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  • Power Windows

    Power Windows | ALBUM REVIEW

    While critics routinely dismissed Rush as pretentious operatic heavy-metal bozos, this indefatigable Canadian trio was actually busy becoming the Police of power rock. On their recent studio LPs, leading up to 1984's appropriately titled Grace under Pressure,...

    January 30, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Cut The Crap

    Cut The Crap | ALBUM REVIEW

    There was a time when The Clash embodied all that was noble about punk. They understood the difference between apocalypse and mere antistyle and, as songwriters, singer-guitarists Joe Strummer and Mick Jones had the gift of grab....

    January 16, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Dylan's Dilemma

    Dylan's Dilemma | ARTICLE

    I've made all the difference I'm going to," Bob Dylan declares. "My place is secure, whatever it is. I'm not worried about having to...

    December 5, 1985 12:00 PM ET
  • Dylan Box Features 18 'New' Songs: 'Biograph' Due After 3-Year Delay

    Dylan Box Features 18 'New' Songs: 'Biograph' Due After 3-Year Delay | ARTICLE

    Later this month columbia records will release Biograph, the most comprehensive retrospective of Bob Dylan's career to date. The five-record boxed set...

    October 24, 1985 1:30 PM ET
  • Standing on the Edge

    Standing on the Edge | ALBUM REVIEW

    Just when you thought it was ancient history, pushing up daisies in the Seventies-power-pop graveyard, Cheap Trick roars back to life with its best collection of bubblegum bazooka rock in years. Standing on the Edge recombines the...

    October 10, 1985 12:00 AM ET
  • Flash

    Flash | ALBUM REVIEW

    Before you do anything else with Flash, drop the needle on the last half of "Ambitious," the album's chug-a-funk leadoff track. Just as singer Jimmy Hall steps back from the song's skeletal tune and jackhammer rhythm with...

    July 18, 1985 12:00 AM ET
  • Tears For Fears

    Tears For Fears | ARTICLE

    Adolescence was not Curt Smith's idea of a good time. His parents separated when he was very young. To get attention, he took up...

    June 6, 1985 7:35 PM ET
  • No Jacket Required

    No Jacket Required | ALBUM REVIEW

    Phil Collins' sudden transformation from the balding bantam drummer for a prosperous British art-rock group into a mainstream pop heartthrob might seem one of the Eighties' most improbable success stories. But judging from the sly craft and...

    May 9, 1985 12:00 AM ET
  • VU

    VU | ALBUM REVIEW

    Reviled by their hippie contemporaries, barely acknowledged by their record company, pegged by the media as a pop nightmare sprung full-blown from the pasty forehead of Andy Warhol, the members of the Velvet Underground worked hard and...

    March 14, 1985 12:00 AM ET
  • White Light/White Heat

    White Light/White Heat | ALBUM REVIEW

    Reviled by their hippie contemporaries, barely acknowledged by their record company, pegged by the media as a pop nightmare sprung full-blown from the pasty forehead of Andy Warhol, the members of the Velvet Underground worked hard and...

    March 14, 1985 12:00 AM ET
  • Zen Arcade

    Zen Arcade | 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...

    February 14, 1985 12:00 AM ET
  • Word of Mouth

    Word of Mouth | ALBUM REVIEW

    It is a great relief to say that the most notable thing about the Kinks' twenty-ninth album is not the retirement of founding drummer Mick Avory — who shared Ringo's gift for playing only what was needed,...

    January 31, 1985 12:00 AM ET
  • Ark

    Ark | ALBUM REVIEW

    As Sixties rock reunions go, this gathering of the original Animals is a better idea than most. In singer Eric Burdon, the group certainly had a mighty mouth, the most untamed of the young English white blues...

    October 27, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Flick of the Switch

    Flick of the Switch | ALBUM REVIEW

    With Flick of the Switch, the Australian mega-bar-band AC/DC has now made the same album nine times, surely a record even in heavy-metal circles. Intellectually, it's a dubious achievement, of course. But there is still something perversely...

    October 27, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • The Principle of Moments

    The Principle of Moments | ALBUM REVIEW

    The problem with Robert Plant's solo career is that he has been unable to leave Led Zeppelin's thunderous sound completely behind him. Even without the late John Bonham's gorilla thwack spurring him on or Jimmy Page's demon...

    September 1, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Plays Live

    Plays Live | ALBUM REVIEW

    The main problem with Peter Gabriel's performance on this two-album set recorded during his 1982 tour is that you can't see it. The striking cover portrait of the singer in glistening face paint barely hints at the...

    September 1, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • The Hurting

    The Hurting | ALBUM REVIEW

    Britain's Tears for Fears stand out among the current crop of identikit synth-pop groups by virtue of their resourceful, stylish songwriting and fetching...

    July 7, 1983 12:00 PM ET
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

    Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) | ALBUM REVIEW

    As the dominant forces in the British band the Tourists, guitarist Dave Stewart and singer Annie Lennox shot some arty new life into tired old pop. Now, on their own as Eurythmics, they've turned their wiles to...

    June 23, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Speaking In Tongues

    Speaking In Tongues | ALBUM REVIEW

    Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads' first studio release in three years, is the album that finally obliterates the thin line separating arty white pop music and deep black funk. Picking up where their 1980 Afro-punk fusion Remain...

    June 9, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Inarticulate Speech of the Heart

    Inarticulate Speech of the Heart | ALBUM REVIEW

    More than just an album title, "inarticulate speech of the heart" is an evocative, breathtaking description of the humble act of prayer. It captures in a simple phrase that desperate expression of pain and need, as well...

    April 28, 1983 12:00 AM ET
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