Spin (8/97, pp.114-115) - 7 (out of 10) - "...This is one of the few rock'n'roll bands that can drive through a soul-flavored song without sounding either sappy or mannered....In 1997, Faith No More may be to aging alt-rock dudes what Jefferson Starship were to those same dudes' parents. Fetch me the Geritol, honey...it's time to dance."Entertainment Weekly (6/20/97, p.75) - "...tempers Mike Patton's he-man vocals and a wall of punk-funk metal with tracks that bring down the noise..." - Ratinga: BMelody Maker (6/14/97, p.52) - "...As a rebirth, ALBUM OF THE YEAR is the best FNM could've done. And FNM's best is pretty...awesome."NME (Magazine) (5/31/97, p.55) - "...ALBUM OF THE YEAR is a stepladder slamdunk return to form, encompassing all of FNM's Bullworker-mangling strengths in 12 fizzy tracks....Magic. Wouldn't want to French kiss them, but for once the tongue-in-cheek title is review in itself."
Rolling Stone (9/3/92, p.65) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a roiling, musically adventurious record...explodes with the sound of genres colliding...a listening experience that's thoroughly exhilarating, absolutely mood altering and completely addictive..."Spin (6/92, p.67) - Highly Recommended - "...ANGEL DUST is the next logical step in the band's meteoric career...Dynamic, innovative, and multidimensional, FNM's 1992 release is easily the grimy unit's finest hour..."Entertainment Weekly (7/10/92, p.59) - "...probably the most uncommercial follow-up to a hit record ever...a brave slap in the face of record sales...at least it's not boring..." - Rating: BQ (1/93, p.70) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.Q (7/92, p.91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...This is tightly constructed noise on the grand scale that bellies its simple metal calling. It's loud, it's aggressive and, like any rock record worth its salt, it excites at the most instinctive level..."Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #26 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.
Uncut (5/03, p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...If only today's metal crop could boast such misanthropic wit and invention..."
Rolling Stone (9/6/69, p.27) - "...with Blind Faith, Clapton appears to have found his groove at last. Every solo is a model of economy, well-thought-out and well-executed with a good deal more subtlety and feeling than we have come to expect from Clapton..." -Lester BangsQ (4/01, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[This album] has much to admire, not least Steve Winwood's rarely bettered vocal contributions which make him sound every inch the aged Deep South bluesman..." Stereo Review's CD Buyer's Guide - "...For 20 years this has been a cornerstone in any basic rock library. MFSL's CD is the one to choose. The Ultradisc brings the brisk, jazzy music up-close and in living color..."
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Rolling Stone (6/22/00, p.132) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Repentant and yet still gloriously provocative, [the album] speaks with the jaw-clenched directness for which [she] is both famous and infamous....This is the Sinead album you've been wanting for years."Uncut (8/00, p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[Fuses] Irish and Jamaican influences, programmed beats and the glorious pop sensibility which has always characterised her best work..." Entertainment Weekly (6/16/00, p.90) - "...[Her] most coherent record since 1990's I DO NOT WANT WHAT I HAVEN'T GOT, the addled feminist mystic and the pop/rock diva sync up again, and the result deserves to be an Oprah's Book Club selection..." - Rating: B+CMJ (6/12/00, p.24) - "...Reveals an O'Connor who...wears a more placid, mature face....her voice whispers and floats, her political, religious and woman-been-done-wrong ideas painted on a canvas of soft, Celt-influenced melodies..."Vibe (8/00, p.166) - "...Her greatest album in years and also one of her most complicated....For her, healing is achieved through the pain of exposing wounds, which makes her material like a pill that takes faith and courage to swallow."Mojo (Publisher) (8/00, p.110) - "...A lush, expensive sounding record that blithely and bravely conflates Rastafari and Catholocism, folk and dub..."
Entertainment Weekly (4/24/98, p.79) - "...Soaring through uplifting love songs by Diane Warren, Gretchen Peters, and Sheryl Crow, Hill has never sounded more passionate or sophisticated. But she's often so far out on a stylistic limb that only her ambition sustains her." - Rating: B-
Spin (5/95, p.97) - 6 - Good - "...Though the music careens from genre to genre as casually as most bands go from chord to chord...KING FOR A DAY is never less than coherent....Faith No More does for speed metal what REO Speedwagon did for the regular kind of metal more than 20 years ago..."Q (7/95, p.135) - 3 Stars - Good - "...satisfies but fails to take the listener to strange new places..."Musician (6/95, pp.71-72) - "...more accomplished, ambitious, out there and even restrained than any of its predecessors....enough surprising sentiment to lasso a few new cynics..."
Alternative Press (p.120) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Terror's fifth album offers more of the thick-necked, fist-pumping hardcore fans have come to expect..."
