Q (11/01, p.137) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Proves Green Day merely got better at writing songs..."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.72) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (12/11/97, p.80) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Twain bombards you with plastic hooks as tight as her trousers....songs are speedier and more concise..."Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.72) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (12/11/97, p.80) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Twain bombards you with plastic hooks as tight as her trousers....songs are speedier and more concise..."Entertainment Weekly (11/14/97, pp.88-89) - "...deep down, these are all country songs at heart, and that's precisely the way Twain treats them..."- Rating: B+Entertainment Weekly (11/14/97, pp.88-89) - "...deep down, these are all country songs at heart, and that's precisely the way Twain treats them..."- Rating: B+
Down Beat (3/92, p.46) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...an essential document ...thoroughly annotated and painstakingly packaged..."JazzTimes (p.124) - "[T]his music is well worth acquiring..."Option (5-6/92, p.99) - "...Originally scattered across 31 different albums, Fantasy has done a classy job, both with the sound, the package and the booklet's documentation..."
"Tom Tykwer's glossy, high finance conspiracy thriller is a spectacular looking film with an unsettling intensity."Hollywood Reporter "THE INTERNATIONAL gets high marks for timeliness....It's a well-made and handsome drama....Clive Owen does a fine job..."USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "The movie has a scene in it Hitchcock might have envied, a gun battle ranging up and down the ramps of the Guggenheim Museum in New York....The visuals are terrific..."Chicago Sun-Times "Shot by Tykwer's usual cinematographer Frank Griebe, THE INTERNATIONAL exhibits noticeable visual style as it gallivants around the world, and it also has some solid action sequences."Los Angeles Times "THE INTERNATIONAL is in many ways a throwback to the monochrome urban thrillers of the 1970s, with the added topical twist of having a diabolical financial institution at its center....The compulsively watchable Owen makes for an ideal leading man..."Washington Post 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]n Tykwer's assured hands, and boasting dazzling photography, THE INTERNATIONAL rises tot he top of the espionage pile."Total Film "Owen supplies the needed center of gravity....Owen has proved himself the thinking man and woman's action hero, serving up brains and brawn in a hypnotic wrapper."Rolling Stone "Both Watts and Owen give solid performances as determined investigators, but it's the chemistry between them that makes the whole thing work."Premiere "[T]he star of the pic may well be NYC's Guggenheim Museum and Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, both of which figure in cool action chase sequences that pay handsome dividends."Entertainment Weekly
Rolling Stone (No. 986, p.92) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...Vek's ultra low-fi, hip-swiveling tunes deftly blend fuzzed-out psych rock with angular, Gang of Four influenced electropunk...."
Entertainment Weekly (No. 844, p.155) - "...[T]he Joggers' asymmetrical riffage and labrynthine phrasing sometimes achieve moments of epic indie-rock grandeur...." - Grade: B+Magnet (p.102) - "[W]hen this band surprises -- sounding raw and classic, not unlike Don Caballero gerrymandering the three-minute pop song, plus lyrics that quote poet Wallace Stevens' atheist manifesto -- it provides moments indie rock could use more of."
Mojo (Publisher) (8/03, p.116) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...The jumble of performers makes for more diversity and, hence, entertaining listening than diving right into a single-artist old-time album would."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Their least conventional album, it sounds as simultaneously out of time and novel as it ever did."
