JazzTimes (pp.125-126) - "[Rich was] an astonishing drummer. That much is evident on the earliest material here, which drafts trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison and a handful of others into what might best be described as an eight-piece little big band."Mojo (Publisher) (p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[This] excellent set contains some first-rate nuanced mainstream jazz music made with swing-to-bop masters..."
Dirty Linen (8/03, p.49) - "...The group manages to bring even old chestnuts to life, notably 'Black Eyed Suzie' and 'Uncle Pen'..."
Alternative Press (11/99, pp.93,96) - 3 out of 5 - "...sound infinitely more comfortable as a band....Underlain with eerie melody and a dark tunefulness, CHAMBER MUSIC sees the group indulging in their glam/goth influences much more than they did in the past..."
Dirty Linen (p.88) - "[A] rousing, toe curling, full-throated celebration of songs of the sea....It's a joy to hear both their very famous voices together and remember a time when giants not only walked the earth but sailed the seven seas."
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Every song is rooted in some long-gone Seventies AM-radio hit, from Leo Sayer to Glen Campbell, doing for disco what the New Pornographers do for rock & roll."Spin (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese new songs gleam with nouveau riche sparkle....Examine TA-DAH more closely and you hear the melancholy underlining that triumph."Entertainment Weekly (p.77) - "[A]n album that undercuts whimsy with an unexpected but intriguing air of melancholy....The group moves further into their broody selves and beyond mimicking their heroes..." -- Grade: A-Q (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey've recreated the sound of their debut wholesale,then tossed on a couple of extra layers of flamboyance for good measure."Q (p.124) - Ranked #9 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "TA-DAH found Scissor Sisters on energised form, spicing up their magic blend of '70s disco and Elton-esque piano ballads."Uncut (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Whether they're plundering the past, outdoing themselves, collaborating with Elton and Van Dyke, or writing techno paeans to ex-Beatles, its all good."Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'The Other Side', for instance, skillfully echoes Roxy Music circa AVALON, complete with lounge-smooth guitar and sax solos."
Dirty Linen (p.57) - "Thomason's droll, insightful monologues combine with the group's impeccable harmonies and musicianship to make this group one of the best of its kind."
Dirty Linen (6-7/94, p.51) - "...wonderfully exciting live album....KCB successfully combines originality and tradition....this group is an instrumental powerhouse....Klezmer music at its best is played by the Klezmer Conservatory Band..."
JazzTimes (p.137) - "[T]he group members seem to be enjoying making music together again....This is a fun and welcomed comeback album."
Q (8/95, p.119) - 3 Stars - Good - "...all [tracks are] treated to the family's distinctive bluegrass harmonies and instrumentation, with Suzanne's lead vocal contributions reminiscent of Dolly Parton. Alison Krauss handles production and arrangements--adding a number of extra musicians but maintaining the essence of the group in the spacious feel."Sing Out! (8-10/95, p.129) - "...The two generations of Coxes bring a wide spectrum of musical taste to the group, as reflected in the diverse menu served up here..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/95, p.117) - "...the most traditional and...the hippest group in country music today....Most of the material here is drawn from the past 50 years of country music - from AP Carter's 'I'll Be All Smiles Tonight'...to John Sebastian's 'Lovin' You'..."
CMJ (5/28/01, p.25) - "...Catchy music that mixes different styles....The playing here actually goes further out than the musicians usually do in their own groups, taking some hard turns off into improv before returning to the tune..."Down Beat (1/02, p.48) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There's great fun in the air here..."
Rolling Stone (2/17/00, p.54) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...a valentine to the r&b charts of the 80s and 90s: the lean, sharp robot beats of Timbaland, Zapp's electro bounce with a talk box, plush love jams, Stevie Wonder's slow synth fantasias..."The Source (3/00, p.259) - "...party-ready....reminescent of group members' solo work....the trio departs from established formulas in favor of new music experimentation..."
Entertainment Weekly (12/29/00, p.146) - Ranked #3 in EW's Top 3 Jazz Albums of 2000 - "...Brilliant..."CMJ (10/23/00, p.33) - "...The group rips through a broad selection of bebop history...with its singular touch....looking to push the music but never losing the nuance of the songs..."JazzTimes (12/00, pp.115-6) - "...Jarrett sustains power and concentration....His playing has an attractive new spareness of line and touch that elevates the trio to an even higher plane..."
