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74 items by Rob Tannenbaum

  • We Are Amused

    We Are Amused | ALBUM REVIEW

    Former Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn has been relentlessly making noise since 1978. His cleverly named project takes inspiration from electronic-music star Skrillex’s cartoonishly paced machinery eruptions but also honors Ginn's punk-rock youth. These nine long instrumentals...

    November 22, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Graceland

    Graceland | ALBUM REVIEW

    In his typically understated way, Paul Simon has been an ardent musical explorer since he went solo in 1972. His songs have incorporated almost every style of American music, including doo-wop, gospel, blues and jazz, as well...

    January 21, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Emotions

    Emotions | ALBUM REVIEW

    A rookie success as spectacular as Mariah Carey's tends to spark a backlash, and Carey was derided by skeptics who saw that Columbia Records had spared no expense in accessorizing her with the most dependable collaborators money...

    November 14, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • Mariah Carey: Building the Perfect Diva

    Mariah Carey: Building the Perfect Diva | ARTICLE

    In a rehearsal studio in midtown New York, Mariah Carey is singing "Vision of Love" – over and over. Her left hand moving...

    August 23, 1990 10:25 AM ET
  • Product

    Product | ALBUM REVIEW

    What kind of punk-rock band is this? The booklet to Product, a terrific box-set retrospective, tells of the Buzzcocks taking LSD in the recording studio, and some of the songs clock in at six and seven minutes....

    March 8, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Springsteen Goes It Alone

    Springsteen Goes It Alone | ARTICLE

    Bruce Springsteen Has reached a musical crossroads. After sixteen years with the E Street Band, he has served notice to the band members...

    January 11, 1990 2:55 PM ET
  • Up Your Alley

    Up Your Alley | ALBUM REVIEW

    Though coarse stomps like "Bad Reputation" and "Cherry Bomb" have established Joan Jett as an eternal teen rebel who loves rock & roll for its simple beat and insolent stance, she has grown into a multidimensional songwriter....

    August 11, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Whiplash Smile

    Whiplash Smile | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's easy to sneer right back at Billy Idol. He shakes his fist a lot. He wears leather underwear. He shampoos with glue. The appearance of snarling Idol replicas in David Lee Roth and Talking Heads videos...

    December 4, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Blood And Chocolate

    Blood And Chocolate | ALBUM REVIEW

    With the release of Blood & Chocolate, Eivis Costello's credibility problem matches that of Neil Young. Earlier this year, Elvis announced that he was returning to his given name of Declan MacManus to "divorce myself" from the...

    November 6, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Bring on The Night

    Bring on The Night | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a high-profile plan for musical and racial integration, The Dream of the Blue Turtles was one of last year's most significant projects. Unfortunately, the band Sting so carefully assembled was dominated by his earnest verbiage and...

    September 25, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Dog Eat Dog

    Dog Eat Dog | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the title song of 1976's Hejira, Joni Mitchell sang about "the petty wars that shell shock love away." Her view of romance as war made her a great diarist, detailing each volley of each battle with...

    January 16, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • White City: A Novel

    White City: A Novel | ALBUM REVIEW

    According to legend, Roger Daltrey once predicted that Pete Townshend would be a great songwriter only as long as the guitarist had hellhounds on his trail. At age forty, Townshend has left behind his two biggest traumas...

    January 16, 1986 12:00 AM ET
  • Flip Your Wig

    Flip Your Wig | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hüsker Dü is what Tears For Fears pretends to be — the real heir to John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, the musical equivalent of the primal scream. If most pop songs consist of passion recollected in the...

    November 7, 1985 12:00 AM ET
  • Little Creatures

    Little Creatures | ALBUM REVIEW

    Because Talking Heads have spoiled us with the richness of their music for nine years, we have come to expect a bold advance with each new album. So what is it here? Gregorian disco? Or perhaps electro-shakuhachi,...

    August 15, 1985 12:00 AM ET
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