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  • 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
  • Stay Positive

    Stay Positive | ALBUM REVIEW

    Right now, no band displays the ranting soul, haunted heart or diseased liver of the American rock myth with more truth and empathy than the Hold Steady. The Brooklyn band's fourth set — their most adventurous yet...

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • 19

    19 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like fellow crooners Amy Winehouse and Kate Nash, Adele Adkins polished her skills at the Brit School in south London – as good a finishing academy as American Idol. Her debut, which topped the British...

    June 26, 2008 12:00 PM ET
  • Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

    Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends | ALBUM REVIEW

    Coldplay's fourth release has been billed as their experimental record, as well as their political record. And it is both, relatively speaking. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends opens with an anthemic riff played...

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Exile In Guyville

    Exile In Guyville | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ten years before the blog boom, Phair practiced oversharing as performance art — to create a virtually perfect debut. Released in 1993, and billed as a song-by-song response to the Stones' Exile on Main Street, Exile in...

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Evil Urges

    Evil Urges | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Evil urges, baby," squeals Jim James in the title track of his band's fifth studio album. "They be part of the human way!" A slinky funk strut delivered in Prince-like falsetto that blows up into aproggy Southern-rock...

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Momofuku

    Momofuku | ALBUM REVIEW

    As the recent reissue of This Year's Model proved, no one can turn vitriol into art better than Elvis Costello. This fact is reconfirmed by Momofuku — a name the singer's latest album shares with a Manhattan...

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Narrow Stairs

    Narrow Stairs | ALBUM REVIEW

    Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard is the poet of a particular purgatory — the holding cell in your head that's filled with failed relationships and wrong roads taken. Death Cab's most memorable songs contain snapshots...

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Let It Be [Deluxe Edition]

    Let It Be [Deluxe Edition] | ALBUM REVIEW

    Label wants a hit/and we don't give a shit! Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg once sang. Yet the real miracle ofhis legendarily self-destructive band is that it created masterful popin spite of itself. Success wrested heroically from seeminglyinescapable...

    May 1, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Ghosts I-IV

    Ghosts I-IV | ALBUM REVIEW

    Instrumental sets by bands are usually just footnotes (see also the Beastie Boys' The Mix-Up). But this collection of dense headphone music feels like acreative breakthrough for Trent Reznor. A new-media showpiece like Radiohead's In...

    April 3, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Personal File

    Personal File | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Cash collections keep comin'. But Personal File is unique: two discs of standards and obscurities, most of them unreleased by the man in any form, performed on home recordings between the mid-Seventies and the early Eighties...

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Slip, Stitch and Pass

    Slip, Stitch and Pass | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like The Grateful Dead, The eternally jamming Phish are best judged by their concerts. Proof is on Slip Stitch and Pass, the group's second live outing in just two years. Recorded in Germany this past March, it...

    December 12, 1997 12:00 AM ET
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