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Kelefa Sanneh


  • X&Y

    Coldplay didn't seem destined for bigness. Their 2000 debut, Parachutes, was full of drizzly but pretty rock ballads that were almost memorable enough to prevent American listeners from confusing the band with Travis. Of course, that album also included a huge, soaring song called "Yellow," which may well be inspiring a drunken singalong in your […]

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  • From A Basement On The Hill

    For many fans, Elliott Smith's greatest gift to the world was his sadness. He was thirty-four when he died on October 21st, 2003, from two stab wounds to the chest. But the more we learned about his death, the less we knew. For a while, everybody (including the police) assumed it was suicide; then others […]

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  • Under My Skin

    Avril Lavigne conquered the pop charts by refusing to get dirty. No skimpy clothes, no suggestive dancing, no tabloid adventures, no hip-hop collaborations, no provocative lyrics. She was both more defiant and more clean-cut than her peers: Her just-say-no message intrigued millions of kids while reassuring their parents. But Avril Lavigne might also be the […]

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  • Kid Rock

    When Eminem crossed over to pop, he freaked out. But when Kid Rock crossed over, he just grinned, threw up a middle finger and kept going, crossing right through the mainstream and coming out the other side. He embraced the "White America" that Eminem scorned, conjuring up a fantasy of backwoods life that looked a […]

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  • Eminem: The Voice of America

    With 20 million CDs sold, he's the biggest rapper in history. What makes him larger than life? A rage so intense it's matched only by his work ethic

    • Music
  • You Are Free

    In 1998, Chan Marshall released Moon Pix, the fourth Cat Power album. It started with a song about a musician who couldn't stop: "My friend sits at the drum/His magic hand feels nothing but time." Then she released an album of covers, and now comes You Are Free. It starts with a song about a […]

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