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  • 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
  • Woodstock '99: Rage Against the Latrine

    Woodstock '99: Rage Against the Latrine | ARTICLE

    As the flames climbed high into the night, to moonlight the sacrificial rite, I saw Kid Rock laughing with delight. Maybe it only seemed that way, but it sure makes a handy metaphor for Woodstock '99 to...

    September 2, 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
  • 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

    13 | ALBUM REVIEW

    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
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