Spin (12/01, pp.154,157) - 8 out of 10 - "...Sincere paeans to growth, self-realization, and tree-hugging transcendence....the best West Coast country-rock band since '80s insurgents the Long Ryders..."Alternative Press (2/02, p.65) - Ranked #23 in AP's "25 Best Albums of 2001".Alternative Press (12/01, p.83) - 8 out of 10 - "...Avoiding irony and smarm...this gives off good vibrations..."Magnet (p.85) - "Many of the album's tracks began nice and steady with honky-tonk fingerpicking and woozy pedal steel but ended in a miasma of organ drone and haunting harmony vocals."CMJ (10/8/01, p.5) - "...A relaxed, panoramic sound and psychedelic effects gently mutating together..."Mojo (Publisher) (11/01, p.100) - "...They take the nascent country rock of The Byrds and extrapolate every last ounce of plangent guitar chime and yearning vocal polyphony until they ring afresh..."
Down Beat (p.60) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Martino holds onto the soft, downy quality of the Montgomery sound but resists over-imitations or caricatures of the guitarist's signature style."JazzTimes (pp.120-121) - "It's apparent straightaway that this wasn't an archeology project for Martino. He and his band recast these themes in thoroughly modern idiom..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]eartfelt and thrilling, with a reassuringly woody, unglamorous sound and many joyous highlights."
"[A] treasure....There is life in it....Part of the pleasure of watching it comes from never knowing quite what will happen next..."New York Times "[T]here's a startling new maturity in DARJEELING, a compassion for the larger world that busts the confines of the filmmaker's miniaturist instincts." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 4 -- "It is a delight to look at, with its vibrant colors, iconic images and exotic setting, and the film has a meandering feel that captures the sense of trekking across India."USA Today 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[M]agically compelling....The fullest blossoming yet of Anderson's talents....All the acting is exemplary."Rolling Stone 5 stars out of 5 -- "Bold, original and ambitious....Anderson's most sincere and emotionally revealing work yet."Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Three stooges antics mingle with subtler silliness, painful life-wisdom, bittersweet vicissitude and his trademark whimsy in this unmistakable Wes Anderson special."Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's an amazing trip. DARJEELING hurtles through an idealised India, but it is also an exploration of mood..."Uncut "Wilson, Brody and Schwartzman are like a contemporary, depressive version of the Three Stooges, and there's something inspired about Anderson's decision to cast them as brothers..."Los Angeles Times
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"Bentley still has a glare that burns through metal, and his rapport with Speedman is agreeable." -- Grade: BB-Entertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 5 -- "Speedman and Bentley are spikier than, say, Harold and Kumar....They come with baffled good humour at the many, many reversals of this bizarre and busy night."Empire "Moyle handles the milieu confidently....William Wennekers' script has plenty of snappy gags..."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a sharp and stylish effort from unconventional director Allan Moyle..."Ultimate DVD
"...Solemnly forceful....[Elliott] has what could be the best role of his career..." USA Today "...The movie, anchored by Mr. Gibson's modest disciplined performance, has a feeling of calm stoicism..." New York Times "...[Kinnear] does that thing he does better and better with each role he takes, siphoning humor into a serious situation....[Gibson] discharges his duties maturely and successfully..." Entertainment Weekly "...[The battle] is brilliantly designed and shot....The film's major contribution to the Vietnam War movie is its willingness to view the enemy as human beings..." Hollywood Reporter "...The battle, expertly shot by Dean Semler, captures the chaos of guerrilla warfare paralleled in BLACK HAWK DOWN and gives the film a scarring documentary realism..." Rolling Stone "...This is a true story that brings home the real horror of war, presenting a balanced, thought-provoking record of men who fought..." Total Film "...Deft at pushing emotional buttons..." Box Office "...[The film] impresses with the overwhelming physicality of its combat sequences..." Los Angeles Times
"...The movie, anchored by Mr. Gibson's modest disciplined performance, has a feeling of calm stoicism..."New York Times "...[Kinnear] does that thing he does better and better with each role he takes, siphoning humor into a serious situation....[Gibson] discharges his duties maturely and successfully..."Entertainment Weekly "...This is a true story that brings home the real horror of war, presenting a balanced, thought-provoking record of men who fought..."Total Film "...[The battle] is brilliantly designed and shot....The film's major contribution to the Vietnam War movie is its willingness to view the enemy as human beings..."Hollywood Reporter "...Deft at pushing emotional buttons..."Box Office "...[The film] impresses with the overwhelming physicality of its combat sequences..."Los Angeles Times "...Solemnly forceful....[Elliott] has what could be the best role of his career..."USA Today "...The battle, expertly shot by Dean Semler, captures the chaos of guerrilla warfare paralleled in BLACK HAWK DOWN and gives the film a scarring documentary realism..."Rolling Stone
"...In addition to a strong surface sheen, Craven has put together a strong ensemble cast..."Variety "...A deft, funny, shrewdly unsettling tribute..."Entertainment Weekly "...It's sensational in both sense of the word: a bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures that's also scary and gruesome..."Los Angeles Times "...The movie itself, for all of its ironic in-jokes, also functions as a horror film -- a bloody and gruesome one, that uses as many cliches as it mocks..." Chicago Sun-Times "SCREAM revived a genre that had been dead since the late '80s." Total Film
CMJ (5/20/02, p.18) - "...Many inspired moments..."
