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59 items by James Hunter

  • PNYC

    PNYC | ALBUM REVIEW

    This exceptional concert recording dramatizes how the musical goals that drive this Bristol, England, quartet eclipse anything as fleeting as trip-hop (that most stupid of Nineties pop coinages). Mostly recorded at New York's Roseland Ballroom on July...

    November 26, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Celebrity Skin

    Celebrity Skin | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Hey, there's only us left now," Courtney Love notices on the title rocker that opéns Hole's new album, the band's first since 1994's Live Through This. Her co-stars are a bassist, Melissa Auf Der Maur; a drummer,...

    September 1, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Crystal Ball

    Crystal Ball | ALBUM REVIEW

    With this four-CD set, the transformation of Paisley Park into a fully dimensioned subculture seems complete. It's now a funky studio rat's glam answer to the Dead, a gungho audiophile republic of rockers and popsters and hip-hoppers...

    August 4, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • We Ran

    We Ran | ALBUM REVIEW

    In her Seventies country-rock heyday, Linda Ronstadt brought a lusciously formal approach to pop singing, which put all the money on song interpretation. Los Angeles ballads, singer/songwriter rarities, rock & roll chestnuts; North American regionals, Sinatra, opera...

    June 25, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • From The Choirgirl Hotel

    From The Choirgirl Hotel | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1991, as Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" recharged rock & roll, Tori Amos and her piano appeared. She was a North Carolinian conservatory dropout with a whole lotta love on the brain. A veteran of one...

    April 16, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • A Rose Is Still a Rose

    A Rose Is Still a Rose | ALBUM REVIEW

    On "A Rose Is Still A Rose," her new single, Aretha Franklin dispenses advice to an unsuspecting young woman who's had her first round of rotten love, having tangoed with a lying guy who wages, as Franklin...

    February 25, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Blur

    Blur | ALBUM REVIEW

    Aside from a minor hit three years ago, with the perfect pop single "Girls and Boys," England's beloved Blur have never quite killed alternative-era America. The band's 1994 Parklife, with its deft character sketches and musical finesse,...

    March 6, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Garbage

    Garbage | ALBUM REVIEW

    Apprenticing in cheap and fast sessions during the '80s in Madison, Wis., at his Smart Studios, producer Butch Vig helped give structure and lucidity to the music of young bands such Killdozer, Tad and Urge Overkill. Then...

    September 21, 1995 12:55 PM ET
  • The Police Live

    The Police Live | ALBUM REVIEW

    From the late '70s through the early '80s, Police fans listened and learned as a trio comprising two crafty musicians and a restless former schoolteacher slowly began to rule the New Wave world. As the first disc...

    August 24, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • HIStory: Past, Present, Future, Book I

    HIStory: Past, Present, Future, Book I | ALBUM REVIEW

    A decade after Thriller and MTV transformed pop, Michael Jackson releases a collection that combines a classic greatest-hits anthology with a jarring and uneven new album. Throughout HIStory we're reminded of the Michael Jackson who helped groove...

    August 10, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Lucky Thirteen

    Lucky Thirteen | ALBUM REVIEW

    The album tracks, remixes and live recordings on Lucky Thirteen come from Neil Young's trying affiliation through the Eighties with Geffen Records, a period that found him more slagged than celebrated. In fact, that passage only clarified...

    April 29, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Wish

    Wish | ALBUM REVIEW

    Near the middle of the Cure's new album, Wish, Robert Smith, the band's singer, songwriter and guitarist, encounters a girl who says, "It looks like you could do with a friend." This is funny, and...

    April 21, 1992 12:40 AM ET
  • Love Over-due

    Love Over-due | ALBUM REVIEW

    At heart, James Brown's first album since his parole from a South Carolina correctional facility seeks to evoke the R&B warmth of the earliest stage of his career. Fans who lately have traveled first-class through Star Time,...

    September 19, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • Unplugged: The Official Bootleg

    Unplugged: The Official Bootleg | ALBUM REVIEW

    A limited release, according to Capitol Records, that will not exceed a U.S. run of 500,000 copies, this seventeen-song concert nonetheless could turn out to be a significant album for Paul McCartney — much more than another...

    June 27, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • I'm Your Baby Tonight

    I'm Your Baby Tonight | ALBUM REVIEW

    Whitney Houston indulges few quirks, follows few agendas. When, after much planning, she sprang her mega-successful 1985 debut, Whitney Houston, on the world, Houston's Manhattan-soul stylings, dance-pop workouts and Dior ballads seemed as poised for mass favor...

    January 10, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1

    Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Among the distinctions he has gathered along the slick road to pop superstardom, George Michael found himself the object of a funny Saturday Night Live skit a while back, when Dana Carvey lampooned the famous hip shakes...

    October 4, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind

    Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like her friend Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt has, for most of this decade, recorded albums that explore diverse, distinctive styles. Because she's an interpretive singer, this has meant different song periods, from pre-Beatles pop to Mexican mariachi...

    January 11, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Seven Year Itch

    Seven Year Itch | ALBUM REVIEW

    Etta James tore up audiences while at Chess Records in the Sixties. She opens this new set with the Otis Redding classic "I Got the Will," with horns blaring and former Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins keeping...

    February 9, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Nine Lives

    Nine Lives | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the early Seventies, Bonnie Raitt left Radcliffe College to sing the blues on the Cambridge folk circuit. Within a few years, this native Californian had become a mainstream L.A. rock singer with powerfully lucid traces of...

    November 20, 1986 12:00 AM ET
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