954 items by David Fricke

  • Legendary Hearts

    Legendary Hearts | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like every one of Lou Reed's albums, Legendary Hearts demands of its listener a commitment far greater and certainly more discomforting than that of the average record. Its sound is even more skeletal than that of last...

    April 28, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Scoop

    Scoop | ALBUM REVIEW

    No one in rock & roll has spent more time revealing the motivations for making music, the private energies and obsessions that drive one to it or the intimate details of the process than Pete Townshend. For...

    April 14, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Pyromania

    Pyromania | ALBUM REVIEW

    Just when it seemed like synthesizers had taken over the airwaves, along comes Def Leppard with Pyromania, a heavy-metal album full of brawling guitars and boasting state-of-the-radio production. Steve Clark and new member Phil Collen's fat fuzz...

    March 31, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Money And Cigarettes

    Money And Cigarettes | ALBUM REVIEW

    Just as 1974's 461 Ocean Boulevard marked a confident return from the drug-aggravated funk that followed Layla, Eric Clapton's first album for Warner Bros. is an unexpected show of renewed strength after a debilitating illness and too...

    March 3, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Love Over Gold

    Love Over Gold | ALBUM REVIEW

    Love Over Gold is not just the title of Dire Straits' fourth album, it is a statement of purpose. In almost suicidal defiance of commercial good sense, singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Knopfler has chosen to follow his muse, fashioning...

    November 11, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • The Jimi Hendrix Concerts

    The Jimi Hendrix Concerts | ALBUM REVIEW

    The record industry probably has no greater sin on its conscience than the artistic and commercial rape of Jimi Hendrix. Unofficial releases of old hack studio sessions with Curtis Knight and the Isley Brothers dogged him...

    November 11, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Rough Diamonds

    Rough Diamonds | ALBUM REVIEW

    Three years is a long time between albums, but Bad Company's Rough Diamonds — their first LP since 1979's Desolation Angels — only makes one wish the band had stayed away even longer. Next to such mid-Seventies...

    September 30, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Combat Rock

    Combat Rock | ALBUM REVIEW

    For rock's last angry band, life at the top has not exactly been a left-wing luau. In Britain, where their only real crime has been falling out of fashion, the Clash is scorned by a cynical press...

    June 24, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Speak & Spell

    Speak & Spell | ALBUM REVIEW

    To English Pop-music fans, there is nothing like a good six-month fad. The punk explosion, the warmed-over mods, the ska craze and the psychedelic revival — don't look now, but you just missed the New Romantics —...

    May 13, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • New Traditionalists [Bonus Tracks]

    New Traditionalists [Bonus Tracks] | ALBUM REVIEW

    Beware of Geeks bearing gifts. With every copy of Devo's latest long-playing manifesto, New Traditionalists, you get a giant poster of the Akron pop mutants in their current Spartan Youth pose, as well as a single of...

    November 26, 1981 12:00 AM ET
  • Pleasant Dreams

    Pleasant Dreams | ALBUM REVIEW

    Pity the poor Ramones. Where once they led the charge of the punk brigade, da brudders four now eat the dust of ambulance-chasing snobs smitten by avant-funk, the new psychedelia and Spandau Baloney. After four masterpieces of...

    October 29, 1981 12:00 AM ET
  • Rush: Power From the People

    Rush: Power From the People | ARTICLE

    There are two schools of thought on the Canadian power trio Rush – for and against. Tonight, at the massive Montreal Forum, Rush...

    May 28, 1981 1:15 PM ET
  • Crocodiles

    Crocodiles | ALBUM REVIEW

    Leave it to the fad-happy British — the same people who brought you the 2-Tone ska craze, the refurbished mods and the heavy-metal revival — to teach that old dog psychedelia some new tricks. In addition to sharing...

    April 16, 1981 12:00 AM ET
  • All Shook Up

    All Shook Up | ALBUM REVIEW

    Not everything ex-Beatles producer George Martin touches turns to Fab Four. Cheap Trick's All Shook Up, produced by Martin, is actually closer in sound and fury to the ham-fisted heavy-metal grind of the band's 1977 debut album...

    March 19, 1981 12:00 AM ET
  • Making Movies

    Making Movies | ALBUM REVIEW

    Singer, songwriter and ace guitarist Mark Knopfler is the impressive sum of several very appealing parts. His voice is a smoky mixture of Bob Dylan's acidic whine, Tom Waits' tubercular snore and J.J. Cale's breathy, marbles-in-the-mouth whisper....

    February 5, 1981 12:00 AM ET
  • Zenyatta Mondatta

    Zenyatta Mondatta | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the two years since they first arrested America's attention with singer-bassist Sting's Top Forty love song for a prostitute, "Roxanne," the Police have gotten trapped in a credibility gap between their commercial importance as a New...

    December 25, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Back In Black

    Back In Black | ALBUM REVIEW

    While the accidental death of singer Bon Scott last February was undoubtedly a big blow to AC/DC, Scott's untimely demise seems to have lit a roaring fire under this Australian band. Back in Black is not only...

    November 27, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • AC/DC Refuses To Give Up and Rocks On

    AC/DC Refuses To Give Up and Rocks On | ARTICLE

    There is a full moon out here tonight, and it belongs to Angus Young, the twenty-one-year-old guitarist for Australian jock-rockers AC/DC. While his...

    October 30, 1980 4:40 PM ET
  • AC/DC Shrug Off a Death and Rock On

    AC/DC Shrug Off a Death and Rock On | ARTICLE

    There is a full moon out here tonight, and it belongs to Angus Young, the twenty-one-year-old guitarist for Australian jock-rockers AC/DC. While his older brother and rhythm guitarist Malcolm, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd...

    October 30, 1980 10:35 AM ET
  • Boy


    From the beginning, U2 aspired to profound ecstasy. But it took Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. a while to get there. Two of U2's first three albums are undeniable classics: 1980's precociously magnificent...

    October 20, 1980 12:00 AM ET