"...[The] locations are fresh and well chosen..." Variety "...A fond, generous movie....Warmly and immediately familiar..." New York Times
JazzTimes (5/93, p.77) - "...There are no more singular, individualistic players than the late Dick Wellstood and the wry and alive Kenny Davern....This is strongly and warmly recommended musical fare."
"...Warmly appealing....A gentle, touching film alive with humanity and humor..." New York Times "...Superb....With an irresistible warmth and boundless good humor....The very large cast is miraculous..."Los Angeles Times
Q (7/93, p.109) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...By 1974, and SUNDOWN, Lightfoot was an international draw...all [songs] lyrically acute and tuneful to a fault, in places warmly embracing country..."
The Wire (p.69) - "Vitiello's trademark tremulous synth tones are in evidence here from the outset....They warmly suggest an urban environment exuding from its very brickwork a palpable hum of tension into the air..."
"...A charming, fanciful little fable built around weighty issues....All the performers are exceedingly pleasant, and result is an appealing [film]..." Variety "...THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR, part magical fable, part realistic comedy-drama, is a warmly intentioned, well-acted film full of a love of land and of people..." Los Angeles Times
Down Beat (1/98, pp.50-51) - 4 stars (out of 5) "...Bang's rough textures and stright ahead ebulience are warmly encased in a tight rhythmic pocket....When Bang is in his groove or grove, he can be an absolutely astonishing wizard with a bow..."
Entertainment Weekly (No. 831, p.69) - "...a sexy collection of 11 slow jams and thumping grooves that pay homage to Motown's golden era. The disc not only bridges the stylistic gap between Marvin Gaye and R. Kelly, it warmly introduces hip-hop soul's finest new voice." Grade: A minus
Entertainment Weekly (p.159) - "[She has a] gift for warmly evocative Stevie Wonder/Minnie Riperton/Tracy Chapman melodies....TESTIMONY should resonate..." -- Grade: BVibe (pp.139-140) - "Arie seems to be progressing with poise. And with TESTIMONY, she opts for statement-heavy optimism instead of bitterness, fixating more on sensible arrangements..."
Down Beat (11/97, pp.57-58) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Rowland's approach is more interprative than actually performing Davis' music....[his] renditions of tunes associated with the trumpeter...are warmly evocative....there is nary a misstep on this project..."
"...Writer-director George Tillman Jr. serves up down-home fare that enriches the heart and leaves you satisfied..." -- 3 out of 4 stars USA Today "...[The film] grooves along to a score full of gentle harmonies....The music has the same pleasant effect as the dinner..."New York Times "...A warm and embracing family drama..." Los Angeles Times "...Williams does an observant job....[Tillman] seems to know the characters so well; by the film's end, so do we..." Chicago Sun-Times
The Wire (5/99, p.68) - "...a very disparate selection, mixing straightahead and free, with Mitchell on a range of saxes, flutes and clarinets.... Mitchell's approach is almost naive, which can be fresh and appealling, and makes for a pleasant if not groundbreaking release..."JazzTimes (10/99, p.87) - "...an eloquent paradigm for...the contradiction between being American or black, though they are both....[BUCKNER] swings between warmly acrid, bebopish grooves, and a pastiche of Berg, Webern....straightahead, tuneful..."
Q (5/97, p.124) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...the veteran altoist skims his way through some of bebop's greatest hits...treating them just as one does old friends; warmly and with due respect..."Down Beat (5/97, p.61) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...he surely stands at the top of the second tier of bebop players....Kendrick is an especially interesting pianist....His splashes of dissonance spice a fine bebop date."
Uncut (11/02, p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Dalek mix battle rhymes and muzzy beats with the sort of noise systems uusually found in the more extreme circles of electronica, rock and jazz."Magnet (10/02, p.84) - "...Fully formed; it's as warmly engaging an densely constructed as hip hop's Bomb Squad heyday....A gem..."
Entertainment Weekly (3/5/99, p.67) - "Given his prescient work with sound collages and rhythmic pulses, is minimalist composer Steve Reich the father of electroinca? This anthology, on which techno DJs overhaul Reich's recordings, makes clear their debt yet is a remixed blessing..." - Rating: BMagnet (4/99, p.82) - "...[the] samples are warmly human, [the] rhythms are delicately unpredictable, [the] keyboards are richly symphonic and [the] remixes bridge the gap between generations, delivering Reich into the clubs and into the brave new electronic world he helped create."CMJ (3/1/99, p.3) - "...On REICH REMIXED, nine remixers (including DJ Spooky, Howie B. and Ken Ishii) fashion the originals into everything from haunting, ambient dreamscapes to funky, rhythmic throwdowns....Don't cross the 21st Century bridge without hearing this one."
