Dirty Linen (8-9/99, p.61) - "...Beautifully recorded....[Emphasizes] choral pieces and drum/gong ensembles, these pieces document the vibrant sound tracks to Kalimatan's religious and social ceremonies."
Option (July-Aug./92, p.128) - "..exemplary Yiddish-American music...a vibrant history lesson that swings...The slightly scratchy recordings give this CD the warm ambience of old vinyl.."
Dirty Linen (p.84) - "This is a tasty selection of tunes....Rideout, three-time Scottish national fiddle champion, has a distinctive and vibrant voice with her fiddle."
Paste (magazine) - "There is truth in Mahalia Jackson's vibrant contralto. Joy. Beauty. Strength. Sadness. Spirituality and redemption."
Q (2/97, p.107) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...[Clinton] influenced...generations of funkers, rappers and hip hoppers, many of whom have sampled his compulsive brand of vibrant funk. Here, a gaggle of contemporary R&B heavyweights...check in to re-pay favours with rapping contributions..."
Rolling Stone (p.71) - "DONA GOT A RAMBLIN' MIND is dazzling in its velocity and virtuosity..."Dirty Linen (p.48) - "[T]hey represent the hope for rebirth and continuation of a vibrant, exciting genre....Every note exudes excitement and vitality."Living Blues (p.33) - "The music the Chocolate Drops make is good-timey and danceable, with a rugged undercurrent of hard-bitten wisdom contained in the lyrics."No Depression (p.96) - "Their debut discs brims with exuberance. Tackling sixteen traditional songs -- some well-known, others obscure -- the group transcends any whiff of novelty while conjuring up a bygone era."
Entertainment Weekly (10/1/99, p.75) - "...The headbangers prove their mettle when they modernize their bone-crushing rock: The electronically enhanced 'Insomnia' is reminiscent of BROKEN-era Nine Inch Nails and several tracks even pack hummable choruses..." - Rating: B-Q (10/99, p.126) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...strong on heaving riffs, anthemic choruses and a newly aquired sense of melody....overall this is suprisingly vibrant stuff."
Q (1/94, p.96) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...The performances are seamless without being anodyne and the revisitings of Beatles classics are genuinely vibrant and uncluttered with modern twaddle...."Stereo Review (3/94, p.98) - Performance: Value For Money / Recording: Adequate - "...It's a real live album, complete with bum notes and foibles that make it more human....early Beatles stuff is wonderful..."
Rolling Stone (4/12/01, p.142) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A splendidly untraditional traditional-blues album....sounding like a worthy companion to Bob Dylan's TIME OUT OF MIND....The 2 new Tom Waits songs are knockouts..."Q (5/01, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A genuine revelation...Hammond savors every last low-life syllable of every spiked boho-spiel with top-dollar back-up....A rambunctious joy from beginning to end..."CMJ (3/12/01, p.28) - "...Hammond doesn't try to reinvent Waits' mule-boned wheel onthese 13 tunes, slathering on some extra greas licks here and there, but largely honoring the style of the originals performances..."JazzTimes (5/01, pp.117-8) - "...A potent brew and a great synthesis of 2 unique artists..."No Depression (5-6/01, p.123) - "...This veteran blues revivalist has a strong, vibrant tenor that gives these melodies a clarity and warmth Waits could never have produced..."Mojo (Publisher) (4/01, p.114) - "...The arrangememts have all the care-worn beauty you'd expect and, vocally, Hammond's classy singlemalt proves just as satisfying as Waits' rough-assed moonshine..."
Q (12/99, p.130) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Dogg's vocals can actually verge on the sublime....in glorious slow motion, and the undercurrent vibe is distinctly soulful..."The Source (9/98, p.239) - 3.5 Mics (out of 5) - "...Few MCs from the West have ever gotten as much acceptance and acclaim from outside regions....No Limit's latest soldier isn't trying to rock the boat with his third album...the vibrant vocalist is very happy to be with rap's top squad..."
Rolling Stone (5/14/92, p.105) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...the pioneers of noise pop (3 chords and a distortion pedal) are still building castles of fuzz...J&M Chain work their terrain with indefatigable enthusiasm..."Spin (5/92, p.76) - Highly RecommendedQ (5/92, p.80) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Snake-eyed, arrogant and tall in the saddle, HONEY'S DEAD is an album at one with dynamic, imagery and amplifiers alike...pretty damn excellent..."Option (July-Aug./92, p.109) - "...The Jesus & Mary Chain cuts loose once again with a squalor of sound...this is the roar of a shimmering locomotive, powerful, sleek, vibrant and black..."Musician (5/92, p.89) - "...the band's appeal remains the combination of sloppily loud but essentially appealing licks and naughty, unfocused (i.e. druggy) lyrics..."
Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.113) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2000".Rolling Stone (2/17/00, pp.53-4) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...[her] background in jazz, gospel, rock and r&b brings a deeply felt sonic futurism....this interplanetary power-girl mix sounds both danceably down-to-earth and shockingly new."Spin (2/00, p.109) - 6 out of 10 - "...Kelis is...a cool sound on an album full of them....[The album's] production standout is 'Mars' where the chorus impossibly melds slow keyboards, fast bully chants, stutter drums, and Kelis' angled wailings with lyrics that involve refusing to leave the planet..."Entertainment Weekly (1/7/00, p.68) - "...fleshes out her persona with petulant sass and roller-rink whimsy, pegging her romantic maturity halfway between Brandy and Mary J....what lingers are the minimalist staccato beats from production duo the Neptunes..." - Rating: B+Q (1/01, p.93) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000" - "...Refreshing, vibrant and replete with futuristic flourishes..."Q (4/00, p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...an inspired debut....[She] establishes herself as a solo artist with an album that packs punches of the Mike Tyson variety and oozes confidence from every beat..."CMJ (12/20/99, p.21) - "...one of the hottest R&B debuts of 1999....a full spectrum of moods and tempos...bound together by Kelis' reflective lyrics and the rubber soul production of the Neptunes..."Melody Maker (3/28/00, p.48) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Pop's best mad psycho-bitch from hell. She does possess a demonic godzilla-with-toothache roar....brilliantly futuristic..."Mojo (Publisher) (5/00, p.96) - "...The producers possibly see themselves as the new Jimmy Jam-Terry Lewis. She is their Mary Davis. The material veers from hard looks at rocky relationships...to, oh dear, UFOs....Best track is 'Ghetto Children', a positive, uptempo song with catchy chorus, crisp rap and a strong echo of Stevie Wonder."NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.77) - Ranked #10 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year".NME (Magazine) (2/26/00, p.35) - 9 out of 10 - "...a futuristic, visionary, multi-layered work of R&B, funk, soul and rap, furnished with an inspirational, psychedelic spirituality, rarely seen but desperately needed in these cynical times....We need more like this."
JazzTimes (8/03, p.113) - "...This is a live recording, and Dawkins' crew clearly feeds on the spirit of the movement. The music of New Horizons spills over with vibrant energies, conveying the life affirming exuberance of cultural expression..."
Down Beat (11/95, pp.63-64) - 3 Stars - Good - "...plenty of inspired soloing, savory rhythms and exotic melodies..."Jazziz (12/95, pp.23-24) - "...you'll never experience Latin, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music quite the same way again. As feisty a fiesta as instrumental music can offer, THE CARIBBEAN JAZZ PROJECT is an historical musical event....easily the most vibrant and dynamic ensemble interaction of the year..."
"...[An] impeccably crafted piece of megabuck fantasy storytelling....Technically vibrant and resourceful..."Variety "...Bana and Nolte play their parts with the touching sincerity of actors performing great tragedy....There are beautiful set pieces in THE HULK..."Los Angeles Times "...HULK is richly mythopoeic and sophisticated....The best Marvel adaptation so far..."Sight and Sound "...[Bana] brings a simmering power to the role....Lee's technique is impeccable..."Rolling Stone "...Taken individually, the leads bring serious-minded competence to roles..."USA Today "...Eric Bana excels as Hulk's alter ego..."Total Film "...The movie has an elegant visual strategy....Ang Lee has boldly taken the broad outlines of a comic book story and transformed them to his own purposes..."Chicago Sun-Times
Dirty Linen (p.85) - "[I]t's fun to see the group really lay its politics on the line in 'El Salvador,' and 'Weave Me the Sunshine' is as vibrant as anything Peter, Paul, and Mary ever recorded."
