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BOOK REVIEWS COMING SOON!!!!
BOOK REVIEWS COMING SOON!!!!
Rolling Stone - "TEENAGE DREAM is the kind of pool-party-pop gem that Gwen Stefani used to crank out on the regular, full of SoCal ambience and disco beats."Spin - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Perry delivers the gurl-gone-wild stuff with requisite sass..."Entertainment Weekly (p.124) - "She seems to connect best in '80s leotard-lady mode, as showcased on the deliciously glitchy throwback 'E.T.'..." -- Grade: B-Entertainment Weekly (p.80) - "Perry is clearly serious about the business of hit songcraft." -- Grade: B-Billboard (p.28) - "[T]his new depth shouldn't surprise....Perry is primarily a smart and personal pop songwriter."
Rolling Stone - "TEENAGE DREAM is the kind of pool-party-pop gem that Gwen Stefani used to crank out on the regular, full of SoCal ambience and disco beats."Spin - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Perry delivers the gurl-gone-wild stuff with requisite sass..."Entertainment Weekly (p.124) - "She seems to connect best in '80s leotard-lady mode, as showcased on the deliciously glitchy throwback 'E.T.'..." -- Grade: B-Billboard (p.28) - "[T]his new depth shouldn't surprise....Perry is primarily a smart and personal pop songwriter."
Uncut (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This double-disc set presents a catalogue of Jamaican music's finest achievements....A captivating and otherworldly psychedelic legacy."The Wire (p.67) - "[T]his album is a pure joy....It confirmed Perry's maverick instincts....Totally essential."
Rolling Stone (2/4/99, p.63) - "...as catchy a fusion of dub-ragga weirdness and power-chrded rock as you'll ever hear....not since UNITY, by fellow New Yorker Shinehead a decade ago, has a raggamuffin sounded this original or this inspiring."Magnet (Apr-May/99, p.67) - "...Wheter indulging the serene...or the freaky...Dr. Israel keeps things lively, and INNA CITY PRESSURE is like a trip to the local inceplex (in 3-D no less) without ever leaving the safety of your room..."CMJ (11/23/98, p.3) - "...dancehall of Buju Banton, the psychedelic dub of Lee "Scratch" Perry, the anthemic politica of Bob Marley, and the rasta-core of Bad Brains are all represented on INNA CITY PRESSURE and sewn together with spools of hip-hop and high-speed jungle..."Vibe (2/99, p.143) - "...N.Y.'s Dr. Israel closes the gap with the most fully realized statement from the underground massive in quite some time..."
Rolling Stone (p.65) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Beasties sound exactly like themselves, cutting loose without straining to fit anyone else's idea of relevance....It's also a return to classic Beasties chutzpah..."Rolling Stone (p.69) - Ranked #14 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[T]he unison chorales and high-speed exchanges fly by with vintage vigor."Spin (p.94) - "[PART TWO] ventures similarly deep into floorboard-rattling territory, blurring vocals via reverb and distortion like a vintage Lee Perry dub mix..."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "[I]n case you forgot, the Boys are happy to remind you that there is a considerable amount of lyrical diesel left in their tank." -- Grade: A-Alternative Press (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir focus seems to be simply aimed at having fun. It's as if the Beasties are revisiting their CHECK YOUR HEAD and ILL COMMUNICATION days..."Billboard (p.30) - "[A] consistent hodgepodge of slimy beats and no-nonsense rhyming."Clash (magazine) - "[T]he Beasties effortlessly weave together a cohesive and bewildering patchwork of sounds and astute rhymes."
Rolling Stone (6/13/96, pp.80-82) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...the highlight of GOOD GOD'S URGE is the searing title song, which is split into two moods that make alternate pleas for compassion and fury....Well put and idiosyncratic..."Spin (7/96, p.93) - 6 (out of 10) - "...There's little in the way of a 'we' here; all curiosity seems directed inward, to places no Lollapalooza laminate can get you. Much of GOOD GOD'S URGE was inspired by surfing trips to the Pacific Islands, and like any surf believer Farrell knows his only true kinship is with the waves..."Melody Maker (5/25/96, p.49) - "...these cocoon symphonies are strange and disturbing things....Perhaps the biggest mistake you could make with "Good God's Urge" is to try to understand it....Far better to abandon logic and let it wash over you..."RIP (7/96, p.12) - 5 (out of 5) - "...GOOD GOD's URGE is too far out there--ahead of it's time with a little borrowed from the mushroom-era of the '60s (War, not Sonny & Cher). Good God-dess!..."Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.120) - "...Tunes confidently blend weird improvisation with gorgeous melody, giving the album both depth and beauty..."New York Times (Publisher) (6/2/96, Sec.2, p.28) - "...an up-to-date counterpart to the music Syd Barrett made after leaving Pink Floyd. It is weird, candid and minimal. Moments of nonsense and endearing simplicity are mixed with revelations best interpreted by a team of psychoanalysts....an honest testament to flawed eccentricity."NME (Magazine) (5/25/96, p.50) - 8 (out of 10) - "...[Perry Farrell] has subjugated his ego to the ecosystem....GOOD GOD'S URGE is one long hymn to the greater forces...[that] evoke[s] colours and smells and feelings, a sensory feast....Perry Farrell is extraordinary..."
Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.108) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (12/13/01, p.148) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Fun...this album is practically the teen-pop IN UTERO....Pink abandons R&B to indulge her dream of being a hard-rock chick..."Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.108) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (12/13/01, p.148) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Fun...this album is practically the teen-pop IN UTERO....Pink abandons R&B to indulge her dream of being a hard-rock chick..."Entertainment Weekly (11/23/01, p.82) - "...[She] sounds like Cyndi Lauper's long lost stepsister...a fetching collection of pop confections..." - Rating: A-Entertainment Weekly (11/23/01, p.82) - "...[She] sounds like Cyndi Lauper's long lost stepsister...a fetching collection of pop confections..." - Rating: A-Q (1/02, pp.105-106) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...influences include Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin....smouldering late night rock and blues...autobiographical emotional outpouring..."Q (1/02, pp.105-106) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...influences include Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin....smouldering late night rock and blues...autobiographical emotional outpouring..."
Q (5/01, p.125) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Showcases talent from last year's Ozzfest, including gravel-larynxed Max Cavalera's Soulfly, surreally ferocious nu-metallers Disturbed, and Queens Of The Stone Age howling through the previously unreleased 'Ode To Clarissa'..."Alternative Press (6/01, pp.78-9) - 3 out of 5 - "...Showcases heavy music's current and future rulers....Disturbed, Primer 55 and Powerman 5000 help put this compilation into perspective..."CMJ (4/30/01, p.17) - "...The 1st disc showcases nailbombs from Soulfly, Kittie, Taproot, Primer 55 and Slaves On Dope....the 2nd highlights perfromances culled from past Ozzfests..."
Rolling Stone (3/5/98, pp.68-70) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Aykroyd and Goodman enthusiastically heat up a sackful of R&B chestnuts....the predictably stellar roster of guests sets off the real fireworks..."
Rolling Stone (7/11/02, pp.108,110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A poetic splice of hip-hop and techno, and possibly a sound with a future."Alternative Press (8/02, p.88) - 7 out of 10 - "...True Innovation...slick, expertly crafted..."CMJ (7/1/02, p.4) - "...Oakenfold is a pivotal section of the bridge that connects the worlds of techno and pop music and, with 11 tracks that comprise BUNKKA, he continues to successfully link that gap."
Rolling Stone (5/11/68, p.21) - "...a challengingly complex brand of art-rock....The tunes are infectious, the harmonies adventurous yet eminently satisfying. And the lyrics are the best thing of all..."Rolling Stone (p.111) - "[I]t remains a bold marvel: truly electronic rock, made entirely without guitars, with riffing ring modulators and distorted lead violin chasing the mercury alto of singer Dorothy Moskowitz."Uncut (p.112) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[W]ith a delirious Technicolor naivete that couldn't date from any other period. At once thrillingly futuristic, and whimsically arcane."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[With] a vein of chaotic psych-pop that had a palpable hint of insurrection."Mojo (Publisher) (p.52) - Ranked #9 in Mojo's "The 50 Most Out There Albums Of All Time" - "Joe Byrd's exhilarating, disorienting psychedelic funhouse, fusing the electronic avant-garde with fierce rock'n'roll."
"...Fiendish intensity..." Rolling Stone "...FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS throws you straight into a demented cinematic 'acid test'..." Sight and Sound "...A lucid hallucination. Depp again proves himself our most inventive actor....This movie isn't about drugs, it is drugs..." -- Rating: B+ Entertainment Weekly "...A fidelity to the author's hallucinatory imagery that until now seemed impossible to capture in a film. But here it is in all its splendiferous funhouse terror: the closest sensory approximation of an acid trip ever achieved by a mainstream movie..." New York Times "[A] shocking, funny and sad tale of idealism's demise en route." Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Depp and Del Toro couldn't be more perfect for the roles and throw themselves in without fear or hesitation."Premiere
"Hoffman's portrayal of the petite yet outsize Truman Capote...is impeccable -- it's bound for awards..."Entertainment Weekly "[A] fascinating and fine-grained reconstruction....Not only does Mr. Hoffman achieve an impressive physical and vocal transformation...but he also conveys, with clarity and subtlety, the complexities of Capote's temperament."New York Times 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he movie steers its own delicate course through the ethical minefields of 'faction' with consummate skill....It's Hoffman's film -- a tour de force..."Uncut "Hoffman's unmissable and unforgettable performance as Truman Capote should make him the frontrunner for every Best Actor prize in the book."Rolling Stone "[I]t's a stark, complex and ultimately stunning examination of a man who exploited others for professional gain and the emotional price he paid."Movieline's Hollywood Life 4 stars out of 5 -- "Beautifully shot and flawlessly acted; this captures the essence of the iconic novel and also brings a lingering poignancy to a portrait of a man as troubled and haunted as the novel's subjects."Ultimate DVD "[R]apt, absorbing and thrillingly perceptive....CAPOTE honors its subject by doing just what Truman Capote did. It teases, fascinates, and haunts." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly "The complexity of a gifted author, as well as his self-aggrandizing nature, are what the film focuses on. Hoffman delivers a thrilling and profound Oscar-caliber performance that will haunt viewers well after the movie is over."USA Today 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Catherine Keener is remarkably subtle and soulful as Capote's friend and helpmeet Harper Lee."Premiere "Philip Seymour Hoffman is in complete control of his effects....The Oscar-worthy achievement is really the voice..."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Miller] deserves much credit for his sedate, seemingly effortless direction and beautifully composed style."Total Film "Ms. Keener's quiet austerity provides a counterbalance to Mr. Hoffman's brilliance."Wall Street Journal