Rolling Stone (2/5/04, p.58) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Smith's voice is marvelous....[She] borrows a page from [singers Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch] and synthesizes them into a pretty package..."Entertainment Weekly (1/23/04, p.100) - "In a bold, wistful alto that recalls Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin, Smith offers rocking folk gospel, understated studies of insecurity and loss, and pacifying pleas for faith." - Rating: B+Q (4/04, p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[V]ocally there's a touch of Alison Krauss about her, with just a hint of Patty Griffin....There's still sufficient freshness and individuality here to constitute a highly accomplished start."Mojo (Publisher) (4/04, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he mostly low-key, self-penned songs are shot through with spirituality and sadness....It's a very good, very real music."
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The album holds up as one of the Eighties' smartest megapop statements, full of passion and surefire hooks."Rolling Stone - 4 Stars - Excellent - Ranked #84 in the 100 Best Albums of The Eighties survey.Spin (p.84) - "George actually had an album top the U.S. R&B chart. And what a crafty platter it was."Record Collector (magazine) (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's the seamless blend of radio-friendly pop, slick R&B and the occasional jazz shapes that impresses..."Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Jazz, Latin and funky flourishes thrived alongside his unique hybrids..."
CMJ (4/30/01, p.17) - "...Employs piano, clean vocals, and strong song structures; and beckons more to Faith No More ca. KING FOR A DAY or FOOL FOR A LIFETIME..."
Dirty Linen (p.53) - "You'd be hard-pressed to name a more consistent, creative performer. BRAND NEW STRINGS is brimming with faith, family, and fun."
No Depression (p.90) - "It's clear Kenny & Amanda Smith believe what they're singing; this collection is a witness to their faith."
Spin (p.78) - "[He] trades rousing electric guitars for banjos and fiddles, but still throbs with a rock band's desperate energy."Alternative Press (p.216) - "Graffin spins old-time yarns into missives that ponder faith and redemption....Those with open ears will find themselves on a musical journey through American history with one of the best tour guides imaginable."
Rolling Stone (8/17/00, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A short, sharp shock...of pure heartland heavy-rock rage....becoming one monstrous, challenging opus of spiky sonics, with one song blendingn into the next one - but in a good way..."Alternative Press (11/00, p.137) - 3 out of 5 - "...Undeniably infectious..."CMJ (7/10/00, p.24) - "...A head-turning, mosh-approved debut...sounding like Faith No More engorged with programming or Incubus spiked with more guitar grit..."
Dirty Linen (p.84) - "This debut record showcases harmony and duo singing, inspired playing, and very fine song selection from both men."No Depression (p.72) - "Dailey and Vincent are both masters of harmony singing....Their sparse, reverent rendering of Gillian Welch & David Rawlings' 'By The Mark' could plant a seed of faith in the hardest of skeptic hearts."
Entertainment Weekly (p.89) - "[T]hey can still wring more soul from a drum machine than most anybody." -- Grade: B+
Rolling Stone (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The album is full of dark, beat-driven atmospherics that alternately evoke DJ Shadow, Nine Inch Nails and Prince Paul."Q (p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Kool Keith is on pleasingly incomprehensible form on 'Getaway' and the link-up with Dan the Automator on 'Mojo' recalls his former band at their best."Alternative Press (p.206) - "From front to back, the weirdo-pop super-hits -- all composed through the mail with various collaborators -- just keep on coming."Magnet (p.101) - "PEEPING TOM keeps the energy up by whipsawing among styles and approaches....Patton sounds like he's having wicked fun..."CMJ (p.4) - "Patton sticks to the kind of catchy, nasal vocals he pioneered with his most famous band, Faith No More. This is the real thing."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.66) - Ranked #16 in Kerrang's "20 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "A pop-centric masterpiece, littered with star turns..."
Rolling Stone (11/15/90) - 4 Stars - Excellent "...extends his reach not only further into the riches of world-beat music but further into the realm of the spiritual...a song cycle that examines with visionary beauty and brooding intensity the viability of faith in a corrupt, heartless and sometimes merely predictable world..."Entertainment Weekly - "...This is gorgeous stuff, spiritually potent, with its utter integrity nowhere in doubt..." - Rating A+Q (12/99, p.68) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q - Included in Q's list of the Fifty Best Albums of 1990.Down Beat (2/91) - 3.5 Stars - Good plus - "...The second chapter in Simon's globetrotting phase is a production of epic proportions...with luscious, seductively rhythmic results. It's just that, somehow, the sensory pleasures of the album are more persuasive than the intellectual equation of the experiment..."Time Magazine (12/31/90) - Rated one of the ten best recordings of 1990. - "...Intricate Brazilian rhythms; complex, inward-looking lyrics. And something else too: good fun..."NME (Magazine) (10/90) - "...pleasant and surprisingly raw..."
