Reviews

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 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 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

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
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