10 items by Jim Farber

  • The One

    The One | ALBUM REVIEW

    Buying an Elton John album these days is like investing in a mutual fund: You won't get a huge payoff, but you probably won't get burned either. As with recent portfolios offered by bankable rockers Rod Stewart...

    January 29, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • All This Useless Beauty

    All This Useless Beauty | ALBUM REVIEW

    Writing songs for other performers brings out the best in Elvis Costello. On his latest work, Costello "covers" tunes he's penned for other artists, including the British folk singer June Tabor and ex-Byrd Roger McGuinn. Surprisingly, what...

    May 30, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • The Stones Got Tape if You Want It

    The Stones Got Tape if You Want It | ARTICLE

    Would you like to see the Rolling Stones on Shindig in 1965 watching a performance by their hero Howlin' Wolf? A version of...

    February 8, 1990 12:00 PM ET
  • One Night Of Sin

    One Night Of Sin | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been years since anyone expected greatness from a Joe Cocker album. True believers have come to rate Cocker's albums on a bell curve, getting by on the relative terseness of Sheffield Steel or the promising punch...

    October 19, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Rank


    Rank, a concert album from the late, great Smiths, offers the liveliest postmortem imaginable. Rather than being an exploitative rehash, it realizes the greatest goal of a live album, namely, to offer a full reinterpretation of a...

    November 17, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Blow up Your Video

    Blow up Your Video | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's time the world stopped thinking of AC/DC as just a heavy-metal band. For thirteen albums now, Angus and Malcolm Young have been crafting the kind of guitar riffs any Who-style rock & roll band would kill...

    April 7, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Louder Than Bombs

    Louder Than Bombs | ALBUM REVIEW

    Morrissey is modern pop's most creative masochist. From the start, the Smiths' singer and lyricist knew how to turn self-loathing into a virtue — by redeeming it with humor. Now after three U.S. albums establishing that M.O.,...

    May 21, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • Good Music

    Good Music | ALBUM REVIEW

    On a Joan Jett album, the pop touches should always be kept to a minimum. In the ideal mix, most of the melody should come from hooky but rock-hard riffs, without much frill on top. Jett's earlier...

    November 20, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Landing On Water

    Landing On Water | ALBUM REVIEW

    After a series of musical one-night stands, Neil Young is finally getting serious again. His previous three albums were just dalliances — in electronic (Trans), rockabilly (Everybody's Rockin') and country (Old Ways) music — none of which...

    September 25, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Chic Is Less Than Meets The Eye

    Chic Is Less Than Meets The Eye | ARTICLE

    NEW YORK – The Barnum Room is a disco where any man who dresses like a woman can feel like a star. Even on...

    April 19, 1979 4:55 PM ET