3 stars out of 4 -- "[B]lissfully funny and touching....Its characters manage to be romantic, hilarious and recognizably human at the same time."Rolling Stone "DAN IN REAL LIFE is a comedy of faith, that, in its wised-up feel-good way, restores yours." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly "[A] star-driven sophisticated romantic comedy....DAN offers the most pleasing kind of unforced charm as it uses a terrific plot device to examine the conflicts between family and romance as well as the joy and pain of being in love."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 5 -- "Touching, tender and laugh-out-loud funny, this little rom-com will melt your heart..."Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "With touches of classic Wood Allen....Carell subtly evokes the stretched nerves of a man with nowhere to turn."Empire
Rolling Stone (8/22/96) - 3 Stars - Good - "...devoted to conservative, adult-contemporary pop. No one has brought more pleasure to mainstream music in recent years than the soft-R&B specialist Babyface, who produced this album's appealing first single, Eric Clapton's 'Change The World'..."
Entertainment Weekly (3/23/01, p.115) - "...Clearheaded discourses on personal and political conduct....New Folk's most seductive male star shows how he stays that way..." - Rating: BNo Depression (5-6/01, p.134) - "...More eclectic and atmospheric than his previous work....he has nevertheless perfected a deft social worker's outreach, offering compassion without illusion..."
Entertainment Weekly (5/2/03, pp.70-71) - "...On her third album, she delivers a rousing set filled with more fire than a Judge Judy tirade..." - Rating: A-Vibe (7/02, p.134) - 4 discs out of 5 - "...It's not just PRICELESS - it's timeless..."
Rolling Stone (4/30/92, p.67) - 4.5 Stars - Excellent Plus - "...the album's ten songs paint a convincing--and only rarely cloying--portrait of domestic homelife and its contents...the fascinating progress of one of the most compelling artists of our time..."Entertainment Weekly (4/3/92, p.50) - "...comparatively more intimate, with delicate acoustic tracks, nods to folk rock and twang..." - Rating: BQ (1/93, p.73) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.Q (5/92, p.87) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...has an infectious swagger..."Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #18 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.
Rolling Stone (p.107) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "[T]he jumbled feel works in DEAR HEATHER's favor."Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "Cohen still projects like crazy - he's godlike on the spoken-word tracks..." - Grade: B-Uncut (p.114) - 5 stars out of 5 - "DEAR HEATHER is Cohen's highest tide yet, his most exquisite marriage of song and poetry and ambiguous grace. Magic is right here."Uncut (p.75) - Ranked #17 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[H]is muse remains vigorously undimmed..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Vocally, it's certainly one of his most hushed and muted albums....Musically, it's melodic and memorable. Beguiling."
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JazzTimes (12/01, p.121) - "...Good frat party music, circa 1962."Living Blues (3-4/02, p.86) - "...Proves there's still plenty of life in the swing idiom, and Wilson and her group jump into the genre with enthusiasm and unbridled energy.."
(Jan.-Feb./91) - "Aside from the corny cover, Bad Religion waste no time or effort as `Against The Grain' is screechingly released hot on the heels of last years punk hit `No Control' which sold so many copies, why not keep the formula untouched?...as much as I like to ignore such a massively accepted `punk' record, the exuberance of this release is kinda tuff ta' blow off."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "[H]ome to a slicker, more polished output from a band in their prime, boasting a host of classic tracks to prove it."
Q (5/01, p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A clutch of crowd-pleasingly brutal anthems...with a return to the more exploratory approach of old....the faithful will not be disappointed..."Alternative Press (5/01, p.63) - 4 out of 5 - "...There are plenty of touchstones to [their] days of headbanger hegemony....[new singer] Derrick Green's heightened tunefulness along with the broadened emotional resonance...should relate to an enlarged fanbase..."NME (Magazine) (3/31/01, p.31) - 6 out of 10 - "...Fiercely political and uncomprimisongly direct....it's taut and tense and if you buy it quick you'll get to hear their logic-defying cover of Bauhaus' 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'..."
Q (12/99, p.76) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (1/94, p.85) - Included in Q's list of `The 50 Best Albums Of 1993' - "...an album of tantalising contrasts....manages to be bubbly, exhilarating, brazenly dance-oriented and satisfying all at once..."Q (7/93, p.85) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Bjork Godmundsdottir's voice was undoubtedly the jewel in The Sugarcubes' crown and in the relatively sparse setting of this solo debut she reclaims all her old wit and joissance....a surprising, playful collection..."Melody Maker (1/1/94, p.76) - Ranked #6 in Melody Maker's list of the `Albums Of The Year' for 1993 - "...a fantastic DEBUT..."Musician (7/93, p.90) - "...what makes her singing memorable isn't the odd assortment of growls, moans and chirps she relies upon, but the emotions those sounds convey..."NME (Magazine) (12/25/93, p.66) - Ranked #1 in New Musical Express' list of the `Top 50 LPs Of 1993' - "...DEBUT is a musical treasure chest of organic techno beats, twinkly jazz serenades and otherworldly nursery rhymes, disregarding categories and [displaying] a bewitching faith in pop's ability to challenge..."NME (Magazine) (7/3/93, p.35) - 9 - Excellent Plus - "...an album that believes music can be magical and special...."
Dirty Linen (p.83) - "Moses sings these favorites straight an sturdy, giving the band room to throw swatches of atonal, polytonal, and times microtonal synth, piano, saxophone, guitar and percussion at them. The arrangements are bold..."