLE

    At twenty-six, Living Things singer Lillian Berlin has survived heroin addiction, a half-dozen arrests and being beaten to a pulp outside a Dallas club by thugs who took exception to his political rants. Onstage, Berlin bounces around...

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Live - Friday The 13th

    Live - Friday The 13th | ALBUM REVIEW

    Reprising all twelve cuts from Maroon 5's 2002 debut, Live: Friday the 13th is mostly a victory lap for these hardworking popsters — complete with copious girly screams from the audience. But if you're aching for a...

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Unplugged

    Unplugged | ALBUM REVIEW

    On her first live album, Alicia Keys plays around with her mannered retro arrangements and turns out seven previously unrecorded songs. Hits such as "Fallin' " groove easily with just a hint of indulgent operatics, and on...

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • How Late Do U Have 2 B B4 U R Absent?

    How Late Do U Have 2 B B4 U R Absent? | ALBUM REVIEW

    The most surprising thing about George Clinton's first album of new material in almost a decade isn't how long it took to arrive; it's that it's not terribly funky. Recorded over several years, How Late sounds alternately...

    October 6, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Cripple Crow

    Cripple Crow | ALBUM REVIEW

    For four albums now, Texas-born, Venezuela-raised Devendra Banhart has been getting serious mileage out of a rock archetype: the mysterioso folkie with bohemian leanings and poetry to spare. On the intermittently terrific Cripple Crow, Banhart's eccentricities —...

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • New Faces: Rihanna Brings Riddims

    New Faces: Rihanna Brings Riddims | ARTICLE

    "I don't even have time for boys!" says Rihanna, the seventeen-year-old Jay-Z protegee whose dancehall-tinged single "Pon De Replay" is lighting up both dance floors and pop radio. The Barbados native is currently preparing for...

    August 25, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Let It Be

    Let It Be | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Replacements' Let It Be is one of the most lovable albums ever to come out of the American garage: a shabbily tuneful bash-and-pop masterpiece about youthful uncertainty, androgyny and getting your tonsils out, complete with a...

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Tp.3 Reloaded

    Tp.3 Reloaded | ALBUM REVIEW

    R. Kelly's 2004 album Happy People/U Saved Me was a misstep, heavily burdened by invocations of God's infinite compassion for singers wrestling with child pornography charges. But Kelly has dropped all that for the time being: The...

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Tonight's The Night

    Tonight's The Night | ALBUM REVIEW

    This review originally ran in Rolling Stone as part of a series that looked back at classic albums. Part of the genius of Neil Young's dark masterpiece Tonight's the Night is that it could easily have sounded like...

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Don't Believe The Truth

    Don't Believe The Truth | ALBUM REVIEW

    Watching Oasis' precipitous decline from Brit-pop superstardom has sort of been like watching the Yankees blow it last October: You knew they had it coming, but it was still kind of sad to see. Don't Believe the...

    June 2, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • From Under The Cork Tree

    From Under The Cork Tree | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fall Out Boy's second album, From Under the Cork Tree, is a peculiar mix of in-jokes ("Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued") and romantic dramas that post-adolescents are...

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Separation Sunday

    Separation Sunday | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Hold Steady's debut was one of the best indie-rock records of 2004, a left-field barnburner packed with rants about busted romance, a beloved jukebox and "war goin' down in the Middle Western states." Like its predecessor,...

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM ET