29 items by Jonathan Ringen

  • Sound Of Silver

    Sound Of Silver | ALBUM REVIEW

    For a future-disco hero, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is unusually self-conscious. Before you hear a single kick-drum sample on his excellent second album, Murphy seems to be intentionally setting the bar low, giving the massive, clattering dance-floor...

    March 9, 2007 12:00 AM ET
  • Return To Cookie Mountain

    Return To Cookie Mountain | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their 2004 debut, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, TV on the Radio tended to put the art before the rock, which made the idea-packed disc more interesting than it was appealing. For their major-label follow-up, the...

    September 7, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions

    We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions | ALBUM REVIEW

    Near the end of "Mrs. McGrath," a nineteenth-century Irish ballad that is the third track on Bruce Springsteen's new album, comes a couplet that gives a pretty good sense of why he's putting out an album of...

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • "Impossible"

    "Impossible" | SONG REVIEW

    Kanye goes Hollywood with a glossy, Philly-soul-sampling contribution to the Mission: Impossible III soundtrack (he also delivered a bombastic take on the franchise's theme music), featuring speed rapper Twista, hip-hop soul princess Keyshia Cole and a...

    May 18, 2006 5:15 PM ET
  • The Life Pursuit

    The Life Pursuit | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like the Kinks and the Magnetic Fields, Scottish pop perfectionists Belle and Sebastian are brilliant at pairing heart-tugging melodies with perfectly turned lyrics that favor kiss-offs over come-ons. But on the group's seventh album, a little bit...

    February 7, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Guerolito

    Guerolito | ALBUM REVIEW

    Beck got it exactly right when he added the Spanish diminutive lito to the title of his remixed version of Guero: Stripped-down...

    December 15, 2005 3:00 PM ET
  • Front Parlour Ballads

    Front Parlour Ballads | ALBUM REVIEW

    Richard Thompson has long been one of rock's greatest guitarists, but his virtuosity isn't revealed in pyrotechnics. It's more about the way that he makes everything he plays — whether a latter-day sea chantey, bard-worthy minstrel ballad...

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Mighty ReArranger

    Mighty ReArranger | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Robert Plant vowed, "Valhalla, I am coming!" near the beginning of "Immigrant Song," it sounded like he was planning on getting there in a hurry. Thirty-five years later, the Led Zeppelin frontman is still headed for...

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Live At Earls Court

    Live At Earls Court | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been nearly twenty years since the Smiths broke up, but the band's passionate, sensitive fans have never quite gotten over it. On this live set from 2004, Morrissey — who is slowly turning into a British...

    April 7, 2005 12:00 AM ET