32 items by Mark Coleman

  • Viva Hate

    Viva Hate | ALBUM REVIEW

    All by his lonesome self, The Smiths' founder might be expected to dig into his well-documented obsessions and really wallow. Surprisingly, the wailing soul's solo debut is a tight, fairly disciplined affair. Viva Hate reveals the talents...

    May 19, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Faith

    Faith | ALBUM REVIEW

    George Michael is a natural. Even as the pinup images of Wham! fade to gray, singles like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Careless Whisper" remain indelible — they're virtually impossible to forget, whether you actually...

    January 14, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

    Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    Even in a year already marked by sprawling, ambitious double albums from Prince and Hüsker Dü, the Cure's new Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me stands out. Like Sign o' the Times and Warehouse: Songs and Stories,...

    July 16, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • Licensed to Ill

    Licensed to Ill | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Beastie Boys' first album should bear a prominent label, not to protect impressionable teens so much as their elders. warning: certain scenes and references contained herein may seem offensive, even dangerous, until you realize that...

    November 15, 1986 11:20 AM ET
  • True Stories

    True Stories | ALBUM REVIEW

    Although it shares its name with David Byrne's film True Stories, Talking Heads' new album isn't a soundtrack in the traditional sense. These nine original songs are mostly performed by actors and actresses in the film, while...

    October 23, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • A Kind Of Magic

    A Kind Of Magic | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the wake of Freddie Mercury's grandstanding Live Aid performance, Queen has been filling stadiums in Europe. To paraphrase any one of a number of their songs, rock's reigning champs of bad taste could be ruling the...

    October 9, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Revenge

    Revenge | ALBUM REVIEW

    Revenge is a bitter disappointment. For the first time in five albums, Eurythmics sound conventional. Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart aren't quite avant-garde visionaries, but they have been a weird and welcome presence on the pop charts,...

    September 11, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • The Queen is Dead

    The Queen is Dead | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Has the world changed/or have I changed?" Morrissey asks on "The Queen Is Dead," the opening cut on the Smiths' third U.S. album, and for once it's not a rhetorical question. Not that he's forsaken his hobbies...

    September 11, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Raising Hell

    Raising Hell | ALBUM REVIEW

    The guys in Run-D.M.C. are so full of themselves, they'd be completely obnoxious if they weren't right. Kings of Rock? Run and D.M.C. don't just rap rings around each other on their third LP; they grab Aerosmith's...

    August 28, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Black Celebration

    Black Celebration | ALBUM REVIEW

    Routinely dismissed as a band of synth-pop robots, Depeche Mode actually uses its machines to make some of the most human sounds around. Black Celebration is certainly this British quartet's most melodic effort to date: the clanging...

    July 17, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • 3 Way Tie (For Last)

    3 Way Tie (For Last) | ALBUM REVIEW

    After five years' and ten records' worth of trailblazing, the Minutemen pause to assess the landscape. Equal parts angry politics and affectionate musicology, 3-Way Tie (for Last) is about as patriotic an album as we're going to...

    April 10, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • King Of America

    King Of America | ALBUM REVIEW

    Elvis Costello's got it bad. On King of America, the chorus of the first song sets the rueful tone: "I was a fine idea at the time/Now I'm a brilliant mistake." Elvis isn't exactly known for his...

    March 27, 1986 12:00 AM ET