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Rolling Stone (5/28/92, p.54) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "..an appealing CD variety show...hypnotically repetitive.."63.04498

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The Source (2/93, p.58) - "...a perfect example of the funk-inspired, neo-jazz sound that's been steadily on the rise since Soul II Soul's first effort...a percussion and horn-heavy, cool-out album with 12 consistent, well-produced tracks...celebrates the union of many schools of black music: soul, jazz and hip-hop..."0.4360684

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Rolling Stone (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]rip-hop began here, on an album where the producers, even more than stellar guest vocalists like Shara Nelson and Horace Andy, were the stars."Spin (9/99, p.131) - Ranked #24 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (8/91) - Highly Recommended - "...simply beautiful...assaults the ear and the ass, lulling and grooving..."Q (12/99, p.70) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (10/01, p.99) - Ranked #8 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"Q (6/00, p.85) - Ranked #9 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums" - "...It unwittingly gave birth to a new slow-burning, heavily atmospheric strain of dance music that...would very swiftly be termed trip hop....music designed for the head first and the feet second."Vibe (12/99, p.157) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th CenturyMelody Maker (12/91) - Ranked #23 in Melody Maker's list of the top 30 albums of 1991 - "..."Blue Lines" was the album Soul II Soul never managed: a loose cross between ambient House, old Studio One-time reggae, swingbeat and the post-M.A.R.S. hippychick groove. Truly gorgeous..."New York Times (Publisher) (10/30/91) - "...mixes rap, funk, and soul into something nicely relaxed and fluid."NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #97 in NME's list of the "Greatest Albums Of All Time."0.2180342

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Rolling Stone (4/11/02, p.106) - Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Records".Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.79) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (4/6/95, p.64) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...this English dance-pop outfit...delivers brilliant body music that doesn't neglect the brain. Cool, sexy stuff, it smoothly fuses dub, club and soul, grounding its grace in sampled hip-hop beats..."Spin (2/95, pp.77-78) - Satisfactory - "...the dark depressive flipside to Soul II Soul's sunny, self-determining optimism. The beats are even slower, the grooves more contemplative than propulsive, the arrangements... influenced by METAL BOX-era P.I.L....The songs rarely allow for emotional release..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.106) - Ranked #93 in AP's list of the `Top 99 of '85-'95' - "...PROTECTION return[s] Massive to their reggae roots...Thundering bass echoe[s] beneath percolating hip-hop beats and smooth soul grooves...Unlike that of increasingly cartoonish gangstas, Massive's might [is] no media pose..."Vibe (2/95, p.88) - "...well couched in the sound-system ethic....PROTECTION is a weird piece of work that fits right into the defining mantra of British dance music...A surreal forging of dub, hip hop, soul, and random bugged-out elements..."New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - "...full of loops, echoes, ghostly voices and the conviction that space is as important as sound..."NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.22) - Ranked #13 in NME's list of `The Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'NME (Magazine) (9/24/94, p.49) - 8 - Excellent - "...Rolling pianos, soft handclaps and a quiet little bass noodle: odd and very grown-up, but cinematically sexy..."0.1744273

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Down Beat (7/02, p.59) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A fundamental suite showcasing Stanko's maturity as a trumpeter, composer and bandleader, SOUL OF THINGS is a spiritual success."JazzTimes (5/02, p.154) - "...Beautifully rhapsodic, free-floating melodies that highlight Stenko's big dreamy sound. If only dreams sounded like this..."31.52169

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Vibe (6/95, p.112) - "...a contemporary classic....[Soul For Real] sing love songs with the type of sensitivity, maturity, and passion that propelled groups like the Temptations, New Edition, and Boyz II Men into the pop/R&B canon..."The Source (3/95, p.74) - "...[Soul For Real] bring you back to the days when millions were swooned by New Edition. The exception is that these songs are seasoned with funkier hip-hop tracks that are more bass heavy..." s25.40401

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Vibe (10/98, p.178) - "...FROM THE SOUL OF MAN is heightened by the strength of Lattimore's impressive voice, which effortlessly transform from a deep, smoky alto into a bright falsetto--always sounding pure and sublime."25.28741

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Rolling Stone (2/17/72, p.52) - "...one of the more interesting things Leon has done....This is a bitter Leon Russell lashing out at a straight world that, seemingly, is only now exposing viciousness to him..."Musician (3/95, p.90) - "...documents his response to the electric musical climate of the time. The feel is mid-'60s...but Russell pushes against it with his raw Okie articulation. His playing is...contradictory, wavering between session-like discipline and wild gospel thumping..."20.90486

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Rolling Stone (12/23/93, p.148) - 3.5 Stars - Good Plus - "...Most people think the Motown era ended in 1969 with "I Want You Back"--this set argues otherwise. From Michael Jackson's "Got To Be There" to "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men, there's plenty of chart history here along with a lot of good singles...."0.1892061