CMJ (p.17) - "MISANTHROPOS is an album of many metal moods, and Paria steadfastly refuses to adhere to a single style. We guarantee your head will be spinning and you'll never get bored."
Dirty Linen (12/99-1/00, p.66) - "...a powerful, joyous, and politically relevant concert....[the] high points are many..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.29) - Ranked #11 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...The sound is, yes, as big as all outdoors...All this glorious Americana takes us on loacation, in our imagination, each time we listen anew."
Entertainment Weekly (12/17/99, p.84) - "...will provide years of pleasure....conveys something we no longer possess; a cogent picture of America and its promise..." - Rating: A
"...If horses could fly, this is surely what they'd look like..." Los Angeles Times "...The messages, like the film's heroes, are as noble as can be: respect all life, live free or die, we're all the same under the skin..."Box Office "...This odyssey of a beautiful horse going through the rigors of life creates a dramatic pull that will grab many youthful viewers....Spirit himself is an engaging hero..." Variety "...More pure and direct than most of the stories we see in animation..." Chicago Sun-Times "...[With] lush, kinetic animation and a galloping plot..." Entertainment Weekly
"...Riveting....Jaw-dropping location footage..." Rolling Stone "...[A] fascinating account of the making of APOCALYPSE NOW..." Sight and Sound "...The most spectacular inside look ever offered into the ineffable process of filmmaking....Through Coppola, the film reveals the spirit -- still alive and kicking -- that put the dream in the dream factory..." Entertainment Weekly "...An almost hypnotic document. All the interviewees are salty and unsparing, of themselves especially. Milius is bearish and hilarious; Eleanor idealistic, precise; Coppola nakedly open..." Los Angeles Times "...Fascinating, harrowing film history. We feel for once we are witnessing the true story of how a movie got made..." Chicago Sun-Times "...A classic in its own right..." Total Film
NAPRA Review (05-06/02, p.77) - "...Half Alaskan Aleut and half Florida Seminole, Youngblood blends traditional sounds with contemporary touches and features strong harmonizing alongside the many flutes in her compositions....Beautiful pieces, exquisitely rendered..."
JazzTimes (p.149) - "NEW BEGINNINGS indeed sounds like a rejuvenation. Albright is on the smooth-jazz team, but he possesses gutsier, bluesier chops than many of his contemporaries."
Living Blues (p.50) - "The power of the Mississippi Mass Choir's many combined voices is nicely augmented throughout the set by a solid rhythm section..."
JazzTimes (05/03, p.145) - "...An expansive offering that reflects the many dimensions of the renowned bassist-producer-film composer's artistry..."
Living Blues (p.42) - "His guitar work, as usual, is shot through with passion and executed with dexterity -- like many expert fretmen, he eschews pyrotechnics for precision and deep feeling."
Mojo (Publisher) (8/03, p.116) - 5 out of 5 stars - "...[Many tracks] sound as eerily poignant and perfect as they did on the day they first floated out of a jukebox."
"Pollock has pulled off an old-fashioned-seatbelt-tightener." Uncut "Among its many accomplishments, this capacious and worldly drama directed by Sydney Pollack is a serious invitation -- a mature filmmaker's exhortation, really -- for Americans to engage globally..." Entertainment Weekly "Kidman piles on dimensions to her character the more we learn about her spotty political past..."USA Today "The first film ever to be shot inside the United Nations is a hot-button political thriller with a sharp, timely sting..." Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "Kidman is wholly immersed, matching Sean Penn, as the Secret Service agent investigating her claim, intense glower for intense glower." Premiere
Entertainment Weekly (7/7/00, pp.130-1) - "...Romps in as many musical playgrounds as he can....BT may be more compiler than visionary, but compilations rarely sound this engaging." - Rating: A-Mixmag (6/00, p.169) - "...We've been banging on about it for ages and finally this breaktrance wonder gets a re-release with a CD of remixes..."CMJ (6/12/00, p.23) - "...An eclectic, and entertaining musical statement from an evolving artist obviously not satisfied by simply retracing paths already worn."
