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576 items by Rob Sheffield

  • Loving Radiohead's Leftovers on 'Amnesiac'

    Loving Radiohead's Leftovers on 'Amnesiac' | ARTICLE

    When Radiohead released their award-winning, genre-defying, hyphen-abusing album Kid A last year, Thom Yorke declared that he had no plans to actually...

    August 16, 2001 9:25 AM ET
  • Ancient Melodies Of The Future

    Ancient Melodies Of The Future | ALBUM REVIEW

    Despite their indie-punk roots, Built to Spill are your basic cornfed American power trio, representing Idaho with a host of tricks learned from classic-rock radio. Indeed, their finest song ever, "You Were Right," on 1999's Keep It...

    July 24, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Take Off Your Pants And Jacket

    Take Off Your Pants And Jacket | ALBUM REVIEW

    You can dismiss Blink-182 as cartoons if you like. They're certainly not going to stop you. They even call their new album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket: Say it out loud, let your inner eighth-grader savor...

    June 11, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Weezer

    Weezer | ALBUM REVIEW

    Over the past few months, the most burning question in rock & roll has been: What the hell is up with Weezer? After their 1996 album, Pinkerton, a nifty little grunge-pop song cycle that nonetheless fizzled on...

    May 14, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Low

    Low | ALBUM REVIEW

    This review originally ran in Rolling Stone as part of a series that looked back at classic albums. "I blew my nose one day and half my brains came out." With these gentle words, David Bowie said farewell...

    May 11, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Reveal

    Reveal | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been twenty years since R.E.M. released their debut single, "Radio Free Europe," declaring their independence from the rock cliches of 1981 with a few self-evident truths: guitars, drums, hair, soulful moaning, spasmodic melody, raw emotion, pretensions...

    May 1, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Crown Royal

    Crown Royal | ALBUM REVIEW

    There are bands that change the world — and then there's Run-DMC, who changed it twice. Their 1984 debut, Run-DMC, claimed the album format as hip-hop turf, putting B-boy cool at the center of the pop universe;...

    February 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Backstreet Boys Out of Sync: Casualties of the Boy-Band Wars

    Backstreet Boys Out of Sync: Casualties of the Boy-Band Wars | ARTICLE

    Oh, those poor Backstreet Boys: Who else could sell 1.59 million copies of their new album the week it comes out and still...

    January 18, 2001 12:00 PM ET
  • Road Rock Vol. 1: Friends & Relatives

    Road Rock Vol. 1: Friends & Relatives | ALBUM REVIEW

    Giving Neil Young a subtle rhythm section is like giving a gorilla a Palm Pilot. On his 273rd live album, naturally titled Road Rock, V. 1, his all-star band includes bassist Duck Dunn and drummer Jim Keltner,...

    November 21, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Ain't Life Grand

    Ain't Life Grand | ALBUM REVIEW

    As the poet once sang, it's hard to hold a candle in the cold November rain — but Slash is still hanging in there, shining the light within his soul as a lucid path back to the...

    October 12, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump

    Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump | ALBUM REVIEW

    Imagine there's no booty. No honeys looking fly. No Cristal in the bathtub. No Rolies in the sky. Now imagine De La Soul in 1989, ignoring hip-hop flash and fashion with their classic debut, 3 Feet High...

    August 17, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • New Tattoo

    New Tattoo | ALBUM REVIEW

    Call it the Justine Bateman principle: If you were famous in the Eighties, you will never, never be unfamous again. Back in the day, Duran Duran and Motley Crue were ringing tubular radio bells, shaking their heroic...

    August 17, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • The History Of Rock

    The History Of Rock | ALBUM REVIEW

    Call him a fool, call him a savage, call him a pagan sex god, a tattooed love boy, a Murder City madman with Pabst Blue Ribbon in his veins. But don't call Kid Rock a new artist,...

    June 22, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • We All Shrine On: On Bob Dylan, Duran Duran, and the Fans Who Love Them the Most

    We All Shrine On: On Bob Dylan, Duran Duran, and the Fans Who Love Them the Most | ARTICLE

    As the late Nineties spill over into the early Empties, the Internet has become the yellow brick road to the dazzling Emerald City before...

    March 30, 2000 12:00 PM ET
  • And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

    And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the rock & roll book of love, the miserable couples get to have all the fun. From Fleetwood Mac to X, countless bands have grooved to the static between two lovers ripping each other apart. But...

    March 2, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King...

    When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King... | ALBUM REVIEW

    So how about that album title? Read it as verse and it rhymes; read it as prose and it's Lewis Carroll after too much Hungarian food. Read it backward and it proves that Lee Harvey Oswald wrote...

    November 25, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Best College Radio Bands: The Flaming Lips

    Best College Radio Bands: The Flaming Lips | ARTICLE

    At punk-rock high, the Flaming Lips were the psychedelic clowns in the back row of the stellar class of '84. Once merely the...

    October 14, 1999 12:00 PM ET
  • The Fragile

    The Fragile | ALBUM REVIEW

    The last time Trent Reznor set out to shock the world, he had an easier job. It's been five years since the Nine Inch Nails auteur dropped The Downward Spiral, crunching punk and goth and...

    October 14, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Tigermilk

    Tigermilk | ALBUM REVIEW

    Most Belle and Sebastian cultists would pick 1997's If You're Feeling Sinister as the enigmatic, literary Scottish swish rockers' finest moment. Others insist the band has gotten even better since, as evidenced by the cheery fluff and...

    September 2, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • On the 6

    On the 6 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jennifer Lopez has already moved beyond the confines of the everyday Hollywood sex symbol: She has become a symbol of sex itself, muscling her way into Forties-style silver-screen glamour and doing more for womanly hips than any...

    July 8, 1999 12:00 AM ET
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