33 items by J.D. Considine

  • Dreamland

    Dreamland | ALBUM REVIEW

    Back when he was the voice of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant's enthusiasms included country blues, Middle Eastern music and Sixties folk. These days, his taste in songs remains the same, but the way he plays them has...

    July 15, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go | ALBUM REVIEW

    Never Let Me Go, like most Luther Vandross albums, is a flawless display of technique blessed with exquisite singing, well-crafted arrangements and a mix that has been tweaked to perfection. Unfortunately, the end result is more soporific...

    July 17, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Louder Than Love

    Louder Than Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Forget all that stuff you might have heard about sex-crazed groupies and luxurious L.A. mansions; the real reason most guys want to be heavymetal rock stars is because they want to make a whole lotta noise. And...

    June 17, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Star Time

    Star Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    James Brown can seem like an insufferable braggart. He makes no bones about his greatness, proclaiming himself not only the King of Soul but the inventor of funk and the progenitor of rap and disco — not...

    June 17, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Superunknown

    Superunknown | ALBUM REVIEW

    Between Kim Thayil's Sabbath-style hypnoriffs and Chris Cornell's keening, Robert Plant-like tenor, Soundgarden are generally written off by alternative fans as just a smarter-than-average metal band. After all, how much was there to "Rusty Cage" or "Outshined"...

    January 31, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Mirror Ball

    Mirror Ball | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's hardly a secret that Neil Young loves Pearl Jam and vice versa. When the band opened for Young in 1993, he often brought them out during the encores for a run through "rockin' in the Free...

    June 27, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Voters For Choice Benefit: Pearl Jam, Neil Young, L7 and Lisa Germano

    Voters For Choice Benefit: Pearl Jam, Neil Young, L7 and Lisa Germano | ARTICLE

    WashingtonD.A.R. Constitution HallJan. 14, 1995 Noting that some fans were still a little angry about the dismissal of drummer Dave Abbruzzese, Eddie Vedder...

    March 9, 1995 3:25 PM ET
  • It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

    It's Five O'Clock Somewhere | ALBUM REVIEW

    When he's onstage with Guns n' Roses, it's easy to see Slash as the strong, silent type, happily inscrutable behind his thick mop of curls. Unlike Axl Rose, who seems obsessed with verbalizing his deepest fears, Slash...

    February 23, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Pearl Jam, Neil Young Bridge the Generation Gap in Stockholm

    Pearl Jam, Neil Young Bridge the Generation Gap in Stockholm | ARTICLE

    Neil Young/Pearl JamStockholm, SwedenSjohistoriska MuseetJune 28, 1993 At first glance, it seemed a classic generation-gap bill. On the one hand, there was...

    September 2, 1993 12:00 PM ET
  • Unplugged... and Seated

    Unplugged... and Seated | ALBUM REVIEW

    Let's start with truth in pack-aging: Rod Stewart's Unplugged ... and Seated is packed to the gills with clichés. It's mostly oldies. It's got a guest star, Stewart's former Faces sidekick Ron Wood. It finds the band...

    June 24, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Adrenalize

    Adrenalize | ALBUM REVIEW

    Generally speaking, it's time to worry when the term long-awaited gets appended to an album. Long-awaited doesn't just mean that the band in question took its sweet time delivering the disc; usually, it's industry code for "bloated...

    April 16, 1992 12:00 AM ET
  • But Seriously

    But Seriously | ALBUM REVIEW

    Phil Collins is a perfect example of the contemporary English megastar. He's personable, photogenic, witty, quotable and damn near ubiquitous, thanks to concurrent careers as Genesis frontman, solo singer-songwriter and sometime actor. Better still, he backs up...

    January 11, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Listless Bob Dylan Turns In Indifferent Show

    Listless Bob Dylan Turns In Indifferent Show | ARTICLE

    Bob DylanConstitution Hall Washington, D.C.October 17th, 1989 Trying to figure out Bob Dylan isn't exactly a new pastime for his fans, but...

    November 30, 1989 2:00 PM ET
  • Journeyman

    Journeyman | ALBUM REVIEW

    After Crossroads, the twenty-five-year retrospective whose very title conveyed the importance of Eric Clapton's achievement, there's something disconcertingly modest about the title of his new album. A journeyman, after all, is hardly the most glamorous of workers....

    November 30, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Beyond Appearances

    Beyond Appearances | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's still a lot of power to Santana, but it gets squandered pretty thoroughly on this album, as producer Val Garay shoehorns the band into a series of unflattering and ill-managed bids for mass-market acceptance. Garay has...

    June 21, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Like A Prayer

    Like A Prayer | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ever since Madonna's bellybutton first undulated its way into mass consciousness, her fame has been more a matter of image than artistry. Never mind whether there was any depth or resonance behind it; for many of her...

    April 6, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm

    Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm | ALBUM REVIEW

    Back when Joni Mitchell first began to make a name for herself as a singer and songwriter, what appeared to matter most about her music was the words. Sure, the melodies were important — she was a...

    April 21, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Echo & The Bunnymen

    Echo & The Bunnymen | ALBUM REVIEW

    When it comes to studio craft, the accepted wisdom is that every song could benefit from another hook, another coat of polish. Although some producers approach these makeup sessions as if they were cosmetic surgery, their true...

    October 22, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • Mob Rules

    Mob Rules | ALBUM REVIEW

    After 1980's harder and faster Heaven and Hell, there was reason to believe that singer Ronnie James Dio might pull Black Sabbath off the heavy-metal scrapheap. Didn't happen. Mob Rules finds the band as dull-witted and flatulent...

    February 19, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Spoiled Girl

    Spoiled Girl | ALBUM REVIEW

    Carly Simon is the perfect yuppie pop star. Fame and money, desire and revenge, are her favorite subjects, and when she sings of suburban Connecticut or the view over Central Park, you know it isn't as a...

    September 26, 1985 12:00 AM ET