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33 items by J.D. Considine

  • King Of Rock

    King Of Rock | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I'm the king of rock, there is none higher," insists D.M.C. at the beginning of the title cut, adding, "Sucker emcees should call me Sire!" It's an outrageous boast, even given the usual braggadocio of rap artists,...

    March 28, 1985 12:00 AM ET
  • 1984

    1984 | ALBUM REVIEW

    This album confirms what a lot of Van Halen fans have suspected for some time: this is no mere arena-rock band. Beneath all the strutting and heavy-metal antics lies a band with more pop savvy than a...

    March 1, 1984 12:00 AM ET
  • Shout At The Devil

    Shout At The Devil | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like most self-styled bad-boy bands, Motley Crue look meaner than they sound. With their layers of leather and carefully applied makeup, their look suggests all the implied violence required of teenybopper antiheroes. But the music the Crue...

    February 16, 1984 12:00 AM ET
  • Next Position Please

    Next Position Please | ALBUM REVIEW

    A better title for this one would have been Next Producer Please, because from the signature harmonies of "I Can't Take It" to the predictable chorus of "Heaven's Falling," it's clear that this album belongs as much...

    October 13, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Album

    Album | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's no surprise that Album leads off with the biting "Fake Friends," a rant against the hangers-on who invariably accompany fame, nor that the most insistent line in "The French Song" is the repeated phrase "I am...

    September 1, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Havana Moon

    Havana Moon | ALBUM REVIEW

    Havana Moon is Carlos Santana's Tex-Mex album. Granted, the pairing of this Latin-rock guitarist with a Texas-based blues band like the Fabulous Thunderbirds is not an image that would readily come to most people's minds when they...

    June 9, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Frontiers

    Frontiers | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is a crucial time for Styx and Journey, and they know it. Although their combination of smooth pop melodicism and hard-rock muscle has earned these bands a large following over the past five years, the ever-widening...

    April 14, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Kilroy Was Here

    Kilroy Was Here | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is a crucial time for Styx and Journey, and they know it. Although their combination of smooth pop melodicism and hard-rock muscle has earned these bands a large following over the past five years, the ever-widening...

    April 14, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • War

    War | ALBUM REVIEW

    From the start, it was clear that U2 could create impressive music. The jagged guitar riff and thundering drone that launched "I Will Follow" and the rest of their 1981 debut album, Boy, was eloquent and visceral....

    March 31, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Signals

    Signals | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their twelfth album, Rush makes a strong argument for the view that advanced technology is not necessarily the same thing as progress. Unfortunately, they do so largely by screwing up. Although Signals is chockablock with state-of-the-studio...

    October 28, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Pornography

    Pornography | ALBUM REVIEW

    More than anything else, the Cure is a group of supremely gifted noisemakers. Their dense, punkish minimalism is as much the product of studio technology as of any notion of aesthetics, and their ability to wring emotional...

    September 2, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Music From "The Elder"

    Music From "The Elder" | ALBUM REVIEW

    What could be less promising at this stage of the game than a concept album by Kiss? After having written off Kiss as pure pap for eight-year-olds, who even wants to think about taking them seriously? Yet...

    February 18, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock in a Hard Place

    Rock in a Hard Place | ALBUM REVIEW

    As the title of this album makes clear, Aerosmith is caught between a rock and a hard place. In the three years since the group's last studio album, Night in the Ruts, a minor revolution has taken...

    December 4, 1981 12:00 AM ET
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