Rolling Stone (pp.62-63) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'Birdies Singing' sounds half like a honky-tonk put-on, it's impossibly charming, proof positive that Stoltz can make masterful retro reproductions without taking himself too seriously."Entertainment Weekly (p.134) - "[K]indred, retro lo-fi pop-rock....Think Beatles, Beach Boys, Kinks." -- Grade: B+Uncut (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is home-recorded approach reaches imaginatively beyond glossy pastiche....His heroes should be flattered."Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Stoltz still fashions a warmly textured tapestry of walloping drums, ornate keys, squishy electronics, liquid guitar and sundry other elements....2006's album of the year may have arrived early."
Q (10/99, p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Securing help from woman-of-the-moment Missy Elliot on the current single, 'Where My Girls At,' plus a slew of interesting production touches...at least ensures a little individuality..."Muzik (9/99, p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...It's certainly not bad but there's no huge surprises and it stays in a Total/Nicole Ray ball park..."Vibe (6,7/99, p.190) - "...702 has matured into a clique of assertive young women....This fine, self-titled project wisely reconnects [them] with red-hot Missy Elliot... on 'Where My Girls At,' a face-cracking anthem just waiting to happen and the languid, warmly introspective 'You Just Never Know.'
"...Passionately filmed..." USA Today
"...THE GOOD THIEF is exuberant, sexy, and ultimately life-affirming drama..." Total Film "...It's a triumph of flourish, all weathered, movie-star-size gesture....The movie is the ultimate caper, a work of brazen ebullience..." New York Times "...THE GOOD THIEF offers a couple of good benefits. One is the pleasing sight of Nick Nolte in fairly robust form....There's also an appealing turn by Tcheky Karyo..." USA Today "...Nolte brings a raspy authority to the role, and director Neil Jordan surrounds him with colorful characters..." Rolling Stone "...[Nolte gives] one of those performances that flows unhindered from an actor's deepest instincts..." Chicago Sun-Times "...An ingenious thriller....One of the best things about THE GOOD THIEF is the vividly grungy atmosphere that Jordan and master cinematographer Chris Menges evoke..." Movieline's Hollywood Life
4 stars out of 5 -- "DiCaprio fully justifies his place as Marty's new muse....[He delivers] THE DEPARTED's most dangerous turn."Total Film "The speed and Mr. Scorsese's sureness of touch, particularly when it comes to carving up space with the camera, keep the plot's hall of mirrors from becoming a distraction."New York Times Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "Scorsese's got the best of men at the tops of their games. THE DEPARTED is this year's meatiest movie diversion."Entertainment Weekly "THE DEPARTED is splattered with moments of pure, dead-eyed, blood-soaked Scorsesean violence....Nicholson provides a menace that's half silky, half seedy." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly "[A] juicy and enjoyable gangster picture. It has generous salty humour, tremendous narrative drive, an absorbingly complex plot of multiple betrayal, and a roster of entertaining actors."Sight and Sound "[T]his 'gangster movie' feels like a direct emanation from a society in a state of severe moral disorientation....THE DEPARTED reminds us that if there's truly an enemy, it's within."Film Comment 5 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith Nicholson and DiCaprio together on screen for the first time, a performance masterclass is assured."Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 4 -- "The actors bring their A games to this triumphant bruiser of a film, its darkly wanton wit the only defense against complete chaos."Rolling Stone "Martin Scorsese here succeeds in creating a bleak picture with a fatalistic Irish sensibility."Box Office Included in Premiere's "10 Best Movies Of The Year" -- "[With] enough bravura acting for a dozen such pictures..."Premiere Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "[A] model of what directing is when craft rises to the level of art."Rolling Stone Ranked #1 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."Film Comment 4 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's a rare treat for moviegoers to see six major actors, all in strong roles, together in one movie."USA Today 5 stars out of 5 -- "DiCaprio stands tall, even when sharing the screen with Nicholson....THE DEPARTED is his master class..."Ultimate DVD "THE DEPARTED has become a classic in its own right, thanks in no small measure to William Monahan's script..."Wall Street Journal
"...Nicholson keeps things moving higher and higher..."Los Angeles Times
Rolling Stone (3/21/96, p.100) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...this is an album of such elegant melodies and emotion that Wilson should transcend the jazz genre as easily as Alison Krauss has transcended bluegrass..."Entertainment Weekly (3/8/96, pp.62-63) - "...Treating pop songs without snobbery, unafraid to muddy the perceptions of what a jazz singer should and shouldn't do, Wilson continues her beguiling journey into pop's heart of darkness." - Rating: A-Down Beat (4/95, p.45) - 5 Stars (out of 5) - "Instant classic....A warmly inviting and authentic voice promoting multicultural roots, who imbues all she appropriates with genius far surpassing post-modern gloss, Wilson recasts the American songbook....What's so satisfying is that Wilson's realizations revivify material from within their original intent..."Musician (4/96, p.83) - "...this singer leaps out of nowhere to nail a wide interval or [to] unerringly navigate a difficult melody....NEW MOON DAUGHTER will continue to win her the big audience she deserves..."Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #15 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
Rolling Stone (p.175) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "The skewed, groovy guitar riffing on NURSE cops the prettiness and chops of classic Seventies rock, with multi-instrumentalist/producer Jim O'Rourke shaping the sprawl into smooth patterns of light and shade."Spin (p.108) - "There's plenty to admire in a mid-tempo rocker like 'Stones' or an endless groove like 'New Hampshire'..." - Grade: B-Entertainment Weekly (p.123) - "[A]ll the customary elements are in place; the luxuriously entangled guitars, the beat-derived poetry, the feedback attacks, Kim Gordon's spooky whisper....[With] plenty of rewards." - Grade: A-Q (p.124) - 3 stars out of 5 - "SONIC NURSE embraces tunes warmly..."Uncut (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "A regular flicker between white noise and mellow, Jefferson Airplane circa VOLUNTEERS melody....The Youth sound rejuvenated..."Magnet (p.106) - "The album is jam-friendly....[A]s strong as any SY record from the early '90s."Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 - "SONIC NURSE moves like a series of night dreams. Songs appear as visions, vivid while playing, hazy and hard to hold once gone."
Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.112) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (8/8/02, p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A long-overdue gem from one of rock & roll's finest voices....There's not a bum track on [this] album of many highlights..."Entertainment Weekly (8/2/02, p.73) - "...An intentionally understated yet inviting album befitting her subdued reentry..." - Rating: B+Q (10/02, p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A set of songs so cockle-warmingly familiar you're left scanning the credits to see who did them the first time..."Uncut (10/02, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "A return that is as warmly welcome as it is wholly unexpected."Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.77) - Ranked #32 in Mojo's "Best Albums of 2002"Mojo (Publisher) (8/02, p.104) - "...LATE showcases her passionate and bittersweet voice in a stripped-down atmosphere..."Paste (magazine) - "It would be hard to find another album from 2002 that is as well written and as beautifully sung as this one."
Alternative Press (4/00, p.102) - 4 out of 5 - "...jokes without punchlines, beats without meters, notes without staffs, developments without points of closure....with this album [they've] become so good at provoking questions, that answers...well, they simply aren't the 'point'."Magnet (4-5/00, p.92) - "...Listening to [this LP] is a bit like trying to piece together the events of a violent space battle based upon the wreckage left in its wake....Music has been blown apart and shattered into countless pieces here, almost beyond recognition..."The Wire (3/00, p.58) - "...Oddly engaging, generating a bizarre internal logic from unlikely sources..."CMJ (1/24/00, pp.25-6) - "...noodly, experimental [and] warmly listenable...showing evidence of both heavy improv and ample tape manipulation....a testament to abstract minimalism that manages to give a few subtle nods to standard songwriting..."NME (Magazine) (2/14/00, p.43) - 7 out of 10 - "...luxuriates in the boundless possibilities of chaos theory....breaking right through...the boundaries of music. And subsequently, sometimes avoids making music at all....This is so far out [it's] panoramic."
Rolling Stone (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he Bad Seeds summon a torrent of noise both awful and exquisite. It's a gothic alt-squall that pokes fun at itself yet remains decidedly creepy."Spin (p.118) - "The pile-driving ABATTOIR BLUES disc of this double album opens with one of the greatest songs of Cave's 26-year career, 'Get Ready For Love'..." - Grade: BEntertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[Cave] remains a singular sensation." - Grade: A-Uncut (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[W]oozy lust anthems and quasi-biblical junk-blues eruptions. With this feast of fearsome rock'n'soul, Beelzebub's favourite lounge singer has returned to claim his throne."Uncut (p.75) - Ranked #13 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "Cave roared back to deliver not one but two albums of fiery genius."Alternative Press (p.158) - "[T]hey're spending middle age churning out the best music of their career....Alternating between funky and uplifting, the Seeds turn these rants into devotionals, finding the prayer that's always lurked beneath the blasphemy of Cave's best work..." - 5 out of 5Magnet (p.94) - "[T]he songs are steeped in blood, loneliness and hard redemption."Living Blues (p.71) - "[T]he musical equivalent of a hurricane, as guitars, drumbeats, and angelic gospel singers swirl around Cave's demanding, demonstrative voice."Mojo (Publisher) (p.57) - Ranked #73 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[I]t's a perfect blend of rumbling, bilious rock and ancient folk themes cleaving true to the uniquely skewed gyroscope at the centre of Cave's music."Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 5 stars out of 5 - "Both ABATTOIR BLUES and THE LYRE OF ORPHEUS are stuck all over with burr-like catches and hooks, so warmly intimate The Bad Seeds might have set up in the corner of the room....The scope and breadth is startling..."