Entertainment Weekly (11/5/93, p.70) - "...With Maurice White and Phillip Bailey's voices leaping into falsetto-harmony heaven and a clutch of relentless feel-good grooves, these R&B hippies come back with their most vibrant album in years..." - Rating: B+Vibe (9/93, p.126) - "...EWF cast a long shadow over current black music....they still have the knack for constructing mellifluous R&B on the visionary/romantic trip..."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.72) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (11/29/90) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good "...There's nothing freeze-dried about the songs and performances; they're loose and vibrant, albeit cleanly recorded and perfectly phrased..."Musician (3/91) - "...Yoakam's vocals are better than ever and he seems to have found a comfortable groove in his songwriting..."Stereo Review (3/91) - "...his music often stands head and shoulders over over the `real thing'..."
Rolling Stone (1/31/02, p.52) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He expands his familair anthems with extemporaneous freestyle forays and smart instrumental interludes....Everything clicks [with] several points of pure delirium..."Entertainment Weekly (1/11/02, pp.68-9) - "...A beautiful thing....cut from a different, more vibrant cloth: It adheres to, and respects, the original arrangements of his studio recordings, also building on them and adding a new, unheard element to his music: celebration..." - Rating: AQ (2/02, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Jay-Z is a complex beast..."NME (Magazine) (1/19/02, p.28) - 7 out of 10 - "...This is the sound of a man at the top of his game....underlining what an amazing back catalogue the man possesses..."
Q (3/95, p.112) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...Whilst other jazz innovators mapped out new harmonic and melodic realms, Brubeck and his band were forging time signatures anew, giving the music the wonky grace of a gazelle running the 200 metre hurdles..."Down Beat (p.61) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Both 'Kathy's Waltz' and 'Strange Meadow Lark' contain melodies and moods that keep one hearing new things time and again..."Mojo (Publisher) (12/99, p.131) - "...superb remastering puts you in the room and brings out all the shimmer of Joe Morello's drums. Jazz-lite it may be, but jazz-lite has seldom been bettered."Record Collector (magazine) (p.83) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Brubeck's music employed unorthodox time signatures that owed more to western classical music, perhaps, than jazz....TIME OUT sounds as fresh and vibrant as it must have done back in 1959."
Rolling Stone (2/6/03, p.60) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...ELECTRIC CIRCUS is a wild, vibrant trip billowing with purple-haze guitars, ethereal choruses and warped scratching....Common makes it all fly, breaking hip-hop rules with a freewheeling fearlessness worthy of his guitar-god muse..."Entertainment Weekly (12/13/02, p.82) - "...Although he can be self-righteous, scattered, and grim, a team of truly youthful-minded producers is there to color the gray." Rating: AUncut (3/03, p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Common's emphasis is more on social and historical awareness..."CMJ (1/27/03, p.6) - "...Common opens the tent door to his psychedelic ELECTRIC CIRCUS, following up the Jazz-inflected LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE with a flamboyant, swirling consciousness-rap opus..."Vibe (p.75) - "[H]ere the Hendrix-influenced MC spits some of the sickest rhymes of his career. His lyrics slice like a machete through the purple haze concocted by producers..."Mojo (Publisher) (2/03, p.96) - "...[A] masterpiece....ELECTRIC CIRCUS is a record of startling breadth....An astounding record, unhesitatingly recommended..."
"[A] seductive love-of-the-sport documentary....Vibrant..." Entertainment Weekly "Peralta paints a vivid picture of the post-war surf world as a refuge..."Los Angeles Times "Hypnotic, stunning archive footage is backed by a solid rock soundtrack..." Uncut "[G]enuinely informative about its subject....[The] original Super-8 footage shot by the group evocatively captures their free wheeling existence..." Sight and Sound "[With] spectacular visuals..."USA Today
Entertainment Weekly - Rating: B+Q (11/94, p.152) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...A sound that's fat and sharp at once - that's what peerless Nashville producer Barry Beckett gave Etta James in 1990..."Down Beat (9/90) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...an impressive new album...a gritty, cut-to-the-bone-of-raw-emotion collection of tunes..."Stereo Review (11/90) - Performance "Vibrant" / Recording "Excellent" - "This woman has been a blessing to pop music since she recorded "The Wallflower (Dance with Me Henry) in 1954. Long may she thrive."Goldmine - Recommended - "...she's right on target here."
Rolling Stone (4/12/73, p.62) - "...lilting tunes of hypnotic character... mature, fully realized sound with a beautiful lyric sensibility...fresh, vibrant music...remarkable polish..."Q - 5 Stars - IndispensableUncut (11/01, p.130) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The Wailers' masterpiece..."The Wire (5/01, p.73) - "...Marks the first-time release of the original Jamaican recordings....with a remix from the master tapes by Errol Brown..."Down Beat (1/02, p.46) - Included in Downbeat's "Best CDs of 2001".
