386 items by Jody Rosen

  • It's Blitz!

    It's Blitz! | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Dance till you're dead!" commands Karen O over the opening notes of "Heads Will Roll," the second song on Yeah Yeah Yeahs' third album. Anyone who has been to one of the Manhattan—born trio's live shows knows...

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • "Better Not Together"

    "Better Not Together" | SONG REVIEW

    "All the time, I was loving you faithfully/And you took my love/And you turned it around on me" sings Justin Timberlake. The cuckold's revenge ballad is a Timberlake specialty, but this newly leaked track is a...

    March 5, 2009 2:50 PM ET
  • All I Ever Wanted

    All I Ever Wanted | ALBUM REVIEW

    Seven years ago, when Kelly Clarkson triumphed in the first American Idol competition by blasting out the high-schlocky inspirational ballad "A Moment Like This," who could have guessed that she would become the early 21st century's...

    March 3, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Middle Cyclone

    Middle Cyclone | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I'm an animal," cries Neko Case on her fifth studio album, and there is something feral about her voice in full flight: It's a wild, woolly sound, part Patsy Cline, part coyote baying at the high desert...

    March 3, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • The Time of the Assassins

    The Time of the Assassins | ALBUM REVIEW

    As you might expect, the debut from Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture is, well, Strokesian. But it's far from a carbon copy of his other band. The Time of the Assassins is a mellow affair steeped in folk...

    February 5, 2009 12:00 PM ET
  • Tonight

    Tonight | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I've found a new way, baby," sings Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos on the slashing funk-pop album opener, "Ulysses." But has he really? Three albums in, FF are doing the same thing, more or less the same...

    February 5, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • It's Not Me, It's You

    It's Not Me, It's You | ALBUM REVIEW

    Lily Allen isn't just a pop star. She's a genre. Allen's fizzy, fiercely attitudinal 2007 debut, Alright, Still, sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, made the 23-year-old Londoner one of Britain's tabloid fixtures and spawned an...

    February 4, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Folie a Deux

    Folie a Deux | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fall Out Boy have become the kings of emo — without actually showing much emotion. Sure, they make all the signature emo moves: Singer Patrick Stump bellows cries of hurt, catalogs of grievances and confessions of inadequacy...

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • 808s & Heartbreak

    808s & Heartbreak | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kanye West announced long ago that mere hip-hop superstardom was not enough for him — he wanted to be "the number one artist in the world." So it's no surprise that his untrammeled egotism has led...

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Call and Response: The Remix Album

    Call and Response: The Remix Album | ALBUM REVIEW

    Maroon 5, art rockers? These remixes of the group's hits by indie acts like Of Montreal and Deerhoof make the idea seem oddly plausible. Maroon 5's bubblegummy pop — and Adam Levine's anodyne vocals — make the...

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Freedom

    Freedom | ALBUM REVIEW

    Beneath the digital production and R2D2 vocals, Akon is secretly an old-fashioned romantic, and his third album is his most heart-on-sleeve. There's a song about high rolling ("I'm So Paid," featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy) and...

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Fearless

    Fearless | ALBUM REVIEW

    Taylor Swift has defied a lot of conventional wisdom. In the midst of a recording-industry implosion, she sold 3 million physical copies of...

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Paper Trail

    Paper Trail | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Facing all kinda time/But smile like I'm fine," T.I. crows on "No Matter What." The Atlanta rapper recorded his sixth album while under house arrest for weapons possessions charges, and he faces a year-long prison sentence...

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Dig Out Your Soul

    Dig Out Your Soul | ALBUM REVIEW

    From the beginning, Oasis' greatest strength and most glaring weakness has been shamelessness — the belief that no classic-rock riff is too timeworn, no Beatles allusion too banal to merit blasting out at top volume. At its...

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Live in London & Paris

    Live in London & Paris | ALBUM REVIEW

    Otis Redding didn't simply "play concerts." The soul giant was a human Mount Vesuvius: He erupted. Redding was at the height of his fame in March 1967, when he played these two brief shows in London and...

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Nas


    Late last year, Nas announced that his new album would be called Nigger, prompting howls of protest from Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the NAACP — a formidable phalanx of opponents, even for one of rap's most...

    August 7, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • The Stranger (30th anniversary deluxe edition)

    The Stranger (30th anniversary deluxe edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1977, Joel's fifth and best album replaced Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water as Columbia Records' top seller to date, establishing Joel as a titan of adult contemporary — America's answer to Elton John. The...

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Radiohead: Malahide Castle, Dublin

    Radiohead: Malahide Castle, Dublin | ARTICLE

    Malahide CastleDublinJune 6th, 2008 Thom Yorke had been tinkering with the plaintive new solo piano song "Super Collider" at...

    July 10, 2008 4:40 PM ET
  • Revelation

    Revelation | ALBUM REVIEW

    If a band sticks around long enough, it turns into a tribute band. For years, Journey have slogged around the oldies circuit with a rotating cast of singers trying to impersonate Steve Perry, who belted out the...

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Tha Carter III

    Tha Carter III | ALBUM REVIEW

    OK, it's true: he really is the best rapper alive. Lil Wayne made that claim on his last official CD, in 2005, and since then, he's unleashed an astonishing torrent of mixtapes, leaks and guest appearances to...

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM ET