Reviews

Kanye West, ‘Late Registration’ (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

"If you talkin' 'bout classics, do my name get brought up?" This is Kanye West on "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," the single that preceded the…
By: Jon Caramanica / August 30, 2005

Gogol Bordello, ‘Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike’ (SideOneDummy)

Boring old black-white miscegenation is so 20th century -- to really freak out tight-ass bigots in the '00s, somebody's gotta take the multiethnic gene-pool reconstructio…
By: Keith Harris / August 25, 2005

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, ‘Howl’ (RCA)

The Jesus and Mary Chain? Nah. These days, when Black Rebel Motorcycle Club need inspiration, they just call on Jesus. In the past two years,…
By: Zac Crain / August 23, 2005

The New Pornographers, ‘Twin Cinema’ (Matador)

Brian Eno once surmised that most pop songs don't have backing vocals, but most hit songs do. People don't want to hear soliloquies -- they…
By: Douglas Wolk / August 18, 2005

The Click Five, ‘Greetings from Imrie House’ (Lava/Atlantic)

Most rock fans don't expect much musically from a band that opens for the Backstreet Boys, Ashlee Simpson, and Jesse McCartney. Seeing the five fresh-faced,…
By: Jessica Grose / August 17, 2005

Transplants, ‘Haunted Cities’ (La Salle/Atlantic)

While Transplants' self-titled debut caught the trio at that moment when the third-beer buzz kicks in, resulting in some boozy jollity and spirited yo-bro party…
By: Charles Aaron / August 16, 2005

Staind, ‘Chapter V’ (Elektra)

Nu-metal, the late-'90s most embarrassing, self-serious musical trend, isn't even a blip on the cultural radar any more. It has vanished, supplanted by -- what…
By: Todd Goldstein / August 12, 2005

Sons and Daughters, ‘The Repulsion Box’ (Domino)

Sons and Daughters didn't just title their first single "Johnny Cash" -- they somehow channeled Cash's dusty-trailed country folk, despite needing a time machine to…
By: Caryn Ganz / August 11, 2005

Tommy Lee, ‘Tommyland: The Ride’ (TL Education Services)

Tommy Lee's output away from the confines of Motley Crüe has been like one of those rides at the state fair where you stand i…
By: Kyle Anderson / August 10, 2005

The Juan Maclean, ‘Less Than Human’ (DFA/Astralwerks)

Don't tell the rock kids, but the newest DFA Records offering isn't punk funk or even revivalist new wave -- it's a techno album, straight…
By: Michaelangelo Matos / August 4, 2005
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