Rolling Stone (9/19/02, p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "This, boys and girls, is why not everyone can play the blues....The music is dark and vibrant, the sex nasty, the nights late and messy, and women not to be trusted."Entertainment Weekly (10/25/02, p.77) - "...A dozen examples of Kimbrough's iconoclastic mix of raw menace and unexpected beauty..." - Rating: ALiving Blues (11/02, pp.76-7) - "...The album paints a beautiful aural picture of Kimbrough..."
Entertainment Weekly (9/7/01, pp.164-5) - "...With her softly twanging, lovely, and wise voice...the real treasure here is her deeply felt tunes...Griffith is the real deal..." - Rating: B+Q (9/01, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Country music's hummability meets folk's conscience amid a landscape of emotional full stops..."CMJ (8/4/01, p.25) - "...Smooth, vibrant melodies and tender reflective lyrics..."No Depression (9-10/01, pp.139-40) - "...Intimacy is the key, gradually turned and lathed, that unlocks Griffith's greater artistry..."Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.112) - "...An excellent addition to the Griffith canon..."
Dirty Linen (4-5/96, p.79) - "...violinist and mandolin player Howard Armstrong is a walking history of American music...LOUIE BLUIE...encapsulates some of the best material from Armstrong's long career..."Dirty Linen (4-5/99, p.71) - "...a vibrant set of songs and tunes that range from ragtime to blues to country to popular..."Living Blues (7-8/99, pp.83-4) - "...LOUIE BLUIE provides a joyful and informative sampling of an artist who has always refused to be constrained by musical boundaries."
Alternative Press (7/00, p.94) - 3 out of 5 - "...Bizarre....gradually emerging as an almost airtight, emotionally barricaded sonic universe....This is not hillbilly music; rather, it is music intended to evoke 'hillbilly culture' to those who have never left a major city..."The Wire (5/00, p.69) - "...His first solo guitar album....Frisell tinkers with [Hank] William's 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' and the Gershwin's 'My Man's Gone Now' from PORGY AND BESS, 2 eternal songs which he expertly picks away at like a hungry buzzard until only the bare bones remain."CMJ (3/27/00, p.23) - "...A milestone in the career of a true innovator - enchanting as anything he has done and a clear window into his muse."Down Beat (8/00, p.27) - Ranked #3 Jazz Album in Downbeat "Critics Poll 2000".Down Beat (6/00, pp.69-70) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...So immaculately layered and natural sounding that you can't imagine any other guitarist duplicating it....painting Frisell as the contented, beauty-worshipping man he is."JazzTimes (8/00, pp.91-2) - "...[He] is like a painter dealing with guitaristic layers....Spare as the setting is, [he] invests a lively world feeling behind economic material....[It] is the polar opposite of background music....he's the friendly guitar anti-hero of our time."No Depression (3-4/00, p.113) - "...a lyrical Utopia where the one-of-a-kind guitarist can indulge his love of glowing heartland melodies in splendid isolation....The bright, vibrant sound...from his layered picking and strumming lights up the room..."
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 (7/9-23/98, p.138) - Stars (out of 5) - "...Ozomatli live up to their namesake (the Aztec god of dance) by lacing buoyant cumbias...and taunting merengues...with dub and hip-hop..."Q (8/99, p.110) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...The eclecticism is authentically vibrant..."Melody Maker (6/5/99, p.36) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...OZOMATLI radiates pure joy. Mariachi guitars, turntables, slick rhymes, salsa rhythms - you name it - are all attacked with...passion most political bands reserve soley for the Man....Man the barricades, the party's only just begun."NME (Magazine) (6/5/99, p.35) - 7 out of 10 - "...Cuban funk, salsa and traditional Latin musics...underscored by a killer hip-hop sensibility....the slow-burning, lengthier album take of 'Superbowl Sundae' is the standout..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/26/99, p.99) - "...features choice dialogue and kitschy ephemera, but the real draw is R.E.M., who offer an evocative instrumental score and two memorable songs..." - Rating: B+Q (1/00, p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...offers firm proof that the trinity remains creatively vibrant....will serve to remind the listener of the movie's many charms."Uncut (1/02, p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[The CD] includes a bonus in the form of a near-perfect replication of the theme to 'Taxi', one of the sweetest pieces of music composed in the Seventies..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/00, p.103) - "...much to lure the diehard R.E.M. fan....the new song ['The Great Beyond'] has...spare, subdued vocals, eerie keyboards, anthemic build-up, it's a fine track that would have sat comfortably on their reflective last album UP."
