reviews

Various Artists, ‘Live From Iraq’ (4th25 Entertainment)

Welcome to the ceaseless conflict, one not unlike that described in Public Enemy's "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," Mobb Deep's "Survival of the…
Jeff Chang / June 30, 2005

Missy Elliott, ‘The Cookbook’ (Gold Mind/Atlantic)

"Y'all don't really know my life," Missy Elliott insists on her sixth album. She's right -- but The Cookbook doesn't get us any closer to…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / June 27, 2005

Foo Fighters, ‘In Your Honor’ (Roswell/RCA)

Recently, like many culture-defining personalities of the '90s -- Bill Clinton, Barry Bonds, Saddam Hussein -- Dave Grohl has been thinking about his legacy. He'll…
Joe Gross / June 20, 2005

Kaiser Chiefs, ‘Employment’ (Universal) British Sea Power, ‘Open Season’ (Rough Trade)

Coldplay sent a rush of blood to Britpop's head, inadvertently greasing the transatlantic trade routes for a deluge of weedy guitar bands. And because we…
Mikael Wood / May 13, 2005

Spoon, ‘Gimme Fiction’ (Merge)

Nothing shapes you up like rejection. Just ask Wilco, who turned getting dropped from their record label four years ago into a strange kind of…
Michaelangelo Matos / May 13, 2005

Various Artists, ‘Camping’ (BPitch Control)

In the early 1990s, post-wall Berlin discovered its love for techno deep in the Cold War rubble. Newly energized by liberation and unity, the city…

Hot Hot Heat, ‘Elevator’ (Sire/Warner Bros.)

Back in the day, new wave meant different things to different people. For some it was a way to add a little bump'n'grind to punk…
Will Hermes / May 12, 2005

Blood Brothers, ‘Crimes’ (V2)

Brian Wilson's winding masterpiece SmiLE was composed as a "teenage symphony to God," but the Blood Brothers' fierce stunnerCrimes is a symphony to the real…
Yancey Strickler / January 7, 2005

Eminem, ‘Encore’ (Aftermath)

In one of many surprising asides in his recent memoir, Chronicles, Bob Dylan says that he suffered a crisis of confidence in the late 1980s,…
Alex Pappademas / January 3, 2005

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, ‘Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus’ (Mute)

It has to be tough being Nick Cave -- taking off your coal-black trench coat, lecturing your lady about the darkness in your soul, calling…
Douglas Wolk / December 6, 2004
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