Q (11/99, p.163) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Folk Albums of All Time - "...the group's most influential hour....it revolutionized the genre....Folk-rock's defining moment."Uncut (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[R]ightly considered a folk-rock landmark, Fairport's fourth album contains music too mercurial to be constrained within one genre."Uncut (p.174) - "LIEGE & LIEF set out a template for how rock and British folk could fuse together and become at once mystical and vital..."The Wire (12/00, p.39) - "...The group's masterpiece....this is one of the monumentally great records of the last 40 years....A focused and thematically coherent work, the whole record steams along at an excited pace..."Q (Magazine) (p.122) - "[A] folk-rock landmark, an amalgamation of traditional songs and self-penned ones that sounded just as authentically ancient."Mojo (Publisher) (p.72) - "LIEGE & LIFE saw the Fairports burrow further into the comfort and shade of English folklore to give birth to folk rock."
Entertainment Weekly (4/5/91) - "..full of pretty melodies, clean rock guitars, and Liverpudlian accents." - Rating: A+Q (10/01, p.46) - Ranked #44 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"Q (12/99, p.68) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (3/01, pp.126-7) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The music has aged beautifully....the kind of mindboggling suite that many groups would use to bookend a career..."Uncut (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[G]lory in the timeless effervescence of The La's, still sounding as fresh and exciting as ever."Mojo (Publisher) (3/01, p.108) - "...One of the few triumphs of British guitar music to emerge in the troubled years between the demise of The Smiths and the rise of Britpop..."NME (Magazine) (2/3/01, p.34) - 9 out of 10 - "...There's magic in these songs....If you don't know the album already, and you're even remotely interested in guitar pop, then its purchase is an absolute necessity..."
Rolling Stone (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Into the Hollow' is a surprisingly tender purple-haze ballad, with Homme's vibrato amid a gently quivering wah-wah."Spin (p.102) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "The vocals are simultaneously sweet and dangerous, and every guitar riff sounds like 'Sweet Home Alabama.' Which is to say that it sounds awesome."Uncut (p.112) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Queens Of The Stone Age are a group whose superb music is the product of enquiring, if hedonistic minds..."Alternative Press (p.176) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] gritty, lo-fi grind from a studio-sized universe....Homme's modern macabre lyricism and experimental, melodic prowess make this a more complete album than LULLABIES..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.68) - Ranked #4 in Kerrang's "The Top 20 Albums Of 2007" -- "[T]his is a work of offbeat rock 'n' roll genius..."
Rolling Stone (8/22/96) - 3-1/2 Stars - Good/Excellent - "...Mark Kozelek embellishes his typical graveyard folk with a Buddy Holly-ish rocker...a female-harmony vocal...and storms of Neil Young-style guitar distortion. The effect is freshening, at once looser, more varied and more textured than the band has often sounded in the past..."Entertainment Weekly (8/9/96, pp.58-59) - "...Post-folkie acoustic guitar mixes with Crazy Horse-like electric gnarl, and dreamy pedal steel enhances the languor. Kozelek makes music of hope and gloom, sad-eyed but vivid: His song-poetry seems to be of this world and also unplugged from it."- Rating: A-Q (9/96, p.120) - 3 Stars - Good - "...the album metamorphoses into a thoughtful, but far more dynamic group affair. Sure, there's the heartbreak, the flat world theories, but there's also strident Neil Youngian guitar....a highly entertaining, well off the wall album."Alternative Press (10/96, pp.98-100) - "...the what-the-hell approach to recording has served Red House Painters well..."
Rolling Stone (p.60) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[B]est of all is the group's raucously virtuosic take on Merle Haggard's 'Honky Tonk Night Time Man,' which overflows with gorgeous country riffs that sound like pure chicken-fried joy."Q (May 2002, p.132) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...[Skynyrd at] their stadium-filling peak....STREET SURVIVOR suggested something of a renaissance....it wasn't to last..."Uncut (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] sounds as fabulously feral as ever, in particular the deadpan odes to excess, 'What's Your Name?' and 'You Got That Right'."Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he music here -- quintessentially Southern rock'n'roll -- carries a life-affirming spirit, typified by the honky-tonk groupie anthem 'What's Your Name' and the sweetly soulful 'I Never Dreamed'..."Blender (Magazine) (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Skynyrd stayed closer to the common dirt of the everyday, rooting their music in blues, soul and outlaw country and composing every note of their three guitarists' solos with blue-collar labor."Paste (magazine) (p.73) - "STREET SURVIVORS exhibited a renewed vigor and updated edge....SURVIVORS careens from the Celtic vibe of 'One More Time' to the raw, Bakersfield boogie of Merle Haggard's 'Honky Tonk Night Time Man'..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "If you like your Southern rock with honking brass and plenty of bottle then the last hurrah of the Ronnie Van Zant-led line-up of Alabama's finest is just the ticket."
