Reviews

Pink, ‘Try This’ (Arista)

Forget Luscious Jackson: Pink is America's first proper Beastie Girl. The bootyliciousCan't Take Me Home (2000) was her Licensed to Ill, a gleefully race-traitorous debut…
By: Jon Caramanica / December 8, 2003

Ted Leo/The Pharmacists, ‘Tell Balgeary, Balgury is Dead’ (Lookout!)

"But mine eyes have seen the glory of the fields of flowers and fa-fa-factory floors," Ted Leo sings on "The High Party." If you heard…
By: Greg Milner / November 21, 2003

The Strokes, ‘Room On Fire’ (RCA)

Only their hairdressers and Backstage Pass know for sure, but this is how I bet it went down: One night, early in the sessions for…
By: Greg Milner / November 21, 2003

The Shins, ‘Chutes Too Narrow’ (Sub Pop)

When the Shins' 2001 debut, Oh, Inverted World, catapulted the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based indie-rock Anglophiles to the top of the middle, not everybody boarded the…
By: Zac Crain / November 20, 2003

The Thrills, ‘So Much For The City’ (Virgin)

Current retro rock boasts its fair share of lovers, liars, and thieves, but scruffily handsome Dubliners the Thrills may be the least bashful fakers out…
By: Mikael Wood / November 20, 2003

The Distillers, ‘Coral Fang’ (Sire/Hellcat)

Who can blame Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle, formerly Armstrong, for feeling a bit crucified of late? It's been a long summer. She split with her…
By: Joe Gross / November 19, 2003

P.O.D., ‘Payable On Death’ (Atlantic)

On their triple-platinum 2001 breakthrough, Satellite, P.O.D. cushioned hard rock's post-9/11 bummer with a healthy dose of what their heroes Bad Brains called Positive Mental…
By: Sean Richardson / November 18, 2003

Britney Spears, ‘In The Zone’ (Jive)

Just two years ago, Britney Spears was not a girl, not yet humping walls on a newsstand near you. But teen queens mature in dog…
By: Caryn Ganz / November 18, 2003

Basement Jaxx, ‘Kish Kash’ (Astralwerks)

Maybe they could change their names to the Jaxxes. With half-assed rock bands now enjoying all the hype once reserved for half-assed DJ acts, it'…
By: Will Hermes / November 13, 2003

Ryan Adams, ‘Rock N Roll’ (Lost Highway)

Supposedly true thing about Tom Cruise: When he enters a roomful of strangers, he slinks around, scopes out the most charismatic person, and starts copying…
By: RJ Smith / November 11, 2003
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