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Q (8/00, p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Their 1st vocal album...'Lonesome' & 'Unwanted People' provided them with a vocal classic compared to their virtuoso instrumental ensemble groovin'..."Living Blues (5-6/01, pp.91-4) - "...An enjoyable and varied album that kept the New Orleans funk at the forefront....while displaying leanings towards rock..."Mojo (Publisher) (8/00, p.115) - "...An astute blend of social soul...and even a cover of Neil Young's 'Birds'..."0.1876757

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Spin (9/95, p.112) - 7 - Flawed Yet Worthy - "...it flows organically....the tunes...juggle drama and beats with lightness and elan, balancing immediacy and indirection. They're hooky without being pop, jazzy without being abstract....the general level of creativity is staggering..."Down Beat (11/95, p.60) - 3.5 Stars - Good/Very Good - "...Guru is heads above other rappers integrating jazz into their music. Plus, his latest foray into jazz-rap territory continues to inform younger audiences about the old school..."Vibe (9/95, pp.163-164) - "...reeks of adulthood....instead of risking potshots from conservatives, Guru (in a bolder move) risks his rep with his hardcore fans. He flaunts King-isms to folks who pray to Malcolm....a comment on the way things are, but it is also a none-too-subtle request for a change of mind..."The Source (9/95, p.98) - 3.5 Mics - Dope - "...JAZZMATAZZ II proves to be a refreshing work that sends good messages about family, life and the cultures of jazz and hip-hop..."Jazziz (12/95, p.77) - "...the purest collaboration in the history of the hip hop jazz movement....solid, steady soulkick and...profound poetic presence...reminds the listener to look the truth in the face and address it, conquer it, rap about it, and make sure to remember that Guru knew it first..."NME (Magazine) (7/22/95, p.46) - 8 (out of 10) - "...outstrips the first for confidence, funkiness and good vibes. He's really onto something here....So which is the side project, Gang Starr or Jazzmatazz? Who cares? Fact is, out of one team, we've got two great acts..."0.1450092

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Down Beat (p.74) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "Soulive gets closest to their live sound in the studio when the band takes more risks....The organ trio combines that sense of experimentation with a healthy respect for what sounds good in the studio."0.1178271

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Down Beat (p.74) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Alternating between sultry, meditative ballads and hard-swinging joyous romps, the music swarms the senses."Goldmine - Recommended0.1178271

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"...Unprecedented immediacy [in] the battle scenes....Uniformly superb performances..." Movieline's Hollywood Life Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Favorite Films of the '90s" -- "...[A] masterpiece....One soul-shattering experience..." Entertainment Weekly "...Sheer gut-wrenching immediacy....[Spielberg] has come of age as an artist..." Sight and Sound "...Soberly magnificent....It is the ultimate devastating letter home..." New York Times "...Effective the film is, communicating the gruesome nature of combat as few anti-war films ever have..." Box Office "...A powerful and impressive milestone in the realistic depiction of combat, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is as much an experience we live through as a film we watch on screen..."Los Angeles Times "[I]t remains a spectacular, unequalled piece of action film-making." Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "Spielberg's real achievement is to find telling notes in unlikely places -- here a group of soldiers ruminating on the meaning of an Edith Piaf song is as affecting as any skirmish."Empire 4 stars out of 4 -- "One of the most harrowing and enthralling WWII epics ever made....Tom Hanks offers up a solid performance..."Premiere0.1057877

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"...Unprecedented immediacy [in] the battle scenes....Uniformly superb performances..." Movieline's Hollywood Life Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Favorite Films of the '90s" -- "...[A] masterpiece....One soul-shattering experience..." Entertainment Weekly "...Sheer gut-wrenching immediacy....[Spielberg] has come of age as an artist..." Sight and Sound "...Soberly magnificent....It is the ultimate devastating letter home..." New York Times "...Effective the film is, communicating the gruesome nature of combat as few anti-war films ever have..." Box Office "...A powerful and impressive milestone in the realistic depiction of combat, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is as much an experience we live through as a film we watch on screen..."Los Angeles Times "[I]t remains a spectacular, unequalled piece of action film-making." Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "Spielberg's real achievement is to find telling notes in unlikely places -- here a group of soldiers ruminating on the meaning of an Edith Piaf song is as affecting as any skirmish."Empire 4 stars out of 4 -- "One of the most harrowing and enthralling WWII epics ever made....Tom Hanks offers up a solid performance..."Premiere0.1057877

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Rolling Stone (3/19/92, p.93) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...fascinating project...focus on the techno-funk--all burbling keyboards, electronically altered vocal chants and DJ scratching...captures the style's formative days in New York..."Entertainment Weekly (2/21/92, p.54) - "...a portrait of a musical revolution....a pulse-quickening document..." - Rating: B+0.1044346