Rolling Stone (No. 983, p.104) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - "...TAKK... suggests a far more abstract Coldplay, stripped of their stadium bombast...."Spin (p.139) - "Birgisson sings in tongues most of us can't comprehend, and thus he can punch emotional buttons in a strangely direct way." - Grade: AEntertainment Weekly (No. 840, p.88) - "...[T]he thundering majesty of harder tracks...finds its strings-laden counterpart in the swooning, slow-mo abstraction that makes up the bulk of this disc..." - Grade: A-Uncut (p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[E]motionally seductive....Dark clouds of intensity gather and then slowly disperse, leaving a crystalline calm."Magnet (p.108) - "TAKK's mini suites play out with typically complex beauty....Gathering tiny moments of clarity into big, breathtaking shapes that are glorious to examine from near or far."The Wire (p.63) - "The music's strengths lie in its sheer vastness, depicting a series of enormous peaks and crescendos before suddenly cutting back to tiny details, contrasting the hugeness of the group's full sound with the fragility of some of its elements."Mojo (Publisher) (p.60) - Ranked #27 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "A coming-of-age album from Iceland's etherealists."Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 - "TAKK...delivers a mighty, crashing release of soul-wringing, meat-eating noise to resolve its complex, tension-building miniaturism."
Entertainment Weekly (7/17/92, p.58) - "...aural time travel, with musical reminders of postwar Los Angeles and its noir movies, Raymond Chandler novels, and sexy torch singers...a serenade of remembered delights..." - Rating: ADown Beat (8/92, p.37) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...A set of wistful ballads and gentle bop classics...paves no new paths but makes some gorgeous music...If, as [Haden] suggests, this disc should be treated like a film, I'll gladly buy the popcorn..."Musician (9/92, p.108) - "...Nostalgia can be treacherous, but Haden's bop ensemble bars the door on schmaltz, allowing only consummate invention into this program of tunes from Hollywood's lush life..."Village Voice (2/2/93, p.78) - "...The third Quartet West album is best, and not only because the latest excursion into noir jazz actually drafts three of the sultriest torch singers of postwar cabaret..."Reflex (11/10/92, p.70) - "...The spirits are abundant and vibrant in this aural time capsule of Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles...Haden is in top form...via electronic magic, Billie Holiday, Jo Stafford, and Jeri Southern sing alongside the band, as the ghosts and the era are revitalized..."New York Times (Publisher) (9/11/92, p.C24) - "...The noted bass player and his group pay homage to some of the more evocative pop and jazz sounds of the 1940's...drenched in film-noir moodiness..."
Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.106) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2000.Rolling Stone (3/30/00, p.66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...a deceptively flowing, folk-happy directness....kaleidoscopic....a stylistic lea for Eels, but it's more about other kinds of leaps - from the tyrannies of time, love and Hot Dog on a Stick."Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.106) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2000".Rolling Stone (3/30/00, p.66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...a deceptively flowing, folk-happy directness....kaleidoscopic....a stylistic lea for Eels, but it's more about other kinds of leaps - from the tyrannies of time, love and Hot Dog on a Stick."Spin (5/00, p.159) - 6 out of 10 - "...A rootsy return to form...making the process of dusting off [E's] weary, wordy heart seem like a virtuous act in a nihilist age. His cutest, simplest endeavors are his most successful..."Spin (5/00, p.159) - 6 out of 10 - "...A rootsy return to form...making the process of dusting off [E's] weary, wordy heart seem like a virtuous act in a nihilist age. His cutest, simplest endeavors are his most successful..."Entertainment Weekly (3/17/00, p.69) - "...Ignoring the slightest whiff of trendiness, E sets [his] ruminations to shuffling mini-symphonies built on old-school instrumentation....The results are genuinely sublime pop..." - Rating: A-Q (1/01, p.90) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".Q (3/00, p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...a sepia-toned, reflective and often dryly humorous affair. 'I Like Birds' is throwaway surrealism, 'Jeannie's Diary' is muted and touching, and 'Something is Sacred' dreamy and reverie-inducing."Q (1/01, p.90) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".Q (3/00, p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...a sepia-toned, reflective and often dryly humorous affair. 