Rolling Stone (7/25/02, p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Full of more classic, timeless stylings....The fact that they can keep their heart on their sleeve as they're rocking you like a 6 Flags ride is what makes this band so singular and, possibly, indestructable."Rolling Stone (7/25/02, p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Full of more classic, timeless stylings....The fact that they can keep their heart on their sleeve as they're rocking you like a 6 Flags ride is what makes this band so singular and, possibly, indestructable."Rolling Stone (7/25/02, p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Full of more classic, timeless stylings....The fact that they can keep their heart on their sleeve as they're rocking you like a 6 Flags ride is what makes this band so singular and, possibly, indestructable."Spin (7/02, p.108) - 8 out of 10 - "...LOVEHATETRADGEDY is pure sugar rage...Shaddix goes off like a bipolar David Lee Roth....The music is pure pop-metal Valhalla--or maybe Nirvana..."Spin (7/02, p.108) - 8 out of 10 - "...LOVEHATETRADGEDY is pure sugar rage...Shaddix goes off like a bipolar David Lee Roth....The music is pure pop-metal Valhalla--or maybe Nirvana..."Spin (7/02, p.108) - 8 out of 10 - "...LOVEHATETRADGEDY is pure sugar rage...Shaddix goes off like a bipolar David Lee Roth....The music is pure pop-metal Valhalla--or maybe Nirvana..."NME (Magazine) (6/15/02, p.28) - 7 out of 10 - "...Papa Roach's simple articulacy sounds refreshingly primal...solid, honest, rock album. What more do you want?..."NME (Magazine) (6/15/02, p.28) - 7 out of 10 - "...Papa Roach's simple articulacy sounds refreshingly primal...solid, honest, rock album. What more do you want?..."NME (Magazine) (6/15/02, p.28) - 7 out of 10 - "...Papa Roach's simple articulacy sounds refreshingly primal...solid, honest, rock album. What more do you want?..."
Q (9/93, p.81) - 3 Stars - Good - "...THE BATTLE RAGES ON is the most persuasive bid yet to recover the colonies....No MACHINE HEAD, but at least a partial return to form..."
Rolling Stone (7/5/01, p.146) - 4.5 out of 5 stars - "...Captures all the intensity that made their work together so gripping, so full of possibility and so impossible to sustain."Spin (p.110) - "[S]eductively bleak..."Q (p.135) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[Richard Thompson] gives full vent to his talent on this dark, brooding album."Q (11/99, p.163) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Folk Albums of All Time - "...confirmed Richard Thompson as the authentic voice of English music....The fearless use of seemingly incompatible instruments...provided a compelling backdrop for Linda's bruised voice and rarely has misery sounded so persuasive."Q (Magazine) (p.123) - "Calling on the services of CWS Silver Band, the title track surely ranks as one of the most joyful tunes ever written about painting the town red at the end of the working week."
Rolling Stone - Ranked #56 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Albums Of The 80s" survey. (November 1989)Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.134) - Ranked #157 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"Q (1/03, p.64) - Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"Q (9/93, p.97) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...CLOSER [is] less clattering and disturbingly more haunted....Martin Hannett's delicate production prized every last shivering nuance. On one level it's a terrifying last testament. But Peter Hook's becoming a great bassist..."Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.86) - "...A work of genius..."NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.28) - Ranked #2 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums".NME (Magazine) (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #8 in NME's list of The 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s - "...`Sad,' `depressing,' and `really, really depressing,' [CLOSER] is one man's eloquently articulated angst set to a spine-tingling, soft-focus soundtrack..."NME (Magazine) (7/3/93, p.36) - 10 - Classic - "...a benchmark against which, if nothing else, all those early Cure albums sound a bit silly...."NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #20 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'Blender (Magazine) (p.157) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Prickly synths and lurching grooves suggest an ascetic version of disco, and Curtis sings as if he's hanging on by a thread..."
Rolling Stone (9/5/02, pp.70,72) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The aural rummage sale brings some timely noise while proving D can still deliver lyrical knocks to the deserving..."Q (1/03, p.123) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Bound to satisfy loyal fans..."Uncut (01/03, p.126) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Brutally eloquent, anti-authority cyber-funk, PE are still fighting the powers that be..."Mojo (Publisher) (12/02, p.122) - "...Works very well indeed....Public Enemy are still making music of great substance and potency..."
