Rolling Stone (pp.67-68) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t is one of his best....'Everything' is the perfect high noon, a straight-up rocker about transformation achieved."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "'Came Back Haunted' and the propulsive, New Order-nodding 'Everything' rank among Reznor's finest." -- Grade: B+Alternative Press - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'All Time Low' is robotic funk peppered with plucked harmonics that melds LCD Soundsystem's cosmopolitan sophistication to the arcane sonic vistas found in Reznor's masterpiece, THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL."Mojo (Publisher) (p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Trent's latest finds him building from purist-electro fundamentals, largely retreating from industrial noise, allowing in some precious oxygen."
Alternative Press (p.226) - "[The songs] show the band's ability to write a quirky pop song as good as anything off of Weezer's debut, but without being formulaic."CMJ (p.5) - "Between the poppy synth hooks and the heartfelt coming-of-age lyrics, this could be the quintessential album for any kid, age 9 to 99."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.48) - "There's a surfeit of effervescent energy throughout and an ebola-like sense of infectiousness that's guaranteed to grab your attention."
CMJ (7/15/02, p.12) - "...Panic serves up some raw and gritty tunes that beat harder than the Southern sun on a sweltering Georgia day...a plethora of classic Panic tunes..."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.70) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.131) - Ranked #154 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "Each time Q-Tip rhymes over Carter's bass lines, the groove just gets deeper."Spin (9/99, p.136) - Ranked #32 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Vibe (12/99, p.160) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.48) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Spin - Ranked #2 in Spin's list of "The 20 Best Albums Of 1991"Q (12/99, p.70) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums of the 1990s"Q - Included in Q's list of "50 Best Albums of 1991"CMJ (1/6/03, p.16) - Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time" Rolling Stone (3/21/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...R.E.M. has done it again: defied and fulfilled the conflicting expectations of a broad, mainstream audience and a smaller, more demanding, and possessive, cult....This may well be America's best rock & roll band....surely, America's most resourceful rock & roll band..." Spin (3/91) - "...More textured, lighter, brighter, and poppier than 1988's GREEN....This album will nail it once and for all: They're no longer innovative, original, or particularly exciting in the way they used to be--but they are writing more consistently excellent songs..."Melody Maker (12/91) - Ranked #3 in Melody Maker's list of "Top 30 Albums of 1991" - "...A merry breakdown and a mighty breakthrough..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[L]ively, lush sounding..."New York Times (Publisher) (1/1/92) - "...Sing about love in a self-conscious era, R.E.M. toyed with its own sound--playing unfamiliar instruments, sometimes adding a string section--to create eccentric yet indelible songs..." New Musical Express (3/16/91, p.30) - 10 - Classic - "...REM are back after a period of self-imposed reinvention, and OUT OF TIME is easily their most eclectic and wildly inspired album yet, although it is still very identifiably REM--a brand new book from a familiar author...."
"They hit their comedy high and human low in the final 10 episodes..."Entertainment Weekly
"...Cutesy black comedy....MacLaine invests it with serious kink..." -- Rating: B Entertainment Weekly "...The acting is remarkable. Everyone is so low-key that the humor sort of sidles up to you..." Los Angeles Times
JazzTimes (p.131) - "[Burton] adds considerable sparkle to a low-keyed project that, to its credit, progressively increases in interest."
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.136) - Ranked #182 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"Q (9/01, p.135) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Marley gearing himself for the big push and 'Them Belly Full' was his first great oppression song..."Down Beat (12/01, p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Masterworks..."NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #78 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
"...PRECINCT 13 is filled with delectable bits of business in direction and performances..." Sight and Sound "...Carpenter is an extremely resourceful director [with an] ability to construct film entirely out of action and movement..." New York Times "...A tight, tense thriller....Carpenter's eerie score and Douglas Knapp's stylish cinematography give this low-budget shoot-out all the weight of an urban RIO BRAVO..." Entertainment Weekly "[I]nstinctively punk....Brilliant..."Uncut Ranked #20 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "Carpenter's film is a classic in its own right, a benchmark of lean action cinema." Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] stripped-down thriller....It owes as much to George A. Romero as Howard Hawks....Raw and visceral..."Empire
Spin (p.100) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The band plays snarling post-punk, sort of like early U2 but angrier..."Magnet (p.98) - "Ironically, some of the best secular music also seeks and uplifts, which makes mewithoutYou all the rarer: an artist with the ability to speak meaningfully to all of us, not just to one sector."CMJ (p.40) - "[T]he twisting two-guitar interplay, palatial keyboards and omnipresent low-end keep things moving..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.48) - "BROTHER, SISTER showcases more of their trademark experimental attitudes to songwriting with time changes and musical break-downs galore..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.58) - "Passionate, singular...it will appeal to heathens and believers equally as long as they have a taste for the weird and wonderful."