'I Like Birds' is throwaway surrealism, 'Jeannie's Diary' is muted and touching, and 'Something is Sacred' dreamy and reverie-inducing."Uncut (3/00, p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This is E's life-affirming album, a smiling, up-beat but still lo-fi collection of bouncy, pretty pop tunes..."Uncut (3/00, p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This is E's life-affirming album, a smiling, up-beat but still lo-fi collection of bouncy, pretty pop tunes..."Alternative Press (4/00, p.88) - 4 out of 5 - "...a truly quirky style....That this sanity translates easily to everyone else should earn him a place in the history of first-rate pop songwriting."Alternative Press (4/00, p.88) - 4 out of 5 - "...a truly quirky style....That this sanity translates easily to everyone else should earn him a place in the history of first-rate pop songwriting."CMJ (3/13/00, p.22) - "...wonderfully preserves the group's lush, beguiling sound and their ability to nimbly switch musical gears without notice. DAISIES is further evidence that Everett is one of the day's most underrated tunesmiths."CMJ (3/13/00, p.22) - "...wonderfully preserves the group's lush, beguiling sound and their ability to nimbly switch musical gears without notice. DAISIES is further evidence that Everett is one of the day's most underrated tunesmiths."Melody Maker (2/22/00, p.46) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...random psychological episodes in the life of someone who's prepared to step outside into the sunshine, but who knows it'll probably rain....cathartic..."Melody Maker (2/22/00, p.46) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...random psychological episodes in the life of someone who's prepared to step outside into the sunshine, but who knows it'll probably rain....cathartic..."Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.97) - "...finds a rejuvenated E gasping lungfuls of life....A fine, subtly-crafted pop record which conveys life's rich tapestry with integrity, self-awareness and a keen sense of irony."Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.97) - "...finds a rejuvenated E gasping lungfuls of life....A fine, subtly-crafted pop record which conveys life's rich tapestry with integrity, self-awareness and a keen sense of irony."NME (Magazine) (2/19/00, p.33) - 9 out of 10 - "...mixes humor and humility, hope and fear, and stands as quiet testimony to one of modern music's most gifted writers....wonderful life-enriching stuff..."NME (Magazine) (2/19/00, p.33) - 9 out of 10 - "...mixes humor and humility, hope and fear, and stands as quiet testimony to one of modern music's most gifted writers....wonderful life-enriching stuff..."
Rolling Stone (10/2/97, p.56) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...the group easily re-establishes its mastery of the genre now known as trip-hop....Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley have refined their sound to an instantly identifiable essence..."Spin (1/98, p.86) - Ranked #6 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."Spin (11/97, p.142) - 9 (out of 10) - "...Like every brilliantly dismal act from Screamin' Jay Hawkins to the Wu-Tang Clan, Portishead tiptope across a ledge where utter seriousness is one false move away from tragic self-parody. They manage the high-wire act with brittle grace, bitter poise. And they sound as if they could break at any second..."Entertainment Weekly (10/03/97, p.84) - "...This sophomore spook-athon from chilly U.K. combo Portishead clanks across the attic, via Geoff Barrow's skeletal samples and funereal keyboards. Beth Gibbons' surgical-steel voices slices into her partner's scraps of musical meat, for an effect that's hypnotic, bloodless, and addictive..." - Rating: AQ (1/98, p.114) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."Vibe (11/97, p.152) - "...Beth Gibbons shows off stark vocal mood swings as she croons and claws under a bitter moon. A 30-piece orchestra keeps you strung out on drama, while producers/bandmates Adrian Utley and Geoff Barrow snap out the beats..."The Source (11/97, p.174) - "...crafted with care and eloquence, and somehow articulating the space that exists between the emotional and the physical....Portishead succeed with aplomb on their eponymously-titled follow-up album..."Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67) - Ranked #18 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."Melody Maker (10/4/97, p.50) - "...deep fried, delightful doom music....they're still...the original flames, the instigators, the innovators and still the only sure soundtrack to the future."Musician (11/97, p.86) - "...Gibbons' extraordinary voice has grown darker, nastier, and more spine-tingling, while the new songs vary from grim...to serene....PORTISHEAD looks over the cliff, then dives headlong into the abyss..."Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #14 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #32 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.NME (Magazine) (9/27/97, p.57) - 8 (out of 10) - "...if DUMMY was smoky film noir material, this is a choking Hammer Horror ho-ho-free hoedown....wavering, painfully sensitive choruses, desperately distorted soundscapes and good old-fashioned tunes..."