42 items by Paul Evans

  • Television

    Television | ALBUM REVIEW

    Shut D Fonk Up finds raffish New Orleans legend Dr. John growling amiably as Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis raps; the song, saluting Graham Central Station and the Ohio Players, keynotes an album celebrating '70s funk. The doctor's...

    June 2, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • In Concert

    In Concert | ALBUM REVIEW

    Showcasing such trad virtues as live musicianship, brick-solid song stuctures and stylistic breadth, this is one sweet set. Reprising Brill Building gems King penned with ex-husband Gerry Goffin — a stately "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" particularly...

    April 21, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Jar of Flies

    Jar of Flies | ALBUM REVIEW

    With such songs as "God Smack" and "Hate to Feel" crammed thick with junkie rage and Oedipal tension, Dirt (1992) is the musical equivalent of coughing blood — harrowing and real. Dense guitars spin ominous, flattened melodies:...

    March 24, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Acid Eaters

    Acid Eaters | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bowie did it with Pinups, Guns n' Roses with The Spaghetti Incident? — delivered supercharged covers of the music that influenced them. Now the Ramones, fondly revisiting the proto-grunge of '60s gods (Stones, Animals, Who), cult faves...

    March 10, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Live At Sin-e

    Live At Sin-e | ALBUM REVIEW

    Solely for its moaning, keening, scatting 10-minute take on Van Morrison's classic "The Way Young Lovers Do," Jeff Buckley's EP could be judged a rich debut, but its other songs are equally gripping. There are only four...

    March 10, 1994 12:00 AM ET
  • Buhloone Mind State

    Buhloone Mind State | ALBUM REVIEW

    By no means have De la Soul lost the dada carnival spirit that spotlighted them in the late '80s, but Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove and Maseo are now decidedly less gigglesome. Still working rhymes of startling ingenuity,...

    December 23, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Duets

    Duets | ALBUM REVIEW

    Duets is a moving Experience, if a little surreal. A horde of outsize talent — from Barbra and Aretha to Bono and Luther — gangs up on the genius who more or less invented 20th-century popular singing....

    December 23, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Pablo Honey

    Pablo Honey | ALBUM REVIEW

    Flashing a song called "Creep" as a musical ID takes cheek, but then, everything about these Brits is unabashed. On their debut, the swagger affected by every arch-Anglo since the Kinks is already in full effect. Three...

    December 23, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Paris

    Paris | ALBUM REVIEW

    Two live albums is a lot of moping, but Robert Smith seems to relish every moment of Show and Paris. For 15 years a totem for trembling teens with high IQs and low self-esteem, Smith is the...

    December 23, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Vs.


    Pearl Jam are explosive. Few American bands have arrived more clearly talented than this one did with Ten; and Vs. tops even that debut. Terrific players with catholic tastes, they also serve up singer-lyricist Eddie Vedder. With...

    December 23, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Retro Active

    Retro Active | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Who's Odds and Sods proved that reviewing the footnotes and marginalia of a band's back pages could excite more than just a handful of cultists. Serving up 13 B sides, rarities and covers (with some remixing...

    November 25, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding

    Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding | ALBUM REVIEW

    April 1960: In Nashville, Tenn., frisky from two years of GI life and his first post-Army studio sessions two weeks earlier, Elvis wails a version of "O Sole Mio" entitled "It's Now or Never" and croons "Are...

    November 11, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Black Tie White Noise

    Black Tie White Noise | ALBUM REVIEW

    It was a charming conceit: David Bowie, demigod, hanging with Soupy Sales's kids in Tin Machine, the not-so-young dude masquerading as one of the boys. But even as Ziggy Stardust with the Spiders From Mars, Bowie has...

    April 29, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Phobia

    Phobia | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Still Searching," one of the sixteen cuts on Phobia, finds Ray Davies singing, "Lookin' at another sign for another town/Wondering if I'm ever gonna settle down." The yearning of the forty-eight-year-old chief Kink resounds unsettlingly. Davies personifies...

    April 15, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Ronnie Wood Commands an Ace Band in Georgia

    Ronnie Wood Commands an Ace Band in Georgia | ARTICLE

    The Roxy Theater Atlanta, Georgia November 4th, 1992 Cramming into the neo-deco glitz of the Roxy, the aging glamsters and Allman Brothers...

    January 7, 1993 12:20 PM ET
  • Automatic For The People

    Automatic For The People | ALBUM REVIEW

    R.E.M. has never made music more gorgeous than "Nightswimming and "Find the River," the ballads that close Automatic for the People and sum...

    October 29, 1992 2:50 PM ET
  • Whenever We Wanted

    Whenever We Wanted | ALBUM REVIEW

    With "Hurts So Good," his breakthrough 1982 single, John Cougar Mellencamp came on tough, a rocker pitting earthy 4/4 rhythms and guitar crunch against the synthesizer fantasists of postmodern pop. A Hoosier hothead dubbing himself Little Bastard...

    October 31, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • Flashpoint

    Flashpoint | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 'American Psycho,' Bret Easton Ellis's vicious jab at yuppie degeneracy, Patrick Bateman, the novel's antihero, loathes live music. A Wall Street power-monger and a serial killer, Bateman is jazzed by only the sickest thrills – hacking...

    April 8, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • Under The Red Sky

    Under The Red Sky | ALBUM REVIEW

    Oh Mercy, Bob Dylan's 1989 album, showed the singer returning compellingly to form, flexing strengths ranging from the hot topicality of "Political World"...

    October 4, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Graffiti Bridge (Sdtrk)

    Graffiti Bridge (Sdtrk) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Right before the techno-thunderclap that introduces Graffiti Bridge, Prince, trembling, breathes: "Dear Dad — things didn't turn out quite like I wanted them 2/Sometimes I feel like I'm gonna explode." Urgent and yearning, the confession serves as...

    August 23, 1990 12:00 AM ET