577 items by Rob Sheffield

  • Rebirth

    Rebirth | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jennifer Lopez's music career evokes Don Corleone's question in The Godfather: How did things ever get so far? How did such a glam movie star turn into such a rinky-dink pop singer? At least on her last...

    April 7, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Devil's Playground

    Devil's Playground | ALBUM REVIEW

    Did somebody say, "New Billy Idol album"? Thanks, God! The quintessential 1980s New Wave glam-rock leather boy is back, for his first album in twelve long years. On Devil's Playground, Idol reunites with guitar foil Steve Stevens...

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Singles 1968-1971

    Singles 1968-1971 | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Singles 1968-1971 you hear the Rolling Stones take full possession of their demonic powers. It's almost as though they waited until the Beatles started falling apart before settling down to serious business: "Jumpin' Jack Flash,"...

    February 28, 2005 3:45 PM ET
  • Arular

    Arular | ALBUM REVIEW

    You've never heard anything like M.I.A. — the sound of jump-rope rhymes in a war zone. She blew out of the London electro underground last year with her indie debut single, "Galang." M.I.A. chants the hook "London...

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Urban Legend [Chopped & Screwed]

    Urban Legend [Chopped & Screwed] | ALBUM REVIEW

    Atlanta rapper T.I. is the latest Southern hip-hop artist to get the "chopped and screwed" treatment. (Lil Wayne is another.) It means that superstar DJ Paul Wall takes the original tracks, slows them way down, chops them...

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Red, White & Crue

    Red, White & Crue | ALBUM REVIEW

    Don't even suggest that the world was not desperately awaiting a Motley Crue reunion. Because it was, and they knew it, which is why the Crue is back, with all four original members hitting the road to...

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Loyal To The Game

    Loyal To The Game | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's a great scene in Soul Plane when the passengers hear that the pilot (Snoop Dogg) is dead. Somebody asks whether he's just Tupac dead or really Wilt Chamberlain dead. Good question. Loyal to the Game is...

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

    How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb | ALBUM REVIEW

    Halfway through the excellent new U2 album, Bono announces, "I like the sound of my own voice." Well-said, lad; well-said. Ever since U2 started making noise in Dublin several hundred bloody Sundays ago, Bono has grooved to...

    December 9, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • With The Lights Out - Box Set

    With The Lights Out - Box Set | ALBUM REVIEW

    Excessive? Definitely. But so was everything else about Nirvana. They tried too hard, screamed too loud, made a mess out of all they touched. Kurt Cobain jammed his tunes with more emotional intensity than they could hold,...

    December 9, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • American Idiot

    American Idiot | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tell the truth: did anybody think Green Day would still be around in 2004? Ten years ago, when they blew up into the hot summer band of 1994, they were snotty little Berkeley, California, punk kids who...

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Genius Loves Company

    Genius Loves Company | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles was a tough old man who kept making music right up to the end, probably because everybody was too scared to tell him to knock it off. When he died in June,...

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Studio Recordings 1972-2000

    Studio Recordings 1972-2000 | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Simon and Garfunkel broke up in 1970, the custody battle was simple. Art Garfunkel got the voice, the cool name, the cool hair and the honor of starring in Sherilyn Fenn's finest film, Boxing Helena. Paul...

    August 5, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Five Guys Walk Into A Bar

    Five Guys Walk Into A Bar | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Faces were the ultimate bar-band boogie animals, five London lads boozing it up onstage through the early 1970s. They were all-star mates on a bender: Rod Stewart on vocals, Ron Wood on guitar, Ronnie Lane on...

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Live At Max's Kansas City

    Live At Max's Kansas City | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Velvet Underground played their last New York shows in the summer of 1970, doing a three-month stand at the notorious hot spot Max's Kansas City while recording Loaded. One night, a fan brought her tape recorder,...

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The Cure

    The Cure | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Cure's Robert Smith is a love cat with nine lives. He's the groovy big sister you always wished you had, a swirl of big, sticky hair and lipstick and New Wave angst. He still reigns as...

    July 8, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Crush

    Crush | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Nineties were not a kind decade to Bon Jovi. The Slippery When Wet boys managed only a couple of underwhelming records, while Jon Bon Jovi's career as an indie-film actor ranks with Ethan Hawke's novel and...

    July 7, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Oops!...I Did It Again

    Oops!...I Did It Again | ALBUM REVIEW

    Britney Spears carries on the classic archetype of the rock & roll teen queen, the dungaree doll, the angel baby who just has to make a scene. She has nothing to do with Lolita and everything to...

    June 9, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Almost Killed Me

    Almost Killed Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    What kind of guy writes a song about how he tries to get people to call him "Freddie Mercury," but everybody keeps calling him "Right Said Fred"? Only one man: Craig Finn of the Hold Steady. While...

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Beastie Boys Salute NYC

    Beastie Boys Salute NYC | ARTICLE

    After a six-year layoff, the Beastie Boys are back with To the 5 Boroughs. Adam "MCA" Yauch, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Mike...

    May 13, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Van Lear Rose

    Van Lear Rose | ALBUM REVIEW

    No matter who you are, one thing is for sure: You ain't woman enough to take Loretta Lynn's man. Miss Loretta has been a country legend for more than forty years, but she still sings with all...

    April 21, 2004 12:00 AM ET