68 items by Greg Kot

  • Blood Mountain

    Blood Mountain | ALBUM REVIEW

    Metal excess is back: exhibit A this month is Blood Mountain, the follow-up to Mastodon's 2004 breakthrough, Leviathan, which took Herman Melville's Moby Dick and refashioned it into one hell of a heavy sea chantey. The Atlanta...

    September 6, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Half Smiles of the Decomposed

    Half Smiles of the Decomposed | ALBUM REVIEW

    Half Smiles of the Decomposed is reportedly the final Guided by Voices studio album, and like many of the band's best, it's packed to bursting with sometimes inscrutable pleasures: melodies with the whiff of half-remembered classics, misbegotten...

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Singles 1965-1967

    Singles 1965-1967 | ALBUM REVIEW

    With the eleven A sides and fourteen B sides collected on Singles 1965-1967, the Rolling Stones outgrew their blues roots to become genius pop craftsmen who ran neck and neck with the Beatles. (That's despite the...

    July 12, 2004 12:55 PM ET
  • Rockin' The Rhein With The Grateful Dead

    Rockin' The Rhein With The Grateful Dead | ALBUM REVIEW

    The most obsessively documented band in rock history uncorks yet another piece of live testimony from its 1972 European tour, already the subject of the definitive Europe '72 and the tightly edited Hundred Year Hall. A little...

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Anthology: The Sounds Of Science

    Anthology: The Sounds Of Science | ALBUM REVIEW

    Visionaries? Once it didn't seem possible. No joke was too low, no music (hardcore punk, hip-hop, metal) above ridicule. The Beasties rode their often wickedly funny bad taste to the bank, only to later explore subject matter...

    December 10, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • 18 B Sides

    18 B Sides | ALBUM REVIEW

    Into the soundtrack for the chill-out generation, blending gospel vocals and blues hollers with down-tempo rhythms and glacial keyboard textures. But 18 B Sides + DVD finds the grandmaster of bedroom-recording melancholy turning his inspired approach into...

    November 20, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Skull Ring

    Skull Ring | ALBUM REVIEW

    Iggy Pop may have taken up golf in Miami, but when properly motivated, he's still plenty capable of sounding like the original dead-end kid wriggling out of a straitjacket. On Skull Ring, motivation arrives in the form...

    November 3, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Youth And Young Manhood

    Youth And Young Manhood | ALBUM REVIEW

    Preacher's sons who grew up on the road and laid down the holy-roller boogie in churches across the South, Kings of Leon come by their scuffed, scruffy sound honestly. But the title of their debut album, Youth...

    August 12, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • How The West Was Won

    How The West Was Won | ALBUM REVIEW

    What has been the Achilles' heel in Led Zeppelin's otherwise formidable catalog? The lack of a killer live album — something on par with the Who's Live at Leeds or the Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!...

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • No Exit

    No Exit | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the New-Wave era, Debbie harry was so much the celebrity focal point of Blondie's charge up the pop charts that the group's record label took pains to point out, "Blondie are a band." Harry deserved her...

    February 10, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • The Bootleg Series Volume 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 — The Rolling Thunder Revue

    The Bootleg Series Volume 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 — The Rolling Thunder Revue | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bob Dylan's 1974 reunion tour with the Band found the conquering heroes making some of the loudest, most bombastic music of their careers. Dylan wanted something a little more off the cuff for this, the...

    November 26, 2002 3:10 PM ET
  • Bruce Springsteen Gets Loose on 'The Rising' Tour

    Bruce Springsteen Gets Loose on 'The Rising' Tour | ARTICLE

    Business is booming on the second leg of Bruce Springsteen's Rising tour, which kicked off September 22nd in Denver. The thirty-four-date outing is...

    October 31, 2002 12:05 PM ET
  • The Who and Pearl Jam Rock Chicago

    The Who and Pearl Jam Rock Chicago | ARTICLE

    The Who/Pearl JamHouse of BluesSeptember 23rd, 2002Chicago  The world's most famous Who fan, Eddie Vedder, was not...

    October 31, 2002 12:00 PM ET
  • Scarlet's Walk

    Scarlet's Walk | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Scarlet's Walk, her seventh album, Tori Amos does a misty mountain hop across a mythical America, blurring the line between the sacred and the erotic, Cherokee prayers and porn-star lap dances, New Age and Led Zeppelin....

    October 31, 2002 1:00 AM ET
  • The Last DJ

    The Last DJ | ALBUM REVIEW

    On The Last DJ, Tom Petty sounds like the crankiest middle-aged punk this side of Neil Young. "Well, you can't turn him into a company man/You can't turn him into a whore," Petty declares on the title...

    October 17, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Up


    Peter Gabriel's Up could be subtitled "Fear and Loathing at Real World Studios." Ten years in the making, the album is full of primal imagery dealing with birth and death, and sometimes it sounds like Gabriel died...

    August 26, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots | ALBUM REVIEW

    The long-reigning kings of big-sky psychedelia emerge from their Oklahoma City bunker to ask this musical question: If the Powerpuff Girls took on Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," who would win? The answer, in this case, is...

    July 25, 2002 12:00 PM ET
  • Busted Stuff

    Busted Stuff | ALBUM REVIEW

    Dave Matthews is rightly regarded as an artist who found success on his own terms — critics, record companies and mainstream convention be damned. But that reputation took a hit last year when Matthews scrapped an unusually...

    July 16, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Are You Passionate?

    Are You Passionate? | ALBUM REVIEW

    Neil Young's "Are You Passionate?" is trimmed with Stax Records gold. It was recorded with part of the legendary Memphis soul label's rhythm section: organist Booker T. Jones and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T. and...

    March 11, 2002 1:00 AM ET
  • Driving Rain

    Driving Rain | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Not that this should come as a shock — though after all these years it often goes unnoticed or taken for granted — but Paul McCartney is one kick-ass bass player. A listener could live inside the...

    October 30, 2001 1:00 AM ET