Rolling Stone (6/29/95, pp.43-45) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...Walsh assembles the sort of ornate pop record one usually associates with big-budget psychedelia or overstudied Anglo pop....Walsh's songs enable listeners to enjoy time spent in places we would usually rather not be..."Musician (8/95, pp.92-95) - "The very best album I've heard in too many years....a reflective song cycle that could've been subtitled LIFE SUCKS AND THEN YOU DIE....You should go out of your way to hear it."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "It's actually the 2004 re-recording of the glam metal wrecking crew's 1984 classic STAY HUNGRY....It contains many of their most important songs..."
Paste (magazine) - "You can appreciate the varied approach that John and Bernie Taupin brought to the studio with the balladry, the ballsy and the busy....As with many Elton John albums, there are hidden gems to be found..."
No Depression (pp.92-93) - "[A]n endlessly amused singer and guitarist who entertains us with his elastic sense of time and simple but deeply weird guitar interjections....He breaks rules because he's interested, as are many Memphis musician, in playing the molecules instead of the notes."
Dirty Linen (4-5/96, p.87) - "...a treasure trove incorporating many of the southern roots of old time, bluegrass, and American folk music..."Musician (3/96, p.98) - "...beautiful, archaic music....70-year-old recordings of this isolated region's string bands, sacred singers and balladeers..."
Sing Out! (11-12/94-1/95, p.126) - "...Susie Erenrich of the Cultural Center for Social Change has produced this 2-CD set of songs from or about the [Civil Rights] movement in Mississippi. Many of the tracks are reissued from 30-year-old recordings and include most of the greatest topical singers and songwriters of that period..."
Rolling Stone (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 - "You want to hear what this guy has to say....Matranga's former group, the mid-Nineties rockers Far, helped create the blueprint for many of today's emo bands..."CMJ (3/29/04, p.4) - "Like an affordable 12-step program without the guilt-trip....You feel you're part of both his and your own healing process."
The Source (2/93, p.58) - "...a perfect example of the funk-inspired, neo-jazz sound that's been steadily on the rise since Soul II Soul's first effort...a percussion and horn-heavy, cool-out album with 12 consistent, well-produced tracks...celebrates the union of many schools of black music: soul, jazz and hip-hop..."
Alternative Press (5/00, p.78) - 4 out of 5 - "...GOLDEN GREATS not only remembers who Brown is, it also remembers why we should care....It's the omnipresence of the beat that matters....a post-Stone Roses record that remembers why the Roses were so uplifting in the first place..."Magnet (6-7/00, p.70) - "...This album is far better than it has any right to be. Brown has scaled rock'n'roll's peaks and plumbed its darkest depths...providing him with plenty of soul-stirring source material..."CMJ (4/24/00, p.3) - "...Packed with lethal pop hooks that are supported by textures recalling his former outfit's [Stone Roses] fusion of '60s-inspired melodies and post-rave grooves....Astounding..."
"...Many of the sequences are thrilling....The visual environment is beautifully conceived and skillfully rendered..." New York Times "...CHAMBER OF SECRETS, the movie weaves a powerful spell over its audience..." USA Today "...[The film has] new characters, marvelously played by fresh king-and-queen hams who conjure the old-fashioned art of well-placed acting..." Entertainment Weekly "...The young actors -- Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Rupert Grint as Ron, and Emma Watson as Hermione -- exude a new ease..." Rolling Stone "...It affords an opportunity for such character actors as Kenneth Branagh and Shirley Henderson to let rip....[The] monsters from the first film are smoother and more nuanced here..." Sight and Sound "...CHAMBER OF SECRETS, like its predecessor, is intelligently cast and makes good use of behind-the-camera talent..." Los Angeles Times "...Enchanting....We see even more of the exquisitely realized Harry Potter universe in this outing..." Box Office "...It possesses a confidence and intermittent flair that begin to give it a life of its own....[The] film features a commanding turn by Christian Coulson..." Variety
3 stars out of 5 -- "[B]lunt and intimate....The jolt of JARHEAD is undeniable, and it comes when you least expect it." Rolling Stone "[A]n eye-opening experience....[Mendes] forges, perhaps, a new kind of drama: a portrait of war stripped of all glamour and design....JARHEAD is an existential docudrama: cool and funny, vivid and remote at the same time." -- Grade: B+ Entertainment Weekly "The result is rewarding....It's good to see Mendes expanding as a filmmaker."USA Today "[Q]uizzical, visually striking....JARHEAD provides some kind of reportage of a war whose consequences we haven't yet begun to understand..." Sight and Sound "[A]n exceptionally smart war movie, the more so for the relative absence of any war." Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's an image of war that lingers, a vision of Hell which Dante would recognise..." Total Film
Rolling Stone (2/3/00, p.53) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Cut for cut, Mayfield's solo debut is stronger than SUPERFLY....Rare items: the achingly empathetic 'Other Side of Town' and 'Miss Black America,' featuring one of his many children."Q (12/00, p.144) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...It wedded the big issues of the day to peerless songwriting that yielded such enduring classics as 'Move On Up'..."
