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  • Rebel Soul

    Rebel Soul | ALBUM REVIEW

    A sprawling disc of storytelling, pop history and partying, Kid Rock's ninth studio album seeks the grooves and reach of classic soul – with a Detroit bull-god spin, of course. Self-produced in Michigan with his colorful...

    November 20, 2012 10:20 AM ET
  • La Futura

    La Futura | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the 1970s, ZZ Top broke through with a regional sound – simmering Texas blues – and then, in the next decade, reimagined their sound as global beer-joint pop. On their first album in nine years,...

    September 21, 2012 11:50 PM ET
  • North

    North | ALBUM REVIEW

    Torn hearts, funk-fed beats and eloquent balladry – the first Matchbox Twenty album in more than a decade is a plush showcase for Rob Thomas' smooth-as-ever singing. On "She's So Mean," a droll look at addiction and...

    September 3, 2012 2:45 PM ET
  • Driving Towards the Daylight

    Driving Towards the Daylight | ALBUM REVIEW

    Blues rock is no Twitter-style genre – decades after U.K. guitarists reimagined American plaints as expansive showpieces, it's still best when practitioners stretch out. A couple of tracks on Bonamassa's 13th LP nod to Howlin'...

    June 4, 2012 4:50 PM ET
  • AM/FM

    AM/FM | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sensuous U.S. radio hits from the Sixties and Seventies have a surprisingly able proponent in Rita Wilson, the L.A.-born actress and producer who debuts as a singer with this collection. Helped by Sheryl Crow ("Angel of the...

    May 8, 2012 12:20 AM ET
  • Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums, Volume 2

    Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums, Volume 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Classic Motown's glamorous chart punches aren't the whole story with the Marvelettes. After early-Sixties wonders like "Beechwood 4-5789," the girl group, fronted by Gladys Horton and later Wanda Rogers, released songs more often smart, frank and out-there...

    February 13, 2012 3:50 PM ET
  • Flowers and Sea Creatures

    Flowers and Sea Creatures | ALBUM REVIEW

    For Graham Baxter and Kosta Megalos, an Irishman and a Greek who work reclusively in Montreal, disco propulsion and rock melancholy ignite. On their debut – collaborating with producers Ewan Pearson, Fred Everything, and The Revenge –...

    September 28, 2011 2:55 PM ET
  • The Best of N.E.R.D

    The Best of N.E.R.D | ALBUM REVIEW

    In Neptunes productions, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo juice pop and hip-hop with nickel-plated hooks, but with N.E.R.D, the Virginia Beach natives go further, adding drummer Shae Haley and his often martial funk. Drawing mostly from their...

    February 1, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Just Across the River

    Just Across the River | ALBUM REVIEW

    Few singers blend grit and grandeur like Jimmy Webb. On this collection, Webb reinterprets his classics with help from friends like Billy Joel ("Wichita Lineman") and Lucinda Williams, who brings a mournful edge to "Galveston." Webb sings...

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Both Sides Of The Gun

    Both Sides Of The Gun | ALBUM REVIEW

    Since he strummed onto the scene from Southern California in 1994 with Welcome to the Cruel World, Ben Harper has lived on what can only be called, twelve years and seven albums later, Planet Ben. For his...

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Time The Conqueror

    Time The Conqueror | ALBUM REVIEW

    After spending the late part of last year stumping for John Edwards, Jackson Browne continues to address the frustration, outrage and heartbreak over the Bush administration on his new album. Time the Conqueror finds him protesting with...

    October 2, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Small Town Girl

    Small Town Girl | ALBUM REVIEW

    This surprisingly good debut from the American Idol semifinalist is all "Red High Heels," missed family members and North Carolina spirit. In "Gotta Keep Moving," which has a cool late-Seventies Kenny Loggins vibe, Pickler stops repairing her...

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Songs From The Labyrinth

    Songs From The Labyrinth | ALBUM REVIEW

    Here, Sting and Lutenist Edin Karamazov construct "a soundtrack in words and music" to the life of John Dowland (1563-1626), the Catholic English composer and musician who was jilted by his own queen as he became a...

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Timeless Love

    Timeless Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's been a Sinatra-esque sea of pre-rock song lately, from Rod Stewart's dynasty of releases, to the scuffed explorations of Jamie Cullum and Sondre Lerche, to offerings from Barry Manilow, Alison Moyet, Cyndi Lauper, Carly Simon and...

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Fantasies & Delusions (Music for Solo Piano)

    Fantasies & Delusions (Music for Solo Piano) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Waltzes, suites, airs, fantasies, inventions — these kinds of pieces have formed the Western classical-piano repertoire for centuries, as anyone who has ever wound a metronome knows. And as anyone who has ever heard Billy Joel also...

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • The Beginning Of Survival

    The Beginning Of Survival | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is a reissue of social-commentary songs from five albums Joni Mitchell recorded between 1985 and 1998, when she was making music of luxurious, iconoclastic complexity. No intimate acoustic-guitar confessions here. Instead you get rhythms that expand...

    September 2, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • You Are The Quarry

    You Are The Quarry | ALBUM REVIEW

    The six solo albums that Stephen Patrick Morrissey has released since the Smiths broke up are models of iconoclastic British record making. Occasionally these albums have been goosed by hot producers, sometimes they have glam-rocked up a...

    May 13, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Looking Forward

    Looking Forward | ALBUM REVIEW

    Thirty years ago, four L.A. guys spun out of three illustrious Sixties bands — the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies — and, with a name that sounded like a law firm, achieved sonic immortality. On 1970's...

    November 12, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Brand New Day

    Brand New Day | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1985, Sting gave up the role everyone loved him in — leader of the Police — and got on many sets of nerves, royally. But after fifteen years of skilled music, the notion of Sting as...

    October 15, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Heavier Things

    Heavier Things | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 2001, John Mayer released Room for Squares, which has since sold more than 3 million copies. Then based in Atlanta, Mayer had recently left Boston's Berklee College of Music. His songs didn't have the fussiness that...

    September 9, 2003 12:00 AM ET
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