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The Wire (p.58) - "[I]t's drummer Kesava Doane who grabs the attention here, as much for his willingness to leave empty spaces as for his tricksy, unorthodox fills."27.61162

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Rolling Stone (9/3/92, p.63) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...DIRTY is a great Sonic Youth disc, easily ranking with DAYDREAM NATION [1988] and SISTER [1987] among the band's most unified and unforgettable recorded works...a scorched and scorching whole. DIRTY is a burner..."Spin (12/92, p.67) - Ranked #3 in Spin's list of the 20 Best Albums Of The Year - "...the spectrum of sound and fury unleashed by Sonic Youth is the perfect soundtrack for a generation..."Spin (9/92, p.101) - Recommended - "...In an era of reduced expectations, Sonic Youth remains uncompromised--integrity and soul intact..."Spin (9/92, p.101) - Recommended - "...the new Sonic Youth album rocks...Sonic Youth remains uncompromised--integrity and soul intact...the vocals have never sounded better, nor have the guitars...a wonderful record..."Entertainment Weekly (1/7/93, p.123) - Ranked #1 in Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 10 Albums Of 1992 - "...Rock & roll--whatever that archaic phrase means in the '90s--simply doesn't get more vital and intense than this..."Entertainment Weekly (8/14/92, p.58) - "...much-needed proof that the old-fangled concept of a rock guitar band can still result in vital, undeniably moving music...every other rock & roll record that visits our planet this year will have a hard time topping [DIRTY]..." - Rating: AQ (1/93, p.72) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.Uncut (5/03, p.114) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Crammed with contagious grunge-pop and deafening plectrum-grinding chaos....A must..."The Wire (5/03, p.71) - "...DIRTY is all the better for piled-on confusion..."Option (9-10/92, p.128) - "...as solid and uncompromising an album as Sonic Youth has made...Sonic Youth is already one of the defining bands of its generation, far more significant in terms of their influence and artistic import than bands which far outsell them..."Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #8 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.Stereo Review (12/92, p.104) - "...[a] grunge-pop masterpiece...packs maximum snarl and pummeling dissonance...The fraying fabric and internal contradictions embodied in DIRTY are precisely the point, and Sonic Youth makes it brilliantly..."Mojo (Publisher) (3/03, pp.118-9) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...DIRTY was as close as Sonic Youth would ever come to an orthodox noise: a crisp rockist beast, with all the pro-studio trimmings. It is also compact proof of the rock'n'roll heart that beats inside their fire music..."27.60355

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Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "[T]hey weave and wrangle their way out of the speakers and hover over the sonic waves they're making with aplomb..."9.058427

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Down Beat (May 2002, p.58) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "...A sonic history is portrayed with classic images and well-organized text."0.3216319

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Down Beat (2/00, p.73) - 4 out of 5 - "...a sizzling collaboration....maintains a sense of discovery throughout....The instrumentation gives the band a huge variety of sonic colors..."0.2046639

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Down Beat (p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Combining the raw vigor of Mississippi hill country trance-inducers with a cleverly calculated sonic blues mania of their own, this trio out of Kansas should never be taken lightly."Living Blues (p.58) - "The disc opens with an electric swampy opera of sweaty urgency on 'The Brown Bomber' and rarely lets up over the course of its 12 mostly original songs."0.2010199

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Uncut (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "SMASH is Daft Punk circa DISCOVERY on an all-night bender with Aphex Twin and T.Rex."The Wire (p.58) - "Just as the record is chock full of nervous cut-ups, so it is home to some exquisite sonic candy."The Wire (p.41) - Included in The Wire's "2005 Rewind: 50 Records Of The Year."Mojo (Publisher) (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "The French laptop cavalier dices and splices what sounds like hundreds of sonic fragments into a constantly shifting montage..."0.1930071

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Alternative Press (12/99, p.105) - 3 out of 5 - "...contains a few genuine sonic adventurous, most notably a trio scream from Charles Gayle and a snippet of Rashied Ali's Coltrane memorial project Prima Materia....ankle-deep in Blue Note catalog artists..."0.1658057

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Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] heavier hooks, cinematic arrangements and sleek sonic detail."Spin (p.58) - Ranked #9 in Spin's "The 10 Best Reissues of 2006" -- "[T]his was an emotional bloodletting, complete with dark drone..."Q (p.129) - Ranked #6 in Q Magazine's "10 Essential Reissues Of 2006."Q - 4 Stars - Excellent - Included in Q's list of the Fifty Best Albums of 1990.CMJ (1/6/03, p.15) - Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"0.1608159

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Entertainment Weekly (No. 849, p.72) - "...[L]ike some gravity-free amalgam of Sonic Youth, Stereo Total, and a POWERPUFF marathon...." - Grade: BThe Wire (p.58) - "[H]ighly sprung pop melodies, muddled song structures and interesting metaphorical lyrics....The results here are in some ways more powerful than anything they've recorded before."Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he true themes here are magic and exploration, which befits a band bent on finding places the rest of us don't yet know."0.1608159

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Alternative Press (p.194) - "[L]ead Melvins Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover haven't just reconnected with their early roar; they've added welcome new layers of excess to it: More groove, more brutality, more melody and more wonderfully gratuitous percussion."The Wire (p.59) - "Both stalwart Dale Crover and Coady Willis play drums, and the double kit rumble is one of the album's defining sonic tropes....A SENILE ANIMAL is the sound of a group -- past, present and future."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.58) - "Always ones to smash expectations, The Melvins have actually turned in their most straight-up rock album since 1994's STONER WITCH."0.1608159

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Spin (p.91) - "GROOGRUX is harder edged and more bottom heavy than DMB's usual fare....A fond, funky farewell."Billboard (p.53) - "[T]his eulogy is a celebration, and BIG WHISKEY is a dense, humid album that, befitting its New Orleans origins, shrewdly cuts its melancholy with exuberance and vice versa."Q (Magazine) (p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his latest effort almost shows signs of discipline: four-minute song structures and melodies that realise the benefit of economy."Paste (magazine) (p.58) - "[With] touching and tasteful tributes....The band takes some sonic risks and shows continued versatility on songs like 'Alligator Pie'..."0.1608159