Q (3/95, p.118) - 3 Stars - Good - "...though these were his last recordings, they were his first made on magnetic tape and the medium's fidelity communicates a greater intimacy than was achieved on his many other recordings..."Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[Allen] writes and directs with a bristling newfound energy....It's been a long time since a Woody Allen film sparked juicy debate. Savor it." Rolling Stone "[A]n often riveting drama set in London amid the lives of the rich and cultured -- highlighted by an operatic score. And it's proof that Allen, who many have dismissed with his last few forgettable films, is still a filmmaking force."USA Today "It pretty much keeps its pulse steady, its blood cold and its nerves tamped down -- which, combined with cinematographer Remi Adefarasin's architectural Hitchcockian flourishes, lends a queasy, cool air to the proceedings."Los Angeles Times "[Johansson] is the film's most compelling, vivid presence. Like Samantha Morton in SWEET AND LOWDOWN, she makes all of her scenes her own." Sight and Sound Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "MATCH POINT is a fiendishly clever and sophisticated entertainment driven by lust, murder, and the swinging hinge of fate." Entertainment Weekly "Woody Allen's best in years....Ice cold and pitch black..." New York Times "MATCH POINT, a meditation on crime and luck, has the design -- the formal elegance -- of a thriller, yet it has been made with a sublime eye for why people do what they do that marks it as Allen's finest movie since MANHATTAN." -- Grade: A Entertainment Weekly "It's heart-poundingly tense, genuinely erotic and philosophically brutal in its closing pronouncement..."Uncut "[A]n unexpectedly gripping adultery thrillerthat boasts last year's most electric sparks between costars..." Movieline's Hollywood Life 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's a refreshing vigour and willingness to experiment here we haven't seen since HUSBANDS AND WIVES." Total Film 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Jonathan Rhys Meyers is sensational....It serves its dish of bitter nihilism with a lovely touch of European elan." Premiere
Uncut (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s the rendition of old warhorse 'House Of The Rising Sun' demonstrates, he can still imbue his material with grit and passion."Dirty Linen (p.51) - "All in all, it's a good mix, with many interesting aspects to note -- like the Indian rhythms on the murder ballad 'Cold Black Heart'..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is fine singer-songwriter Americana, particularly good on ballads."
Magnet (p.110) - "[T]he Housemartins combined hyper-kinetic pop, blue-eyed soul and four-part gospel harmonies on their debut.'Q (Magazine) (p.137) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] remains a surprisingly deft combination of faux-gospel, skiffle, indie jangling and lyrics of depth and hushed anger that were already setting Paul Heaton apart from his peers."Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Their 1986 debut bristled with melodic catchiness....The adolescent rush of these songs still retains many thrills..."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.82) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."Rolling Stone (4/2/98, pp.70-71) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...RAY OF LIGHT is her maternity album as well as her avant-dance album....Our Lady hasn't assembled this many songs worth her time since 1989's LIKE A PRAYER....all her desperately chic decor can't hide her rock & roll heart..."Entertainment Weekly (3/6/98, pp.77-78) - "...RAY OF LIGHT is some of the most alluring and captivating music she's ever crafted....Madonna looks for--and finds--a middle ground between her now-old-school approach and the new club music. She dresses her music up with her electronic love..."- Rating: A-Q (10/01, p.45) - Ranked #46 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime" - "...Madonna was influential and interested again..."Q (12/99, p.100) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Vibe (4/98, p.139) - "...with RAY OF LIGHT's futuristic music and ancient ideals, she's crafted something danceable but decidedly less commercial. Something more cerebral than usual, both sonically and lyrically..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.64) - Ranked #29 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "RAY OF LIGHT's radio-friendly grandeur was unmistakably Ciccone."NME (Magazine) (2/28/98, p.43) - 8 (out of 10) - "...RAY OF LIGHT is her most accomplished set for years. It offers a lightness of touch and a depth of feeling unmatched since the glory days of LIKE A PRAYER....here we're drawn into the depths by subtler means..."
