"Klores uncovers the dark heart of obsession. the electrifying results will blow you away."Rolling Stone "It's a freak show of a fairy tale, rendered by a filmmaker who knows how to pierce tabloid reality right in its anguished, bloody heart." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Klores and co-director Fisher Stevens craft a movie that leaves your head spinning. CRAZY LOVE uses archival footage and fresh interviews to get at the dark heart of a passion that spanned half a century.Rolling Stone "[A] compelling documentary....The Pugachs' story may be the stuff of melodrama, but Dan Klores' documentary CRAZY LOVE tracks their history with disciplined restraint."Sight and Sound
Spin (9/01, pp.168,170) - 8 out of 10 - "...You'll find song after song about self-immolaiton and going out in a blaze of glory....let's face it, combat 'rocks', and Deniz Tek's insane clone poseurs tapped into masculinity's dark heart..."Q (11/01, p.143) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Superbly rigorous and raging..."Magnet (9-10/01, p.115) - "...The choiceset of the choice....an eclectic musical blend of garage, psych and surf making it as a proto-punk artifact..."
Rolling Stone (4/15/04, p.151) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Sounding like the work of a high-pitched Tom Waits, Banhart's second album is full of alternately fragile and quirky folk songs..."Q (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[E]ven more mesmeric and deep into Nick Drake territory: intense and slightly damaged, especially on the stark love songs..."Uncut (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 - "REJOICING...feels like the work of a man in the midst of a prodigious creative spurt."Uncut (p.74) - Ranked #26 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[A] mystical trip into an eerie neverland of joyful bohemian blues."Magnet (p.87) - "With his trembling tenor, Banhart continues to traverse the surreal, telling the tales of laughing lemon trees, milky suns and dancing teeth....It's a mesmerizing journey through the dark heart of Brooklyn's lost boy."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Banhart wraps his songs in a gorgeously quavering warble that seems lifted right off some blues mama's dusty 78. A nearly flawless left-field folk."
Spin (10/02, p.114) - 6 out of 10 - "...[The album] maps the mazes that lovers lead each other through..."Entertainment Weekly (8/23/02, p.142) - "...Mann's put a bit more oomph into her songs, adding a touch of guitar fuzz and a dash of controlled chaos in the rhythm section..." - Rating: B+Q (10/02, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Songs which are wry, funny, adult and perceptive, all wrapped up in handsome melodies....It has the unmistakable aroma of a talent renewing itself..."Uncut (10/02, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Perfect three-minute slices of classy pop heaven...effortlessly soaring melodies."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #69 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "Mann constructed a narcotised song-cycle of obsession, addiction and depression: pop bliss cut with the brick dust of wearied experience."Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.75) - Ranked #23 in Mojo's "Best Albums of 2002"Mojo (Publisher) (10/02, p.98) - "...An album that gets to the dark heart of just what that bright flame of love does to our stupid moth dreams..."
Rolling Stone (4/18/96, p.68) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a proficient sweep through dub reggae, hip-hop, jazz, techno and the literary collection of William S. Burroughs..."Q (5/97, p.135) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...One of the most accomplished and mature dance albums of the decade."NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #42 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995 - "Global music for the information age..."
JazzTimes (5/00, pp.149-50) - "...Consists of leftover tracks from [John Singleton's movie] 'Rosewood' score....the album has the rambling, divergent feel of a sampler, a loose, piecemeal essay on rural Americana in musical form....this is an inviting...addition to the Marsalis oeuvre."
Uncut (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With an] observational style echoing the best hobo folk-blues of John Hammond....This is a dark journey into worlds peopled by the lost and damaged."Dirty Linen (p.53) - "Gauthier's vocals are unusually expressive....Every one of these songs haunts, touches the heart, and feels like an old friend."No Depression (p.94) - "[S]he wants us to know the people in her songs, intimately and on first listen....'Can't Find The Way' and 'Same Road' are instantly memorable."Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Gauthier's unflinching lyrical vision and her attention to musical detail make this a dark, stomach-tightening experience."
Q (8/01, p.154) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The sound of water being expertly trodden...housing the exquisite 'You Got Lucky' and 'Finding Out'..."CMJ (1/5/04, p.12) - Ranked #20 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1983".
Dirty Linen (p.47) - "[The album] focuses on the music of Scotland, with clear and moving arrangements of a range of tunes."