Spin (p.91) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fine introduction to Southern soul's greatest label, form its '60s R&B heyday to its '70s funk science.Down Beat (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "50 songs that belong to one of the most prized vaults in the history of popular music."Dirty Linen (p.63) - "This spectacular set manages to cram 50 amazing tracks onto two CDs. Everything you could possibly want is here..."Living Blues (p.64) - "[A] good introduction to the vibrant southern soul sounds associated with Stax."No Depression (p.74) - "The remastered sound is superb; one marvels at the clarity of Al Jackson's drums in 1969's 'Time Is Tight'."
Rolling Stone (3/19/92) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...The mostly demo-quality songs are wonderful...a bevy of shimmering, angst-ridden pop..."Spin (p.82) - "[T]his collection of demos and finished songs stretches over two remastered discs of brilliant melancholia."Q (7/00, p.140) - Included in Q's "The Best Male Angst Albums Of All Time"Q (May/92, p.86) - 3 Stars - Good - "...offers plenty of the patented ramshackle grandeur that Big Star fans find irresistable..."Option (May-June/92, p.92) - "...one of pop music's great songwriters..."Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #23 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.Billboard (p.33) - "Almost all of it lives up to the legend."Q (Magazine) (p.136) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "I AM THE COSMOS still has enough of Big Star's guitar-pop fragility and grandeur to make it worthwhile."Mojo (Publisher) (3/01/04, p.55) - Included in Mojo's The 67 Lost Albums You Must Own! - "[E]xquisitely melodic, Lennon-esque songs..."Record Collector (magazine) (pp.90-91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Bell's part in Big Star's vibrant distillations of their anglophilic pop fixation is well-known and well-represented on tracks such as 'I Don't Know' and 'My Life Is Right'..."
Q (8/95, p.145) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...remains the most significant album of the early '60s American white blues boom....The instrumental interplay between Koerner and Ray's acoustic guitars and Glover's harmonica is never less than engrossing and often exhilarating..."Down Beat (p.73) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "In concert segments and interviews, the three musicians reveal themselves to be free spirits hip to the zeitgeist of the time."Down Beat (1/96, p.49) - 4.5 Stars - Good/Very Good - "...[Koerner and Ray] are gifted acoustic guitarists, creating an imposing lattice of embroidered scales and bends, and they bring personality and emotional honesty to their singing. Tony `Little Son' Glover informs his vocal and harmonica playing with a rare intelligence....fresh and vibrant music..."Living Blues (5-6/99, p.103) - "...The depth of country blues knowledge, feeling, and expression displayed by these young white Northerners is startling, surpassing much of the work of today's acoustic revivalists..."Sing Out! (8-10/95, p.139) - "...[Koerner, Ray & Glover] are remarkable in the instrumental and vocal skills they brought to a traditional music form that was not of their own culture, but which they had already made their own..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.67) - "[They] injected punk-style vim and humour into covering heroes Leadbelly and Sleepy John Estes, while firing up their own spirited homages."
Rolling Stone (8/5/93, p.68) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Mann marries her tales of betrayal and disappointment with vibrant music....WHATEVER truly flies..."Spin (6/93, p.18) - Recommended - "...Melodically a sorceress, lyrically an emotional train wreck, this spooky-looking singer sheds her 'Til Tuesday moniker and steps out with a fresh batch of botched relationships to chew over....Gorgeous guitar pop unsullied by trends or technology..."Entertainment Weekly (5/28/93, p.56) - "...here it is, replete with hooky songs, engaging folk-rock arrangements, and evocative lyrics: 13 tunes that stick to your ribs..." - Rating: AQ (1/94, p.83) - Included in Q's list of 'The 50 Best Albums Of 1993.'Q (9/93, p.86) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Aimee Mann has much to sing about and the perfect voice to sing it in...Roger McGuinn helps out, conjuring up perfect licks for Mann's intelligent, emotional, and singable songs..."Alternative Press (5/01, p.104) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Breakup Albums" - "...Catchy and yet full of festering anger, the songs consistently reveal a rare inner-toughness..."Village Voice (3/1/94) - Ranked #33 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.