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The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt

September 27, 2002

Fair enough — with a couple of exceptions (schmaltzy duets with James Ingram and Aaron Neville), the twenty-one tracks here are among Linda Ronstadt's very best. From "Different Drum," her still-affecting 1967 folk-rock hit with the Stone Poneys,...

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Trio II

February 9, 1999

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Three is good. Twice is better. But is it better? Does this second coming of baby-boomer country's ultimate triple-diva cooperative, recorded in 1994 and shelved until now, actually transcend their...

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Feels Like Home

April 6, 1995

Country siren Trisha Yearwood has made no secret of the fact that Linda Ronstadt is one of her primary influences. Indeed, the slick California-rock sound purveyed by Ronstadt during the '70s has inspired a whole generation of country divas. Yet Yearwood's...

Album Review

Mas Canciones

February 6, 1992

Linda Ronstadt probably has the most beautiful and technically accomplished voice ever to grace a Mexican ranchera. On Más Canciones, her second collection of Mexican songs, Ronstadt's pristine, bell-shaped chest tones, clear falsetto and controlled...

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Canciones De Mi Padre

January 14, 1988

Depending on how seriously one takes Linda Ronstadt these days, Canciones de Mi Padre ("Songs of My Father") is either a deeply felt homage to her family's Mexican heritage or the party-gag album of the year. For this confusion the blame must rest largely...

Album Review

What's New

October 13, 1983

Give Linda Ronstadt her due. From her earliest days, the first lady of rock has been a great technical singer with no interpretative ability, no nuance. What should a singer who needs work on her interpretative ability do? Study the great singers of the...

Album Review

Mad Love

April 3, 1980
Not Rated

With its strikingly lurid pink-and-black punk graphics showing the star glowering like a hopped-up minx, Mad Love is a splashy tribute by Linda Ronstadt and producer Peter Asher to the current rock & roll revival. At the creative helm is a fresh Los...

Album Review

Simple Dreams

October 20, 1977
Not Rated

The thing about Linda Ronstadt is that she keeps getting better, and we keep expecting more and more of her. She's always possessed that big, magnanimous voice, but it wasn't until Heart like a Wheel that her interpretive and arranging skills (the latter,...

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Prisoner in Disguise

September 30, 1975
Not Rated

Prisoner in Disguise is an attempt to re-create the enormous critical and commercial success of Ronstadt's 1974 album, Heart like a Wheel. Unfortunately, while every choice on the previous album seemed inspired, these are largely pedestrian. As a parallel...

Album Review

Don't Cry Now

November 8, 1973
Not Rated

Don't Cry Now, produced by J.D. Souther, is the Ronstadt album for which we've been waiting. Her first for Asylum, it surpasses in almost every respect her excellent Capitol album of last year, revealing Linda's supreme vocal abilities in a fine production...

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Silk Purse

June 25, 1970
Not Rated

Country-rock is turning out to be a pleasant surprise. At first, it seemed like just another case of the rock genre ransacking the world of indigenous music for gimmickry, but it seems to be a more natural union than most and one that's capable of supporting...

Album Review

We Ran

June 25, 1998

In her Seventies country-rock heyday, Linda Ronstadt brought a lusciously formal approach to pop singing, which put all the money on song interpretation. Los Angeles ballads, singer/songwriter rarities, rock & roll chestnuts; North American regionals,...

Album Review

Winter Light

December 9, 1993

Winter Light marks a turning point in Linda Ronstadt's career: It's the singer's first pop album since Heart Like a Wheel (1974) not produced by longtime mentor Peter Asher. Instead, Ronstadt has chosen to produce the album herself, along with George...

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Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind

January 11, 1990

Like her friend Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt has, for most of this decade, recorded albums that explore diverse, distinctive styles. Because she's an interpretive singer, this has meant different song periods, from pre-Beatles pop to Mexican mariachi tunes...

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Lush Life

February 14, 1985

Say what you will about Linda Ronstadt, you have to admire her pluck. Whether singing Elvis Costello or Rodgers and Hart or La Bohème or The Pirates of Penzance or the role of Ginger in Carla Bley's late-Sixties jazz opera Escalator over the Hill,...

Album Review

Get Closer

November 11, 1982

Linda Ronstadt's voice has never sounded better than it does on Get Closer. It's an uneven album, to be sure, but its spirit is unassailable. Ronstadt's ringing soprano vibrates with clarity and authority on the record's best songs, and sometimes she...

Album Review

Living In The USA

November 2, 1978
Not Rated

Living in the U.S.A. feels less like a record than it does a formal recital grimly intent upon establishing the versatility of its star. In nearly consummate command of her vocal powers, Linda Ronstadt sings more expertly than ever, but with a frown,...

Album Review

Hasten Down The Wind

September 23, 1976
Not Rated

When I say welcome back, don't think of John Sebastian's awful song, or the equally awful television show it introduces. Think instead of a gifted singer — perhaps our most gifted — who has given us (arguably, I admit) some 40 memorable songs...

Album Review

Heart Like A Wheel

January 16, 1975
Not Rated

Linda Ronstadt had her first hit, "Different Drum," in 1967, singing with a group called the Stone Poneys. She didn't have one again until "Long Long Time" in 1970. Though long acknowledged to be one of the best woman singers in pop, it wasn't until last...

Album Review

Linda Ronstadt

February 17, 1972
Not Rated

Linda Ronstadt has run through three different producers with her last three albums, and it's easy to see why she wears them out so fast. Of the three, not one of them has had much luck with the considerable job of imposing any direction or discipline...

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