Rolling Stone (No. 948, p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] classic Loretta Lynn album. There's no Nashville glitz, no crossover schlock--as the lady used to sing, you're lookin' at country....[Jack White has] helped her make the album we all dreamed she would make."Rolling Stone (p.146) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "[A] one-of-a-kind classic, rootsy but deeply weird..."Spin (p.105) - "[T]he woman who wrote 'Rated X' and 'The Pill' never worried about finger-waggers. That's why her music still matters today, and why ROSE pricks like a rueful morning after." - Grade: ASpin (p.67) - Ranked #8 in Spin's "40 Best Albums of the Year" - "VAN LEAR ROSE may be Lynn's greatest album to date - a triumphant steel-and-rhinestones hootenanny."Q (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he effect is nothing short of remarkable....Lynn's strong, womanly tones are absolutely beguiling."Uncut (pp.84-5) - 5 stars out of 5 - "At times, it's unerringly beautiful and soft. At others, it howls like a blue mountain banshee."Uncut (p.74) - Ranked #3 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "The songs are all Lynn originals - many of the deeply autobiographical..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[A] perfect album - typically understated, characteristically jubilant, and 100 per cent Loretta Lynn."
Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.199) - "...the most underrated album of the year....ABBEY ROAD with tenement-block attitude; GIVE 'EM ENOUGH ROPE as produced by Phil Spector....a record of painstaking melodic craft and thundering execution..."Entertainment Weekly (8/23-8/30/96, p.124) - "...they focus on more personal concerns and come up with a document of bracing, guitar-swept compositions that yields many a trenchant insight as well as a few anthems." - Rating: AQ (p.151) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Few albums have as dramatic a story to tell. After a decade, it sounds like a release from a dark place and a life-affirming jump for joy."Q (10/01, p.85) - Ranked #16 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"Q (12/99, p.90) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."Q (6/00, p.72) - Ranked #39 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums" - "The moment the Manic Street Preachers came to terms with their roots....What hadn't killed them really did make them stronger."Alternative Press (10/96, p.93) - 5 (out of 5) - "...their wide-screen symphonic sweep has that uplifting classic pop feel which is gonna sound great on oldies radio someday....what the Manics lost in angst and emotion, they'be replaced with sharp hooks and humor..."Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #1 on Melody Maker's list of 1996's `Albums Of The Year.'Melody Maker (5/18/96, p.48) - Bloody Essential - "...there has always been something of the walking wounded about the Manics, that's why we like them. So it is weirdly appropriate that they should now limp along without their most famous member....We're glad they're still here..."RIP (9/96, p.73) - 4 (out of 5) - "...What's great about EVERYTHING MUST GO is how the tunes are uplifting yet realistic, anthemic while not being self-righteous, wounding without descending into nihilism..."Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.113) - "...EVERYTHING MUST GO is a string-drenched Phil Spector/Kashmir collision, 'A Design For Life' is rugged and perfect, and 'The Girl Who Wanted To Be God' is splendid soaring pop....a bold and frequently remarkable album."NME (Magazine) (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #2 in NME's 1996 critics' poll.NME (Magazine) (5/18/96, p.50) - 8 (out of 10) - "...tragedy has not dimmed the Manics' creative glow....the sound of a band in bloom....No other group makes music that sounds so much like one final, valedictory salute to everything..."
"...Funny and sorrowful....[ANNIE HALL] puts Woody Allen in the league with the best directors we have."New York Times Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1977"New York Times "...ANNIE HALL and MANHATTAN remain cast-iron classics..."Sight and Sound "...A deft blend of bittersweet romance, neuroses, Diane Keaton and out-and-out silliness..."Entertainment Weekly "As writer, director, and star, Allen pulled off one of the cinema's greatest hat tricks..."Premiere "Rightly regarded as Allen's masterpiece, the films bears an uncommon warmth as his films go..."Premiere "...A typically Woody Allen love story....ANNIE HALL proves that, when he's at his best, there's really no one to match him..."Total Film