JazzTimes (p.97) - "[A] superstar-studded tribute....85 CANDLES not only celebrates McPartland's artistry, but jazz itself."
Entertainment Weekly (6/21/02, p.85) - "...This triumvirate exudes post-bop authority and fame...going down some dangerous harmonic avenues..." - Rating: B+Q (8/02, p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Pretty exceptional..."Uncut (8/02, p.104) - 4 out of 5 - "...Always lively, sometimes very fine indeed...All in all, a good buy."Down Beat (7/02, p.52) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...A star-driven affair...both beautiful and captivating..."JazzTimes (6/02, pp.83-4) - "...Compelling music prompting serious discussion about retaining the vitality of one era's innovations when they become the standard operational procedures of the next..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.73) - Ranked #9 in Mojo's "Best Jazz Albums of 2002"Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.116) - "...Features Hancock leading a superb quintet...through MIles/Trane-related material....frighteningly good and hungrily played..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.85) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a fascinating and recommended listen."
Q (3/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent "NIN scans the spectrum of modern dance...Reznor's panoramic vision is both admirably adventurous and yet accessible."Alternative Press (7/95, p.77) - Ranked #7 in AP's list of the 'Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...fulfilled what had merely been the prophetic rumblings of industrial music....before PRETTY HATE MACHINE, [industrial had]...no real messiahs....Reznor assumed that position...with subhuman slips of the tongue and those patented screaming, 'gated' guitars..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.53) - "Fusing huge hooks and a colossal rhythmic punch to desolate lyrics..."
Uncut (2/04, p.85) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[S]he remains one of the truest voices in music and, to this day, a huge inspiration to any performer with a conscience."
Q (9/01, p.135) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Marley as superstar..."Mojo (Publisher) (8/02, p.85) - "...The most complete and uncompromised studio album that The Wailers made..."
Entertainment Weekly (3/31/00, p.71) - "There's something eternally youthful about the rich, buoyant sound of this 85-year-old tenor sax master. He saunters through [the album] as if he were still the hot young star Woody Herman discovered in 1944..." - Rating: A-CMJ (3/27/00, p.33) - "...classic, swingin' bebop that perfectly emphasizes his laid-back phrasings and warm, hushed tone....a gentle reminder of just how beautiful and elegant jazz can be."
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."
Entertainment Weekly (p.89) - "The virtuosic jazz-inspired and soul-spiked singles of VOL. ONE are a better listening experience than any of their six albums..." -- Grade: A-Uncut (p.85) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "They've successfully maneuvered their live hip hop sound around the acid-jazz ghetto and neo-soul cliches...with straight-up head-nodders coming to the rescue."Mojo (Publisher) (p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Label-bosses rarely appreciate such fearlessness and invention, but here are 30 strong reasons why The Roots remain hip hop's very own Arkestra."
Rolling Stone (12/13/01, p.150) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...This is music filled with mood and memory, refined yet raw with emotion."Rolling Stone (12/25/03, p.110) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"Rolling Stone (10/16/03, p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...The radiant SACRED LOVE is a vivid and frequently gorgeous reminder that Gordon Sumner is first and foremost a talented singer-songwriter..."Q (12/01, p.144) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The performances here bend towards restraint....serving as a reminder of the quality of songs such as 'Fields Of Gold' and 'Fragile'..."Q (10/03, p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...He knows how to fashion a quality-sounding product for a start: tasteful sitars, flamenco guitars and jazzy pianos are but part of his armoury..."Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The grand design survives on Sting's sheer musical elegance and a sharp eye for surprise..."
Rolling Stone (No. 968, p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "You've never heard anything like M.I.A. - the sound of jump-rope rhymes in a war zone....[ARULAR is] weird, playful, unclassifiable, sexy, brilliantly addictive..."Spin (p.65) - Ranked #2 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[I]mprovised, explosive, and for once, redemptive."Spin (p.88) - "ARULAR will likely be the best political album this year." - Grade: AEntertainment Weekly (p.143) - Ranked #8 in Entertainment Weekly's 'Top Ten Records of the Year' -- "ARULAR is the place where dance music, hip-hop, techno, novelties, and a slinky British accent meet and have a wicked good time."Entertainment Weekly (No. 815, p.85) - "[A]s instantly infectious as it is hard to pin down. The music is literally all over the map..." - Grade: A-Uncut (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "A spiky starburst of raw beats and exotic collisions, ARULAR already sounds like a landmark debut album."The Wire (p.43) - Included in The Wire's "2005 Rewind: 50 Records Of The Year."The Wire (p.63) - "It's chockfull of machine gun beats, seismic sub-bass, fragments of raga and bhangra, and above all that voice."Vibe (p.142) - "[T]he dynamo from London showcases her talent for the spoken word..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.60) - Ranked #29 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[H]ell-bent on fingerpopping agit-prop like Public Enemy messing with the B-52s."Clash (magazine) (p.75) - "[A] thumping mix of different sub-genres from reggaeton and baile funk to grime and dirty south rap, full of exoticism, raw political energy and crunching, syncopated beats."
