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Jon Pareles


  • The Dream Of The Blue Turtles

    With the Police on hiatus, Sting had choices galore for ways to make his inevitable solo album. The most obvious was to become the world's bestqualified Police imitator; what he did instead smacks of brilliantly enlightened self-interest. Der Stingle chose to form a new band with young jazz hotshots from Weather Report (drummer Omar Hakim) […]

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  • Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tango in the Night’ Shows How Passion Swirls Behind the Neatest of Facades

    Although the album dishes out ear candy, it’s not only about the pleasures of popcraft

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  • Dirty Work

    Do we ask too much of the Rolling Stones? Here they are with Dirty Work, their umpteenth American album since 1964 — actually their twenty-first, not counting greatest-hits compilations, EPs and live recordings — and they're still making rock that crunches and snickers and yowls. Is that enough? Through twenty-four years, the Stones have been […]

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  • In Square Circle

    Stevie Wonder has been laying low for the past five years. He couldn't help writing a few songs to fill out the hits compilation Original Musiquarium I, or knocking out soundtrack ditties for 'The Woman in Red'; the man has hit making in his blood. Yet he must have gone through some kind of crisis, […]

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  • She’s The Boss

    When Mick Jagger begs, "Can't you see that I'm human?" in "Just Another Night," it gets your hopes up for She's the Boss. What a setup: Almost twenty-three years into his career as lead singer, lyricist and point man for the Rolling Stones, Jagger has decided to make a solo album. Keith Richards, his longtime […]

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  • All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes

    Something strange goes on between Pete Townshend and his fans. Other cults engage in the same worship and advocacy, but die-hard Who fans don't stop there. Perhaps because Townshend is a compulsive anthem writer and pronouncement maker, his fans ponder every word. But unlike most pop listeners, they're not searching for themselves in the songs; […]

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  • Songs of the Free

    You can count on the Gang of Four to provide fervent left-thinking rhetoric and kinetic rhythms, and Songs of the Free has a full quotient of both. On their third album, the Gang attacks nostalgia ("It Is Not Enough"), macho militarism ("I Love a Man in a Uniform") and the consumer mentality ("Call Me Up"), […]

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  • Another Grey Area

    Graham Parker couldn't have a good time if his career depended on it. His most memorable songs are powered by rage at something he can't get, whether it's answers to life-and-death questions or an easy lay. When Parker's frustrated, he plays the existential kid at the candy-store window, eloquently bellowing at the goodies just beyond […]

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  • October

    It's impossible to take U2 as seriously as they take themselves. When lead singer Bono emotes lines like "No one is blinder than he who will not see" or "Open the door, open the door," I want to usher him aside and wish him a speedy recovery from adolescence. Of course, he means every word. […]

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  • Exit Stage… Left

    Rush have been unfairly maligned as just an other barnstorming heavy-metal act, fit only to vibrate arena walls. Actually, the group is a lot more interesting than cock-rockers like Van Halen or AC DC, and fat less compromised than Journey or Styx. "We didn't change, everybody else did!" proclaim the liner notes to their second […]

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