Q (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Anette Olzon's rich operatic vocals bring new passion and depth..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.54) - "It's not just the sheer amount of instrumentation that's so impressive, but how purposefully Holopainen has employed every string, whistle and parp to add amazing washes of colour to the songs."
"...Sweet and sexy....It's Tomei and Perez who give UNTAMED HEART its buoyant wit..." Rolling Stone "...Marisa Tomei is as unforgettable in UNTAMED HEART as she was as Joe Pesci's no-nonsense girlfriend in MY COUSIN VINNY..." USA Today "...Appealing lead performances....Tomei establishes her dramatic credentials here, projecting a very believable girl-next-door quality..." Variety "...With her flashing dark eyes and libidinous overbite, Tomei is adorable....She gazes at Slater with such ardor and delight that he's transformed, and so is the audience..." Entertainment Weekly "...The movie is sweet and kind of goofy, and works because its heart is in the right place....[Tomei] is winning and warm..." Chicago Sun-Times
Q (11/00, p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The more its annihilated, 4am redneck whisky-bar ambience gets under the fingernails, and the more its genuine romanticism will charm..."CMJ (9/4/00, p.3) - "...Captures the sound of broken hearts and broken lives...triumphantly creates an atmosphere and maintains it until the curtain falls."Mojo (Publisher) (9/00, p.90) - "...Singer Pall A. Jenkins' voice is both the most disturbing and the loveliest aspect of their sound. Surrounded by plodding drums, gothic piano plonking and the odd wailing saw, he leads us on a dark journey into the American underbelly..."NME (Magazine) (9/9/00, p.37) - 6 out of 10 - "...They have supplied another of those soundtracks fro films not yet made. This one being the 'Blair witch'-like footage of Nick Cave's wake..."
Entertainment Weekly (6/24/94 - 7/1/94, pp.102-103) - 7/1/94, pp.102-103) - "...[LOVE STARVED HEART] sounds like an alternative-universe hits package...yet these `hits' are delightfully fresh, unheard, and aching to win you over, 25 years too late..." - Rating: A
Uncut (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his double CD offers rarities like Art Of Noise's 'Moments In Love (Beaten)'....The more playfully indulgent experimentalism at the label's heart is also in evidence..."
"[The film] captures liberal-left despair with astonishingly good humor..."New York Times "[E]xuberant and often poignant....Schwartzman and Law are pitch-perfect in their roles..."Los Angeles Times "[W]hat emerges is part screwball comedy, absurdist farce, social satire and earnest self-exploration....Director Robert Zemeckis' feature debut truly encapsulates that time."USA Today "[With] imaginatively conceived and executed special effects....By far the most original comedy of the year." Premiere "Russell is a true original. It's not in his DNA to play it safe....HUCKABEES is one more reason to follow him anywhere." Rolling Stone "There's a transgressive thrill in watching Huppert....Russell shares Kaufman's attention to the banal, and like ADAPTATION, this is a story that comments on its own unfolding." Sight and Sound "HUCKABEES is like no other film you've seen....It's full of ideas, non-sequiturs and puzzles, and insanely inspired..." Uncut "David O. Russell has made a daring metaphysical comedy that touches on the insanities that rock our world."Spirituality & Health
Down Beat (3/93, p.46) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...Roach and Rich demonstrate some evocative possibilites between the cracks of existing genres. They freely and unapologetically blend ethnic instruments and synth/sampling gear...dark and hypnotic..."
Alternative Press (2/96, p.68) - "...This is not music meant for description but for experiencing--a wild sonic ride which moves from reverential chanting to dramatic, rhythmic drum rituals to spacey plateaus all within the space of 67 minutes. Cutting-edge techno-tribal sounds."Down Beat (10/95, p.62) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...By tapping into the mystical aspects of traditional ceremonies, Roach, Stearns and Sunsinger have created a unique, imaginative fusion of ancient sounds with state-of-the-art production and technology....an impressionistic journey....challenging and radically different..."Option (3-4/96, p.119) - "...they sound more like modern primitives, as they mix Native American chanting and drumming with dark, moody soundscapes..."
Living Blues (11/02, p.80) - "...As intense a soul singer as ever lived, Carr torches 'Search Your Heart' and 'There Goes My Used To Be'..."Mojo (Publisher) (10/02, p.118) - "...This is undoubtedly one of the greatest soul albums of all time."Mojo (Publisher) (10/02, p.118) - "...[YOU GOT MY MIND MESSED UP] is undoubtedly one of the greatest soul albums of all time."