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Spin (p.91) - "GROOGRUX is harder edged and more bottom heavy than DMB's usual fare....A fond, funky farewell."Billboard (p.53) - "[T]his eulogy is a celebration, and BIG WHISKEY is a dense, humid album that, befitting its New Orleans origins, shrewdly cuts its melancholy with exuberance and vice versa."Q (Magazine) (p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his latest effort almost shows signs of discipline: four-minute song structures and melodies that realise the benefit of economy."Paste (magazine) (p.58) - "[With] touching and tasteful tributes....The band takes some sonic risks and shows continued versatility on songs like 'Alligator Pie'..."0.1608159

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Spin (p.91) - "GROOGRUX is harder edged and more bottom heavy than DMB's usual fare....A fond, funky farewell."Billboard (p.53) - "[T]his eulogy is a celebration, and BIG WHISKEY is a dense, humid album that, befitting its New Orleans origins, shrewdly cuts its melancholy with exuberance and vice versa."Q (Magazine) (p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his latest effort almost shows signs of discipline: four-minute song structures and melodies that realise the benefit of economy."Paste (magazine) (p.58) - "[With] touching and tasteful tributes....The band takes some sonic risks and shows continued versatility on songs like 'Alligator Pie'..."0.1608159

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Entertainment Weekly (No. 834, p.143) - "...[T]uneful...Middleton's dark humor, silly puns, ("Bear With Me"), and vibrant arrangements bring some sunlight and warmth to his lager-soaked heart." - Grade: B+Magnet (p.101) - "Middleton is neither dreary nor seditionary - merely superb....Middleton astutely counterbalances his lyrical gloom with uplifting sonics."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #8 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[H]is brutish wit was allied to a surprising melodic uplift to produce this modern pop masterpiece."0.1608159

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Rolling Stone (8/8/96, p.58) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...BROKEN ARROW has the same tossed-off feel as HAWKS AND DOVES or RE*ACT*OR, as if Young took the eight tracks he'd been reviewing one particular day and decided they would be his new album....there's a detectable level of comfort in the playing, of moves learned and responses expected..."Entertainment Weekly (7/12/96, p.58) - "...as the album simmers down and the full effect of his alternately world-weary and dreamy imagery kicks in, you get a better idea of the hard-rocking evanescence he's going for..."- Rating: BQ (8/96, p.122) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...verses are short and solos are long, riffs end in sonic pile-ups of feedback, and there is at least one tune where the ghost of Hank Williams is pumped full of steroids and sent staggering blank-eyed and drooling across the fields....top stuff..."Musician (9/96, p.86) - "...Charming, loopy, slightly dark-hued, and exhibiting pronounced symptoms of musical schizophrenia,...[BROKEN ARROW] is a warm return to various forms and formats....the reappearance of Crazy Horse is especially welcome....Young is at his most mercurial..."0.1464277

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Rolling Stone (No. 987, p.130) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Given Bush's protracted absence, the subtlety of her eighth studio offering seems particularly ballsy...."Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 5 stars out of 5 - "Kate Bush is the greatest living British artist in song and this is her masterpiece....It's all exquisitely sung, played and judged....And so few artists award themselves the freedom to roam around their imagination the way Kate Bush does."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #3 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[D]aring conceits, emotional nudism and neo-classical sonics culminated in a mood-altering crypto-Balearic trance-athon."Mojo (Publisher) (p.61) - Ranked #45 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[A] filmic vision rendered in sound that demanded the listener's undivided attention..."0.1407139

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JazzTimes (1-2/00, pp.129-30) - "...concentrates on the hotter, more swinging performances by this sometimes frustratingly diverse musican....[The album] reveals that...his rhythmic concept was deeply rooted in older patterns, i.e., swing era phrasing grafted onto laid back West-coast cool..."0.1392317

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CMJ - "ALBUM OF THE YEAR is the sonic phoenix rising out of the proverbial ashes, with production layering live drums atop programmed ones, adding an extra dimension to his hardened beats."CMJ - "It is thick sounding with live drums layered atop programmed ones to add an extra dimension to his hardened beats."XXL (Magazine) (p.103) - "As a beatmaker, Black Milk is still on his A game, from the regal strings on the intense 'Black and Brown' to the rollicking guitars of the standout 'Deadly Medley.'"0.1269475

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Alternative Press (10/99, p.90) - 5 out of 5 - "...reveals warped fingerings; modal alien blues; hammer-on skirmishes; pick scrapes and fret-board surgeries....this is sonic manna for any egghead interested in the innumerable possibilities of the guitar."The Wire (8/99, pp.48-9) - "...[imposes] a symmetrical order on 20 years of their sometimes unruly shared history."0.1266842

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Spin (9/99, p.164) - Ranked #90 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (1/97, p.58) - Ranked #10 on Spin's list of the "20 Best Albums of '96."Spin (2/96, p.84) - 9 (out of 10) - "...Yuka Honda's dub-influenced sampling melts and melds different types of white noise...and echoes a global mix of instruments....VIVA! LA WOMAN is [also] a romantic comedy..."Entertainment Weekly (1/26/96, p.58) - "...sonic savants who go nutty mixing disparate ingredients, like avant-garde trumpet with bossa nova bass lines and sugary non-sequitur lyrics....kitschy club music, as kooky and lovable as Hello Kitty." - Rating: A-Option (3-4/96, p.97) - "...Cibo Matto has spun its oddball vision and limited technical prowess into creative gold, rocketing from East Village obscurity to high-concept product in record time..."Melody Maker (3/30/96, p.40) - Recommended - "...Cool, smart and deeply deeply funky....Just lucky, I guess..."Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #27 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.122) - "...VIVA! LA WOMAN is...bulging with off-the-wall ideas and strategies....the songs are well-crafted ruminations on desire and dinner - what could possibly be more attractive than that?"0.122023

