521 items by Jon Dolan

  • "Benediction"

    "Benediction" | SONG REVIEW

    The lead track from Moore's Beck-produced solo record is strikingly tranquil – an acoustic rendering of a classic Sonic Youth chord progression and sweet singing. Sea Change-like flourishes subtly let you feel Beck's presence. Listen to "Benediction":

    April 8, 2011 7:30 AM ET
  • "Cardiac Arrest"

    "Cardiac Arrest" | SONG REVIEW

    While her fellow Swedes Teddybears make frothy disco rock, Robyn coyly disses a drugged-up young woman. Call it a pinch of arsenic in a tequila shot. Listen to "Cardiac Arrest":

    April 7, 2011 7:45 AM ET
  • "Chillin' "

    "Chillin' " | SONG REVIEW

    The last leak from Dre's eternally forthcoming Detox was "I Need a Doctor," a hard-rocker featuring Eminem that made Dre's return seem not just imminent but urgent. With "Chillin' " (as yet unconfirmed for Detox), Dre returns...

    April 1, 2011 11:05 AM ET
  • Rolling Papers

    Rolling Papers | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ben Franklin had his lightning bolt. Newton had his apple. For Wiz Khalifa, the aha! moment must have come when he realized the words "green," "blow," "rollin' " and "paper" all applied to both marijuana and money....

    March 29, 2011 12:45 AM ET
  • Gimme Some

    Gimme Some | ALBUM REVIEW

    The adorably wimpy Swedes' whistled 2006 focus track, "Young Folks," suggested sensitive boy-children who would have a hard time lifting guitars, let alone rocking out on them. But Peter Bjorn and John's sixth disc is pretty mannish,...

    March 29, 2011 12:40 AM ET
  • Meyrin Fields

    Meyrin Fields | ALBUM REVIEW

    James Mercer and Danger Mouse are first-class astral geeks. And on last year's Broken Bells, the Shins frontman and the hip-hop surrealist came up with melancholic psychedelic folk hop - somewhere between Pet Sounds and...

    March 29, 2011 12:25 AM ET
  • Screaming Bloody Murder

    Screaming Bloody Murder | ALBUM REVIEW

    You probably haven't paid much attention to Sum 41 since their 2001 bubblegum punk hit "Fat Lip." Keep doing that. On subsequent discs, frontman Deryck Whibley has aspired to depth outside his skill set. 2004's Chuck was...

    March 29, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Doggumentary

    Doggumentary | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I'm smokin' grape Purple Urkle/You in Doggie World, come and join my circle," Snoop raps on "Boom," which features T-Pain and samples Eighties synth greats Yaz. The Doggfather's 11th disc shows how big that circle can...

    March 29, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • "Codes and Keys"

    "Codes and Keys" | SONG REVIEW

    This new ballad (heard here in a live, solo-piano version) proudly bites Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Ben Gibbard follows minor falls and major lifts to the cold and broken refrain, "We are a-live" — sounding both fragile and...

    March 23, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • The King of Limbs

    The King of Limbs | ALBUM REVIEW

    Radiohead's 2000 masterpiece, Kid A, came with a song called "How to Disappear Completely." On the band's eighth album, Thom Yorke has a new magic trick up his sleeve. "I will disappear," he sings. "I will slip...

    March 17, 2011 11:30 AM ET
  • "Arms"

    "Arms" | SONG REVIEW

    Matching the young-adult tumult of Kelly Clarkson with the wind-swept angst of Florence and the Machine, Perri's 2010 smash hit "Jar of Hearts" was bad-boyfriend-crushing piano pop — the kind of thing that you crank as you...

    March 15, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • Endgame

    Endgame | ALBUM REVIEW

    Rise Against's mastery of anthemic punk rock is second only to their mastery of being pissed off. On the Chicago band's sixth album, Tim McIlrath is an "orphan of the American dream," heraldically ranting about environmental collapse,...

    March 15, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • Lasers

    Lasers | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Me and my different drummer/He play the timpanis," Lupe Fiasco raps on his third disc. Dude's not kidding. Few rappers this side of his fellow Chicagoan Kanye West bring left-field bombast like the man born Wasalu Muhammad...

    March 8, 2011 12:25 AM ET
  • "Till the World Ends"

    "Till the World Ends" | SONG REVIEW

    Click to listen to Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends" You want a party song, call a partier. Written by Ke$ha (with Max Martin and...

    March 4, 2011 4:49 PM ET
  • Divine (EP)

    Divine (EP) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Blaqstarr is the Baltimore DJ/producer behind M.I.A.'s "XXXO" and some the spaciest, squelchiest beats on her last two albums. He's been local club titan for years, and his first release on M.I.A.'s label N.E.E.T. presents his bizarre...

    March 3, 2011 8:35 AM ET
  • Science & Faith

    Science & Faith | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I'm standing under a white flag," sings Danny O'Donoghue, positing his Dublin trio as inheritors to the Emerald Isle's greatest band. The Script have enjoyed Euro-chart success with a mix of lite rock, rap rock and Guinness-informed...

    March 3, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Radiohead, 'The King of Limbs'

    Radiohead, 'The King of Limbs' | BLOG ENTRY

    Radiohead's 2000 masterpiece, Kid A, came with a song called "How to Disappear Completely." On the band's eighth album, Thom Yorke has a new magic trick up his sleeve. "I will disappear," he sings. "I will slip into...

    March 2, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • "808"

    "808" | SONG REVIEW

    A month into his track-a-week "Timbaland Thursdays" series, Timbo already seems stretched thin. "808" is Tim-boilerplate: some kind words for his favorite drum machine, a few breaths of Brandy and a bland skitter beat. Listen to "808":

    March 2, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • Blessed

    Blessed | ALBUM REVIEW

    2008's Little Honey was Williams at her most content. But on her 10th disc, she revives the literary realism that's turned so many of her songs into true-talk crushers. The quietly heartbreaking "Soldier's Song" is an imagining...

    March 1, 2011 12:30 AM ET
  • Alexander

    Alexander | ALBUM REVIEW

    If it's vaguely hippie-ish and vaguely Californian, count on Ebert to work it into his solo debut: acid-folk reveries, Beck-ish busker rap, lyrics about Vietnam, sensitive maleness, Dylanisms, yodeling, calling women "mama," reggae, bongos. A Jesus-beard guy...

    March 1, 2011 12:20 AM ET