• Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

    Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

    Jeff Beck is on a roll. His appearance at the 2007 Crossroads Festival turned heads, 2008’s "Live at Ronnie Scott’s" went platinum, and this year included tour dates with Eric Clapton. His new release is ...
  • The Pixies: Doolittle

    The Pixies: Doolittle

    Even two decades after its initial release, the Pixies’ sophomore album remains a staggering achievement, toning down the group’s arty weirdness just enough for its natural pop sensibilities to shine. And shine they do on ...
  • Rod Stewart: Soulbook

    Rod Stewart: Soulbook

    Go with what you know—good advice for a showman who staked his fortune as a blue-eyed soul man. British pop crooner Rod Stewart, 64, is no stranger to the American songbook— he began his career ...
  • Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street

    Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street

    Exile on Main Street was conceived and recorded when distractions and self-destruction ran rampant for the Rolling Stones. While they trudged ahead on endless recording sessions and added tracks held over from previous sessions, what ...
  • John Mellencamp: No Better Than This

    John Mellencamp: No Better Than This

    The backstory of John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This is compelling: 13 songs written in thirteen consecutive fevered days, T Bone Burnett enlisted as producer, and recording done at three legendary American shrines—the Sun Studio ...
  • Sade: Soldier of Love

    Sade: Soldier of Love

    Her first studio recording in a decade— and third comeback—shows Nigerian- British chanteuse Sade Adu still has the stuff. The danceable hip-hop-inflected title track thaws Sade’s ultra-cool, ice- princess image and already has carried this ...
  • Elvis Presley: Elvis 75

    Elvis Presley: Elvis 75

    The year 2010 marks the occasion of the Hillbilly Cat’s 75th birthday (how hard is it to imagine a 75-year-old Elvis Presley?), and with it comes a proper salute: four CDs (100 songs) of career ...
  • Dierks Bentley: Up On The Ridge

    Dierks Bentley: Up On The Ridge

    Dierks Bentley warned that Up On The Ridge would be more bluegrass-inspired than hardcore bluegrass, and he wasn’t just bumpin’ his gums, as Dizzy Dean would say. A gritty, driving, rock ’n’ roll edge informs ...
  • Carole King: The Essential Carole King

    Carole King: The Essential Carole King

    The Essential Carole King is not your typical “greatest hits” package. Although this collection contains plenty of hits—King, after all, is fully or partially responsible for a startling number of chart-topping songs—the word “essential” suggests ...
  • Tom Waits: Glitter & Doom Live

    Tom Waits: Glitter & Doom Live

    No album could truly hope to recreate the rarified experience of seeing Tom Waits live. Onstage, the 59-year-old makes magic from dime store props (pockets full of glitter, a giant magnifying glass), primal-yet-dramatic lighting, and ...
  • Levon Helm: Electric Dirt

    Levon Helm: Electric Dirt

    Editor's note: This review was written in 2009, before Helm's death in April 2012. At age 69, Levon Helm sings like a geezer from another era—say, the Great Depression. Which is another way of saying ...
  • Aaron Neville: My True Story

    Aaron Neville: My True Story

    Grammy-winning vocalist Aaron Neville likens the doo-wop songs he heard while growing up to “medicine” that pulled him off the mean streets of New Orleans. His first national hit, 1967’s R&B classic “Tell It Like ...

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