"...A paragon of the genre..." - Recommended Premiere "...THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD is capable of creeping up on you and aiming straight for the heart..." Sight and Sound "...Refreshingly sophisticated..." -- Rating: B+ Entertainment Weekly "...[The] effects cleverly capture the little-guy-in-the-big-room scenario....Litefoot cuts a striking figure..." Variety "...The most self-effacing of films, a gentle and low-key effort directed in a determinedly non-flashy manner....Scardino is one of the few child actors who actually seems like a real kid..." Los Angeles Times
Rolling Stone (5/29/03, p.69) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...[The album] includes lyrical pleas for peace and exhortations to lively up your party self that Marley reworked to brilliant effect in his subsequent solo years..."Spin (6/03, p.104) - "...This comp is loaded with raw early takes of future Marley classics....In their lo-fi, soul-fire glory, they're nearly all as deep or deeper than the versions you know..."Vibe (12/99, p.156) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
"[T]ouching and amusing....[T]he auditions, like the no-frills cinematography and the worn sets, contribute to the downbeat authenticity that is the most striking feature of GREAT WORLD OF SOUND."New York Times "[A] terrific, small, funny, sad movie....A metaphorical satire of a music business so busy scavenging for sales it has forgotten its roots."Entertainment Weekly "[A] very entertaining debut....It's a shrewd combination that still manages to be immensely charming with a ramshackle sense of humor."Box Office "[A]n involving, offbeat and truly unusual American independent film....GREAT WORLD is an intriguing look at our obsession with being successful and famous..."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] low-key, naturalistic little movie....As indie as it gets, this is entertaining and well performed..."Ultimate DVD
Rolling Stone (3/30/72, p.52) - "...[SPOTLIGHT KID] goes back to his most primal roots for much of its inspiration...Captain Beefheart [is] almost certainly the supreme white blues singer of our era...vital funky rock & roll..." -Lester BangsQ (1/1/91) - 4 Stars - ExcellentNME (Magazine) (9/18/93, p.19) - CLEAR SPOT ranked #32 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of The '70s.'NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - CLEAR SPOT ranked #75 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.54) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (3/24/94, p.92) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Nine Inch Nails achieve a new kind of loud on THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL: accessible hard rock moves overlaid with a scrim of electronic racket...THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL is music the Blade Runner might throw down to: low-tech futurism that rocks...."Spin (9/99, p.124) - Ranked #11 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (12/94, p.76) - Rankded #4 in Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '94' - "...transfixes you with the heaviest metal, the most trance-inducing rave, and the silliest synth-pop you're ever likely to hear in songs this hummable..."Q (7/01, p.90) - Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time".Q (12/99, p.171) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Gothic Albums Of All Time - "...the migraine masterpiece that catapulted [Reznor] to #2 in the Billboard charts....it's a day at the dentist's: all screeching and pulsing, but sexy with it..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.82) - Ranked #24 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...This recording, coming some five years after Reznor's full-length debut, [is] a stark expose of the darkest regions of the soul: those places where our personal demons reign, and God feels unwelcome..."Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th CenturyMusician (5/94, p.72) - "...beneath all that bad attitude and aural aggro lies music of extraordinary insight, intelligence, and, yes, beauty....An astonishing piece of work...."Village Voice (3/94, p.5) - Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #9 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.Kerrang (Magazine) (p.53) - "Displaying breathtaking invention and variety, it's a deeply textured work..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.54) - Ranked #98 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "More than a celebration of nihilism,...SPIRAL was an anguished cry for something to believe in."Mojo (Publisher) (p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Reznor's industrial-blues masterpiece still drips with vileness."New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "Trent Reznor orchestrates the terrors of adolescence...with creepy-crawly sounds and a clandestine sense of melody."
