Living Blues (1-2/95, p.107) - "...all the music is played with a high-energy style that keeps to the rock side of the blues/rock spectrum..."
Rolling Stone (p.132) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a relief to hear him essay the show tunes and Tin Pan Alley chestnuts of this tribute album..."Entertainment Weekly (p.131) - "His delicate upper range is nicely attuned to some of the ballads..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The material is cabaret deluxe....The emotions go deeper than if it had been a mere vanity project..."Harp (magazine) (p.94) - "[H]is muscular voice and sharp performance skills pull off a moving tribute to what was considered Garland's finest performance."The Word (magazine) (p.105) - "He proves himself the best kind of fan: witty, erudite, affectionate and exacting..."
Entertainment Weekly (8/16/96, p.63) - "...Carol Sloane certainly isn't taking the easy way home by visiting classics immortalized by Ol' Blue Eyes himself....but Sloane pulls it all off with taste and emotional depth."- Rating: B+Down Beat (3/97, p.54) - 5 Stars - (out of 5) - "...she offers her own very personal recreation while still paying homage to one of her idols....Sloane's intonation and broad range put her among a select few vocalists whom musicians consider their equals..."JazzTimes (2/97, p.102) - "...ready for immediate consumption..."
Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.189) - "...captures over two discs the full range of this astonishing quintet: letter-perfect Elmore James shuffles, heartfelt Buddy Holly Tributes and epic hard-rock originals....Green was the most melodic and understated of guitar heroes..."Dirty Linen (6-7/96, p.63) - "...the only real genius of the British blues movement, a man who could write, sing, and play the blues as if his life depended on it..."Musician (8/96, p.92) - "...this two-CD collection of radio performances makes a convincing case for the Mac as...one of the greatest bands of all time, period. Between Green's breathtaking command of soul, Kirwan's way with an old-timey melody, and Spencer's apparent ability to imitate anyone...this was one versatile bunch..."NME (Magazine) (10/28/95, p.56) - 8 (out of 10) - "...at the peak of the Jeremy Spencer/Peter Green-led line-up, they were probably the crown of the British blues boom, arguably even better than Cream....there's still a grounding in Chicago blues styles and some almost ethereal guitar licks from Green..."
Rolling Stone (5/4/95, p.69) - 4 Stars - "...What's especially winning about [Joan Osborne] is her range: Sexy and earnest, her voice, all on its own, conveys whole choirs of feeling..."Entertainment Weekly (Spring 2000, p.166) - Ranked #10 in EW's "Top 10 albums of the '90s"Entertainment Weekly (12/29/95-1/5/96, p.131) - Ranked #1 on EW's Top 10 Albums Of 1995.Entertainment Weekly (3/10/95, p.69) - "...Osborne, who's earned a formidable rep through constant touring, has Springsteen's gift for expressing regular folks' pain and pleasures. Especially the pleasures..." - Rating: A-Q (1/96, p.143) - 3 Stars - Good - "...effectively showcases her strong, bluesy delivery..."Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #11 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums of '95 - "...her gutsy voice moves from blues growls to Balkan glottal stops, while the band locks into swaggering vamps..."NME (Magazine) (3/9/96, p.41) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Comparisons of Osbourne's gravelly squeals and sobs to one Janis Joplin are inevitable....For once, 1.3 million Americans weren't wrong..."
Rolling Stone (p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[M]any of the best moments here are romantic....[such as] saxman Junior Walker's magnificent Top Five ballad 'What Does It Take'..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The stories of Motown, pop music and the USA in 1969 are illuminated and inter-twined across six CDs."
Billboard (p.39) - "[With] the hand-clap-laden '1st and Love'; and 'True,' about an unfaithful boyfriend, on which Brandy takes her vocal range to untapped heights."Blender (Magazine) (p.62) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Fluttery jams about long distance longing and time-suspending slow dances are balanced by grown-up moments..."
JazzTimes (5/96, p.78) - "...the funky, contemporary title cut is the one that puts this album over the top, but the band also turns in some traditional styles, reflecting the make-up of the assembled group with ages that range over four decades....A `live' feel...is captured...allowing the spirit of the music to dance off the disc."Sing Out! (5-6-7/96, p.149) - "...The Treme band plays in the new, rhythm-heavy street style, but its repertoire is a classic New Orleans blend....designed for serious, long-term dancing..."
Dirty Linen (4-5/96, p.79) - "...violinist and mandolin player Howard Armstrong is a walking history of American music...LOUIE BLUIE...encapsulates some of the best material from Armstrong's long career..."Dirty Linen (4-5/99, p.71) - "...a vibrant set of songs and tunes that range from ragtime to blues to country to popular..."Living Blues (7-8/99, pp.83-4) - "...LOUIE BLUIE provides a joyful and informative sampling of an artist who has always refused to be constrained by musical boundaries."