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42 items by Paul Evans

  • Paul Is Live

    Paul Is Live | ALBUM REVIEW

    From its people-pleasin' serving of 24 tracks (hits, recent product and two unrevealing jams) to its air of mass nostalgia, this is exactly the ticket to infuriate McCartneyphobes. But through the unarguable strength of the songs captured...

    May 3, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Janet Jackson

    Janet Jackson | ALBUM REVIEW

    Control (1986) and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) went far in wasting any lingering impression of their creator as merely Michael's kid sis. Irrefutably the work of a woman of substance, "janet." completes the makeover. Enlisting...

    September 14, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Dance Naked

    Dance Naked | ALBUM REVIEW

    John Mellencamp's most trenchant work — Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, Big Daddy — is folksy and ruminative, but the cocky Hoosier made his name as a rocker. Dance Naked is his toughest rock yet: a spare, nine-song,...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Definitely Maybe

    Definitely Maybe | ALBUM REVIEW

    Not since the smiths has an Anglo act shaken significant Stateside action. And that's a shame. For while the current cadre is more defiantly British (e.g., insular, cocky, ornamental) than ever, they're also keenly fab. The countless Yanks...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • From The Cradle

    From The Cradle | ALBUM REVIEW

    John Mellencamp's's most trenchant work — Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, Big Daddy — is folksy and ruminative, but the cocky Hoosier made his name as a rocker. Dance Naked is his toughest rock yet: a spare, nine-song,...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Healing Hands Of Time

    Healing Hands Of Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    Among country's old guard, Johnny Cash remains incontrovertibly cool. Arbiters of hip from '60s Dylan to '90s U2 have grooved to the renegade soul of this Arkansas sharecropper's son, this original rockabilly. Aptly, Rick Rubin provides American...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Under The Table & Dreaming

    Under The Table & Dreaming | ALBUM REVIEW

    In its '70s heyday southern rock was huge but hardly monolithic — under its pillars dwelt the guitar swagger of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Dixie Dregs' jazz fusion and Sea Level's literate funk. Then,...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • World Of Morrissey

    World Of Morrissey | ALBUM REVIEW

    Blur, Pulp, the London Suede. Monsters in England but mice stateside, these bands prompt the query "Why hasn't any British band since Duran Duran scored more than fleeting success in America?" The answer may lie in the...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Weezer (Blue Album)

    Weezer (Blue Album) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Wafting out of countless college dorms, "Undone — the Sweater Song" seemed only the latest in slacker sloth: Above an ambience of beer-bash chitchat, a sad sack wails forlornly (the title "The World Has Turned and Left...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • American Recordings

    American Recordings | ALBUM REVIEW

    Among country's old guard, Johnny Cash remains incontrovertibly cool. Arbiters of hip from '60s Dylan to '90s U2 have grooved to the renegade soul of this Arkansas sharecropper's son, this original rockabilly. Aptly, Rick Rubin provides American...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Across the Borderline

    Across the Borderline | ALBUM REVIEW

    A grand tour of contemporary song, Willie Nelson's latest finds him showcasing wonders by such writers as Paul Simon, Lyle Lovett, Bob Dylan and himself — and dueting with Dylan, Sinead O'Connor and Bonnie Raitt. Wise to...

    July 31, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Psychoderelict

    Psychoderelict | ALBUM REVIEW

    With the Kinks releasing a strong record and Mick Jagger a great one, the harder-core Brit Invaders have been rocking lately. Now Pete Townshend, the most ambitious musician of the lot, returns fiercely. A tamed Tommy is...

    July 17, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • 12 Haunted Episodes

    12 Haunted Episodes | ALBUM REVIEW

    Inconsistently brilliant, Graham Parker has soared (Howlin' Wind, Squeezing Out Sparks) and slumped (The Real Macaw) ever since starting out as a bardic pub rocker in 1976. His best work in years, 12 is also his subtlest....

    May 18, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Protection

    Protection | ALBUM REVIEW

    Even with the departure of the smoky-voiced Shara Nelson, this English dance-pop outfit still delivers brilliant body music that doesn't neglect the brain. Cool, sexy stuff, it smoothly fuses dub, club and soul, grounding its grace in...

    April 6, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Balance

    Balance | ALBUM REVIEW

    Van Halen's 11th album brings a few surprises. While Eddie's new look, a goatee and chopped pompadour, may seem a nod to the plaid-clad ranks, there's nothing alternative about Balance. Nor, despite the Buddhist chanting that kicks...

    March 23, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Dummy

    Dummy | ALBUM REVIEW

    From tape loops and live strings, Fender Rhodes riffing and angelic singing, these English subversives construct très hip Gothic hip-hop. A junkie for smoky atmosphere, keyboardist Geoff Barrow selects offbeat samples (Johnny Ray, Lalo Schifrin, Wayne Shorter)...

    March 9, 1995 12:00 AM ET
  • Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake

    Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake | ALBUM REVIEW

    Van Morrison's Astral Weeks has come to signify a soulful impressionism that wells up from sources Wordsworth deemed "too deep for tears." Every note Nick Drake recorded before his accidental overdose in 1974 throbs with similar aching...

    December 29, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Amorica

    Amorica | ALBUM REVIEW

    As bold and ramshackle, heartfelt and personal as rock & roll itself, Amorica finds the Black Crowes finding themselves. Still defiant in their untrendy insistence that the guitar bravado and rebel pose of classic rock furnishes an...

    November 3, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Where It All Begins

    Where It All Begins | ALBUM REVIEW

    Twin leads, two drummers, an impossibly soulful vocalist — no American band ever emerged with the sheer power of the Allmans. It's the tragedy of these terrific players that, ever since the long-ago deaths of Duane Allman...

    July 14, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Parklife

    Parklife | ALBUM REVIEW

    Last year's Modern Life Is Rubbish found Blur vaulting from the indie ranks, combating the slacker invasion and jousting with archrivals Suede by reviving the spirit of the Kinks, early Jam and Hunky Dory-era Bowie. Blur became...

    June 30, 1994 12:00 AM ET
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