386 items by Jody Rosen

  • The Love EP

    The Love EP | ALBUM REVIEW

    At her best, Corinne Bailey Rae occupies territory staked out by predecessors like Bill Withers and Sade: the sexy sweet spot where the bedroom meets the brunch table. But this covers collection sags under the weight of...

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • "When You Wake Up"

    "When You Wake Up" | SONG REVIEW

    On this seven-inch single, Bethany Cosentino keeps up her hook-packed surf-pop revival with an artfully artless sketch of doomed puppy love: "Tell me you love me/Even if you don't/I need to hear it." Listen to "When You Wake...

    January 24, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • "Take Ur Clothes Off"

    "Take Ur Clothes Off" | SONG REVIEW

    Click to listen to Timbaland and Missy Elliott's "Take Ur Clothes Off" How have we made it through so many years without a new Missy and Timbaland...

    January 14, 2011 5:50 PM ET
  • "H.A.M."

    "H.A.M." | SONG REVIEW

    Click to listen to Kanye West and Jay-Z's "H.A.M." The first release from Kanye and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne starts out big — twitchy synths giving...

    January 11, 2011 11:12 AM ET
  • Thank You Happy Birthday

    Thank You Happy Birthday | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Cage the Elephant's "Shake Me Down" Can a nostalgia trip also be future shock? Cage the Elephant think so. The Kentucky band's 2009 debut...

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • "What the Hell"

    "What the Hell" | SONG REVIEW

    Avril Lavigne is pop's presiding mean girl, sneering and snarling like a punk kewpie doll with Tourette's over some of the most sticky-sweet melodies ever to hit the Billboard charts. "What the Hell" is Avril in a...

    December 29, 2010 9:15 AM ET
  • Jody Rosen's Best of 2010

    Jody Rosen's Best of 2010 | ARTICLE

    Albums 1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam) 2. Sleigh Bells, Treats (Mom & Pop) Critic's Picks: Rob Sheffield's Best Albums and Singles of 2010 3. Busy Signal, D.O.B. (V.P.)The Jamaican dancehall...

    December 27, 2010 10:55 AM ET
  • Michael

    Michael | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is not a Michael Jackson album. Jackson was one of pop's biggest fussbudgets: Even when his songs were half-baked, the production was pristine. He would not have released anything like this compilation, a grab bag of...

    December 14, 2010 12:05 PM ET
  • Tron: Legacy

    Tron: Legacy | ALBUM REVIEW

    This should have been a match made in disco heaven. Tron: Legacy is the sequel to a movie about a man trapped in a 1980s video game. Daft Punk — the vocoder-crazed, spacesuit-clad French electro duo —...

    December 7, 2010 12:55 AM ET
  • Endlessly

    Endlessly | ALBUM REVIEW

    Duffy shot to stardom in the U.K. with a variation on a beloved brand: Amy Winehouse without the train wreck. She's just what Brits like in an R&B singer — a pretty girl who loves stately soul...

    December 7, 2010 12:25 AM ET
  • No Mercy

    No Mercy | ALBUM REVIEW

    T.I.'s seventh album was supposed to be called King Uncaged. Oops. The Atlanta rapper was released from prison in December 2009 after serving nine months on federal weapons charges. Then, in September, he was arrested for drug...

    December 7, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • The Hits Collection Volume One

    The Hits Collection Volume One | ALBUM REVIEW

    Nearly 15 years into his career, Jay-Z has decided it's time to look back, releasing this hits collection right on the heels of his memoir, Decoded. But where Decoded attempts to dig deep, this album barely scratches...

    November 22, 2010 12:35 AM ET
  • Libra Scale

    Libra Scale | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ne-Yo's latest is a concept album about crime-fighting "R&B superheroes," complete with a femme fatale and a thing called the Libra Scale — a device that measures the weights of money, power, fame and love. If...

    November 22, 2010 12:10 AM ET
  • Trunk Muzik 0-60

    Trunk Muzik 0-60 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Wayne Atha is a rap novelty — and not just because he's a white guy with a Flock of Seagulls haircut. He's a novelty in the best sense: an MC whose liquid flow breathes life...

    November 22, 2010 12:05 AM ET
  • The Lady Killer

    The Lady Killer | ALBUM REVIEW

    How can you not love Cee Lo? He's a virtuoso rapper who has one of pop's most unique singing voices. He's a self-proclaimed lady-killer who's roughly as tall as a mini-refrigerator and as broad as a Hummer....

    November 8, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn

    Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn | ALBUM REVIEW

    A tribute to the toughest Nashville queen ever, this record has a steely spine. There are feisty anthems (Carrie Underwood belting "You're Lookin' at Country"), weepers (Lucinda Williams' take on "Somebody Somewhere") and "Coal Miner's Daughter," blasted...

    November 8, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Flockaveli

    Flockaveli | ALBUM REVIEW

    Atlanta's Waka Flocka Flame — the name comes partly from a Fozzie Bear catchphrase — has charisma enough for a dozen MCs. Which is good, since his skills are negligible. On his debut, Waka reduces hip-hop to...

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Sale El Sol

    Sale El Sol | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I'm crazy, but you like it," whoops Shakira on her new single, "Loca." Nuttiness has always been part of her appeal, with a warbling voice and lyrics that border on surreal. (She once compared herself to "a...

    October 18, 2010 5:55 PM ET
  • The Secret Sisters

    The Secret Sisters | ALBUM REVIEW

    Laura and Lydia Rogers sound like something dreamed up by NPR. They're Alabama sisters produced by roots major-domo T Bone Burnett. They dress like it's 1954, and sing like it, too — the album mixes country, folk...

    October 12, 2010 12:38 PM ET
  • "Lord Lord Lord"

    "Lord Lord Lord" | SONG REVIEW

    Kanye visits the chill-out lounge, delivering a seven-minute-plus opus that's languid in the extreme: Psychedelic-soul synths float on a groove that wouldn't sound out of place on your smooth-jazz station. The rapping is equally laid-back: Mos...

    October 8, 2010 3:18 PM ET