576 items by Rob Sheffield

  • Radiohead's Rock & Roll Nightmare

    Radiohead's Rock & Roll Nightmare | ARTICLE

    So what are Radiohead so bummed about, anyway? In their new documentary, Meeting People Is Easy, the Brit rockers expose the torments of...

    April 29, 1999 11:25 AM ET
  • 13


    The London art-school boys in Blur have built one of the decade's choicest bodies of work, hopping from style to style with breezy melodies and snotty wit, and 13 is their fourth straight keeper. They're a throwback...

    April 1, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • The Slim Shady LP

    The Slim Shady LP | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hyped hip-hop phenoms are like new cars: They depreciate in value as soon as they drive off the lot. For every Nas living up to his advance buzz, there's a Canibus done in by the heads' great...

    April 1, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • My Love Is Your Love

    My Love Is Your Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Nobody expects the queen of England to rule on affairs of state, and nobody really minds when Whitney Houston takes her time making actual records. My Love Is Your Love is the first time in eight years...

    January 4, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • R.


    Ever since Ray Charles wailed the sanctified booty call of "I Got a Woman," gospel has been a volatile part of black pop. An R&B bump-and-grind man like R. Kelly can try his hand at gospel moves...

    November 26, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Pearl Jam Return to Form at Voters For Choice Benefit

    Pearl Jam Return to Form at Voters For Choice Benefit | ARTICLE

    Pearl JamConstitution HallWashington, D.C.September 19th, 1998 Right down the street from the White House, Eddie Vedder was probably the second most nervous...

    October 29, 1998 12:00 PM ET
  • Is This Desire?

    Is This Desire? | ALBUM REVIEW

    A classic-rock spinster druid in Dr. Marten drag, a demon stewardess on her very own astral plane, Polly Jean Harvey knows she has a great formula, and she doesn't mess with it on Is This Desire? Her...

    September 17, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Teatro

    Teatro | ALBUM REVIEW

    Nearing seventy with a golfer's grace and a con man's poker face, Willie Nelson never sweats the technique. He has so much music in his soul that he doesn't need to strain, winging it with a voice...

    August 25, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • XO


    Elliott Smith is the very model of a modern oho troubadour. He writes intimate cafe ballads that suit his breathy voice, filling his songs with emotional wreckage; the man knows how to give bad love a good...

    August 12, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • The Love Movement

    The Love Movement | ALBUM REVIEW

    A Tribe Called Quest are the long-running kings of mellow, low impact hip-hop, partly because they don't have any competition; no other rappers have worked so hard for so long to be so subtle. Their fifth album,...

    July 28, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Imagination

    Imagination | ALBUM REVIEW

    On late Beach Boys classics like Pet Sounds, Wild Honey and Sunflower, Brian Wilson created a tableau of Southern California heartbreak, the sound of footloose surfer boys flailing through the loneliness of growing up. On Imagination, his...

    June 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Ray Of Light

    Ray Of Light | ALBUM REVIEW

    She gets knocked up, but she gets down again: Meet the latest brand-new Madonna, the Chemical Mother. Ray of Light is her maternity album as well as her avant-dance album, riding the electronica wave with her new...

    April 2, 1998 1:00 AM ET
  • Yield

    Yield | ALBUM REVIEW

    As rock stars, Pearl Jam had to learn on the job. They got turned into icons before they ever got to come on as human beings, and they were stuck in the role of grunge poster boys...

    March 11, 1998 1:00 AM ET
  • R U Still Down? (Remember Me)

    R U Still Down? (Remember Me) | ALBUM REVIEW

    The strangest thing about Tupac "2Pac" Shakur's first official posthumous album is that it doesn't sound all that different from his other albums. Certainly the specter of death hovers over all these tracks, as the late hip-hop...

    January 22, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • The BobFather: A Family Saga

    The BobFather: A Family Saga | ARTICLE

    Scene: Interior. A dimly lit, lavishly furnished room outside New York. DON DYLAN sits at his desk with his capos MCGUINN, DONOVAN and ROBERTSON, as well as his son JAKOB. They wear suits dark...

    December 25, 1997 12:00 PM ET
  • Planet Earth

    Planet Earth | ALBUM REVIEW

    I love you, baby, but not like I love my guitar, Prince leers in"Guitar," between blasts of heroically pointless Edge-style soloing.It's his most slamming summer jam since "P Control" in the summer of'94, or "Alphabet St." in...

    August 1, 1997 12:00 AM ET