Rolling Stone (3/23/95, p.124) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...At times, everything in Morphine sounds like it's playing the rhythm--the intertwining sax and bass line, the lyrics' syllabic pop....For all their sultriness, Morphine do rock out, and like the best jazz, they swing at any tempo..."Entertainment Weekly (3/17/95, p.88) - "...it's tough to keep any sound from seeming stale, especially one as eccentric and seemingly limited as Morphine's bass, drums, and baritone sax lineup. YES generally succeeds, adding energy to the band's muscular `low rock'..." - Rating: B+Q (2/96, p.65) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995.Q (5/95, p.109) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Morphine still pull off the difficult trick of sounding fresh while making you feel you've heard it all before."Alternative Press (5/95, pp.71-72) - "...Morphine have turned their aesthetic slightly askew, with some songs as heady as the concoction of a Lucky Strike snubbed into a battered ashtray smoldering into the mist of a cheap perfume. Turn up the collar on your coat and stagger away, smiling..."Melody Maker (4/22/95, p.33) - "...Morphine's after-hours world of hustlers, losers, drug addicts and wronged lovers [has a] dramatic momentum that doesn't let up until the last tale has come to its inevitably sorry end....the absence of guitar...bring[s] some authenticity to the story, the lo-fi, jazz feel of the sax blending in brilliantly with the literary ghosts evoked by the bass..."Musician (6/95, pp.73-74) - "...amplifies their trenchcoat take on rock 'n' roll, a take that has chiseled a place for itself even though it's threaded with anachronisms and prone to contradiction....bridges the emotional gap between John Lee Hooker's moaning stealth and Last Exit's frenzied abstraction..."
4.5 stars out of 5 -- "BRIDESMAIDS is a four-square piece of populist fun that ranks as quite possibly the best mainstream American comedy in years....Star Kristen Wiig is a force of nature all to herself..."Box Office "BRIDESMAIDS has a fully rounded, textured and original script....The actresses are all scene-stealers..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly "[Wiig] was already on her way to becoming the new grande dame of comedy....In BRIDESMAIDS, she proves she's a gifted actress as well..."Los Angeles Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Wiig is rather brilliant in her physical comedy....The movie does a good job of introducing a large cast and in particular keeping all the members of the bridal party in play."Chicago Sun-Times "After shining on SNL, Kristen Wiig finally has a lead role worthy of her comic talents. And wedding prep gets the absurdly humorous treatment it deserves."USA Today "[A]n unexpectedly funny new comedy....[It] goes where no typical chick flick does: the gutter."New York Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "Kristen Wiig plants a bawdy, brave and brashly feminist flag in the male-dominated raunch-com genre with BRIDESMAIDS, a comedy from the Judd Apatow atelier that his fans have long been waiting for."Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "Wiig is an indisputable goddess of comedy. And this rowdy fem-friendship movie she stars in and wrote with Annie Mumolo is infused with the Wiig brand of wicked mischief."Rolling Stone 4 stars out of 5 -- "The standout here is Melissa McCarthy....[She] goes all out to be this flick's Zach Galifianakis."Total Film "With its irreverent humour and comical cast, this female ensemble movie has more in common with Apatow's unisex KNOCKED UP than your average girlie wedding comedy....Heavy on improv and chemistry..."Sight and Sound
Rolling Stone (4/12/73, p.62) - "...lilting tunes of hypnotic character... mature, fully realized sound with a beautiful lyric sensibility...fresh, vibrant music...remarkable polish..."Q - 5 Stars - IndispensableUncut (11/01, p.130) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The Wailers' masterpiece..."The Wire (5/01, p.73) - "...Marks the first-time release of the original Jamaican recordings....with a remix from the master tapes by Errol Brown..."Down Beat (1/02, p.46) - Included in Downbeat's "Best CDs of 2001".
Dirty Linen (2-3/00, p.80) - "...this is a treat for all ages, especially when the songs include not only kids' tunes like 'Skip to My Lou' and 'Blue-Tailed Fly' but spirituals, blues, and work songs....This is as timeless as American music gets."