Entertainment Weekly (No. 834, p.143) - "...[T]uneful...Middleton's dark humor, silly puns, ("Bear With Me"), and vibrant arrangements bring some sunlight and warmth to his lager-soaked heart." - Grade: B+Magnet (p.101) - "Middleton is neither dreary nor seditionary - merely superb....Middleton astutely counterbalances his lyrical gloom with uplifting sonics."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #8 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[H]is brutish wit was allied to a surprising melodic uplift to produce this modern pop masterpiece."
Down Beat (11/97, p.42) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...The heart of the album is driven by...superb funk...also...unabashed, smooth-as-glass swing...fried soul food without the fat--it still tastes mighty good..."
"...The Hughes Brothers' goal here is to make an epic of savagery, and they are brilliant at ambience and details....A conspiracy-theory thriller with brains and a heart..." New York Times "...Sensational and accomplished....A horror film of genuine artistry and excitement. The Hughes brothers work with commanding restraint..." Entertainment Weekly "...Impressively realized, confirming the Brothers as formidable visual stylists....The shadow-drenched Prague studio sets help sustain a sense of claustrophobia well suited to a tale of endemic corruption..." Sight and Sound "...It's a true auteur movie, perfectly in sync with the brothers' previous output and delivered with a dry, subliminal message..." Total Film "...A rich, atmospheric film....The movie feels dark, clammy and exhilarating -- it's like belonging to a secret club where you can have a lot of fun but might get into trouble..." Chicago Sun-Times
Mojo (Publisher) (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "While referencing old American movies and genre fiction detectives, these dark, menacing vignettes still provided the real soundtrack to '90s Camden Town."
Rolling Stone (4/15/04, p.151) - 3 stars out of 5 - "On this live album, Dublin's Frames set dark Radiohead-style arenea rock over textures ranging from craggy folk grooves...to guitar-heavy punk thrash."
Rolling Stone (7/20/00, p.142) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A quality set of long, slow ballads, heavy on the strings....Ashcroft has superhuman levels of sullen charisma..."Entertainment Weekly (7/7/00, p.130) - "...An album of sweet symphonies....Piled high with strings and choirs...[the album] has flashes of sublime beauty....A promising...second wind." - Rating: B+Magnet (8-9/00, p.67) - "...Elaborates on the same elegance he initially allowed to die with the Verve's disbanding....extracting life, hope and soul from its aura..."CMJ (6/26/00, p.3) - "...A classic songwriter who voyages deep into his heart....[He] has successfully made the transition from band member to solo act..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/00, p.101) - "...As wired and edgy as you'd expect....veering between classic singer-songwriter fare and dark, cut'n'paste groove-rock...coming across as a more ambitious, more personal retort to URBAN HYMNS..."NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.78) - Ranked #20 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year".NME (Magazine) (6/24/00, p.41) - 8 out of 10 - "...His unswerving belief in music's potency has enabled him to produce songs that have perfectly communicated his ongoing voyage of personal discovery....it's a gift that hasn't deserted him here..."
Spin (p.118) - "[M]ajestic ballads like 'Come Undone' prove that this Scottish quartet's dark musings can still unnerve."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[H]alfway through, the harmonious majesty of previous records like THE GREAT EASTERN returns." - Grade: B-Uncut (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A]t their best they seem like a band newly inspired by the possibilities of simplicity."Magnet (p.98) - "The Delgados certainly haven't abandoned their inclination toward experimentation, daubing this dream pop with vintage keyboard sounds, backward effects and the stray trumpet or cello."CMJ (p.5) - "Returning to the more direct melodic pop of their earlier work, the disc is still awash in atmosphere - concise and direct, yet just as gorgeous."Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "UNIVERSAL AUDIO's indie sweetness conceals a dark, deathly heart....[With] modern voices of angst whispering the internal dialogues of madness under cyclical rhythms of piano and guitar, drum stomp and keyboard stutter."
Entertainment Weekly (5/17/96, p.63) - "...With her wisp of a voice, Lee exploits the power of inference, while Waldron...knows how to frame a phrase with perfect, minimal touches. Standards have rarely been executed with such gossamer care and finesse." - Rating: A-JazzTimes (12/96, p.122) - "...one of the more singular of all jazz voices....The voice of Jeanne Lee is like a dark, red wine; dry, subtle, and disarming..."