Rolling Stone (p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Skilled and inspired....[With] relaxed, smoky harmonies and reverbed midtempo rockabilly..."Rolling Stone (p.112) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "They harmonize with natural worry and warmth against a midnight Mississippi chill..."Entertainment Weekly (p.65) - "They ultimately meet in a roots-rock commonwealth....[E]xercises in sublime harmony..." -- Grade: A-Uncut (p.115) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The partners' close harmonies are especially ravishing -- intimate as Gram & Emmylou on Gene Clark's 'Through The Morning, Through The Night'..."Down Beat (p.62) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Doc Watson's 'Your Long Journey' finds Plant and Krauss attaining a state of grace, their shared spiritual strength interlocked with sorrow over a loved one's death."Dirty Linen (p.56) - "[O]ne listen to these songs, and you'll quickly appreciate how they -- and Burnett and the other musicians -- effortlessly blended different genres into one gorgeous stew of pop music..."No Depression (p.92) - "Their harmonies couldn't be more fetching on 'Killing The Blues'....The emotional landscape of RAISING SAND stretches far and wide."Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The pair drift in an out of the tracks, supplementing each other with subtlety and charm on a stunning set..."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.53) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (6/10/93) - 3 Stars - Good - "...explore[s] the toxic consequences of intimacy with a lacerating explicitness reminiscent of Marianne Faithfull's BROKEN ENGLISH..."Spin (9/99, p.138) - Ranked #37 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (5/93, p.79) - Highly Recommended - "...plung[es] into the battle of the sexes with a saber that sharpens with each cut....the band's songs prove to be as surefooted on rocky terrain as on pop's rolling hills..."Q (12/99, p.76) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (1/94, p.87) - Included in Q's list of `The 50 Best Albums Of 1993' - "...about as exciting as three-piece rock music gets without actually being the Jimi Hendrix Experience..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.80) - Ranked #19 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...RID OF ME's `tough woman' scream attests that Harvey's lineage includes, but doesn't begin or end with, Patti Smith. Tough because the music likes it that way, woman because she was born one. This has everything to do with rock and roll...and nothing to do with some textbook treatise on womanhood..."Melody Maker (1/1/94, p.76) - Ranked #11 in Melody Maker's list of the `Albums Of The Year' for 1993 - "...Steve Albini captured her band in all its abrasive glory..."Musician (7/93, p.90) - "...Unlike DRY, which drew most of its strength from the uncluttered eloquence of Polly Harvey's songwriting, RID OF ME keeps its focus on the churning, Beefhartian clangor of her band..."Village Voice (3/1/94) - Ranked #3 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.29) - Ranked #19 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums".NME (Magazine) (12/25/93, p.66) - Ranked #15 in New Musical Express' list of `The Top 50 Albums Of 1993.'NME (Magazine) (4/23/93, p.29) - 8 - Excellent - "...RID OF ME rises from a whisper to a scream, over and over until you can hardly bear it anymore....Don't look now, Polly, but you're a WOMAN!..."
Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, pp.178-80) - "...He's...capable...of something resembling a love song....But it is with its heaviest numbers...that TICAL delivers the primo goods."Entertainment Weekly (12/9/94, p.76) - "...one or rap's most formidable players....[Method Man's] gripping rhymes creep out of the darkness and take listeners hostage..." - Rating: BQ (7/01, p.88) - Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time".Q (2/96, p.65) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995 - "...every second [is] worth paying attention to..."The Wire (10/01, p.46) - "...Compact but fried....There's a reason Meth is the closest The Wu have to a star..."Vibe (11/94, pp.125-126) - "...Method is the man who would be king....Method takes the listener on a brilliant journey through the broken boulevards of existence..."The Source (1/95, p.85) - 4 Mics - Slammin' - "...His hoarse voice and sense of what's metaphorically fly have seen him take over as hip-hop's urban paramilitary....He shows a fragmented hip-hop nation what this music is really about..."Melody Maker (5/23/00, p.56) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[Meth] comes correct with [this] beamed-down-from-Planet-Mars [stuff] making music that's way darker and more disorienting than was previously thought possible. 'Bring The Pain' is 'still' the bomb."NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #40 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995.NME (Magazine) (1/28/95, p.47) - 8 - Excellent - "...The East Coast hip-hop renaissance continues apace...supremely laid-back, mooching along at a bass-weighted amble whether it's framing the monogamous lover's lament of `All I Need'...or the `I Will Survive' hook of `Release Yo Self'..."
Rolling Stone (pp.67-68) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The rhythmic jolt makes the malaise more compelling and complex, with enough playful musical wit to hint at a next step....On GUERO, he finds a way to revitalize his musical imagination..."Spin (p.64) - Ranked #11 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "Los Angeles plays itself: the noise of traffic, boom boxes, curbside Spanglish, mariachi music -- the sound of what it's like to be an outcast even in an outsider's hood."Spin (pp.97-98) - "[A] return to his most popular trick: digging up cool grooves and noises from far-flung neighborhoods and throwing a party where the whole city can get down and make out." - Grade:BEntertainment Weekly (p.140) - Ranked #2 in Entertainment Weekly's 'Top Ten Records of the Year' -- "[H]e's learned that kaleidoscopic music that digs deep into blues, bossa nova, and electro keeps everything marvelously grounded too."Entertainment Weekly (No. 813, p.66) - "[GUERO] is the first record on which the many moods and sides of Beck co-exist, and it's about time." - Grade: A-Uncut (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Here, again, is where fat dusty beats meet keening bottleneck scrapes....As another installment in the guy's ongoing dialectics, it's as welcome as anything he's done."Alternative Press (p.132) - 5 out of 5 - "'Rental Car' has a dilapidated bass line that's White Stripes-worthy....And let's not overlook 'Hell Yes,' which brings Beck together with Neptunes-ish beats for a broken hip-hop revival. Long live the king of hip."Magnet (p.85) - "Remarkably, the shifts in tone and mood only serve GUERO in the end, proof that stepping back to enjoy the broad picture can be just as rewarding as focusing on one detail at a time."Vibe (p.142) - "[E]ssentially a sequel to his '96 sample-heavy opus."Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 - "'Missing' with wistful melody, swooping Melody Nelson strings, beautifully minimal bass and bossa nova guitar, is a jewel that takes Beck's sonic kleptomania to a new realm."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.54) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (3/24/94, p.92) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Nine Inch Nails achieve a new kind of loud on THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL: accessible hard rock moves overlaid with a scrim of electronic racket...THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL is music the Blade Runner might throw down to: low-tech futurism that rocks...."Spin (9/99, p.124) - Ranked #11 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."Spin (12/94, p.76) - Rankded #4 in Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '94' - "...transfixes you with the heaviest metal, the most trance-inducing rave, and the silliest synth-pop you're ever likely to hear in songs this hummable..."Q (7/01, p.90) - Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time".Q (12/99, p.171) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Gothic Albums Of All Time - "...the migraine masterpiece that catapulted [Reznor] to #2 in the Billboard charts....it's a day at the dentist's: all screeching and pulsing, but sexy with it..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.82) - Ranked #24 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...This recording, coming some five years after Reznor's full-length debut, [is] a stark expose of the darkest regions of the soul: those places where our personal demons reign, and God feels unwelcome..."Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th CenturyMusician (5/94, p.72) - "...beneath all that bad attitude and aural aggro lies music of extraordinary insight, intelligence, and, yes, beauty....An astonishing piece of work...."Village Voice (3/94, p.5) - Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #9 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.Kerrang (Magazine) (p.53) - "Displaying breathtaking invention and variety, it's a deeply textured work..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.54) - Ranked #98 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "More than a celebration of nihilism,...SPIRAL was an anguished cry for something to believe in."Mojo (Publisher) (p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Reznor's industrial-blues masterpiece still drips with vileness."New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "Trent Reznor orchestrates the terrors of adolescence...with creepy-crawly sounds and a clandestine sense of melody."