Rolling Stone (1/21/93, p.49) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...her best record since her 1972 album COME FROM THE SHADOWS...Baez's singing has reached new levels of mature expressiveness. The texture of her voice may have darkened, but its beauty remains untarnished..."Q (2/93, p.78) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Joan Baez has succeeded against the odds with this album in adapting her straight-laced delivery to a body of songs styled in an elegantly fashionable new country vein..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "They marked Baez' return to Nashville for the first time in 20 years -- and she evidently felt at home there. They present Baez as a less troubled soul, skilfully interpreting others' songs as of old..."
Entertainment Weekly (12/3/93, p.76) - "...Joan Jett isn't the queen of rock and roll, she's the queen mother. Beloved and benign, she shows up with a proper uniform, three ritual chords, and a genial wave to the kingdom's subjects...she's finally ready to fast-forward...." - Rating: B
Mojo (Publisher) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s always the pop hooks disguise his pin-sharp character assassination, delivered with a comedian's sense of timing..."Uncut (magazine) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Even A Palm Tree' recalls the feisty arguments of The Beautiful South's pithy duets..."
Q (8/99, p.122) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...one of jazz's 'perfect' albums..."Q (8/99, p.122) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...one of jazz's 'perfect' albums..."Musician (12/92, p.99) - "...A champ quintet with proper balance of space and power. Blissful cool bop grooves....Among the candidates for `greatest Miles Davis record'....Separation and presence on this remastered disc are nothing short of extraordinary.."Musician (12/92, p.99) - "...A champ quintet with proper balance of space and power. Blissful cool bop grooves....Among the candidates for 'greatest Miles Davis record'..."Stereophile (2/93, p.119) - "...Universally praised since its first release in 1958....To even hint at criticism of the playing would be childish....An album I'll never tire of hearing..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.100) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The affable altoist and Florida-born former music teacher had cut a one-off album with Miles sitting in as a sideman in 1958 called SOMETHIN' ELSE."
Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Addressing Nigeria's history and militarism, Seun's proper coming-out closes with some positive thoughts....Fela lives, indeed."Down Beat (p.69) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Femi establishes a sound that updates that of his patriarch on his impressive, raw-molded AFRICA FOR AFRICA."Mojo (Publisher) (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a stone polyrhythmic funk classic, taken at breakneck speed."Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The result is to capture the energy of his live performances in a way he's seldom achieved in the studio before."
Rolling Stone (3/7/70, p.48) - "...If you're eager for a first taste of Beefheart or interested in the new approaches to instrumental style and improvisational technique being developed these days, this is as good a place to start as any..."Entertainment Weekly (12/17/93, p.36) - "...This album, Zappa's first without the Mothers, is his attempt to make jazz appealing to non-fans....lush instrumentals still sound up-to-the-minute. RATS also includes Captain Beefheart singing the epic 'Willie The Pimp.'..."Q (8/95, pp.150-151) - 3 Stars - Good - "Secure and melodious, this captures Zappa's art as it lost the febrile nature of the early Mothers and ossified....into easy-listening jazz-rock. Nice tunes, though."Option - Highly RecommendedMojo (Publisher) (p.139) - "[A] cogent exercise in jazz-rock fusion with the added attraction of FZ's serrated edge."Record Collector (magazine) (p.105) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "HOT RATS saw Zappa, in his first proper album without the Mothers, perfectly melding jazz and rock....Full of power, this down-and-dirty album delicately fuses both genres successfully."Uncut (magazine) (p.68) - "[T]his rocking, brilliantly ambitious follow-up to an album of 1950s doo-wop pastiches was Zappa's biggest UK hit..."