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  • Gets Next To You

    Gets Next To You | ALBUM REVIEW

    Al Green's first four albums are the beginning of the truly sublime rhythm-and-blues story of the 1970s: It's a story about one of the most soulful voices in pop history — a rough yet refined tenor —...

    February 11, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • I'm Still in Love with You (Expanded Edition)

    I'm Still in Love with You (Expanded Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Al Green's first four albums are the beginning of the truly sublime rhythm-and-blues story of the 1970s: It's a story about one of the most soulful voices in pop history — a rough yet refined tenor —...

    February 11, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Let's Stay Together (Reissue)

    Let's Stay Together (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Al Green's first four albums are the beginning of the truly sublime rhythm-and-blues story of the 1970s: It's a story about one of the most soulful voices in pop history — a rough yet refined tenor —...

    February 11, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Green Is Blues (Reissue)

    Green Is Blues (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Al Green's first four albums are the beginning of the truly sublime rhythm-and-blues story of the 1970s: It's a story about one of the most soulful voices in pop history — a rough yet refined tenor —...

    February 11, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Heart and Soul

    Heart and Soul | ALBUM REVIEW

    Since the sixties, when Dusty Springfield was London's sturdiest girl hitmaker, her distressed mezzo-soprano has magnetized listeners. As shown by this anthology of Seventies and Eighties duets, soundtrack songs and live recordings, she could go uptown and...

    November 19, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Earphoria

    Earphoria | ALBUM REVIEW

    This collection finds the Smashing Pumpkins playing live in the early Nineties, during a period when they were creating some of the grandest guitar rock of that decade. Performances such as "I Am One," from a 1993...

    November 19, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Travelogue

    Travelogue | ALBUM REVIEW

    This bizarre two-disc recording finds the loftiest of singer-songwriters collaborating with a seventy-piece orchestra, revisiting her past work. The arrangements treat Mitchell's tunes as precious artifacts, making little attempt to seduce the listener; only on "The Circle...

    November 5, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • The Naked Ride Home

    The Naked Ride Home | ALBUM REVIEW

    From the cool romanticism of 1993's I'm Alive to the textured ruminations of 1996's Looking East, Jackson Browne has explored, with a sense of flash that answers only to itself, just how far a polished singer-songwriter can...

    September 25, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Invincible

    Invincible | ALBUM REVIEW

    Near the end of michael Jackson's first album of new material since 1995 is an exceptional song titled "Whatever Happens." Jackson, singing in the third person with a jagged intensity, narrates the story of a couple trapped...

    December 6, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • All This Time

    All This Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sting was in Tuscany when he gave this concert in a courtyard there, beginning at nine in the evening, Italian time, September 11th. The show was scheduled as a two-hour Webcast; however, Sting chose to transmit only...

    November 13, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • From Elvis In Memphis (Reissue)

    From Elvis In Memphis (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the Elvis Presley mythology, 1968 marks the year of the TV Renaissance, when Presley delivered a mesmerizing, passionate performance on NBC, which regenerated his career after years of kitschy movies and poor soundtracks. From Elvis in...

    July 10, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Field Commander Cohen Tour Of 1979

    Field Commander Cohen Tour Of 1979 | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Leonard Cohen gave the concerts in England from which this album is culled, he had moved his early, dry folk style to supercontinental address. Here was a North American singer-songwriter diving headlong into the squirrelly intersections...

    April 2, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Forever

    Forever | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been almost five years since England's Spice Girls had people smiling or sneering. Their third album, Forever, will probably provoke a reaction somewhere in the middle — with one exception, it's just OK. Produced mostly by...

    November 21, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • All That You Can't Leave Behind

    All That You Can't Leave Behind | ALBUM REVIEW

    U2's tenth studio album and third masterpiece, All That You Can't Leave Behind, is all about the simple melding of craft and song. Their first masterpiece, 1987's The Joshua Tree, imagined cathedrals of ecstasy; their second, 1991's...

    October 26, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Whoa, Nelly!

    Whoa, Nelly! | ALBUM REVIEW

    This debut comes from a twenty-one-year-old first-generation Canadian whose restless ears never stray too far from her Portuguese roots. Whoa, Nelly! is spastic like high-impact hip-hop, melodically durable like big-time pop and soulfully, intelligently, sensuously international. It...

    October 12, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • The Grass Is Blue

    The Grass Is Blue | ALBUM REVIEW

    Until the Gucci arrival of Shania Twain, Dolly Parton was country glamour. Yet Parton debuted as a mountain singer-songwriter, working with the great and equally rustic Porter Wagoner. On recent recordings like Trio II, with Emmylou Harris...

    February 3, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Voodoo

    Voodoo | ALBUM REVIEW

    Since 1995, when he rolled out his platinum debut, Brown Sugar, many fans have seen Michael "D'Angelo" Archer as the divine soulman of the decade, a mysterious R&B scion who listens only to himself and the masters....

    February 3, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Nothing Safe

    Nothing Safe | ALBUM REVIEW

    This fall, it's box-set time for the very unsummery Seattle band Alice in Chains. Until then, there's this anthology, full of high points from their striking previous albums, plus a stray soundtrack appearance and a pair of...

    September 2, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Back on Top

    Back on Top | ALBUM REVIEW

    The great Irish rocker offers ten new songs here. "When the Leaves Come Falling Down" is a masterpiece, a memory of weather and Paris wherein Morrison's voice lightly colors a melody as his band conjures a background...

    April 1, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Queens Of The Stone Age

    Queens Of The Stone Age | ALBUM REVIEW

    On this scorching debut, guitarist-singer Josh Homme — who formerly led Kyuss, a band revered among young stoners — joins with bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Alfredo Hernandez to create a new turn in the saga of...

    December 10, 1998 12:00 AM ET
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