Rolling Stone (4/12/01, p.142) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A splendidly untraditional traditional-blues album....sounding like a worthy companion to Bob Dylan's TIME OUT OF MIND....The 2 new Tom Waits songs are knockouts..."Q (5/01, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A genuine revelation...Hammond savors every last low-life syllable of every spiked boho-spiel with top-dollar back-up....A rambunctious joy from beginning to end..."CMJ (3/12/01, p.28) - "...Hammond doesn't try to reinvent Waits' mule-boned wheel onthese 13 tunes, slathering on some extra greas licks here and there, but largely honoring the style of the originals performances..."JazzTimes (5/01, pp.117-8) - "...A potent brew and a great synthesis of 2 unique artists..."No Depression (5-6/01, p.123) - "...This veteran blues revivalist has a strong, vibrant tenor that gives these melodies a clarity and warmth Waits could never have produced..."Mojo (Publisher) (4/01, p.114) - "...The arrangememts have all the care-worn beauty you'd expect and, vocally, Hammond's classy singlemalt proves just as satisfying as Waits' rough-assed moonshine..."
Rolling Stone (10/14/99, p.120) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...digs even deeper into clubland...[weaving] their elegantly morose songcraft around house and jungle beats....if Cole Porter had composed a disco song cycle for Dusty Springfield, it might have sounded like this."Spin (10/99, pp.151-2) - 9 out of 10 - "...tension between private moments and public spaces reaches a conceptual peak on [TEMPERMENTAL]....EBTG's darkest album, lit only by the promise of the dance floor, the all-night cafe, and strangers' smiles..."Entertainment Weekly (10/8/99, p.72) - "Gorgeous sound washes by producer-arranger Ben Watt; self-assured yet vulnerable vocals from Tracey Thorn....pop fans will appreciate the way Watt loosens house's relentless thud..." - Rating: B+Alternative Press (12/99, p.94) - 3 out of 5 - "...exudes a deep understanding of how dance music ebbs and flows....engaging house and drum & bass beats and memorable choruses...Tracey Thorn's distinctive vocals truly make these songs more than just club-ready fare..."Muzik (10/99, p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...deep house and breakbeat polished almost to the point of blandness....Assured but not adventurous....proves that EBTG are no dilettantes..."Vibe (10/99, p.183) - "...[carries] over many of the same elements as its predecessor - the repetitive beats and wistful melodies are all in order....Fittingly, it's another collaboration, this time with Iranian-America remix squad Deep Dish, on 'The Future of Future" that saves the album..."
"It flows smoothly, linearly, building momentum and unbearable tension....[Mr. Day-Lewis] seems to have invaded Plainview's every atom....It's a thrilling performance..."New York Times "[The film] creates considerable heat and light and does some serious aesthetic damage....Day-Lewis and Anderson share a ferocity of approach to their work..."Los Angeles Times "A complete universe is created before a word is spoken in THERE WILL BE BLOOD, a towering new American epic and instant modern classic..." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2007" -- "[Anderson's] filmmaking is raw, risky and built to leave bruises. This is his bloody and brilliant CITIZEN KANE."Rolling Stone "In P.T. Anderson's latest and most impressive vision of all-American excess, business and religion go the distance in a battle to the death..."Film Comment 4 stars out of 4 -- "THERE WILL BE BLOOD hits with hurricane force....In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher."Rolling Stone "[Dano's] combination of cherubic earnestness and steely composure recalls the young Ed Norton; his fire-and-brimstone sermons are the stuff of fever dreams, rivetingly played."Sight and Sound 5 stars out of 5 -- "The breadth of vision is impressive, but the lean, stark filmmaking more so....This is also Anderson's most classical movie..."Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "The last scene is like a gusher, an explosion of high drama after all the low-key tension and unease."Empire
Rolling Stone (11/14/02, pp.83-4) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Potent guitar riffs define every song on ONE BY ONE....It's rock that draws power from its determination to struggle onward..."Spin (1/03, p.71) - Ranked #21 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...This firecracker string of a record...wrestles with the risks and rewards of grown-up love."Entertainment Weekly (10/25/02, p.75) - "...Unexpected exhilaration. Crunch, power and a certain gruff wit you'd expect from the Foos, but elegance as well as devotion to romance?..." - Rating: A-Q (11/02, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...They've grown in craft and attitude..."Uncut (12/02, p.129) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...It's a sobering though that the Foos have now made more album than Nirvana. Fittingly, ONE BY ONE is their best yet..."CMJ (10/28/02, p.6) - "...An album that not only easily tops their own previous releases, but can also sit alongside the former Nirvana skinsman's other work as a true rock classic....A near-perfect album..."sMojo (Publisher) (11/02, p.90) - "...An album that trumpets its own qualities to the world beyond the faithful...it has many moments of greatness..."