Rolling Stone (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "A lower-dosage Animal Collective, the Foxes stuff their free-form songs with rich, swirling melodies; bellowing clouds of organs...and bells and assorted stringed instruments..."Rolling Stone (p.90) - Ranked #11 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "[T]he prettiest album of the year, and the warmest."Spin (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "FLEET FOXES is warm and cathartic, with all the hopefulness of a balmy summer night."Spin (p.52) - Ranked #5 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "Fleet Foxes distinguish themselves from the vintage-vinyl crowd by infusing their rootsy retro-pop moves with a sense of mystery..."Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "'Ragged Wood' moseys in on breezy harmonies, transforming the folk rock to beach pop in the pick of a high, tensile guitar string." -- Grade: AMagnet (p.102) - "'Ragged Wood' begins with a shuffling twang, but before settling too deeply into the standard top-down AMericana, the song downshifts into a loose, lovesick midsection whose eventual peak feels as natural as it does surprising."Q (Magazine) (p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he quintet win solely on the strength of their complex but unaffectedly lovely songs....A pure pleasure."Mojo (Publisher) (p.73) - Ranked #1 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "A musical tonic of our times; a reminder of what humanity is capable of."Blender (Magazine) (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Fleet Foxes go for a somber, bombed-out hippy vibe, with acoustic guitars and five-part harmonies filling 'White Winter Hymns' and 'Blue Ridge Mountains.'"Paste (magazine) (p.65) - "[W]hat we take away from the album is less a collection of specific moments and more of a feeling. It's like watching the sun rise over distant mountaintops, over and over, familiar and captivating all at once."Clash (magazine) (p.126) - "From the a capella opening to 'White Winter Hymnal' and the mature folk sensibility of 'Tiger Mountain Peasant Song,' this album heralds the arrival of an interesting, seductive and confidently singular sound."Clash (magazine) (p.64) - Ranked #25 in Clash's "The 40 Best Albums of 2008" -- "Blending the sweetness and innocence of '60s AM radio gems and Californian harmonies with shimmering, wide-open guitars, Fleet Foxes are a truly special band..."
Q (11/03, p.130) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Coltrane's first significant release as a group leader still impresses with its uninhibited energy nearly 46 years on..."JazzTimes (9/97, p.87) - "THE ULTIMATE BLUE TRAIN...lives up to its name.... The sound is better than on the album's previous incarnations. Previously unreleased takes of `Lazy Bird' and the title tune significantly flesh out the record of this historic session..."
Country Music People (1/00, p.30) - 5 out of 5 - "...a star in his time....The North Carolina Ramblers were the tightest band around, with Poole on vocals and banjo....la creme de la creme of old-time country music."
Q (7/99, p.146) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...this collection opens the door on a time of high creative excitement."
Q (7/99, p.146) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...this collection opens the door on a time of high creative excitement."
Down Beat (p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The music takes its time and unfolds on its own schedule, even embracing silence and stillness."JazzTimes (p.50) - "Cultures caress rather than clash here, thanks mostly to the centralizing force of Brahem's fluid and sensitive touch on his instrument..."
Rolling Stone (1/4/99, pp.94-95) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...this is a high flying reintroduction to some blue chip popsters..."Q (9/99, p.137) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Happy Albums of All Time - "...overall the mood is one of springlike amiability."
Dirty Linen (p.82) - "The tunes are played with power, but not with brute force. A broad pallet of time signatures is explored..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey have a remarkably clean, fluent sound, whipping up a frenzy without ever forcing the issue."
Q (12/96, pp.126-131) - "...bolstered by comparisons to Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday, she has lost none of the warmth and tenderness or taste for folksy material with a wistful, Mediterranean feel....will bring a lump to the dryest throat."Down Beat (11/95, p.72) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good - Excellent - "...Evora, the queen of morna, bears comparison with Billie Holiday or Edith Piaf, her warm, dusky contralto brimming with melancholy nostalgia as she croons the Creole poetry of Cape Verde's finest composers..."Dirty Linen (2-3/96, p.77) - "...Evora's voice is rich and mellow, and sometimes even dreamy...The styles range from the uptempo...to the quiet...But throughout, Evora sings in a way that evokes both power and vulnerability, often both in the same breath."New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - "Somewhere on the spectrum between Sade and Billie Holiday sits Ms. Evora..."
