7 items by Kit Rachlis

  • Plastic Letters

    Plastic Letters | ALBUM REVIEW

    If Plastic Letters were a movie, it would be an American International production. Grade B all the way, its effect is blatant and immediate. For Blondie, garishness is next to godliness — and, if the impact doesn't...

    April 7, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Hold Out

    Hold Out | ALBUM REVIEW

    Everything that's right and everything that's wrong about Hold Out, Jackson Browne's first studio album since The Pretender (1976), can be found in its climax: the spoken confession at the end of the last cut, "Hold On...

    September 4, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • This Year's Model

    This Year's Model | ALBUM REVIEW

    Listening to Elvis Costello is like walking down a dark, empty street and hearing another set of heels. His music doesn't make you dance, it makes you jump. It doesn't matter that he's stalking his obsessions and...

    June 29, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • Small Change

    Small Change | ALBUM REVIEW

    The people who populate Tom Waits' songs are deeply rooted in 20th-century American mythology. They come from tough-guy novels, pulp magazines, radio serials and film noir. Waits isn't interested in the heroes of this fiction, but with...

    December 30, 1976 12:00 AM ET
  • Hard Rain

    Hard Rain | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like all public figures, Bob Dylan is as much prisoner as master of his own persona. What distinguishes Dylan is that he has...

    December 2, 1976 12:00 AM ET
  • In The Pocket

    In The Pocket | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the Pocket is a cool, impersonal, slick piece of work. For the man who almost single-handedly popularized the role of the "sensitive" singer/songwriter — the performer who bared his soul for all to see —...

    August 12, 1976 12:00 AM ET
  • Lucille Talks Back

    Lucille Talks Back | ALBUM REVIEW

    B.B. King has built a whole career on the art of ellipsis. To his best work he has always brought an unerring sense of grace, elegance and, above all, economy. Beneath the carefully worked out horn arrangements,...

    February 12, 1976 12:00 AM ET