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Rolling Stone (2/18/99, pp.57-58) - "...Built To Spill songs are typically about the physics of colliding emotions, about dissension at home and in the head....Yet there is something very whole and intoxicating about the way Martsch sets unraveling relationships against fastidiously scripted riff fireworks..."Entertainment Weekly (3/5/99, p.66) - "...Idaho oddity Built to Spill make music with a weird naive excitement that recalls R.E.M. at their fresh-out-of-Athens finest..." - Rating: BCMJ (1/10/00, p.3) - Ranked #6 in CMJ's "Top 30 Editorial Picks [1999]"CMJ (1/6/03, p.20) - Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"CMJ (2/1/99, p.3) - "...Most focused effort in its nine-year career....a luminously poetic expression of good old-fashioned crash-and-burn sonic beauty..."Melody Maker (5/16/00, p.47) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[Their] return to form....Not a bad choice for Grandaddy's grandad."Mojo (Publisher) (03/99, p.88) - "...Reclusive Idaho guitarist/songwriter finally gets it right....He also has a powerful emotional, instrumentally muscular and impressively varied fourth album..."0.120612

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Rolling Stone (No. 966, p.58) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "[Buffs] up the guitar buzz of vintage Sonic Youth with anthemic power chords..."Spin (p.87) - "'Caterwaul' lives up to its title with a grinding post-grunge groove as heavy as the dud from Tad, while 'And the Rest Will Follow' blows in on a power-surge fanfare." - Grade: BEntertainment Weekly (p.143) - Ranked #9 in Entertainment Weekly's 'Top Ten Records of the Year' -- "[T]hey channel their rage, disgust and caustic humor into brawny, exhilarating anthems..."Entertainment Weekly (p.81) - "[T]hey've never sounded so incensed....robust, unapologetically anthemic rock & roll..." - Grade: A-Magnet (p.52) - Ranked #3 in Magnet's "The 20 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[T]hey came armed with an orchestra, a vocal choir, prog-rock album artwork and an extra drummer."Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]his is an unmistakably 'rock album, but this time they throw more into the mix; there are waltz timings, Primal Scream-style doubled vocals, swooping strings, and more."0.120612

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Spin (7/01, pp.126-7) - 7 out of 10 - "...Their very own KID A....offering heavier arrangements, starker contrasts between soft folky orchestrations and hard prog-rock noise, more guest stars, fewer pretty tunes, and several gigabytes of robo-speak....absurd, uncanny and touching..."Q (7/01, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A bold, chaotic departure from MOON SAFARI's smooth lines, packed with experiments and sonic jokes..."Alternative Press (2/02, p.64) - Ranked #8 in AP's "25 Best Albums of 2001".Alternative Press (7/01, pp.58-9) - 8 out of 10 - "...Funny and ingenious..."Magnet (12-1/02, p.56) - Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2001".CMJ (5/28/01, p.5) - "...Made of the strict artisan molecules as previous releases....LEGENDS lives for shadows...the depth and variety of the darkness beautifies the album...Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.71) - Ranked #26 in Mojo's "Best [40] Albums of 2001".Mojo (Publisher) (6/01, p.94) - "...This is rich, deep-pile music reliant on texture rather than pop smarts..."NME (Magazine) (12/29/01, p.59) - Ranked #14 in NME's 50 "Albums Of the Year 2001".0.120612

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Spin (10/92, p.106) - Highly Recommended - "...Screaming Trees use tools forged in the heat of early-70s post-psychedelia to forge songs with new-sounding structures...powerful, poignant, and bittersweet..."Entertainment Weekly (10/9/92, p.58) - "...Screaming Trees aren't just another grunge band. The Trees' deep roots suggest more a classic rock band, with traces of Neil Young, '70s Southern rock, psychedelic pop, and garage punk..." - Rating: B+Q (10/92, p.90) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...they recall the more belligerent outpourings of Deep Purple, Sabbath and even Blue Oyster Cult...there is glory in gargantuan sonic gestures..."Village Voice (3/9/93, p.80) - "...these Northwest veterans have started roiling and hooking and knocking 'em dead at the very moment they seemed ready to expire of corporate torpor..." - Rating: B+NME (Magazine) (10/3/92, p.37) - 8 - Very Good - "...the sound of a spirit renewing itself...their big triumph...flows with the happy tension of a band that's corralled its scattered energies, shed a few skins and put to work the huge buzz that's come with their new lease on life..."0.120612

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Rolling Stone (p.69) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "When the loops and beats are kicking up dust, the man's blissful blues feel earned."Spin (p.86) - "[Each song] retains an inimitable singer's sound but adds oxygen-rich breathing room."Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "'Go Do' and 'Animal Arithmetic' benefit from kaleidoscopic art-pop arrangements by hot-shot composer Nico Muhly." -- Grade: B+Billboard (p.32) - "Having driven Sigur Ros' music in a more poppy direction on recent albums, Jonsi descends into pure pop on his new collection of songs, using instrumentation ranging from harpsichords to flutes."Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Iceland's nature boy remains transfixed by planetary, Sigury wonder."Pitchfork (Website) - "[W]hat truly elevates GO is Jnsi's voice, which still has the ability to stun a decade after AGAETIS BYRJUN introduced most listeners to his alien bleats."Clash (magazine) - "Composer Nico Muhly is on production duties, crafting a gorgeous, glitchy and complex sonic landscape. Opener 'Go Do' is all jittery electronics and fluttering flutes..."Uncut (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's an adrenalised shiver to this that echoes Animal Collecitve....This is exhilarating."0.10765

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Spin (p.98) - "[S]oaring Hammond organ, rubbery bass, sing-at-the-ceiling choruses -- were never better than on 'The Only One I Know.'"Uncut (magazine) (p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Two decades after riding the wave of Manc mania straight to No 1, The Charlatans' debut feels like a period piece, dated, but not without charm"0.1044238

