17 items by Elysa Gardner

  • Looking East

    Looking East | ALBUM REVIEW

    With the death knell tolling for classic rock, some of our most beloved dinosaurs may begin resorting to desperate and potentially embarrassing measures to seem hip. But not Jackson Browne, bless his heart. He even looks the...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Mercury Falling

    Mercury Falling | ALBUM REVIEW

    With 1993's Ten Summoner's Tales, Sting willfully soiled his hard-earned reputation as pop music's poster boy for existential depression. Tales was his most lighthearted effort since his early days with the Police, and it seduced many who...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Wildest Dreams

    Wildest Dreams | ALBUM REVIEW

    Even if she is in great shape, a woman in her late 50s has to be a class act to get away with wearing a microminiskirt, as Tina Turner does on the cover of her latest album....

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Mirror Blue

    Mirror Blue | ALBUM REVIEW

    Richard Thompson's superb new album, Mirror Blue, boasts no bold forays or shocking twists, only the same fervid but stringently unsentimental writing and musicianship that has always distinguished this seminal folk rocker's best work. Like Rumor and Sigh...

    August 1, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Luck Of The Draw

    Luck Of The Draw | ALBUM REVIEW

    It would be perfectly reasonable to expect a bliss-drenched feel-good album from Bonnie Raitt at this point in her life and career. After nearly twenty years as a critics' and musicians' favorite, she finally earned commercial success...

    June 17, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Hourglass

    Hourglass | ALBUM REVIEW

    With his soul-searching eyes and mellow, nurturing baritone, James Taylor was the antithesis of feral hard-rock '70s Romeos such as Robert Plant. But make no mistake — Taylor's opus, Sweet Baby James was cranked up in more parked...

    May 12, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Ultra

    Ultra | ALBUM REVIEW

    It ain't easy being an '80s icon. When the very name of your band inspires memories of Ronald Reagan and Martha Quinn, it's almost impossible to remain relevant — unless you're not afraid to explore new terrain...

    April 10, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Nine Lives

    Nine Lives | ALBUM REVIEW

    The song titles and lyrics on their new album may suggest otherwise, but there are at least a few clichés that the guys in Aerosmith can't be bothered with — "aging gracefully," for instance. On Nine Lives,...

    February 21, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me

    Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is a highlight of the Batman Forever soundtrack: U2 have cooked up a clamorous, darkly sensual ditty. These days it's not enough for a movie to boast a high-profile cast or a hip director. To really...

    July 13, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Wildflowers

    Wildflowers | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's easy to take Tom Petty for granted. Among his generation of heartland-rock heroes he's conspicuous for not having cultivated a clear public persona. Neither a blue-collar poet like Bruce Springsteen nor an outspoken maverick like Neil...

    November 3, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Duets

    Duets | ALBUM REVIEW

    Unfortunately, little of the glorious schmaltz that made Elton John and his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin the Rodgers and Hammerstein of the rock era is evident on Duets, a new collection of songs pairing John with an...

    December 9, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • The Juliet Letters

    The Juliet Letters | ALBUM REVIEW

    Several of the characters on Elvis Costello's new album share a common dilemma: Their aims are true, but this world is killing them. The once and sometimes still Declan MacManus has covered a lot of ground since...

    March 18, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Am I Not Your Girl?

    Am I Not Your Girl? | ALBUM REVIEW

    Some of rock & roll's most affectionate nods to America's treasury of pop standards haven't been made by Americans. Elvis Costello has covered Rodgers and Hart, Sting has paid homage to Gershwin, and in the early Eighties,...

    November 26, 1992 12:00 AM ET
  • Burning Questions

    Burning Questions | ALBUM REVIEW

    She walks past but you can't form a whistle," Graham Parker sings on "Platinum Blonde," one of thirteen tracks on Burning Questions. "Even her lips look artificial/You wanna follow her but you can't swallow her act." Only...

    September 17, 1992 12:00 AM ET
  • Tori Amos: New Faces

    Tori Amos: New Faces | ARTICLE

    "You write different stuff when you're thirteen than you do when you're twenty-eight," says singer-songwriter Tori Amos, who is the latter. "But I'll tell you, I was more on at thirteen than I sometimes was at...

    April 30, 1992 2:20 PM ET
  • Achtung, Baby

    Achtung, Baby | ALBUM REVIEW

    Having spent a good part of the Eighties as one of the most iconic bands in the world, U2 hardly needs to resort to a cheekily absurd title to draw attention to its first album in three...

    January 9, 1992 12:00 AM ET
  • Hymns To The Silence

    Hymns To The Silence | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like Bob Dylan, perhaps the only living rock songwriter who has matched the breadth of his vision and his impact, Van Morrison set an early standard that led followers to anticipate each new project with intense expectations....

    October 17, 1991 12:00 AM ET