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  • Follow The Leader

    Follow The Leader | ALBUM REVIEW

    Anger is not pretty or pleasant. It can turn violent, hurtful, even homicidal. But there are times when just getting mad beats getting even, when that backlog of rage, resentment and helplessness is something to be exorcised...

    August 12, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Sean Lennon On His Father, Yoko Ono, and His Own Musical Career

    Sean Lennon On His Father, Yoko Ono, and His Own Musical Career | ARTICLE

    Sean Lennon does not need any prompting to talk about his late father, John Lennon – or about anything else. "I like to...

    June 11, 1998 11:55 AM ET
  • Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk

    Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk | ALBUM REVIEW

    They run through this collection like a string of loosely buried land mines, images and aphorisms with the prescient sting of epitaph: "This way of life is so devised/To snuff out the mind that moves" ("The Sky...

    May 7, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Naughty Little Doggie

    Naughty Little Doggie | ALBUM REVIEW

    If Iggy Pop had died when most people expected him to — back in the mid-'70s, from an overdose of bad drugs and stage violence — we would probably be sitting around now wondering what kind of...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Set The Twilight Reeling

    Set The Twilight Reeling | ALBUM REVIEW

    After you've devoted an entire album to the ultimate concept — death and the mourning after — what do you do for an encore? If you're from New York and you're Lou Reed, you write about the...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Frogstomp

    Frogstomp | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a debut album, Foo Fighters is robust, audaciously self-assured sing-along power pop pitched somewhere between Cheap Trick's chain-saw Beatlerama and the big, barbed howl of Hüsker Dü. As ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl's return to active duty...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • 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
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