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Rolling Stone (5/2/96, p.54) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...combinations of three or four killer riffs and a juggernautlike groove....The effect is mesmerizing even though the tunes aren't stricily memorable..."Spin (1/97, p.58) - Ranked #5 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '96.'Spin (4/96, p.106) - 9 (out of 10) - "...the biggest, most contemporary sounding, and physically enticing hard rock anyone is offering....Fugazi, Big Black,...Sonic Youth...are some of the post-punk tributaries pop-alternative has largely passed by; Girls Against Boys' achievement is to show how the legacy of bands like these...wasn't insular avant-gardism but a revolution in how hard rock could sound, must sound, if it's to go forward..."Entertainment Weekly (3/22/96, p.74) - "Terminally tense singers and guitars that resemble low-speed power drills may be alterna-rock cliches, but these droners make those elements sound fresh and musical..." - Rating: B+Q (4/96, p.109) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...further spit and polish to their patented murky swagger..."Alternative Press (5/96, p.77) - "...intense bites of depraved carnality that made women faint and men envious..."Melody Maker (3/2/96, p.38) - Recommended - "...it rips through you like Ebola, hypes the room, your head, the moment with electricity....GVSB's guitars are full-blooded, glaring, but they're always honed to a single zone of impact....their most on-the-money bolt of perfection yet..."NME (Magazine) (3/2/96, p.45) - 8 (out of 10) - "...GVSB sound like some bizzare coital scandal waiting to happen, exuding tense sexual atmosphere like nothing this side of your local municipal library....a spot of sleazy shenanigans, courtesy of some devilishly suave US anti-heroes..."0.10051

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Rolling Stone (p.65) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "It's heavier, noisier, more jagged....KALA strikes deep....A riot of human, musical and mechanical sounds bubbles underneath these tracks."Rolling Stone (p.107) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "M.I.A.'s second album was an international block party with a sonic imagination nobody could match all year."Spin (p.127) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "M.I.A.'s border-crossing dance pop is a revolutionary manifesto set the victory party vibe of the future."Entertainment Weekly (p.133) - "KALA is propelled by genuinely stellar moments: the manic thrall of 'Jimmy,' the ferocious gunshot-chorused 'Paper Planes.'" -- Grade: BUncut (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] head-spinning equatorial dash....She twangs the boundaries of taste both lyrically and musically. But a knockout's a knockout..."The Wire (p.57) - "She has kept her globetrotting spirit intact in later years -- for Kala she's harvested inspiration and sounds from streets on every continent."The Wire (p.37) - Ranked #8 in The Wire's "Top Ten Records of the Year 2007" -- "[The] album saw her in transcontinental globetrotting mode in search of the tribal beats, engine sounds and local pop samples mishmashed into KALA."Q (Magazine) (p.76) - Ranked #34 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "[H]ip hop by way of Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent..."0.08795761

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Spin (3/96, pp.114-115) - 6 (out of 10) - "...these sonic collages are one of the last few bastions of raw hip-hop culture....The inspired layering of Mobb Deep's `Shook Ones Pt. II' over `The Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin' ta F' Wit' recalls the best of Flex's homegrown stuff..."Melody Maker (2/3/96, p.41) - "...Combining fluid timing, intuitive scratching and guest-star freestyles...Flex knows how to make a mix tape...into something akin to a journey, a concept....the most accessible chance you'll get to hear his transmission from hip hop's cutting edge..."NME (Magazine) (1/13/96, p.34) - 8 (out of 10) - "...in the land of all things groovesome...the mix tape makes perfect sense....a carefully balanced combination of no-nonsense chatting and big tunes that...occasionally lapse into commercial R&B....The Funkmaster has quite clearly earnt his title."0.08782595

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Rolling Stone (6/21/01, p.75) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The most sonically inventive, rhythmically explosive pop music around....She proves that girl power is all well and good..."Rolling Stone (6/21/01, p.75) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The most sonically inventive, rhythmically explosive pop music around....She proves that girl power is all well and good..."Spin (7/01, p.128) - 8 out of 10 - "...A kind, weird club crunker, Ecstasy references included..."Spin (7/01, p.128) - 8 out of 10 - "...A kind, weird club crunker, Ecstasy references included..."Entertainment Weekly (5/25/01, p.80) - "...The hooks come as fast as the reefer references, and for the first time since her debut, she sounds as if she's having a blast singing, rhyming, growling, hissing, and purring..." - Rating: B+Entertainment Weekly (5/25/01, p.80) - "...The hooks come as fast as the reefer references, and for the first time since her debut, she sounds as if she's having a blast singing, rhyming, growling, hissing, and purring..." - Rating: B+Q (7/01, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...She sheds the stiff, stage-managed confrontation of '99s DA REAL WORLD for non-stop hedonism....it's a conga-line of post-emancipation shagging, drug references or both, all set to a series of writhing sci-fi beats..."Q (7/01, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...She sheds the stiff, stage-managed confrontation of '99s DA REAL WORLD for non-stop hedonism....it's a conga-line of post-emancipation shagging, drug references or both, all set to a series of writhing sci-fi beats..."Magnet (2/04, p.114) - "Elliott writes like she was born with a hook in her mouth and arranges vocals with a gymnastic gusto."Magnet (2/04, p.114) - "Elliott writes like she was born with a hook in her mouth and arranges vocals with a gymnastic gusto."The Wire (1/02, p.41) - Ranked #8 in Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2001".The Wire (6/01, p.58) - "...A thousand times more exciting in every way than most everything in the air at the moment....Timbaland's production is frontier staking stuff..."The Wire (1/02, p.41) - Ranked #8 in Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2001".The Wire (6/01, p.58) - "...A thousand times more exciting in every way than most everything in the air at the moment....Timbaland's production is frontier staking stuff..."Mixmag (6/01, p.175) - 4 out of 5 - "...A drugged-out, script-flipping piece of progressive r'n'b...striving to break all moulds...injecting r'n'b with what sounds like a big fat dose of MDMA..."Mixmag (6/01, p.175) - 4 out of 5 - "...A drugged-out, script-flipping piece of progressive r'n'b...striving to break all moulds...injecting r'n'b with what sounds like a big fat dose of MDMA..."CMJ (6/4/01, p.10) - "...Proves the urban sound revolution is still in full swing..."CMJ (6/4/01, p.10) - "...Proves the urban sound revolution is still in full swing..."The Source (7/01, p.198) - "...With all of Timbaland's sonic concoctions and the LPs guests, which include Busta Rhymes and Eve, SO ADDICTIVE could've been titled SO WHO SAYS YOU NEED LYRICS....you'll quickly appreciate the new ground she attempts to break..."The Source (7/01, p.198) - "...With all of Timbaland's sonic concoctions and the LPs guests, which include Busta Rhymes and Eve, SO ADDICTIVE could've been titled SO WHO SAYS YOU NEED LYRICS....you'll quickly appreciate the new ground she attempts to break..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.71) - Ranked #28 in Mojo's "Best [40] Albums of 2001".Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.71) - Ranked #28 in Mojo's "Best [40] Albums of 2001".NME (Magazine) (12/29/01, p.59) - Ranked #26 in NME's 50 "Albums Of the Year 2001".0.08528553

