9 items by Don McLeese

  • Straight On Till Morning

    Straight On Till Morning | ALBUM REVIEW

    As an invitation to musical adventure, Blues Traveler have never offered better than "Great Big World," the eighth song on the sprawlingly ambitious 13-cut Straight On Till Morning. While the tune retains the trademark blasts of John...

    July 2, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Last Day on Earth

    Last Day on Earth | ALBUM REVIEW

    Although John Cale's reputation has been inextricably linked with (and often overshadowed by) Lou Reed's since the two men founded the Velvet Underground, it is fitting that his most frequent collaborator on the Seducing Down the Door...

    January 26, 1994 12:00 AM ET


    Since the Velvet Underground were never much for historical reverence, it comes as a relief — and a kick — to hear the band playing fast and loose with their legacy on this reunion-concert album. Despite the...

    November 25, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Human Wheels

    Human Wheels | ALBUM REVIEW

    John Mellencamp hits hardest when he leads with his heart instead of his head. While his material was rarely as dumb as his detractors suggested back in the Cougar days, his more self-consciously ambitious songcraft of recent...

    September 30, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Goin' Back To New Orleans

    Goin' Back To New Orleans | ALBUM REVIEW

    Though his career has stretched from session musicianship to gris-gris psychedelia and supper-club standards, the music of Dr. John has never strayed far from its roots. And those roots have never been more joyously, bawdily or playfully...

    September 17, 1992 12:00 AM ET
  • On Every Street

    On Every Street | ALBUM REVIEW

    Five years ago, Dire Straits was threatening to become the biggest band in the world — and/or an extended arena-rock cliché — when Mark Knopfler whipped off his headband, put down his guitar and hopped off the...

    October 17, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • Vagabond Heart

    Vagabond Heart | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Vagabond Heart, rodeo drive intersects Gasoline Alley. Though the album's production shows typical signs of conspicuous consumption, the strength of the songs and the depth of Stewart's conviction make this his most compelling work since the...

    May 16, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • The Neighborhood

    The Neighborhood | ALBUM REVIEW

    In a period when grace is a rare commodity in popular music, the new Los Lobos album, The Neighborhood, soars with it. Songs such as "Angel Dance," "Little John of God," "Deep Dark Hole" and "The Giving...

    October 4, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • The Hit List

    The Hit List | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Hit List, Joan Jett's new album of covers, doesn't quite connect. As Jett's equivalent of Bowie's Pin Ups or UB40's Labour of Love, it plays like a classic-rock radio station that has been programmed by chance...

    February 22, 1990 12:00 AM ET