58 items by Nick Catucci

  • "Gaucho"

    "Gaucho" | SONG REVIEW

    This mankind-will-self-destruct lament (from DMB's upcoming, still-untitled album) offers a distinctly Dave-like blend of tension and uplift. Over a moody and elegant shuffle, Matthews sketches out the arc of civilization, from the invention of religion...

    June 5, 2012 3:05 PM ET
  • "Breathe"

    "Breathe" | SONG REVIEW

    Smooth and warm-hued, this monster ballad – from the Avengers soundtrack – could be a fossil encased in amber. In fact, it's an ode to numbness: "You... erase away the black and white," Weiland croons over cock-rock...

    May 16, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • OFF!


    "I wanna club you like a baby seal!" hollers 56-year-old Keith Morris, formerly of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, in "King Kong Brigade," the climax of this hot new hardcore outfit's full-length debut. Morris, one...

    May 8, 2012 12:15 AM ET
  • "Chew"

    "Chew" | SONG REVIEW

    These U.K. kids unspool a hymn to the Smashing Pumpkins school of slacker grandiosity. From the chorus – "We chew it together," where the "chew" might as well be a slurred "do" – to the warmly...

    April 27, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • "Burn It Down"

    "Burn It Down" | SONG REVIEW

    On the first single from Linkin Park's forthcoming Living Things, Chester Bennington unpacks, yet again, his propensity for screwing things up. Before zooming into the anguished yowl we've come to demand of a Linkin Park chorus,...

    April 24, 2012 3:30 PM ET
  • "The Recipe"

    "The Recipe" | SONG REVIEW

    You might get a contact high from this. Dr. Dre protégé Lamar’s wafting number has rolling boulders for a beat, lines about sunlight slanting through shades and Dre explaining, "How many ways am I killin' 'em? Shit,...

    April 17, 2012 1:55 PM ET
  • Amaryllis

    Amaryllis | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their fourth album, these Florida rockers muster up anthems that would embarrass a Hallmark Card hack: "Bully" sides with schoolyard outcasts, "Unity" big-ups concertgoers, and "Miracle" — well, the wonder of that song's all in the line, "My Mona...

    March 26, 2012 3:35 PM ET
  • Sweet Sour

    Sweet Sour | ALBUM REVIEW

    Some couples finish each other's sentences. Russell Marsden and Emma Richardson, this English trio's guitarist and bassist, take that tendency into The Shining-twins territory, reciting most of their second disc's clenched-teeth lyrics in a sort of deadpan...

    March 9, 2012 12:05 PM ET
  • WZRD


    WZRD, rapper-singer Kid Cudi's rock-inspired collaboration with producer Dot da Genius, sounds a lot like the bedroom recordings of the "lonely stoner" from Cudi's 2009 hit, "Day 'N' Nite." Whether he's witlessly observing that "most people are...

    March 8, 2012 6:17 PM ET
  • rEVOLVEr


    T-Pain tunes: perfect for lap dances, and sur- prisingly good for extended listening. Still leaning hard on Auto-Tune, Pain concocts song titles to rival R. Kelly and backs them up with slow-jam indulgences testifying to a...

    December 13, 2011 12:35 PM ET
  • Crazy Clown Time

    Crazy Clown Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    Behind the camera, David Lynch trades in bad vibes and paper-dry humor. His numbing first solo album, co-written with producer Dean Hurley, leisurely indulges the former with none of the latter unless you count the ocassional use...

    December 7, 2011 12:00 PM ET
  • Siamese Dream (Reissue)

    Siamese Dream (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    The black turtleneck to Kurt Cobain's flannel shirt, Billy Corgan brought an auteur's sensibility to Nineties alternative rock: He didn't smash guitars, he stroked them into ecstatic swells of heaviosity as he cooed composition-book poetry. With 1993's...

    November 29, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • Love Part Two

    Love Part Two | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Tom DeLonge, always the more emo half of Blink-182, launched Angels and Airwaves in 2005, he sacrificed all the small things for jumbo themes, important-band bombast and Eighties-sounding synths. The group’s fourth studio disc soars...

    November 22, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Evanescence

    Evanescence | ALBUM REVIEW

    Allow Amy Lee to reintroduce herself: "Remember me? I'm everything you can't control," the singer coos on "What You Want," the pummeling but pretty first single off Evanscence's third album and first in five years....

    October 11, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • "What You Want"

    "What You Want" | SONG REVIEW

    On the lead single from Evanescence's third album (and first in five years), Amy Lee trades anguish for defiance, goosing her wail with welcome sass. Still, she's nearly overrun by the music, a collision of two-ton...

    August 9, 2011 10:55 AM ET
  • Apocalypse

    Apocalypse | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bill Callahan — who, as Smog, spent nearly 20 years massaging his low-fi sound — brandishes a deadpan baritone and a trickster sense of humor. The centerpiece of his third disc under his own name is "America!"...

    April 13, 2011 1:50 PM ET
  • Vitalogy

    Vitalogy | ALBUM REVIEW

    You'd think an instantly popular young band would fear a backlash when it came time to make its second album. Pearl Jam seemed to welcome one. With 1993's Vs., they pitted themselves against the...

    March 29, 2011 12:30 AM ET
  • Vs.


    You'd think an instantly popular young band would fear a backlash when it came time to make its second album. Pearl Jam seemed to welcome one. With 1993's Vs., they pitted themselves against the grunge...

    March 29, 2011 12:30 AM ET