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Rolling Stone (6/21/01, p.75) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The most sonically inventive, rhythmically explosive pop music around....She proves that girl power is all well and good..."Rolling Stone (6/21/01, p.75) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The most sonically inventive, rhythmically explosive pop music around....She proves that girl power is all well and good..."Spin (7/01, p.128) - 8 out of 10 - "...A kind, weird club crunker, Ecstasy references included..."Spin (7/01, p.128) - 8 out of 10 - "...A kind, weird club crunker, Ecstasy references included..."Entertainment Weekly (5/25/01, p.80) - "...The hooks come as fast as the reefer references, and for the first time since her debut, she sounds as if she's having a blast singing, rhyming, growling, hissing, and purring..." - Rating: B+Entertainment Weekly (5/25/01, p.80) - "...The hooks come as fast as the reefer references, and for the first time since her debut, she sounds as if she's having a blast singing, rhyming, growling, hissing, and purring..." - Rating: B+Q (7/01, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...She sheds the stiff, stage-managed confrontation of '99s DA REAL WORLD for non-stop hedonism....it's a conga-line of post-emancipation shagging, drug references or both, all set to a series of writhing sci-fi beats..."Q (7/01, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...She sheds the stiff, stage-managed confrontation of '99s DA REAL WORLD for non-stop hedonism....it's a conga-line of post-emancipation shagging, drug references or both, all set to a series of writhing sci-fi beats..."Magnet (2/04, p.114) - "Elliott writes like she was born with a hook in her mouth and arranges vocals with a gymnastic gusto."Magnet (2/04, p.114) - "Elliott writes like she was born with a hook in her mouth and arranges vocals with a gymnastic gusto."The Wire (1/02, p.41) - Ranked #8 in Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2001".The Wire (6/01, p.58) - "...A thousand times more exciting in every way than most everything in the air at the moment....Timbaland's production is frontier staking stuff..."The Wire (1/02, p.41) - Ranked #8 in Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2001".The Wire (6/01, p.58) - "...A thousand times more exciting in every way than most everything in the air at the moment....Timbaland's production is frontier staking stuff..."Mixmag (6/01, p.175) - 4 out of 5 - "...A drugged-out, script-flipping piece of progressive r'n'b...striving to break all moulds...injecting r'n'b with what sounds like a big fat dose of MDMA..."Mixmag (6/01, p.175) - 4 out of 5 - "...A drugged-out, script-flipping piece of progressive r'n'b...striving to break all moulds...injecting r'n'b with what sounds like a big fat dose of MDMA..."CMJ (6/4/01, p.10) - "...Proves the urban sound revolution is still in full swing..."CMJ (6/4/01, p.10) - "...Proves the urban sound revolution is still in full swing..."The Source (7/01, p.198) - "...With all of Timbaland's sonic concoctions and the LPs guests, which include Busta Rhymes and Eve, SO ADDICTIVE could've been titled SO WHO SAYS YOU NEED LYRICS....you'll quickly appreciate the new ground she attempts to break..."The Source (7/01, p.198) - "...With all of Timbaland's sonic concoctions and the LPs guests, which include Busta Rhymes and Eve, SO ADDICTIVE could've been titled SO WHO SAYS YOU NEED LYRICS....you'll quickly appreciate the new ground she attempts to break..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.71) - Ranked #28 in Mojo's "Best [40] Albums of 2001".Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.71) - Ranked #28 in Mojo's "Best [40] Albums of 2001".NME (Magazine) (12/29/01, p.59) - Ranked #26 in NME's 50 "Albums Of the Year 2001".0.08528553

