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  • Rare Bob Dylan Documentary To Get Limited Theater Release

    Rare Bob Dylan Documentary To Get Limited Theater Release | ARTICLE

    Bob Dylan is not a man who is easily embarrassed. Eat the Document, A long-buried film about his 1966 tour of England, is finally...

    November 12, 1998 12:00 PM ET
  • Cyberpunk

    Cyberpunk | ALBUM REVIEW

    A science-fiction trip with Billy Idol? Get real. The guy's saving grace has always been an over-the-top cartoon looniness, coupled with at least one sure-shot single per album. Sadly, outing No. 6 comes up short — on...

    July 17, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • The Healing Game

    The Healing Game | ALBUM REVIEW

    Van Morrison is the living embodiment of an old cliché: His voice is so good, you could listen to him singing the phone book. During the course of a 30-year solo career, he has crafted classic albums...

    February 11, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Anthology

    Anthology | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's a delicious tension in Al Green's music; you can feel this supernaturally gifted singer stretching and straining, pushing to achieve some new peak that lies just beyond his reach. His '70s hits are impeccable examples of...

    January 8, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • New World Order

    New World Order | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1990, at an outdoor concert in Brooklyn, N.Y., Curtis Mayfield was hit by a falling lighting rig, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. New World Order is the soul titan's first new studio effort since...

    November 14, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • It Was Written

    It Was Written | ALBUM REVIEW

    Literary skill is not the prime attribute of most hardcore rappers; these days the main attraction in hip-hop seems to be authenticity, not articulation. So the second album from Nas is frustrating. It Was Written proves that...

    September 19, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Insomniac

    Insomniac | ALBUM REVIEW

    The beauty of classic punk rock lies in its utter simplicity: Crude rhythms, rude attitude, pumping adrenaline and a loudly pronounced point of view are key. Once you get sucked in by that formula, any punk band...

    November 2, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • A Whole New Thing

    A Whole New Thing | ALBUM REVIEW

    The reissue of these long-out-of-print late-'60s albums documents the birth of funk — the bastard offspring of gutbucket soul and psychedelic rock. The collected early works of Sylvester Stewart, a.k.a. Sly Stone, provide a musical bridge between...

    September 21, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Dance to the Music

    Dance to the Music | ALBUM REVIEW

    The reissue of these long-out-of-print late-'60s albums documents the birth of funk — the bastard offspring of gutbucket soul and psychedelic rock. The collected early works of Sylvester Stewart, a.k.a. Sly Stone, provide a musical bridge between...

    September 21, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Down With The King

    Down With The King | ALBUM REVIEW

    Run-D.M.C. stages its comeback in the same way it stormed the pop charts in the mid-Eighties: straight-faced and ultraconfident, funky and forthright. Backed by the stripped-down beats of DJ Jam Master Jay, rappers Run and D.M.C. get...

    June 24, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Get a Grip

    Get a Grip | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you wanna hang loose, baby, get a grip." When Steven Tyler delivers this bit of wisdom on the title track of Aerosmith's fifteenth album, it seems plausible enough. Or maybe it's just impossible to argue with...

    May 13, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Stone Alone: Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard

    Stone Alone: Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard | ARTICLE

    While the world waits for a new Pearl Jam album, guitarist Stone Gossard has assembled a between-meals platter for the famished fans. The...

    February 4, 1993 10:25 AM ET
  • Dry

    Dry | ALBUM REVIEW

    With its choke-hold guitar energy and the controlled vocal eruptions of Polly Harvey, this British trio created a college-radio splash on this side of the Atlantic There's an undeniable electricity to Dry, the band's debut: These musical...

    December 10, 1992 12:00 AM ET
  • Your Arsenal

    Your Arsenal | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mope no more. forsaking the cozy glow of cult-hero worship on his fourth solo album, Morrissey hurls himself into the cold cruel rock mainstream. Your Arsenal is the most direct — and outwardly directed — statement he's...

    October 29, 1992 12:00 AM ET
  • Back From Hell

    Back From Hell | ALBUM REVIEW

    Struggling to appear relevant next to Ice Cube and the Geto Boys, Run-D.M.C. has shot itself in the foot. This groundbreaking rap group's fifth album is a bitter disappointment because it's so obvious — or, as rappers...

    January 10, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • Mama Said Knock You Out

    Mama Said Knock You Out | ALBUM REVIEW

    Even his die-hard fans know the truth: L.L. Cool J needed to change his rap this time out. Blithe one-liners like "I'm so bad I can suck my own dick" dragged 1989's musically fierce Walking With a...

    October 18, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • I'm Breathless

    I'm Breathless | ALBUM REVIEW

    An alternative subtitle could be Madonna Goes Broadway in a Major Way. She pulls it off with brass and panache, but then everybody knows Madonna doesn't mess around. Compared with Prince's mechanical-sounding Batman LP, at any rate,...

    June 14, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Shake Your Money Maker

    Shake Your Money Maker | ALBUM REVIEW

    Blame it on the Stones. That pack of aging rogues may or may not fit the bill for the Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World circa 1990, but the group's influence remains surprisingly vital —...

    May 31, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • The Best Of Luther Vandross...The Best Of Love

    The Best Of Luther Vandross...The Best Of Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    I can only speak for the things that I've been through," Luther Vandross declares on "Promise Me," and his absolute emotional veracity is what elevates this lavish greatest-hits package to the soul stratosphere. "So when it comes...

    February 8, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Follow The Leader

    Follow The Leader | ALBUM REVIEW

    On 'Follow the Leader,' Eric B. and Rakim's second album, Rakim (a.k.a. William Griffin) spends too much time trashing other rappers and reasserting his supremacy in the genre. Still, he has a point. Set to a menacing...

    October 20, 1988 12:00 AM ET
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