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  • A Positive Rage

    A Positive Rage | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Hold Steady shows are great — like the 2007 Halloween gig documented on A Positive Rage — they're so boozy, sweaty, shout-along, ironic—devil—horn—throwing joyous, they sum up everything life-affirming about rock & roll. Long on songs...

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • A Woman a Man Walked By

    A Woman a Man Walked By | ALBUM REVIEW

    On 2007's White Chalk, Polly Harvey made some of the quietest and most riveting music of her career. That record's coiled menace returns on this second set with longtime collaborator John Parish. Her latest also finds her...

    April 2, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • The Hazards Of Love

    The Hazards Of Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Decemberists are devoted anachronists. So with the pop album completing its evolution into iPod shuffle — mix fodder, it's the right time for the Portland, Oregon, band to release an old — fashioned prog concept record....

    April 2, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Fork in the Road

    Fork in the Road | ALBUM REVIEW

    Neil Young has been car-obsessed forever. His current passion is the LincVolt, a '59 Lincoln that, with some engineering help, he's pimped into an electric hybrid lincvolt.com. Fork in the Road is about the LincVolt....

    April 1, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Rachel Fuller Presents: In the Attic with Pete Townshend & Friends

    Rachel Fuller Presents: In the Attic with Pete Townshend & Friends | ALBUM REVIEW

    This double CD-DVD is culled from some homey 2007 showcases conceived by singer-songwriter Rachel Fuller, Pete Townshend's longtime partner. It's a mixed bag. Ben Harper and Amos Lee are predictably fine; a singing Jimmy Fallon, not so...

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Rachel Fuller Presents: In the Attic with Pete Townshend and Friends

    Rachel Fuller Presents: In the Attic with Pete Townshend and Friends | ALBUM REVIEW

    This double CD-DVD is culled from some homey 2007 showcases conceived by singer-songwriter Rachel Fuller, Pete Townshend's longtime partner. It's a mixed bag. Ben Harper and Amos Lee are predictably fine; a singing Jimmy Fallon, not so...

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Crack the Skye

    Crack the Skye | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mastodon are a bunch of doom—haunted, myth—obsessed, meat—and—potatoes Southern badasses who have become the most important new band in metal. They awed the underground with 2004's massive, Moby Dick—themed Leviathan; then, in 2006, they grabbed the crown...

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Years of Refusal

    Years of Refusal | ALBUM REVIEW

    Age can undermine lesser rockers. But time's cruel toll just validates Morrissey's morbid drama-queen spiels — to paraphrase a lyric from his old band the Smiths, he has earned it, baby. Of course, he'd be insufferable if...

    February 5, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Merriweather Post Pavilion

    Merriweather Post Pavilion | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like the Grateful Dead before them, the psychedelic heads of Animal Collective are evolving from raging sonic hallucinations into gentler, more melodic trips. The ninth disc from this Brooklyn/Baltimore crew tries balancing shameless beauty with ecstatic weirdness,...

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Dark End of the Street

    Dark End of the Street | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like the jukebox on her last covers comp, Cat Power's Chan Marshall is a storehouse of great songs. This EP leads off with a trembling take on "Dark End of the Street," a classic cheating song that...

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Murmur (Deluxe Edition)

    Murmur (Deluxe Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Twenty-five years later, the album that invented "alternative rock" still sounds great: anthemic on a bedroom scale, danceable but not robotic, experimental without being oblique. And Michael Stipe's nasal muezzin-croon pulses with brooding emotion even when the...

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Universal Mind Control

    Universal Mind Control | ALBUM REVIEW

    Huh? A Common album without a soul-jazz opener? Well, rap's deep thinker wanted to make club bangers. So he got the Neptunes to shape this sexed-up set. He's still history-minded; the title track is textbook Eighties...

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • The BBC Sessions

    The BBC Sessions | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fans of Belle and Sebastian's witty bookworm pop are an obsessive lot, and no doubt they'll snap up this cherry-picked collection of BBC recordings from 1996 to 2001. The draw for devotees is four rare songs from...

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Electric Arguments

    Electric Arguments | ALBUM REVIEW

    After a decade-plus hiatus, Sir Paul revives his low-profile, weed-scented collaboration with superproducer Youth (U2, the Orb), retrofitting their abstract electronica with good ol' psychedelic rock for the ex-Beatle's headiest music in years. "Nothing Too Much Just...

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Cardinology

    Cardinology | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ryan Adams' drug problems and public tantrums have often overshadowed his music. But Cardinology may put an end to that. His first release in a year — notable for a guy who put out three (albeit spotty)...

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Little Honey

    Little Honey | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Is your death wish stronger than you are?" Lucinda Williams asks in "Little Rock Star," a cautionary song swathed in guitar noise that someone should instant-message to Pete Doherty, Ryan Adams and Amy Winehouse. While it shows...

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Dear Science

    Dear Science | ALBUM REVIEW

    In an era where many rock visionaries are happy operating on the scale of a high school auditorium, it's encouraging to find an indie-minded group that's willing to step into the arena. On their major-label debut, 2006's...

    October 2, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

    Everything That Happens Will Happen Today | ALBUM REVIEW

    David Byrne and Brian Eno retreated to pop's periphery years ago, but their influence is suddenly front and center. There are echoes of Byrne's old band, Talking Heads, in the avant-funk of LCD Soundsystem and other dance-rock...

    September 4, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Harps and Angels

    Harps and Angels | ALBUM REVIEW

    Randy Newman has earned a nice living in recent years as a film composer, but connoisseurs covet his Seventies work, when he emerged as one of the most cutting and empathic of American singer-songwriters. So his return...

    August 7, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Two Men With The Blues

    Two Men With The Blues | ALBUM REVIEW

    This odd coupling invites two icons to break character. Nelson revisits American classics with serious jazzmen; check his beat-tugging guitar on "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It." And Marsalis, not the mellowest genius, chills out, adding...

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM ET
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