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955 items by David Fricke

  • You? Me? Us?

    You? Me? Us? | ALBUM REVIEW

    For a singer/songwriter and guitarist long hailed as a great folk-rock romanticist, Richard Thompson actually prefers the company of misery. There are few truly happy endings in his extensive catalog. Like Elvis Costello, Thompson specializes in the...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Cheap Trick

    Cheap Trick | ALBUM REVIEW

    The full-strength return of the original Fleetwood Mac — the late-'6os British blues gods who made roughneck-pub mayhem out of the Elmore James and Jimmy Reed song-books — would have been a comeback worth celebrating. The Dance...

    December 25, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • South Saturn Delta

    South Saturn Delta | ALBUM REVIEW

    Oh, the temptation — to just say that Kettle Whistle blows, that it's the alt-rock answer to Led Zeppelin's Coda, But if these outtakes from one of the shortest, brightest careers in post-punk rock aren't all diamonds,...

    December 25, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Something About Way You Look Tonight / Candle in 1997

    Something About Way You Look Tonight / Candle in 1997 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Comparing the record-breaking success of "Candle in the Wind 1997" — Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is now the second-best-selling single of all time — with the more modest impact of The Big Picture is pointless and churlish....

    December 19, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • The Big Picture

    The Big Picture | ALBUM REVIEW

    Comparing the record-breaking success of "Candle in the Wind 1997" — Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is now the second-best-selling single of all time — with the more modest impact of The Big Picture is pointless and churlish....

    December 19, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Peace And Noise

    Peace And Noise | ALBUM REVIEW

    This album — like Gone Again, Patti Smith's 1996 memorial to her dear departed — is alive with ghosts: the patient spirits bearing silent witness in "Waiting Underground"; the young soldier who is incinerated in a copter...

    October 6, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rhythm Twins: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Lead a March Toward Babylon

    The Rhythm Twins: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Lead a March Toward Babylon | ARTICLE

    I talked to Keith about it. I talked to everyone in the band about it. I didn't want to do a record same...

    September 4, 1997 3:00 PM ET
  • Be Here Now

    Be Here Now | ALBUM REVIEW

    If the art of rock — and of making great rock records — is essentially a matter of putting the right notes in the right order over a good beat at top volume, then "D'You Know What...

    September 4, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Arkology

    Arkology | ALBUM REVIEW

    Work your way back through everything you know about hip-hop, electronica, punk rock and post rock, and somehow, some way, you always end up at Black Ark. It was at Black Ark, a four-track studio in the...

    July 10, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Double Nickels On The Dime

    Double Nickels On The Dime | ALBUM REVIEW

    The changing face of American hardcore punk still isn't very pretty. But in open defiance of the cretin hop that dominates the genre, outlaw bands like the California trio the Minutemen and Hüsker Dü, a threesome from...

    January 22, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970

    Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Who went on at about 2:30 in the morning, playing in typical English festival weather — cold, dark and wet. As the...

    December 26, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

    Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings | ALBUM REVIEW

    Thorough and thoroughly wonderful, right down to its gold-leaf binding, the sumptuous box devoted to the landmark late-'50s and '60s studio collaborations of trumpeter Miles Davis and composer and arranger Gil Evans is more than a reissue...

    December 26, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Shady Grove

    Shady Grove | ALBUM REVIEW

    Shady Grove is the way Jerry Garcia's last years should be remembered. Whatever problems the Grateful Dead guitarist had with substance abuse and the burdens of his celebrity, he left them at the door whenever he stopped...

    December 26, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Spirit

    Spirit | ALBUM REVIEW

    Spirit is Willie Nelson's variation on American Recordings, Johnny Cash's 1994 return to glory: low-key, acoustic, stripped to the rugged fundamentals of a good song and a superior voice. Nelson brings his own bunkhouse-Romeo charm to the...

    December 13, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Tragic Kingdom

    Tragic Kingdom | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's the rhythm, stupid. Oh, and in No Doubt's case, a platinum-blond peach of a female singer, Gwen Stefani, who breaks up the asexual baggy-shorts-and-balloon-pants monotony of alt-nation guy rock (311 included). Both Tragic Kingdom and 311...

    December 9, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.

    T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. | ALBUM REVIEW

    With or without the mothership, George Clinton's P-Funk road-show is the greatest thang on earth, electric big-band soul nonpareil. But the awesome power of a fully operational Parliament-Funkadelic is conspicuously absent from T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. The Hendrixian dueling of...

    December 6, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Aenima

    Aenima | ALBUM REVIEW

    Noise as purgative: Tool shove their iron-spike riffing and shock-therapy polemics right up the claustrophobic dead end of so-called alternative metal in the name of a greater metaphysical glory — something along the fuzzy lines of Jungian...

    December 5, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Load

    Load | ALBUM REVIEW

    If heavy-metal fans are supposed to be such hardcore loyalists, what is it about a few haircuts, some eyeliner and a little songcraft that throws 'em into such a dither? Load — Metallica's very long (78 minutes...

    December 4, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Down On The Upside

    Down On The Upside | ALBUM REVIEW

    These are the best of times and the worst of times for Seattle rock. The A&R leeches and press hounds are long gone; the scene is back to relative normality — that is, lively and neighborly (even...

    December 2, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Gone Again

    Gone Again | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mourning becomes electric. In every way — musically, lyrically and, for Patti Smith, quite literally — Gone Again is a record about the cycle of life, death and rebirth, an acutely personal expression of prolonged grief in...

    December 2, 1996 12:00 AM ET
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