577 items by Rob Sheffield

  • The Covers Record

    The Covers Record | ALBUM REVIEW

    Cat Power is Atlanta-born singer-songwriter Chan Marshall, hagged out and mobbed up. Her 1998 breakthrough, Moon Pix, was a feast of raggedy, sorrowful folk-punk hymns like "Metal Heart," and while we await her next album of new...

    April 14, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The Diary of Alicia Keys

    The Diary of Alicia Keys | ALBUM REVIEW

    Alicia Keys already has a lot of mystique to live up to for such a tender thing. On her debut, Songs in A Minor, she was acclaimed as a soul prodigy fusing Biggie and Chopin. Keys played...

    December 2, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Curtis

    Curtis | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I ain't fresh out the hood/ I'm still in the hood," 50 Cent rhymes in "Fully Loaded Clip," feeling the heat even if he just sold 5 million copies of The Massacre a couple of years ago....

    September 19, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Live: The Farewell Tour

    Live: The Farewell Tour | ALBUM REVIEW

    Cher? Farewell? Can it be true? No — it's too horrible to be true. But hopefully this is just the first of many farewell tours for Cher, the indestructible pop dowager with the consonants-only vocal style and...

    September 10, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • NYC Man: The Ultimate Collection

    NYC Man: The Ultimate Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    As Lou Reed proclaimed in the title song of his 1976 classic Coney Island Baby, "different people have peculiar tastes," and it sums him up — in the course of his career, Lou Reed has been lots...

    June 6, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rolling Stone Hall of Fame: the Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique'

    The Rolling Stone Hall of Fame: the Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' | ARTICLE

    I realize we were supposed to come out with Fight for Your Right to Party, Part Two and fall on our faces," Mike D...

    February 6, 2003 2:35 PM ET
  • Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe

    Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe | ALBUM REVIEW

    Oh, the summer of '92. "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover." Kris Kross. Nirvana. Dylan and Kelly finally made out at the beach on 90210, while Brenda was off in Paris. All summer long, we sang...

    October 8, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Forty Licks

    Forty Licks | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the Sixties, they shouted and screamed and killed the king and railed at all his servants; in the Seventies, they gave it away on Seventh Avenue; in the Eighties, they did their dirty work, and they're...

    September 30, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • A Rush Of Blood To The Head

    A Rush Of Blood To The Head | ALBUM REVIEW

    Coldplay arrived in 2000 with the smash power ballad "Yellow," an instant classic of trembling guitar ripples, ridiculous stargazing lyrics, anthemic choruses and the forlorn vocals of Chris Martin. The guy's voice sounded like a puppy kicked...

    August 26, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Turn On The Bright Lights

    Turn On The Bright Lights | ALBUM REVIEW

    Pretty girls make graves, but pretty boys make bands, and the four likely lads of Interpol are so audaciously resplendent in their doom-and-gloom guitar ambience, you just have to tip your cap. Like many other New York...

    August 14, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • X


    A couple of years ago, a band named Bon Jovi put out an album called Crush that was intended merely to promote some live shows overseas and pay off a few mullet-replacement-surgery bills. Instead, the recording became...

    August 13, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Reanimation

    Reanimation | ALBUM REVIEW

    Linkin Park: they invented the remix! Well, not exactly — these gazillion-selling L.A. hoodie rockers didn't invent the idea of a rap-metal band dabbling in hip-hop remixes any more than Puffy invented marketing, Martha Stewart invented insider...

    July 16, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a punk-rock dream come true, three New York kids who have become international word-of-mouth sensations thanks to their ass-flatteningly righteous live shows. Lead singer Karen O prowls the stage like the Joanest...

    July 16, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • The Hives Break Out

    The Hives Break Out | ARTICLE

    All music has an element of the ridiculous," says the Hives' lead singer, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist. He should know. The Hives have become international superstars on the basis of their exuberantly demented version of the basic three-chord punk-rock assault. These five...

    June 20, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • 18


    Moby may look like an unlikely candidate for the gig, but by now he's the face of modern music. It's probably just because he likes everything. Too catholic in his tastes to pass for a true dance-floor...

    April 25, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock Steady

    Rock Steady | ALBUM REVIEW

    The American people didn't take too long to get bored with the ska boom of 1996, which came and went even faster than ska booms usually do. But we still haven't gotten over No Doubt's Gwen Stefani,...

    January 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Beastie Boys Celebrate New York

    Beastie Boys Celebrate New York | ARTICLE

    Beastie BoysHammerstein BallroomOctober 28th-29th, 2001 If you thought New Yorkers took themselves seriously before, oy, get a load of them now. But the...

    December 6, 2001 1:55 PM ET
  • Automatic For the People

    Automatic For the People | ALBUM REVIEW

    Terrible album title. Terrible album cover, too. Excellent album, though – maybe the best music R.E.M. have ever made, with all the enigmatic folk-rock beauty of Murmur but at a heavier level of emotional resonance. When...

    December 6, 2001 12:00 PM ET
  • M!ssundaztood

    M!ssundaztood | ALBUM REVIEW

    Pink broke through with Can't Take Me Home, a sexy teen-pop disco cruise from a Philly gal with New Wave hair you could fry an egg on. On her second album, Missundaztood, the twenty-two-year-old abandons R&B to...

    November 13, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Love and Theft

    Love and Theft | ALBUM REVIEW

    I don't like to think of myself in the highfalutin area," Bob Dylan said a few years ago. "I'm in the burlesque area." The...

    September 27, 2001 12:00 PM ET