981 items by David Fricke

  • 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
  • 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