Q (4/00, p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[They] turn back to their roots with this set. An album of great balance....the textures here are so distinctive and rich that theirs is still one of the definitive sounds of a good time."Uncut (8/02, p.100) - 3 out of 5 - "...The Chieftains are a treasure and every home should have at least one of their albums..."
Down Beat (p.73) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "Time and again, her impeccable rhythmic sense worked on top of a wide range of material....Even her boogaloo version of 'Sugar Sugar' sounds potent."Dirty Linen (p.87) - "The arrangements are complex, but leave plenty of room for soloing - with Ms. Cruz urging the players on - and never ever letting the mighty beat falter."
Q (3/96, p.91) - 3 Stars - Good - "...this is a new band playing the music as well as it has ever been played..."Down Beat (3/96, p.57) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good/Excellent - "...instrumental Cuban dance music....Alemany...has a fat, greasy tone and a stratospheric high register, while Alfredo Rodriguez has a crunching, percussive command of the piano, both showing little jazz influence. The band...smokes like a fine cigar..."Option (5-6/96, p.91) - "...very close to a dream team of Cuban musicians....After listening...you'll understand why this island attracted so many foreigners before Castro came into power..."New York Times (Publisher) (4/14/96, Sec.2, p.30) - "...[CUBANISMO] simmers with the excitement of a party....A recording studio is on occasion blessed by being a witness to a session that equals in intensity music performed in a club. This recording documents one of those times."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Throughout, the ensemble's spirited playing, as much as Robert's obvious felicity to the material, lend proceedings a compelling immediacy..."Uncut (magazine) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's a long time since balladry has sounded this vital and primordial, so soaked in ancient blood."Uncut (magazine) (p.35) - Ranked #24 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums of 2010" -- "[A] spirited grappling with a clutch of ancient songs."
Rolling Stone (10/02, p.72) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Their most heartening work since 1988's IRISH HEARTBEAT..."Uncut (12/02, p.132) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...An album of old-time bluegrass and Appalachian tunes..."Uncut (magazine) (p.69) - "Standouts include Del McCoury wailing high and lonesome on 'Rain And Snow' and Gillian Welch stealing the show on the murder ballad 'Katie Dear'."
Entertainment Weekly (No. 809, p.73) - "The Senegalese star forgoes his bubbly Afro-pop for this set of sacred songs..." - Grade: A-Q (p.121) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[With] a softly textured, melodic infusion of Oriental strings and mysticism, reminiscent of the spiritual concept albums of disenchanted '70s rockers."Uncut (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "N'Dour's soulful voice takes on the wailing sound of a muezzin calling the faithful to prayer..."Down Beat (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[O]ne of his best recordings....His different groups working together on EGYPT create different fascinating contrasts..."Dirty Linen (p.55) - "This is a masterwork from N'Dour, with his passionate and at times soothing vocals backed by semi-classical arrangements fused with African and Egyptian colorings."Mojo (Publisher) (p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[H]ugely rewarding..."
Q (10/94, p.125) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...10 instrumentals noted for expert musicianship, deft arrangements, and skillful changes of mood and tempo..."
Rolling Stone (8/11/94, p.69) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...they've spit out a rock & roll samba that anyone who wants to know what's going to happen to pop music in the new global culture should be sinking their teeth into..."New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Stephen Holden's list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "...The songs run from the playful to the poetic."
Dirty Linen (pp.85-86) - "[E]lectronic and dance-floor oriented....The songs are stunning at times..."Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.43) - Ranked #9 in Global Rhythm's "Top 10 Albums Of 2006" -- "[With the] passionate vocals of Gigi penetrating the music and floating above it all, calm and focused..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he female voice of Ethiopia returns. There's a natural funk that flows from her homeland."
Q (3/02, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There's an alluring scent of unfettered eccentric about her: her lyrics are suprisingly earthy...An exuberant mess..."Q (3/02, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There's an alluring scent of unfettered eccentric about her: her lyrics are suprisingly earthy...An exuberant mess..."
Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The interplay between Amadou's Fender and the whining strings of the n'goni are mesmeric, and the funkier workouts stay with you..."
