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Q (9/93, p.104) - 4 Stars - Excellent
Down Beat (10/92, p.56) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "...an octet that sound considerably larger....every soloist exemplifies improvisational maturity and the ability to swing in the proper mood..."
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Thompson's guitar firepower and parched wit are everywhere here....Loving archaeology, in every detail."Entertainment Weekly (p.137) - "[H]e has inhabited a dizzying number of personas...visionary hurdy-gurdy man, molten-hot electric-guitar hero, restless musical explorer, spiritual searcher, comedian." -- Grade: AUncut (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Thompson is an exceptional guitar player, a fine songwriter, and a decent singer. Listening to RT's five discs, you get the sense that the guitar is his true voice."Dirty Linen (p.53) - "[Thompson is] a thoughtful man with rare insights into the human condition who, as it happens, is a pretty fair musician and songwriter, too."Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.45) - "The set makes a good case that he is the best guitar player in the world....but it makes an even better case for his songwriting."Mojo (Publisher) (p.116) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] true bonanza....Wit, pathos, humility and chops enough to sway Jimmy Page. Thompson had -- and still has -- it all."
Down Beat (5/97, p.73) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...If nothing else, the road from [country blues] to [urban blues] demonstrates how broad [label owner Bob] Koester's interests range, and how complex the history of Chicago blues guitar really is."
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "With its skewed pop melodies, home-brewed sonic trickery and blazing fingerpicking, UNDER THE SKIN is a mesmerizing return to the side of Buckingham that birthed the proto-indie-pop strangeness of 1979's TUSK."Rolling Stone (p.108) - Ranked #42 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[T]he eccentricity of SKIN suits Buckingham's reflections on his past life and current blessings."Entertainment Weekly (p.70) - "His fingerpicking is impossibly frantic in its nervous virtuosity, and each near-whisper is miked to sound like a scream. It's the spartan-yet-gonzo sound of a guy remembering he can go his own way." -- Grade: B+No Depression (p.100) - "His relentless fingerpicking is powerful on 'Not Too Late' and 'Shut Us Down'; his vocal overdubbing is inspired on 'Show You How' and 'Cast Away Dreams'."(p.133) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "A proper solo affair featuring Buckingham's breathy vocals, acoustic guitar and little else, UNDER THE SKIN knits accessible Buckingham together with his more daring side."Mojo (Publisher) (p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It is in essence a modern folk record, its minimalist beauty reminiscent of Nick Drake or John Martyn..."
"...The movie raises interesting questions about the power exerted in relationships and the amount of control a person can or should have over another..." USA Today "...LaBute has that rarest of attributes, a distinctive voice. You know one of his scenes at once....He also has a distinctive view of life....It is the surface normality of the characters and their worlds that is scary..." Chicago Sun-Times "...[LaBute's] ideas on art and humanity will make you hoot, holler, curse the actors, damn LaBute and argue like hell with your date. What else do you want from a movie?..." Rolling Stone "...LaBute, adapting his 2001 play, entwines the four in some skillfully intense dialogue..." Entertainment Weekly "...Rudd is a consistent charmer..." Los Angeles Times "...LaBute is one of the most gifted writers to emerge over the last decade, and THE SHAPE OF THINGS is full of tantalizing ideas..."Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Let's just say it's spectacular and a repeat viewing confirms just how cleverly -- not to mention cheekily -- the writer/director clicks all his pieces into place..." Total Film "Rachel Weisz's brilliantly layered performance as Evelyn -- barbed, vehement and oddly sorrowful -- keeps all options open." Sight and Sound
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Vibe (2/97, p.103) - "...a bittersweet compilation of some of Hyman's best material....Hyman sang as though her listeners were wrapped in sable and drinking vintage champagne..."
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Entertainment Weekly (2/12/99, pp.82-83) - "If familiarity breeds contempt, someone forgot to tell this dude....somehow this collection of 25 love songs (including four new ones) rises above the usual smarm..." - Rating: B
Living Blues (p.69) - "The Memphis sides were raw and usually raucous and featured the ultra-distorted guitar of Willie Johnson..."Uncut (magazine) (p.100) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "No-one has ever sounded like Wolf, before or since....The whole package is delivered with restrained good taste..."
"...BANDITS is good on technical virtuosity..." Variety "...A cheerfully irreverent lark -- part fairy tale, part science fiction, part comedy..." New York Times "...[With] the funniest Robin Hood ever..." USA Today "...The movie's as perversely entertaining as it ever was..." Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[E]very bit as much a marauding sensual riot as it is a history-hopping conundrum." Total Film 4 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n ingenious fantasy....[Gilliam's] most consistently entertaining..."Uncut 3 stars out of 4 -- "A fun and whimsical journey that is vintage Terry Gilliam."Premiere
Entertainment Weekly (11/16/01, pp.133-4) - "...The best part: lesser-known numbers from unsung musicals. Skip the familar and bask in the lush, French-tinged tones of ASPECTS OF LOVE, and the stunning SONG AND DANCE..." - Rating: B+
Spin (1/99, p.92) - Ranked #2 in Spin's list of the "Ten Best Reissues Of 1998."Spin (11/98, pp.144-145) - 10 (out of 10) - "...this jumped-up hillbilly was the bridge between old and new. He links the pious, antebellum Roy Acuff to postwar, urban, roadhouse culture....the key to country's red-dirt past and sign of a rock world to come."Entertainment Weekly (9/25/98, pp.101-102) - "...Ultimately, THE COMPLETE HANK WILLIAMS is less a document more than a documentary: the nonfiction story of a prodigiously gifted falling-down alcoholic, always at odds with his wife Audrey,...the industry he helped spawn,...and most crucially, himself..." - Rating: B+Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.120) - "...Follows him chronologically through 1946-1951 over 3 CDs - ragged folk-spiritual-singer on CD1; urban mountain-boy-going-on-rock star on CD3..."
Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.188) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...By this point, Stax had for the most part stopped trying to chase trends and instead concentrated on its strengths: down-home, funky and gritty urban blues..."Entertainment Weekly (1/13/95, p.61) - "...if you've got an itch for soul that you thought could never be adequately scratched, [THE COMPLETE STAX/VOLT SOUL SINGLES, VOLUME 3: 1972-1975] might just do the trick..."- Rating: A-