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31 items by Jon Pareles

  • Blak and Blu

    Blak and Blu | ALBUM REVIEW

    How can a serious bluesman thrive in the age of Auto-Tune? That's the question Gary Clark Jr. grapples with on his major label debut. Since his teens, Clark has been the young titan of Texas blues, coming...

    October 23, 2012 12:15 AM ET
  • Happy People/U Saved Me

    Happy People/U Saved Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's official: R. Kelly has split up. His latest two-CD set has two titles and two missions: Happy People aims for dancing and romancing, while U Saved Me calls for fervent prayer. Instead of trying to mix...

    September 2, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Ghost Is Born

    Ghost Is Born | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hey, what happened to the funny noises? That's bound to be any fan's first reaction to Wilco's latest metamorphosis, yet another sharp turn, in sound and mood, for a band that seems compelled to change with every...

    July 8, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • In The Zone

    In The Zone | ALBUM REVIEW

    Say goodbye to Britney the virginal tease, and say hello, bay-bee, to Britney the freakazoid. None of that "not yet a woman" stuff this time around. There's no question that Spears wants In the Zone to be...

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Strays

    Strays | ALBUM REVIEW

    One of the funniest things about Nothing's Shocking, Jane's Addiction's much-ballyhooed 1988 release, was how it skewed the conventions of L.A. Sunset Strip metal, managing to be distinctively perverse in a world already saturated with bad taste...

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Fever To Tell

    Fever To Tell | ALBUM REVIEW

    Karen O is one excitable girl. She's the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the guitar-drums-gal band whose debut full-length album, Fever to Tell, proves that the New York rock renaissance runs deeper and wilder than...

    April 22, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Midnite Vultures

    Midnite Vultures | ALBUM REVIEW

    Pop culture remembers the 1970s as one big party: a nonstop, funk-pumped round of bong hits and white lines snorted via $100 bills, a circuit of mirror-balled dance floors and water beds full of obliging strangers, pre-AIDS...

    November 27, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • One By One

    One By One | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Dave Grohl sings, "I See Your Ghost," in the first song on One by One, it's impossible not to think about Kurt Cobain. Grohl has now spent more years as the Foo Fighters' singer and guitarist...

    October 22, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Shaman

    Shaman | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is no time for Carlos Santana to have an identity crisis. Is he the leader of a global dance party or just another supplicant to the cruel demands of radio formats? From his band's beginnings in the...

    October 8, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Amnesiac

    Amnesiac | ALBUM REVIEW

    In between arena tours and Number One albums, Radiohead want to get away from it all. Not a week in Goa or a summer in Provence but a more complete escape: oblivion. The songs on Amnesiac contemplate...

    May 29, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • J. Lo

    J. Lo | ALBUM REVIEW

    Forget Jennifer Lopez the actress, star, head-turning clotheshorse and callipygian paradigm. Sure, in her new single, "Love Don't Cost a Thing," she explains that she's not impressed with your Benz because she's got her own. Yes, the...

    February 5, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Radiohead Rock the Roseland Ballroom

    Radiohead Rock the Roseland Ballroom | ARTICLE

    Roseland BallroomOctober 11th, 2000 New York 'Radiohead request no moshing," read a sign on Roseland's door. The warning seemed unnecessary, since Radiohead's...

    November 23, 2000 10:50 AM ET
  • Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars

    Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars | ALBUM REVIEW

    Where other electronica whizzes chase dance microgenres down futuristic blind alleys, Norman "Fatboy Slim" Cook mines riffs from every era like a hip-hop DJ. His big beat kicks down the velvet-rope exclusivity of drum-and-bass or two-step garage...

    November 23, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Binaural

    Binaural | ALBUM REVIEW

    Roll credits for Basic Teen Romance, plot Number Four. The camera tracks across a suburban landscape toward Little Ms. Rockfan. She's being courted by two characters, each working his own kind of sensitive-guy behavior.   Out in the parking...

    June 8, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Farmhouse

    Farmhouse | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's a thin line between mellow and torpid, and Phish repose on that line all too calmly on Farmhouse, their eleventh album. It's an album dominated by songs from Phish's guitarist and main singer, Trey Anastasio; it...

    May 25, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Figure 8

    Figure 8 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fans who hang on every word and every note. A major-label contract. Enough laudatory reviews to wallpaper the palace at Versailles. Even an Oscar nomination. You might think these considerations would bring a modicum of contentment to...

    April 27, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Gung Ho

    Gung Ho | ALBUM REVIEW

    Patti Smith has never stopped being reckless. At a time when most songwriters can't see beyond their neighborhoods or above their belts, the fifty-three-year-old Smith still insists that rock is a gateway to revelation. She doesn't flinch...

    March 30, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Machina/The Machines Of God

    Machina/The Machines Of God | ALBUM REVIEW

    Billy Corgan isn't sure whether he's a lost soul or a potential messiah. His songs on the Smashing Pumpkins' fifth album, Machina: The Machines of God, are all about redemption, commercial and personal, and they deliberately scramble...

    March 16, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Issues

    Issues | ALBUM REVIEW

    Trauma has been very, very good to Jonathan Davis, the voice and tortured soul of Korn. He didn't squander his memories of a miserable childhood and a persecuted adolescence on some talk-show appearance or tabloid crime. Instead,...

    January 20, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • The Dream Of The Blue Turtles

    The Dream Of The Blue Turtles | ALBUM REVIEW

    With the Police on hiatus, Sting had choices galore for ways to make his inevitable solo album. The most obvious was to become the world's bestqualified Police imitator; what he did instead smacks of brilliantly enlightened self-interest. Der...

    June 17, 1997 12:00 AM ET
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