68 items by Parke Puterbaugh

  • Zombie Birdhouse

    Zombie Birdhouse | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I mean, whatever happened to when a guy just wanted to play some honest music for his peer group?" — Iggy Pop I'm afraid to wonder just who Iggy Pop's peer group might be, but I'd willingly wager...

    November 11, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • It's Hard

    It's Hard | ALBUM REVIEW

    It figures. Just when the Who had ceased to matter much — the band members having channeled a lot of their power and...

    September 30, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Sheffield Steel

    Sheffield Steel | ALBUM REVIEW

    Under the resourceful tutelage of label kingpin Chris Blackwell, Joe Cocker has found a new Island home. Without question, Sheffield Steel (recorded in Jamaica) is the gravel-throated singer's most consistently pleasing program of tunes in many years....

    September 2, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Imperial Bedroom

    Imperial Bedroom | ALBUM REVIEW

    After years of furious parrying with his obsessions in a long ride that's taken him from arsenic tinged punk psychodramas to gin-mill country & western weepers, Elvis Costello has made his masterpiece. Imperial Bedroom doesn't make its...

    August 5, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Broadsword & The Beast

    Broadsword & The Beast | ALBUM REVIEW

    Leave it to Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull to anoint the Eighties with a concept album about the erosion of old values in today's rapidly devolving world. Anderson observes the entropy of spirit that's got individuals and...

    June 10, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Diver Down

    Diver Down | ALBUM REVIEW

    Strip away the four cover versions, the three brief instrumentals and the minute-long goof on "Happy Trails" and Van Halen's fifth album, Diver Down, suddenly seems like a cogent case for consumer fraud. Van Halen, it appears,...

    June 10, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Jump Up!

    Jump Up! | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jump Up is the album that redeems Elton John from his famine years as a fallen superstar exiled to less verdant pastures. Showing more spunk than anyone might have expected at this late date, he's put himself...

    May 27, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Dead Ringer

    Dead Ringer | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you were offered a choice between a helping of warmed-over meat loaf and a few wilted stalks of celery, which would you take? Neither? Well, that seems to be the consensus of the record-buying public, as...

    November 26, 1981 12:00 AM ET