21 items by Jimmy Guterman

  • Slippery When Wet

    Slippery When Wet | ALBUM REVIEW

    How many clichés can you squeeze into a pop song? Probably not as many as Jon Bon Jovi can. Listen to "Raise Your Hands," from his new album Slippery When Wet. (I know, that's two already, but...

    November 7, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Still Cruisin'

    Still Cruisin' | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you've been waiting for the Beach Boys to hit rock bottom, the suspense is over. After a brief artistic comeback in the mid-Seventies, the formerly worthwhile group jettisoned any ideas of doing anything new or remotely...

    November 2, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Jefferson Airplane

    Jefferson Airplane | ALBUM REVIEW

    Have you ever watched one of your favorite ballplayers trying to play long past his prime and felt embarrassed for him? Fans of the Jefferson Airplane will feel the same when they hear the seminal San Francisco...

    October 19, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Sound + Vision

    Sound + Vision | ALBUM REVIEW

    David Bowie has always been one of pop's most frustrating performers, as capable of creating original, barrier-breaking work as he is of pushing lazy, unfocused material. Sound + Vision is the opening salvo in Rykodisc's Bowie reissue...

    October 19, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Born to Rock

    Born to Rock | ALBUM REVIEW

    As one of the prime architects of rockabilly, Carl Perkins has had an impact on singing, songwriting and mostly guitar playing, and his influence can still be heard today in acts like Dave Alvin, Cheap Trick and...

    July 13, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Dreams

    Dreams | ALBUM REVIEW

    The prime of the Allman Brothers Band came and went so quickly so long ago that it's easy to underestimate the tremendous importance of the band. For a brief time, roughly from the release of the landmark...

    July 13, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Passion

    Passion | ALBUM REVIEW

    Passion is the belated release of Peter Gabriel's two-LP soundtrack for Martin Scorsese's riveting, controversial film The Last Temptation of Christ. It works as both amplification of Scorsese's obsessively vivid rendering of the biblical tale as well...

    June 29, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • A Night To Remember

    A Night To Remember | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fans may complain about some of Cyndi Lauper's public gestures — what was she doing hanging around with those pro-wrestling cretins? — but her voice has never let anyone down. A Night to Remember, Lauper's third solo...

    June 15, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Full Moon Fever

    Full Moon Fever | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tom Petty picks his friends well. Touring behind Bob Dylan in 1986 helped him and his band, the Heartbreakers, make their most spontaneous and feisty record, 1987's Let Me Up (I've Had Enough). And his tenure in...

    May 4, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • King of Blues: 1989

    King of Blues: 1989 | ALBUM REVIEW

    B.B. King is the greatest non-Chicago postwar urban bluesman, but in his later years he has cast wildly for styles, attempting to make himself "contemporary" in all the worst ways, masking his gifts as a singer and...

    March 9, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Amnesia

    Amnesia | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ho-hum, another first-rate Richard Thompson album. Since he left the pioneer folk-rock unit Fairport Convention in the early Seventies, the British guitarist, songwriter and singer has released record after record of emotionally explosive music featuring powerful deliberations...

    October 20, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Legend

    Legend | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is the bottom of the Lynyrd Skynyrd barrel: what did you expect ten years after the band's plane went down? But even the least of its work provokes some interest. The Jacksonville, Florida, band was the...

    December 3, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • Poetic Champions Compose

    Poetic Champions Compose | ALBUM REVIEW

    Although it doesn't soar as unexpectedly high as last year's No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, Van Morrison's Poetic Champions Compose is another worthy installment in his series of soulful, meditative explorations. Unlike other aging pop performers...

    December 3, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • The Otis Redding Story

    The Otis Redding Story | ALBUM REVIEW

    Otis Redding packed a whole lot of get-down and a lifetime's worth of testifyin' into the five short years that he recorded for Stax/Volt Records, and now the legacy is given its first serious reissue treatment in...

    September 24, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • Dead Letter Office

    Dead Letter Office | ALBUM REVIEW

    Neither the new R.E.M. album nor the stopgap product that bands often spit out between real records, Dead Letter Office is what its title suggests, a clearinghouse for outtakes, cover versions and B sides of singles. R.E.M....

    July 2, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • Freedom

    Freedom | ALBUM REVIEW

    The centerpiece of Freedom, Santana's fifteenth album, is "Songs of Freedom," one of the most petulant songs in rock history. Over an aimless funk groove, Buddy Miles, Santana's latest singer, bellows, "Everybody tells me, we love your...

    May 7, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • True Colors

    True Colors | ALBUM REVIEW

    True Colors, Cyndi Lauper's second album, doesn't sound much like her megaplatinum She's So Unusual — and good for her. Lauper's out-of-nowhere 1983 solo debut was an eminently listenable, often brave, frankly subversive work that stood pop...

    September 25, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Lives In The Balance

    Lives In The Balance | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jackson Browne wants to know what went wrong. Like several other platinum American rockers who came of age in the late Sixties — Bruce Springsteen, John Cougar Mellencamp and Don Henley are all his contemporaries — he's...

    April 10, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Pack Up The Plantation: Live!

    Pack Up The Plantation: Live! | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' best albums, Damn the Torpedoes and Hard Promises, they mined rich sources, most often the Byrds and the Rolling Stones, and made those sounds their own. Petty's recent work has been...

    January 16, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Done With Mirrors

    Done With Mirrors | ALBUM REVIEW

    PMRC to the contrary, heavy metal is not an inherently noxious influence on young children. At its best, heavy metal acts as a genuine voice for a community that hasn't yet developed its own. But Aerosmith's unawaited...

    December 5, 1985 12:00 AM ET