"...Bullock delivers a compelling and subtle performance..." Premiere "...With admirable techno-savvy, the film upgrades the paranoia-propelled thriller and downloads it into the '90s..." USA Today "...You can imagine Hitchcock having paranoid fun with this idea....[Bullock's] concentration is so compelling..." -- Rating: B Entertainment Weekly "...The suspense is neatly achieved....Bullock again provides highly accessible, viewer-friendly entry to a story..." Variety "...[Bullock is] very low-key. She's so natural she seems to be remembering a scene rather than playing it. She has a warm smile. She never overacts..." Chicago Sun-Times
Rolling Stone (p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] first-rate oddity nobody noticed at the time....KOJAK VARIETY is a totally fascinating and essential spin."Q (6/95, p.135) - 3 Stars - Good - "...there are signs here that, should he find himself at 60, all fueling angers spent, Costello could be the man to mount the bar stool on a smoky club stage set and sing the great songs of the last 40 years the way Sinatra might have if he'd been born to the rock'n'roll generation."Melody Maker (5/27/95, p.38) - "...an engaging detour....The songs here are largely obscurities; the impression is almost of random excerpts leaping from the pages of Costello's famously encyclopaedic knowledge of music..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Sincere and committed..."
"[E]minently endearing....[The film has] a bold sense of direction."Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "Stark, moving and above all honest, Cassavetes's understated dramedy hangs on Posey's complex, flawed and very believable Nora..."Ultimate DVD
Q (8/95, p.145) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...remains the most significant album of the early '60s American white blues boom....The instrumental interplay between Koerner and Ray's acoustic guitars and Glover's harmonica is never less than engrossing and often exhilarating..."Down Beat (p.73) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "In concert segments and interviews, the three musicians reveal themselves to be free spirits hip to the zeitgeist of the time."Down Beat (1/96, p.49) - 4.5 Stars - Good/Very Good - "...[Koerner and Ray] are gifted acoustic guitarists, creating an imposing lattice of embroidered scales and bends, and they bring personality and emotional honesty to their singing. Tony `Little Son' Glover informs his vocal and harmonica playing with a rare intelligence....fresh and vibrant music..."Living Blues (5-6/99, p.103) - "...The depth of country blues knowledge, feeling, and expression displayed by these young white Northerners is startling, surpassing much of the work of today's acoustic revivalists..."Sing Out! (8-10/95, p.139) - "...[Koerner, Ray & Glover] are remarkable in the instrumental and vocal skills they brought to a traditional music form that was not of their own culture, but which they had already made their own..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.67) - "[They] injected punk-style vim and humour into covering heroes Leadbelly and Sleepy John Estes, while firing up their own spirited homages."