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Rolling Stone (p.110) - Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 10 Reissues Of 2006" -- "[T]here is a striking, psychedelic glow to the grind and wobble of 'Grounded' and 'Motion Suggests Itself'..."Rolling Stone (4/11/02, p.106) - Ranked #12 in Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Records" - "...Warm, spaced-out guitar doodles; Malkmus murmurs like a surfer-dude Buddy Holly..."Spin (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Slanted and tortured slow-dissolve rockers about generational angst plus tunes that cuddle your brain."Spin (p.58) - Ranked #1 in Spin's "The 10 Best Reissues of 2006" -- "The word games were never so hermetic, the guitar tangle never so dire."Spin (5/95, p.93) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Pavement crafts the everything aesthetic into real songs....[Stephen] Malkmus, the eternal sophisticate...[is] the sexiest word-mangler in the business....Occasionally--the lyric-drunk `Rattled By The Rush,' the stuttered chorus of `AT&T'...--the results rank with Pavement's hallowed best..."Q (p.150) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Pavement's third album found them branching out stylistically....The one constant is Stephen Malkmus's pop nous, which underpins 'AT&T' to impressive effect."Q (5/95, p.110) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Over-packed, sometimes too oblique for its own good and occasionally not that great, but it's pure Pavement."Uncut (3/03, p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Songs derail into unexpected territories....Adventurous..."Option (7-8/95, p.127) - "...With WOWEE ZOWEE, Pavement has proven unequivocally that they will never be superstars. Not because this record isn't worthwhile, but because they are uncompromising..."Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67) - Ranked #39 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's `Albums Of The Year' - "...inspired near nonsense, berserk tempo changes, wilfully obtuse hipster references and poignant, hooky, pure pop..."Musician (7/95, p.105) - "...Pavement spent 1994 touring, and WOWEE ZOWEE benefits as a result. The rhythm section...has cohered, and plays on the album like bandmembers rather than hired hands. The group has also continued expanding their sonic repetoire....delivers on all counts..."Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #17 in the Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (7/95, p.114) - "...Stephen Malkmus' decision to spurn the enticing, flippant pop classic path...in favour of a nettly rummage through the sonic undergrowth, bespeaks the depth of his loyalty to the voices in his head....Heartfelt..."NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #16 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995 - "...the wilful, askew guitar dissidence of Pavement's distant past meets their surprising melodic eloquence of CROOKED RAIN and carves out their most rewarding album yet."0.08444062

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Rolling Stone (p.110) - Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 10 Reissues Of 2006" -- "[T]here is a striking, psychedelic glow to the grind and wobble of 'Grounded' and 'Motion Suggests Itself'..."Rolling Stone (4/11/02, p.106) - Ranked #12 in Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Records" - "...Warm, spaced-out guitar doodles; Malkmus murmurs like a surfer-dude Buddy Holly..."Spin (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Slanted and tortured slow-dissolve rockers about generational angst plus tunes that cuddle your brain."Spin (p.58) - Ranked #1 in Spin's "The 10 Best Reissues of 2006" -- "The word games were never so hermetic, the guitar tangle never so dire."Spin (5/95, p.93) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Pavement crafts the everything aesthetic into real songs....[Stephen] Malkmus, the eternal sophisticate...[is] the sexiest word-mangler in the business....Occasionally--the lyric-drunk `Rattled By The Rush,' the stuttered chorus of `AT&T'...--the results rank with Pavement's hallowed best..."Q (p.150) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Pavement's third album found them branching out stylistically....The one constant is Stephen Malkmus's pop nous, which underpins 'AT&T' to impressive effect."Q (5/95, p.110) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Over-packed, sometimes too oblique for its own good and occasionally not that great, but it's pure Pavement."Uncut (3/03, p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Songs derail into unexpected territories....Adventurous..."Option (7-8/95, p.127) - "...With WOWEE ZOWEE, Pavement has proven unequivocally that they will never be superstars. Not because this record isn't worthwhile, but because they are uncompromising..."Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67) - Ranked #39 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's `Albums Of The Year' - "...inspired near nonsense, berserk tempo changes, wilfully obtuse hipster references and poignant, hooky, pure pop..."Musician (7/95, p.105) - "...Pavement spent 1994 touring, and WOWEE ZOWEE benefits as a result. The rhythm section...has cohered, and plays on the album like bandmembers rather than hired hands. The group has also continued expanding their sonic repetoire....delivers on all counts..."Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #17 in the Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (7/95, p.114) - "...Stephen Malkmus' decision to spurn the enticing, flippant pop classic path...in favour of a nettly rummage through the sonic undergrowth, bespeaks the depth of his loyalty to the voices in his head....Heartfelt..."NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #16 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995 - "...the wilful, askew guitar dissidence of Pavement's distant past meets their surprising melodic eloquence of CROOKED RAIN and carves out their most rewarding album yet."0.08444062

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Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.106) - Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's Top 10 Albums of 2000.Rolling Stone (10/12/00, pp.85-6) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A clear-eyed space opera about a plausible future....this 'is' pop, a music of ornery, glistening guile and honest ache, and it will feel good under your skin once you let it get there..."Spin (1/01, p.73) - Ranked #2 in Spin's "Top 20 Albums of the Year [2000]".Spin (10/00, pp.171-2) - 9 out of 10 - "...The songfullness emerges from the strangeness, and a beautifully sequenced CD assumes the shape of a classic LP....KID A is not only [its] bravest album but its best one as well."Spin (10/00, pp.171-2) - 9 out of 10 - "...The songfullness emerges from the strangeness, and a beautifully sequenced CD assumes the shape of a classic LP....KID A is not only [their] bravest album but its best one as well."Entertainment Weekly (10/6/00, pp.85-6) - "...A genuinely challenging work....a sonic journey..." - Rating: B+Q (10/01, p.91) - Ranked #13 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"Q (1/01, p.93) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".Q (11/00, p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Beautiful as it is strange....Musically, [its] best features are its keening, lapwing guitars and a thin, atonal orchestral drizzle....best enjoyed with the lights off..."Alternative Press (11/00, p.95) - 3 out of 5 - "...Like the soundtrack to a movie that hasn't been filmed....This is music that messes with your insides..."Magnet (1-2/01, p.45) - Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2000" - "...This year's version of R.E.M.'s UP: a genre-resistant sonic scuplture that plays wicked eardrum tricks at every turn..."The Wire (1/01, p.34) - Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year".Muzik (11/00, p.90) - 4 out of 5 - "...A record of experiments....This deserves your attention."CMJ (1/08/01, p.17) - Included in CMJ's "Best of the Year" for 2000.CMJ (10/2/00, p.3) - "...An epic audio experiment punctuated with raw emotion and inspiring innovation....an unquestionable masterpiece..."Vibe (11/00, p.166) - 4 discs out of 5 - "...Richly sculpted with multi-colored chords, ebbing rhythms, and oddball time measures, KID A floats...through the galaxy in search of musical cliches to annihilate..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.66) - Ranked #7 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[W]eeping icons of heartbreaking loveliness..."Mojo (Publisher) (10/00, p.86) - "...Intriguing, eccentric, obviously a grower....It still sounds a mess, but that's obviously the plan..."NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.77) - Ranked #11 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year" - "...Warp-style electronica, modern jazz....chill atmospherics and curdled, bitter soundscapes..."Pitchfork (Website) - "[A] complete album, one where everything from production to arrangements to lyrics to album art were carefully crafted towards a unified purpose."Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[S]uitably liberated....These are recordings with soul..."0.08254632

