CMJ (7/3/00, p.32) - "...Takes its songwriting abilities and musicianship to heights that outshine all of its previous efforts...blurring the boundaries between rock, bluegrass, folk and reggae, it's the tasteful arrangements and smooth country harmonies that secure [the album] as an Americana jewel..."
Alternative Press (1/97, pp.68-69) - 4 (out of 5) - "...Indeed, much of the material on this album outshines the songs that established the Descendants as pioneers of pop punk in the 1980s..."Option (1-2/97, p.83) - "...the amount of confidence bursting from the grooves of EVERYTHING SUCKS is surprising; shorn of the metallic tendencies that marred their All records, guitarist Stephen Egerton, bassist Karl Alvarez and drummer Bill Stevenson roar through soon-to-be-classics..."
CMJ (3/22/99, p.26) - "...Boozoo's unstoppable, high-powered arsenal of two-steps, blues tunes and waltzes attacks in full-force....Zydeco's young turks and new jacks may be on some kind of revivalist kick, but there's only one Boozoo and he'll always outshine them all..."Dirty Linen (8-9/99, p.83) - "...There's enough on [this] album to like, like the old-style 'Lucille,' the French singing of 'Allons a Lafayette' and 'Valse de Derniere Fois.' All the simplistic signature Boozoo dance vamps...are there, too..."
Q (8/94, p.127) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a musician in the full flower of his creativity, proud of the breadth of his repertoire, aware of how to tell a story or break a heart..."
"...ALIEN outshines all competition in the luminous splendour of its photography..." Sight and Sound "...An old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by the expert technical craftsmanship....[Weaver] carries it off well..." Variety "...Ridley Scott was a force to be reckoned with..."Movieline's Hollywood Life "...With its clich-confounding cast and plotting, roughneck sensibility and star-making turn from Weaver, ALIEN rewards repeat viewing..." Total Film "...Scott's film still shreds nerves....At once graphically elegant and viscerally effective, the future conjured up by Scott was dystopian to the core..." Los Angeles Times "...In ALIEN, you can hear lessons for the sci-fi future in a great milestone from the recent past..." Entertainment Weekly "Ridley Scott's 1979 movie is a great original."Chicago Sun-Times "Weaver's Ripley revolutionized women's roles by introducing the female action hero..." Premiere
Rolling Stone (5/10/01, p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[They] outshine most recent radio-friendly pop-punk, with instantly welcoming songwriting and ferocious instrumental skills that match their good taste..."Q (8/01, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...For a first album, this sounds fantastic...an album of weight and volume...energetically played songs crafted the traditional way..."Alternative Press (4/01, p.64) - 3 out of 5 - "...The pop prescription is here: happy hooks and wildly infectious grooves...Stacy Jones leads the group into musical rants, escaping the trappings of mindless pop while deriving some well-deserved rock-cred..."Alternative Press (4/01, p.64) - 3 out of 5 - "...The pop prescription is here; happy hooks and wildly infectious grooves...Stacy Jones leads the group into musical rants, escaping the trappings of mindless pop while deriving some well-deserved rock-cred..."NME (Magazine) (9/22/01, p.39) - 7 out of 10 - "...Like being handed a masterpiece of fiction by David Baddiel or watching a funny Eddie Murphy movie..."
"[The] bullet-strewn climax in Bangkok harbor finds Bartkowiak comfortably invading the territory of Michael MannVariety
Rolling Stone (11/14/96, p.112) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...Mayfield never lets his message outshine his melodic gifts. His high tenor voice is intact, and Mayfield's gospel roots still provide much of his inspiration....Mayfield brings grace and good taste to the steamy vibe of Atlanta-style '90s R&B..."Entertainment Weekly (10/4/96, p.62) - "..The mellow groove, complete with wah-wah guitar fills and purring backup vocals, may speak of decades past, but the effect is that of a needed catch-me-up with a long-absent friend....Welcome back." - Rating: B+Q (2/97, p.98) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...a beautiful, suitably life-affirming album. His trademark twinkling guitar is missing, but the voice is as gorgeous as ever--occasionally a little deeper than of old, but still a tool as expressive, humane and downright likable as any that's graced pop..."Vibe (11/96, p.136) - "...NEW WORLD ORDER is truly heaven sent....The effect, reminiscent of old-school Mayfield without descending into retro nostalgia, finely suits the blend of bittersweet love songs and social commentary..."Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #31 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.121) - "...almost unbearably poignant....The new songs are unequivocal messages of hope and he revisits earlier material like 'We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue'. It's the fondest of farewells."