Rolling Stone (1/23/97, p.44) - Ranked #4 on Rolling Stone's list of the "Ten Best Albums" of 1996.Rolling Stone (9/19/96, pp.79-80) - 4.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...R.E.M.'s most ambitious album to date....there's a sense of spontaneity here that's rarely been heard on an R.E.M. record....a sense of ambition and liberation that R.E.M. haven't displayed since 1985's FABLES OF THE RECONSTRUCTION..."Spin (1/97, p.59) - Ranked #11 on Spin's list of the "20 Best Albums of '96."Spin (10/96, pp.129-131) - 6 (out of 10) - "...While the tunes seem banged out, as if the band forced itself to keep having a jammin' good time despite the aneurysms and whatnot, the arrangements are thoroughly tarted up, often by various sidemen. This is a mixed blessing, as NEW ADVENTURES pays greater attention to hip sounds than to happening songs..."Entertainment Weekly (12/27/96-1/3/97, p.146) - Ranked #4 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the "Top 10 Albums And Singles Of 1996."Entertainment Weekly (9/13/96, pp.128-131) - "...if the arena-designed, occasionally forced MONSTER felt like a midlife crisis, NEW ADVENTURES IN HI-FI finds R.E.M. returning to their joyful idiosyncrasies....not in years has an R.E.M. album showed such breadth..." - Rating: AQ (10/96, pp.166-167) - 5 Stars (out of 5) - "...it's easily the most diverse set of tunes R.E.M. have yet chosen to deliver....a seamlessly assembled mix of live performances...soundcheck reditions...'live' studio takes....hits many and varied targets virtually every time."Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #11 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (p.59) - Ranked #58 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[They sound] refreshed and enriched."New York Times (Publisher) (9/11/96, p.C13) - "...a beautiful hodgepodge....Some songs look back at phases of R.E.M.'s career while others suggest new directions....R.E.M. spends half this album experimenting, turning songs into soundscapes with...synthesizers, sitars and bouzouki, Mellotron and Autoharp..."NME (Magazine) (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #16 in NME's 1996 critics' poll.NME (Magazine) (9/7/96, p.44) - 8 (out of 10) - "...one of the most disillusioned albums ever made....Every lyric...is harrowed from a soul so empty all it seems to hear is the echo of its own resignation....It's a litany of trouble beyond despair....not an easy album but...a great one..."
Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he arrangements are elegantly spare: subtle works of guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, occasional backup singers and, at the center of it all, Morrison's incomparable voice, as expressive as ever.'Entertainment Weekly (p.61) - "The title track shows that time has little withered Van Morrison's voice....There are moments during this self-penned collection of bluesy numbers that the Irishman does indeed KEEP IT SIMPLE." -- Grade: BUncut (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a 24-carat Morrison classic, the deconstructionist meditation 'Behind The Ritual'. Simple for him it may be -- but, really, no one else does anything like it."Down Beat (p.81) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Morrison uses his marvelously malleable voice to take the listener on a low-key, but highly evocative, tour of his musical influences and experiences."No Depression (p.67) - "Blues shuffles and country ballads are the templates for much of KEEP IT SIMPLE....'Song Of Home' is a sweet country waltz..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sturdy set of impeccably-played blues and soul with little of the garnish he's previously used to paper over the cracks of less powerful material."
"[T]his is a comic gem, uproarious and heartfelt at the same time....Alan Arkin gives an Oscar-caliber performance..." Movieline's Hollywood Life 3 stars out of 4 -- "[S]omething wonderful: a scrappy human comedy that takes an honest path to laughs and is twice as funny and touching for it." Rolling Stone 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]martly and sympathetically executed....Feelgood fun for all the dysfunctional family."Total Film 4 stars out of 4 -- "[W]hat makes this one fly is its warmth. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE is a first-class love-letter to a family of losers."Uncut "The perfect casting makes for some exceptionally confident comedy....With accessible humour and universal themes..."Sight and Sound Ranked #9 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "It's hilarious, heartbreaking and achingly true."Rolling Stone 5 stars out of 5 -- "Full of eccentric but believable characters, witty dialogue and pitch-perfect performances....Touching, hilarious and quirky..."Ultimate DVD "A dysfunctional-family comedy with a difference -- the function progresses from dys to full and loving."Wall Street Journal
Q (8/96, p.142) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a strong 2-CD set which contains all the joy, all the pain, all the triumph of modern blues, be it electric or acoustic, city or country, purist or diluted by rock....a sweet sampler of America's finest contemporary blues label."Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.124) - "...[this collection] can hardly be beaten: every player in the story is here, from old Hound Dog to the razor-sharp new blues of Michael Hill's Blues Mob, by way of Johnny Winter, Professor Longhair et al..."