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Rolling Stone (1/23/97, p.44) - Ranked #7 on Rolling Stone's list of the "Ten Best Albums" of 1996.Rolling Stone (7/11-25/96, p.86) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...Screaming Trees have finally made the album they've always had in them..."Spin (8/96, p.96) - 7 (out of 10) - "...the knack Lanegan shares with his late friend Kurt Cobain--for writing a tasty pop hook despite himself--shines throughout. Real '60s psychedelia rarely sounded this explosive..."Entertainment Weekly (7/12/96, p.58) - "...Mark Lanegan's fluent baritone lofts lyrics about thorns, halos, Jesus, prayer, the Gospel, love, and death--all above a powerful fire and brimstone of guitar chords, pounding drums, and an occasional gossamer sitar or organ. The result is spirited and spiritual..." - Rating: AQ (8/96, p.127) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...they continue to keep faith with sonic swirl and murk....the most successful moments tend to be when they ease up and give Mark Lanegan's languid voice room to manoeuvre..."Option (11-12/96, p.128) - "...it's the big ol' rock'n'roll masterbrew we always knew the Trees were capable of. The band can still scream-and kick and flail; the Conner brothers can still throttle the sweet bejesus out of their guitars; and Barrett Martin is still a drum-thwacker to reckon with..."Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #13 on Melody Maker's list of 1996's `Albums Of The Year.'Melody Maker (7/6/96, p.43) - Recommended - "...It sounds like distilled thunder. It sounds as if the elements have been harnessed--for you, in service of your anomie--and fed through a mixing desk. It's a silken, baritone rumble, a cruise-controlled cyclone. Frankly, it's a marvel..."Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #38 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.NME (Magazine) (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #6 in NME's 1996 critics' poll.NME (Magazine) (7/6/96, p.36) - 9 (out of 10) - "...It's rock, kids, with all the grandiose ambition we should routinely demand but so rarely gets delivered....DUST is Seattle's saving grace; the sound of rock 'n' roll in heaven..."0.08040797

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Rolling Stone (1/23/97, p.44) - Ranked #2 on Rolling Stone's list of the "Ten Best Albums" of 1996.Rolling Stone (12/12/96, p.86) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...distorted guitars, disorienting digital effects and the exquisite soul crooning of...Martina Topley Bird over fractured loops and vintage hip-hop beats....an abstract, minimalist edge....closer in spirit to the work of Prince or Lee `Scratch' Perry..."Spin (1/97, p.58) - Ranked #6 on Spin's list of the "20 Best Albums of '96."Spin (12/96, p.139) - 9 (out of 10) - "...Inspired rather than threatened by hip-hop, Tricky tosses it off like a Stussy cape....At his most compelling, Tricky calls everything into question, including himself....his music, a collage of gasping beats and forlorn chords, speaks beyond words..."Q (7/01, p.91) - Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time".Q (12/96, p.138) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...Conventional instruments like pianos or harmonicas jostle with found sounds over ferocious rhythm tracks in an unsettling soundscape where anything can happen, providing it's knuckle-clenching and sweat-inducing....Uneasy yet undeniably brilliant..."JazzTimes (4/97, p.65) - "In a world where `the sound of urban decay' comes in a glossy, retread R&B package, Tricky's PRE-MILLENNIUM TENSION sounds positively revolutionary. Where others rely on militaristic sameness, Tricky's music sounds like a series of sonic accidents..."Vibe (12/96, p.181) - "...Tricky's trip hop fills you up and satisfies you....Call it trip hop, Euro rap, black alternative, or whatever term you fancy. Just don't sleep..."The Source (12/96, p.140) - "...Tricky produces cinematic soundscapes...he layers thick bass loops with enough noise...to warp your mind....Trip-hop was boring 'til Tricky brought sex, hip-hop and beautiful transgressive thoughts to the mix..."Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #4 on Melody Maker's list of 1996's "Albums Of The Year."Musician (2/97, pp.122-123) - "...dense, hypnotic soundscapes that suggest primal terrors....an ingenious mischief-maker rather than an author of old-fashioned beats....PRE-MILLENNIUM TENSION makes swell nightmare fodder..."Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #9 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.NME (Magazine) (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #8 in NME's 1996 critics' poll.0.08040797

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Rolling Stone (p.59) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Badu kicks off the first disc by indulging her arty side: 4TH WORLD WAR is mostly dark, minor-key melodies, eerie chants and atmospheric electro beats..."Rolling Stone (p.91) - Ranked #19 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "AMERYKAH is a hip-hop update of Funkadelic's brain-melting sonic stews."Spin (p.51) - Ranked #12 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "Laptop R&B that uses hip-hop as its muse....Badu croons her own future in your ear."Entertainment Weekly (p.58) - "She is both earth mama and mystic, a Billie Holiday jazz-rasp queen with a tangy Southern drawl..." -- Grade: A-Uncut (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he's far bolder, singing in a strange, little girl's voice over a solitary Chet Baker-style trumpet or chanting mantra-like over a bubbling African rhythm."The Wire (p.70) - "['Honey'] drips with the kind of sultry retro-funk that proves NEW AMERYKAH to have been well worth any amount of waiting."Vibe (p.75) - "[T]he album is challenging, fabulously out there....It's drenched in a '70s acid-rock aura/ afro-sheen vibe -- a spacious, heady brew of trippy guitars, keyboards, and steady beats."Q (Magazine) (p.141) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "NEW AMERYKAH blends classic soul with Sly Stone-freak funk and zonked-out hip hop."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]er boldest and best yet, brilliantly eccentric but repaying every indulgence."Mojo (Publisher) (p.72) - Ranked #16 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[S]egueing through haunted hip hop, luscious soul and futurist funk..."0.08040797

