Reviews

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

Iggy Pop, ‘Skull Ring’ (Virgin) ; David Bowie, ‘Reality’ (Columbia)

Iggy Pop may be a perpetually writhing mass of sinew onstage, but no one has ever accused him of busting his ass in the studio.That'…
By: Keith Harris / November 10, 2003

Quasi, ‘Hot Shit’ (Touch and Go) ; Mates of State, ‘Team Boo’ (Polyvinyl)

Young America, you've found room in your hearts and ducats in your wallets for a zillion indistinguishable emo, neo-garage, and nu-metal bands, and they've repaid…
By: Mikael Wood / November 5, 2003

The Rapture, ‘Echoes’ (Strummer/DFA/Universal) ; Various Artists, ‘DFA Records Compilation #1′ (DFA)

The not-so-secret heroes of dance music and hip-hop aren't singers or rappers, but producers. Bold-faced beatmakers like Timbaland and the Neptunes have become stars i…
By: Douglas Wolk / November 5, 2003

The Libertines, ‘I Get Along’ (Rough Trade)

The "British Strokes" can be as tradition-bound as their U.S. counterparts--they've got the Clash's ear for riff vandalism and a Sex Pistols jones for tabloid-punch-line…
By: Jon Dolan / October 31, 2003

Belle & Sebastian, ‘Dear Catastrophe Waitress’ (Rough Trade)

Belle and Sebastian are more than a band of underachieving indie-rock layabouts from Glasgow. They represent an international cartel, a network of used-bookshop-haunting, obscurantist-mix-tape-swapping type…
By: Will Hermes / October 28, 2003

Elliott Smith, ‘XO’ (Dreamworks)

"Fuckin' oughta stay the hell away from things you know nothing about," Elliott Smith mutters at the climax of his first big-budget, major-label album, and…
By: SPIN Staff / October 23, 2003

Peaches, ‘Fatherfucker’ (Kitty-Yo/XL Recordings/Beggars Group)

She's got the magic shtick. There may have been no real electroclash "movement," but there certainly was a Peaches--a thirtysomething, self-producing, omni-horny, androgynous Canadian breathing…
By: Laura Sinagra / October 16, 2003
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