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20 items by Pat Blashill

  • Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain : L.A.'s Desert Origins

    Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain : L.A.'s Desert Origins | ALBUM REVIEW

    Pavement may have been alternative rock's most notorious mess, but this deluxe reissue of their best album, appended with nearly forty extra tracks, illuminates one of their precious gifts: Like nobody else, the Stockton, California, band could...

    November 25, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Live Review: Green Day at Irving Plaza, New York

    Live Review: Green Day at Irving Plaza, New York | ARTICLE

    Green Day's New York show, one of four small-venue dates the band played before its fall arena tour, felt like it was shot...

    October 28, 2004 3:25 PM ET
  • London Calling [25th Anniversary Legacy Edition]

    London Calling [25th Anniversary Legacy Edition] | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1979, London Calling was sold with a sticker declaring that the Clash were the only band that matters, and they acted as if they believed their own hype. Broadcasting from the middle of the wild-eyed mess...

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Al Green Explores Your Mind

    Al Green Explores Your Mind | ALBUM REVIEW

    When writer Toni Morrison said that black artists always seem to move with ease, she was talking about someone like Al Green. He sings from the side of his mouth, seemingly straight from the heart — his...

    August 5, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Call Me (Reissue)

    Call Me (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    When writer Toni Morrison said that black artists always seem to move with ease, she was talking about someone like Al Green. He sings from the side of his mouth, seemingly straight from the heart — his...

    June 29, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Run That By Me One More Time

    Run That By Me One More Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    Back in the day, Willie Nelson wrote devastatingly good songs for Ray Price, one of country's greatest barroom crooners. This is their second duet album, a short and bittersweet affair with western-swing music. One highlight is the...

    August 1, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Hits, Rarities & Remixes

    Hits, Rarities & Remixes | ALBUM REVIEW

    The tip-off to all of a Tribe Called Quest's considerable talent was the grainy, mischievous curl in rapper Q-Tip's voice: Tribe were abstract imps who always made you chuckle along with their surrealist bonhomie as much as...

    June 24, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Diamonds On The Inside

    Diamonds On The Inside | ALBUM REVIEW

    Even as he invokes folks such as Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, Ben Harper turns rock cliches inside out until they mean something new again. The Black Crowes-damaged title track of Harper's fifth studio album — a...

    February 25, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Camber Sands

    Camber Sands | ALBUM REVIEW

    In techno music, a remix can be either a rebirth or a waste of good studio time. There's more of the former on these three EPs of reworkings of stuff from Fatboy Slim's 2000 CD Halfway Between...

    November 19, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Illuminati

    Illuminati | ALBUM REVIEW

    In techno music, a remix can be either a rebirth or a waste of good studio time. There's more of the former on these three EPs of reworkings of stuff from Fatboy Slim's 2000 CD Halfway Between...

    November 19, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • The Pimp

    The Pimp | ALBUM REVIEW

    In techno music, a remix can be either a rebirth or a waste of good studio time. There's more of the former on these three EPs of reworkings of stuff from Fatboy Slim's 2000 CD Halfway Between...

    November 19, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid 1983-88

    Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid 1983-88 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Follow these fearless alterna-rockers on their path from Eighties weird to pop bliss few would have thought in the late Eighties that the Flaming Lips, a crazed and beautiful psychedelic band from Oklahoma City, would survive...

    November 14, 2002 12:00 PM ET
  • The Essential Leonard Cohen

    The Essential Leonard Cohen | ALBUM REVIEW

    The dark, poetic music of Leonard Cohen should be listed on the table of periodic elements — when you discover it, it suddenly seems as necessary as oxygen. This collection spans his thirty-five-year career, and it doesn't...

    October 22, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Trans-Europe Express

    Trans-Europe Express | ALBUM REVIEW

    With their 1974 international smash hit "Autobahn," Kraftwerk had coolly demonstrated that an experimental electronic group from Dusseldorf, Germany, could kick out perfect pop on par with anything by the Beach Boys. In fact, Ralf Hutter and...

    October 22, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Songs To No One: 1991-1992

    Songs To No One: 1991-1992 | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the early nineties, two restlessly inventive musicians, Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas, both haunted by phantoms from the Sixties, crossed a generation gap and made a ghostly sound together. Lucas had been a guitarist for blues...

    October 8, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Pixies

    Pixies | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1987, back when alt-rock was called "college rock," the Pixies loomed large, like a bizarre crossbreeding of pop sensibilities, art-rock conceptualism and nasty guitar riffs. The elements of their sound — songwriter Black Francis' shrieking vocals,...

    July 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Let Go

    Let Go | ALBUM REVIEW

    For anyone who's already screaming "Enough!" whenever Avril Lavigne's supernaturally catchy single "Complicated" comes on the radio, the news is all bad. Let Go, the debut album from Ontario's tiny terror, comes fully loaded with another dozen...

    July 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • The Great Divide

    The Great Divide | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sunny and uplifting are not words generally associated with Willie Nelson, but that's not the only reason some will be surprised by his new album. Organized loosely around duets with younger stars and a Cyndi Lauper cover,...

    January 8, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Morning View

    Morning View | ALBUM REVIEW

    For a new-metal band competing in a field of alpha males with pierced, sloping brows, the supple, even delicate Incubus have an awful lot of yin in their yang. Unlike Staind, who require a suspension of disbelief...

    October 16, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • White Blood Cells

    White Blood Cells | ALBUM REVIEW

    The White Stripes play gothic garage punk strictly by all the best and baddest rules. Detroit's Jack and Meg White, allegedly brother and sister, look like they haven't been out of their apartment in six years, and...

    June 25, 2001 12:00 AM ET
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