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386 items by Jody Rosen

  • Doo-Wops & Hooligans

    Doo-Wops & Hooligans | ALBUM REVIEW

    Turn on your radio. Hear that voice, a feathery tenor with a hint of soulful grit? It belongs to Bruno Mars, the 25-year-old Hawaiian newcomer featured on smash hits like B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" and Travie McCoy's...

    October 5, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • The Social Network: Original Soundtrack

    The Social Network: Original Soundtrack | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Trent Reznor wants to be friends on Facebook" — the phrase does not roll off the tongue. But with help from producer Atticus Ross, Reznor has made a solid soundtrack to David Fincher's movie by doing what...

    October 5, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • I Am Not a Human Being

    I Am Not a Human Being | ALBUM REVIEW

    What'd you expect, At Folsom Prison? Lil Wayne has released his eighth studio album while still incarcerated on New York's Rikers Island, serving the final weeks of a sentence for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. But...

    September 29, 2010 6:00 PM ET
  • Halcyon Digest

    Halcyon Digest | ALBUM REVIEW

    The third album by Atlanta's kings of "ambient punk" is a beautiful bummer. Deerhunter mash together garage fuzz, folky quietude, power-pop melody and electronic clatter — art-rock experiments that deliver the satisfying gut punch of pop tunes....

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Hemingway's Whiskey

    Hemingway's Whiskey | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kenny Chesney grew up in East Tennessee, but his real home is Margaritaville. Chesney is Jimmy Buffett's spiritual godson, specializing in easy-rolling country-pop songs about fleeing the humdrum to go boozing and boating in tropical paradises. "No...

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Going Back

    Going Back | ALBUM REVIEW

    Rod Stewart, Michael McDonald and now Phil Collins — for veteran rockers, the Motown cover album has become an all-too-familiar move. Collins' love of the music is genuine — remember his sweetly slavish cover of "You Can't...

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Record Collection

    Record Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    The album title cuts to the chase. Like all good DJs, Mark Ronson is first and foremost a collector, the kind of guy with untold 45s lining his loft. In his production work for Lily Allen and...

    September 27, 2010 7:20 PM ET
  • All Birds Say

    All Birds Say | ALBUM REVIEW

    This excellent solo record by My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel is a rare thing: a woodsy little indie-folk record that refuses to brood. On All Birds Say, Broemel spreads cheer with every pluck of his acoustic...

    September 27, 2010 7:03 PM ET
  • You Get What You Give

    You Get What You Give | ALBUM REVIEW

    "If you're honest and open, he will write you a song," sings Zac Brown in "Martin," an ode to his acoustic guitar. Honesty and openness are articles of faith for Brown, whose smash 2008 single, "Chicken Fried,"...

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Hands All Over

    Hands All Over | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Maroon 5's third album, their already polished sound is burnished to a high-gloss glow. With producer Robert "Mutt" Lange — the guy behind AC/DC's Back in Black, Def Leppard's Pyromania and Shania Twain's biggest hits —...

    September 20, 2010 11:00 AM ET
  • Wake Up!

    Wake Up! | ALBUM REVIEW

    John Legend is modern R&B's classiest male singer, bringing old-fashioned suavity to hip-hop soul; the Roots are the world's most versatile (and maybe best) band. Together, they have made a brilliantly conceived and executed album, reviving music...

    September 20, 2010 10:55 AM ET
  • Flamingo

    Flamingo | ALBUM REVIEW

    The beautiful losers that populate Brandon Flowers' songs haven't got it easy. When they're not "playing with fire . . . out on a wire" ("Playing With Fire"), they're "caught up in the crossfire of heaven and...

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • A Thousand Suns

    A Thousand Suns | ALBUM REVIEW

    "We're broken people living on the loaded gun," Linkin Park cry over clattering keyboards on lead single "The Catalyst," which suggests a scream-y Depeche Mode. With Rick Rubin co-producing, the band embraces not just synth-pop clamor but...

    September 13, 2010 3:15 PM ET
  • Body Talk Pt. 2

    Body Talk Pt. 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    She's as feisty as Pink, as beat-savvy as M.I.A., does Eurodisco better than Gaga. But can this mercurial diva, a star in her native Sweden, crack the Billboard Top 40?  The second EP in Robyn's Body Talk...

    September 7, 2010 12:10 AM ET
  • Mean Old Man

    Mean Old Man | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jerry Lee Lewis is the original, archetypal rock & roll rebel, and he's still pulverizing the piano keys more than half a century after he recorded "Great Balls of Fire." The terrific Mean Old Man — an...

    September 7, 2010 12:05 AM ET
  • I'm Having Fun Now

    I'm Having Fun Now | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice are, by all indications, a happy indie-rock power couple. But you wouldn't know it from I'm Having Fun Now. In their solo work, Lewis and Rice are bards of the bummer, and...

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

    Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin | ALBUM REVIEW

    Brian Wilson has more than a few things in common with George Gershwin. Both led wildly successful musical partnerships with their brothers. Both combined pop-song punch with harmonic sophistication worthy of the European classical tradition. Both blazed...

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • 31 Minutes to Takeoff

    31 Minutes to Takeoff | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mike Posner is at the head of a new genre: frat-house R&B. Posner, 22, released two mixtapes while he was a Sigma Nu brother at Duke, and on his major-label debut, he's still at the kegger, beer...

    August 9, 2010 2:35 PM ET
  • The Ghetto Blaster EP

    The Ghetto Blaster EP | ALBUM REVIEW

    The second release by this rock-rap supergroup — Rage Against the Machine guitar virtuoso Tom Morello and the Coup's political firebrand-in-chief Boots Riley — has one ace in the hole: a full-fathom cover of LL Cool J's...

    August 9, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • 5

    5 | ALBUM REVIEW

    A group of self-proclaimed "zef" (i.e., white trash) South Africans who rap in English and Afrikaans over rave-style beats? Turns out, that's just what hip-hop needed. Die Antwoord's "Enter the Ninja" video went viral in February, introducing...

    August 2, 2010 2:24 PM ET
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