Rolling Stone (11/16/95, p.110) - 3.5 Stars - Good - "...Harris floats in some netherland amid country, rock and folk. Her latest album turns this stylistic ambiguity into a stunning virtue....a wrenching collection of songs that merges popular and historical styles like a 1990s rethink of the Band..."Entertainment Weekly (9/26/95, p.60) - "...the biggest stretch of her career....the album plucks Harris from the safe ground of pristine country ballads and acoustic rave-ups and plops her squarely in the middle of idiosyncratic, New Age-y pop rock..." - Rating: A-Q (2/96, p.64) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995 - "...a timely reminder of just how fabulous a singer Emmylou Harris is..."Musician (11/95, p.87) - "...nothing in Harris' catalog prepares a listener for the leap she takes....[she] nudges her vocals gingerly into places as if completing a complex jigsaw puzzle....There are moments...that approximate...fleeting epiphany....WRECKING BALL isn't `country music,' not by a long shot..."Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #12 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (12/00, p.41) - "...She steps off the edge into heavy rhythm tracks and instruments deployed as atmospheric noise while attention focuses on her voice - reaching low, straining high, letting elegance take care of itself..."New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Stephen Holden's list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - "...eerie, atmospheric collaboration....a queen of country steps down from her pedestal to sing...with a frayed urgency..."Paste (magazine) - "It was, simply, a watershed. Emmylou Harris, with her song sense, acute rhythm guitar playing and set-on-stun gift as a vocal gut-leveler, was suddenly free to find the essence of her gift."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Sarah delivers a masterclass in understated invention..."
Spin (3/04, p.97) - "Taut grooves set on Al Green cruise control, lots of havin'-fun-in-the-studio byplay, and the occasional spritz of rude fuzz-box guitar to give all the gold-leaf detailing some shape." - Grade: BEntertainment Weekly (2/27/04, p.99) - "[O]ffers 10-gallon Goth laments..." - Rating: A-Q (3/04, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Intricate, multi-layered and uplifting..."Uncut (2/04, pp.68-9) - 4 stars out of 5 - "AW CMON methodically works towards the emotional peak of the stunning closing track, 'Action Figure', which Wagner sings beautifully..."Uncut (p.74) - Ranked #20 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[A] perfect fusion between the string-driven country-soul of NIXON and the low-key intimacy of 2002's IS A WOMAN."CMJ (2/9/04, p.4) - "[Features] songs that span from from piano-driven alt-country [to] sublime string-tinged ballads..."Mojo (Publisher) (2/04, p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The vocal songs are interesting....The lavish string arrangements, late-night melodies and Wagner's deep, muttering, falsetto-free voice bring to mind Tindersticks."
Entertainment Weekly (10/2/92, p.58) - "...the entire first disc amply displays the Wailer's early ska and rock-steady fire....there are tons of fascinating obscurities and previously unreleased cuts...a collector's wet dream..." - Rating: B+Entertainment Weekly (11/26/99, p.99) - "...a satisfying overview of one of music's greatest careers." - Rating: AQ (11/92, p.131) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...virtually every song is shot through with an ever-dawning sense of freedom.....his music is all a matter of spirit and that spirit was simply larger and more generous than any other contemporary musician....This set is an almost overwhelming celebration of the richness and abundance of Marley's career..."Dirty Linen (Dec./Jan. 92/93, p.53) - "...even if you already own all of the Wailers' Island recordings on CD as well as various vinyl `bootlegs' of earlier Wailers material (such as the BIRTH OF A LEGEND albums), there is still more than enough fresh material to make this a worthwhile purchase..."Melody Maker (10/10/92, p.39) - "...a treasure chest of melodic militancy almost unimaginable in these censorphobic times..."Musician (1/93, p.88) - "...Whether you seek the bedrock of Ras Bob's formidable legacy or new insights into his stylistic inventions, SONGS OF FREEDOM paints a full-length portrait that casts a gigantic shadow..."Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #1 in the Village Voice's list of the 10 Best Reissues Of 1992.Stereo Review (2/93, p.120) - "...includes just about everything he did worth hearing....It's well remastered, too, and the accompanying booklet conveys the essence of the man and his accomplishments far more succinctly than any current biography..."NME (Magazine) (12/18/99, p.28) - 9 out of 10 - "...profiles the whole of Marley's musical life....It shows how [he] married fierce, brave insurrectionary lyrical statements with some of the most poignant and lovely melodies on tape....as pure and sweet and powerful as the day he sung it."