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Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.186) - "...evokes the prodigious bedroom electricity of FOR YOU-era Prince. You can also hear plenty of MFSB, Barry White and Marvin Gaye on the record....Maxwell massages his influences deep into the pink-satin folds of URBAN HANG SUITE'S cozy grooves..."Entertainment Weekly (4/5/96, p.80) - "...While he can't yet claim the throne occupied by Marvin Gaye, he smooths hip-hop's and soul's edges, proving that black dance music doesn't automatically mean ghetto culture." - Rating: B+Q (6/02, p.134) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...One of the very best R&B records of the '90s..."Vibe (3/96, p.132) - "...[Maxwell's] style calmly fluctuates between cool jazz and ballad-heavy R&B....MAXWELL'S URBAN HANGOUT SUITE is a refreshing detour from hump-bouncin' '90s R&B."Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #20 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.0.1037444

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Rolling Stone (9/2/99, p.114) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...FULL CLIP is proof that Gang Starr have created one of hip-hop's most enduring musical arsenals."Rolling Stone (9/2/99, p.114) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...FULL CLIP is proof that Gang Starr have created one of hip-hop's most enduring musical arsenals."Spin (10/99, p.158) - 9 out of 10 - "...the common thread running through FULL CLIP's 32 cuts: Swing. Head-nod. Repeat....they proved the centrality of the beat better than nearly anyone in hip-hop..."Q (10/99, p.148) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Prime soul rhythms are made eerie and poignant, the beats are full of restrained power and their influence on, say, Portishead is clear. What comes over most is their cultivated handle on hip hop's divided soul..."Q (10/99, p.148) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Prime soul rhythms are made eerie and poignant, the beats are full of restrained power and their influence on, say, Portishead is clear. What comes over most is their cultivated handle on hip hop's divided soul..."Muzik (8/99, p.81) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "...even after a decade their template sounds as fresh as ever....[represents] the best of one of hip hop's most highly esteemed dynasties. These Starr's, it seems, just continue to shine bright."Muzik (8/99, p.81) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "...even after a decade their template sounds as fresh as ever....[represents] the best of one of hip hop's most highly esteemed dynasties. These Starr's, it seems, just continue to shine bright."CMJ (7/19/99, p.29) - "...a two-CD anthology that covers the entirety duo's storied career. Aside from the onslaught of joints and jams....FULL CLIP also features...material that newer fans have been trying to get their hands on for some time."CMJ (7/19/99, p.29) - "...a two-CD anthology that covers the entirety duo's storied career. Aside from the onslaught of joints and jams....FULL CLIP also features...material that newer fans have been trying to get their hands on for some time."Vibe (9/99, p.276) - "...The strength of FULL CLIP...is its thoroughness....With another perfect release under their belt, Guru and Premier take one more huge stride in their march down the path of excellence."Vibe (9/99, p.276) - "...The strength of FULL CLIP...is its thoroughness....With another perfect release under their belt, Guru and Premier take one more huge stride in their march down the path of excellence."Melody Maker (8/14/99, p.35) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "Sunny, scratchy silliness becoming eerie, gun-metal clamour over a decade in hip-hop, getting darker with every passing year..."Melody Maker (8/14/99, p.35) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "Sunny, scratchy silliness becoming eerie, gun-metal clamour over a decade in hip-hop, getting darker with every passing year..."Rap Pages (10/99, pp.142-3) - "...an elder group in the game now with a powerful collection of albums under their belt...bringing all the news live and direct, with no who-riding glamorization nor baseless conscious criticism. This is how it is...and it sounds great..." - Rating: ARap Pages (10/99, pp.142-3) - "...an elder group in the game now with a powerful collection of albums under their belt...bringing all the news live and direct, with no who-riding glamorization nor baseless conscious criticism. This is how it is...and it sounds great..." - Rating: A0.1027897

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Rolling Stone (p.176) - 3 stars out of 5 - "LIFE showcases the volatile Tribbett and his positively ripping live band."0.09426171

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Rolling Stone (p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Fiasco reflects on the personal and the political, and reminds fans of everything hip-hop can be. It's full of surprising, creative moments..."Rolling Stone (p.104) - Ranked #16 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "Fiasco's debut is smart, ballsy hip-hop both backpackers and Jay-Z fans can love."Spin (p.59) - Ranked #20 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "[H]e's the hip-hop Morrissey, which is exactly what the genre needs."Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "[The songs] show a young man reaching for the sky, and touching it often enough." -- Grade: B+XXL (Magazine) (p.140) - "Lyrically dense with a strong moral undercurrent, the album delivered on Lupe's promise of thinking-man's hip-hop..."0.09426171

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