7 items by Ken Barnes

  • Heroes Are Hard To Find

    Heroes Are Hard To Find | ALBUM REVIEW

    After a brief identity crisis (another band usurping their identities), the real Fleetwood Mac is back on record. They've still got the same smooth soft-rock sound they've had for three years, since Jeremy Spencer found religion (or...

    October 24, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Light Of Love

    Light Of Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Unexpectedly, Marc Bolan is back. Under his egotistical leadership, T. Rex had headed straight down with two consecutive albums of trivial, leaden shush. In England he'd been overtaken in the pop idolatry sweepstakes by Sweet, Slade, Mud,...

    September 26, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Mr. Natural

    Mr. Natural | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been difficult to understand how the Bee Gees can consistently come off so unflaggingly moronic on television and still make good music. But, although their last three LP's (with scattered exceptions) seemed determined to prove they'd...

    July 18, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Queen II


    Queen is a reasonably talented band who have chosen their models unwisely. On "Side Black," they venture into a lyrically muddled fairy-tale world with none of Genesis's wit or sophistication. They've also appropriated the most irritating elements...

    June 20, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Burn


    Deep Purple's first album since last year's departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist/composer Roger Glover is a passable but disappointing effort. On Burn, new lead singer David Coverdale sounds suitably histrionic, like Free's brilliant Paul Rodgers...

    April 25, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Best Of The Animals

    Best Of The Animals | ALBUM REVIEW

    With the Fifties rehashed past the point of musical surfeit, the rich body of Sixties rock must now have its day. Important innovations like surf music and the girl-group sound (particularly Phil Spector's creations) have already been...

    November 8, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Life In A Tin Can

    Life In A Tin Can | ALBUM REVIEW

    As purveyors of pure pop pleasantries over the past six years, the Bee Gees have few rivals extant and their popularity has continued virtually unabated. But after an initial barrage of arresting singles and a generally solid...

    May 10, 1973 12:00 AM ET