Rolling Stone (4/15/04, p.146) - 3 stars out of 5 - "MAD LOVE is a bicultural album that reflects both [Rosa's] Puerto Rican heritage and his weakness for arena rock."
Uncut (p.125) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Bud's 'Fire Me Up' is a lustrous breath of air..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "Here, he plays exquisitely languid grooves with a Malian ensemble including multiple n'goni harps and singers, while the occasional harmonica and sax float by, sounding entirely at home." -- Grade: AQ (p.117) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T] 13 tracks showcase his laid-back, if jerky take on the blues, detouring into multi-voiced African folk..and scratchy minimalist reggae....This is stirring stuff."Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.42) - Ranked #1 in Global Rhythm's "Top 10 Albums Of 2006" -- "[W]ith plaintive background singers answering Toure's booming voice and hand percussion..."Q (Magazine) (p.153) - "[The album] exerts a magnetic hold, from the compelling dry, percussive strumming that opens 'Erdi' to 'Yer Bounda Fara''s powerful blues..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Toure digs deeper....This is how to remember Toure, forever at ease and doing it his own way, in his own time."
Uncut (p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey tackle jazzy noir on the likes of 'Kiko And The Lavendar Moon' while staying capable of the rock crunch of 'Good Morning Aztlan'."Dirty Linen (p.91) - "This is one of the 'can't-go-wrong' party albums."
Rolling Stone (p.86) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] theatrical percussion compositions overlaid with catchy choral singing....They're plenty musical on their own terms..."Dirty Linen (p.54) - "Blending tribal rhythms and call-and-response singing of his homeland with elements of American blues and jazz, Olatunji celebrated tradition, yet redefined it for the new world."NAPRA Review (11-12/02, p.58) - "...Full-on drumming, singing, shaking, healing, and praying..."NAPRA Review (11-12/02, p.58) - "...Full-on drumming, singing, shaking, healing, and praying..."Paste (magazine) (p.61) - "[A] classic....DRUMS OF PASSION is an important reminder of who we really are -- of that primordial rhythm that's still deep within us, pulsing with each heartbeat."Pitchfork (Website) - "Olatunji frequently drafted a vivacious, disparate ensemble of musicians and vocalists to contribute to his recordings....By its very nature, his music is designed to be performed by large groups - it is this communal input that gives DRUMS OF PASSION its infectious vitality adn relentlessly entertaining energy."
Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.182) - "...Even without enhancement, Rogie's voice is so velvety and thick that after three songs you'll swear it's seeping out of the speakers..."Entertainment Weekly (11/25/94, pp.77-78) - "...his style has the lulling pulse one associates with a fine afternoon buzz. This, his last recording, is as mellow a monument as the man himself..." - Rating: AQ (8/94, p.109) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...all carry the effortless Rogie stamp: the occasional yodel, unobtrusive percussion and flowing acoustic guitar rhythms soaked in the feel good factor..."Option (11-12/94, p.141) - "...Evokes the sound of Doc Watson or Mississippi John Hurt as much as it does the music of his fellow countrymen [from Sierra Leone]..."
Rolling Stone (5/15/03, p.137) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC, which mixes rare commercial releases with Alan Lomax field recordings, tells a deeper tale of the breadth and intricacies of mountain song and the colorful virtuosos who put it on record..."Dirty Linen (8/03, pp.57-8) - "...In all, the box is a remarkable achievement....[With] outstanding songs and tunes..."
Rolling Stone (12/9/99, pp.78-80) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Divadom has become an international language: These women are the equivalent of action heroes, the Arnold Schwarzenggers and Sylvester Stallones of pop. 'Hasta la diva', baby."
Rolling Stone - 3 Stars - GoodRolling Stone (8/21/03, p.78) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...[She] was creating a new idea of international pop....Summer and [producer Giorgio] Moroder showed how dance music could kick like the meanest real-time rock & roll....it's just about unimproveable."Q (11/03, p.138) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[The album] possessed enough strutting pop suss to take it far beyond the dancefloor..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.67) - "[P]ure electronic dance muisc....Disco at its zenith."