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32 items by Jon Caramanica

  • Metamorphosis

    Metamorphosis | ALBUM REVIEW

    Don't be mad at the rocks that she got — mass-media assassin Hilary Duff wants to be a music star, too, and the Lizzie McGuire star's backers have shelled out for some of the best pop songwriting...

    August 27, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Hard/Solid Gold

    Hard/Solid Gold | ALBUM REVIEW

    A two-for-one package uncovers the radical early punkers in their prime, and well past it "can't make out what has gone wrong," Jon King sings on 1981's "Paralysed," evoking a marginalized worker. "I was good at what...

    July 9, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Banned In DC: Bad Brains Greatest Riffs

    Banned In DC: Bad Brains Greatest Riffs | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bad Brains were a beautiful mess of a band, a crew of black D.C.-area hardcore fanatics with Rastafarian leanings and an astounding gift for taut, aggressive, snarling blasts of punk. Banned in D.C. spans their Eighties work:...

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Timeless: The Singles Collection

    Timeless: The Singles Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    Are De La Soul the greatest rap group ever to grace the mike? The Long Island trio's first anthology certainly makes the case, from De La's early days in 1988 as dazzling hippie scholars ("Potholes in My...

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Blueprint 2.1

    Blueprint 2.1 | ALBUM REVIEW

    What little difference six months makes. Blueprint 2.1 is a one-disc, slimmed-down version of last November's clunky two-disc set The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse. The new album does little to redeem its predecessor; it...

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Just Whitney

    Just Whitney | ALBUM REVIEW

    The decline of Whitney Houston's career has run in rough parallel to her marriage to New Edition castoff Bobby Brown — every year, she seems to spend less time on her music. On 1998's My Love Is...

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Niggaz4life (Reissue)

    Niggaz4life (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Decked out in identical utility gear and sporting enough lyrical artillery to frighten all of middle America, N.W.A quickly upended hip-hop tradition with Straight Outta Compton. One of hip-hop's crucial albums, it was a bombastic, cacophonous car...

    September 30, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Straight Outta Compton (Reissue)

    Straight Outta Compton (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Decked out in identical utility gear and sporting enough lyrical artillery to frighten all of middle America, N.W.A quickly upended hip-hop tradition with Straight Outta Compton. One of hip-hop's crucial albums, it was a bombastic, cacophonous car...

    September 30, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • The Lost Tapes

    The Lost Tapes | ALBUM REVIEW

    Throughout his ten-year career, Nas has let the music industry get the better of him, filling his albums with monotone odes to the good life and R&B-crossover pabulum. The Lost Tapes — which collects a dozen stellar,...

    September 25, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Luther Vandross

    Luther Vandross | ALBUM REVIEW

    His career on the resuscitator, Luther Vandross needs a pop makeover as badly as anybody, so on this comeback album, label head Clive Davis gives Vandross the Carlos Santana Special. A bevy of young songwriters and producers...

    July 24, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Looking for the Perfect Beat

    Looking for the Perfect Beat | ALBUM REVIEW

    One of hip-hop's true enigmatic figures, foundational DJ Afrika Bambaataa now plies his turntable trade on the rave circuit, releases obscure electro records and espouses theories about the earth being hollow. Two decades ago, though, Bambaataa was...

    May 14, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Until The End Of Time

    Until The End Of Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    Death isn't nearly the career hindrance it used to be in hip-hop. Witness Tupac Shakur. He's spoken from beyond the grave on seven albums since his 1996 murder, most recently on Until the End of Time, the...

    April 16, 2001 12:00 AM ET
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