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Rolling Stone (p.78) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey instinctively scale their most intimate confessions to arena-rock levels, rolling out big drums and glossy keyboards..."Spin - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Radiant with apocalyptic tension and grasping to sustain real bonds, THE SUBURBS extends hungrily outward, recalling the dystopic miasma of William Gibson's sci-fi novels and Sonic Youth's guitar odysseys."Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "The band certainly aims for transcendence on THE SUBURBS -- a work of impressively fervent majesty..."Alternative Press - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Drawing on everything from '70s radio rock to angular indie rock from the '90s, Arcade Fire have built one of the most interesting-sounding records you're likely to hear all year..."CMJ - "Filled with big-money percussion blasts, waves of strings and This-Is-Important surges of energy, 'Rococo' and 'Month Of May' will, no doubt, sound amazing echoing off arena rafters."Billboard (p.28) - "At 16 tracks, this dense, complicated set covers considerably more stylistic territory than either of the band's previous albums..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Crammed with addictive confections....THE SUBURBS also heralds unexpected vistas, not least of which is a sense of humour."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #2 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[T]hey raze the peaks and troughs of that bombastic chamber rock and add fuzz-punk and soaring synthpop to an expanding, yet more refined, pallette."Paste (magazine) - "[I]t's Arcade Fire's most ambitious and concept-driven effort to date....A vein of emptiness and Beckett-esque waiting courses throughout..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The spritely opening title track is terrific, as is the sad, anthemic beauty of 'Ready To Start'....There are some magical moments here..."Uncut (magazine) (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE SUBURBS is a surprising record, swapping the spit and fire of FUNERAL for a sense of mature playfulness....There is pain and pleasure, loss and hope."Uncut (magazine) (p.37) - Ranked #4 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[The album] sounded like a band recapturing their wistfulness and, even, their humanity."0.08040797

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Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.58) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (10/1/92, p.63) - 3 Stars - Good - "..With its wave after wave of rhythmic innovation, US hints at catharsis...[It] can be heard as a combination of its immediate predecessors: The western firepower of SO meets the Eastern earthiness of PASSION.."Spin (10/92, p.111) - Highly Recommended - "..fresh, accessible...It's a testament to Gabriel's universal voice that most tracks on the album evoke both a private moment and a plea for world peace.."Entertainment Weekly (7/12/02, pp.84-5) - "...Nicely rounds out his catalog...revealing a surprisingly logical progression...Gabriel sharpens his writing and expands his sonic scope with every release..." Rating: B+Q (1/93, p.71) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.Q (11/92, p.102) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "..disregard all suggestions that this is an `adult' album, designed for sensitive, musicologically correct, vaguely troubled fortysomethings. US is, first and foremost, start to finish, a truly wonderful blast.."Musician (10/92, p.102) - "..[Gabriel] has never sounded better...filled with the longing of a middle-aged man who finds himself alone...songs with a cold wind blowing through them.."Jazziz (Dec.-Jan./92, p.94) - Picked by critic John Dilberto as one of the 10 best albums of 1992.Audio Magazine (12/92, p.148) - Sound: B - Performance: A- - "..possibly Gabriel's most personal album...reveals more details, sonically and emotionally, with each listening.."Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.126) - "...Sustained 3's level of inspiration and craftsmanship....Gabriel constantly demonstrated a wonderful ear for choosing, from his quincontinental mental archive, sound and rhythm that did the job, no artsy farting about..."New York Times (Publisher) (9/23/92, p.C14) - "..pure 90's material. Not only does it mix standard pop instrumentation with instruments and musicians from around the world, but it's wrenchingly confessional.."NME (Magazine) (10/24/92, p.36) - 5 - Fair - "..a vague affair...staggers under the weight of its own earnestness.."0.08040797

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Rolling Stone (p.78) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey instinctively scale their most intimate confessions to arena-rock levels, rolling out big drums and glossy keyboards..."Spin - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Radiant with apocalyptic tension and grasping to sustain real bonds, THE SUBURBS extends hungrily outward, recalling the dystopic miasma of William Gibson's sci-fi novels and Sonic Youth's guitar odysseys."Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "The band certainly aims for transcendence on THE SUBURBS -- a work of impressively fervent majesty..."Alternative Press - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Drawing on everything from '70s radio rock to angular indie rock from the '90s, Arcade Fire have built one of the most interesting-sounding records you're likely to hear all year..."CMJ - "Filled with big-money percussion blasts, waves of strings and This-Is-Important surges of energy, 'Rococo' and 'Month Of May' will, no doubt, sound amazing echoing off arena rafters."Billboard (p.28) - "At 16 tracks, this dense, complicated set covers considerably more stylistic territory than either of the band's previous albums..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Crammed with addictive confections....THE SUBURBS also heralds unexpected vistas, not least of which is a sense of humour."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #2 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[T]hey raze the peaks and troughs of that bombastic chamber rock and add fuzz-punk and soaring synthpop to an expanding, yet more refined, pallette."Paste (magazine) - "[I]t's Arcade Fire's most ambitious and concept-driven effort to date....A vein of emptiness and Beckett-esque waiting courses throughout..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The spritely opening title track is terrific, as is the sad, anthemic beauty of 'Ready To Start'....There are some magical moments here..."Uncut (magazine) (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE SUBURBS is a surprising record, swapping the spit and fire of FUNERAL for a sense of mature playfulness....There is pain and pleasure, loss and hope."Uncut (magazine) (p.37) - Ranked #4 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[The album] sounded like a band recapturing their wistfulness and, even, their humanity."0.08040797

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