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Rolling Stone (2/14/02, p.65) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Like their own music, Thievery Corp's choices favor voluptuous rhythms, opiate melodies, worldly flavors and classy musicianship..."Q (2/02, p.119) - 4 stars out of 5 - "A labor of love...showcasing the 60s acts that made the Verve label the home of cool jazz and hot bossa nova..."Alternative Press (4/02, p.84) - 8 out of 10 - "...This disc lets [Thievery's] records do the basking, compiling bossa-nova and other ethno-savvy classics from the Verbe label's catalog..."2.138604

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Entertainment Weekly (7/26/91) - "...a virtual catalog of contemporary black-pop grooves..." - Rating: B-Q (10/99, p.160) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Motown Records Of All Time - "...street corner soul balladeers whose mellow, lovelorn sound is an obvious heir to The Miracles. Add to that some modish and well-done hip hop and dance inflections and they were millionaires..."Q (1/93, p.78) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a succession of spectacular, deep breathing ballads..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.79) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] stone cold classic; close harmonies, quiet storm, touches of doo wop on Side One....Sexy, seductive and, despite the technical brilliance, full of feeling..."2.122573

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Entertainment Weekly (5/12/00, p.24) - "The exquisiteness of the first album is expanded upon in 'Hazey Jane I', 'Fly' and a genuinely optimistic love song, 'Northern Sky'..." - Rating: B+Q (1/01, p.95) - Included in Q's "5 Best Re-Issues of 2000".Q (6/00, p.76) - Ranked #23 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums" - "...Few songwriters have given such perfect voice to the England of dreaming spires, tea cups and quiet desperation..."Alternative Press (3/01, p.88) - "...With a voice paradoxically feather-light and grave, [one] of the most beautiful and melancholy albums ever recorded..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/00, p.99) - "...Certainly the most polished of his catalog....[It[ begins to suggest a whole other tableau of unexplored possibilities....God, how damn confident it all sounds. He knew how good he was..."NME (Magazine) (9/18/93, p.19) - Ranked #14 in NME's list of The Greatest Albums Of The '70s.2.106542

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Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.52) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (5/30/91) - 5 Stars - Classic - "...a staggering collection....goes well beyond the usual hits 'n' rarities approach of boxed retrospectives to get at the essence of Brown's development from gospel-style shouter...to Soul Brother No. 1...and from God-father of Soul...to grandfather of rap..."Rolling Stone (4/18/91) - "...The success of STAR TIME should pave the way for further examination of the James Brown catalog....the box is an ideal way to reintroduce Brown's massive body of work to a public more familiar with his legend than with the records themselves..."Entertainment Weekly (6/12) - "...soul history as a headlong rush of killer hooks, brain-melting horn blasts, and a scream that fuses passion and violence in one initiable call of the wild..." - Rating: AQ (6/91) - 5 Stars - Indespensable - "...Brown is one of the half- dozen most important, most influential individual oeuvres of the entire rock-and-roll era: the equal of Dylan, The Beatles and Motown....This isn't just the history of one artist; it is literally the history of the groove, the beat that can't be beat..."Uncut (p.119) - 5 stars out of 5 - "No home's complete without it."Mojo (Publisher) (p.115) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[T]he music is undimmed from blues, jazz and R&B to soul and funk."2.090511

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Spin (12/98, pp.170-172) - 8 (out of 10) - "...it's a warm, slow, understated downer of a record, all about death and depression, and therefore totally in line with Beck's fascination and comfort with folk blues..."Entertainment Weekly (10/30/98, pp.111-112) - "...MUTATIONS is a colleciton of tumblin'-tumbleweeds, mellow-Acapulco-gold melodies on which Beck's drowsy voice and strummed guitar are framed by the lazy whine of a pedal steel, the wheeze of a harmonica, the occasional trumpet, and the bleeps and burps of old-school synthesizers..." - Rating: BQ (12/99, p.115) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...a loose, thrown-together selection of oddities and missahpes which he dreamed up and scribbled down while out on the road. He calls the album 'parenthetical.' Most artists would kill to be able to casually marginalise material as marvellous as this..."Muzik (12/98, p.72) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...[Beck] settles down to some good ol' bluegrass strummin'. And it might just be his best album yet....Retro or not, it sound sperfect at 4 in the morning..."CMJ (1/11/99, p.4) - "...the intimate, colorful, occaisionally creepy themes of this stop-gap effort and the sheer diversity of its songs make it a beautifully complex album, as instantly rewarding as any in his catalog..."Vibe (1/99, p.182) - "...the songs are still quite fully fleshed out and sweet....MUTATIONS is an exploration of more classic 60's Brit-pop structures and arrangements..."Dirty Linen (4-5/99, p.74) - "...Beck's complicated work reminds listeners of their own complications and contradictions..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.63) - Ranked #32 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[A]n eerie update of roots from back porch to Brazilian, pushed through a dark, Beatlesy filter..."2.07448

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Rolling Stone (p.60) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he record is remarkably polished, coloring Gram Parsons-style country with R.E.M.'s vocal drama and the Replacements' beer-breath blues."Rolling Stone (8/7/97, p.64) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "If there's to be a Nirvana among the bands that are imprecisely dubbed alternative country, look to Whiskeytown. Ryan Adams is a gifted writer who pens aching songs about alienation and love's lackings, and sings in a weary voice scuffed by hard luck..."Spin (08/01/97, p.74) - "...This Raleigh, N.C., quintet breaks away from the No Depression pack with a potent major-label bow that might be characterized as country & Westerberg. More tuneful and ruminative than their rowdy shows would suggest, Ryan Adams' America-soaked songs alternately rock and tiptoe through the space between apathy and regret..." - Rating: B+Uncut (p.109) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] still sounds like alt.country's high tide."Uncut (5/04, p.100) - "[S]tunning....[R]ocking like a primate and sad-balladeering like the loneliest barfly."Alternative Press (3/01, p.104) - Included in A.P.'s "10 Essential Alt-Country Albums" - "...Ryan Adams always seems to be singing at the end of a hard night of drinking, or at the end of a string of hard luck..."Option (11-12/97, p.125) - "...show[s] range beyond the band's trademark roughhouse, twang-tinged punk, but its honky-tonk heart still beats..."Melody Maker (1/24/98, p.37) - "Purchase immediately and file next to EVERYBODY HURTS and Big Star's THIRTEEN. It really is that good."Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #23 in the Village Voice's 1997 Jazz & Pop Critics' Poll.Paste (magazine) (p.64) - "STRANGERS ALMANAC is the beating heart of Whiskeytown's catalog and one of the best albums of its genre and era."Record Collector (magazine) (p.100) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Flitting between dustbowl desperation and inner city ennui on slacker anthems such as 'Losering,' Adams soundtracked a subculture with quiet reserve and filmic imagery..."2.07448

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