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  • 17 years ago

    George Jones It Don't Get Any Better Than This MCA Don Walser Down at the Sky-Vue Drive-In Watermelon/Sire Music critics love to play the "greatest whatever" game. But the problem with that is, music isn't quantitative, it's qualitative. Sure, any...

  • 17 years ago

    In November 1996, New York Times reporter and rock critic Neil Strauss crawled into the hot tub at a Holiday Inn in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with desperate-to-shock rocker Marilyn Manson. Strauss was there to write an article for Rolling Stone, a...

  • 18 years ago

    In their zeal to make sense of new and ever-evolving genres, rock critics are always quick to hold high a familiar sound from the past as the forerunner to and "seminal" influence on whatever is happening in the present. But Arkology (Island Jamai...

  • 18 years ago

    The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Virgin In 1994, I listened with a straight face as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards told me that in time, Voodoo Lounge would come to be viewed as one of their best releases ever, maybe even up there with Exile ...

  • 18 years ago

    Bjork Homogenic Elektra Following the release of her wildly eclectic 1995 record Post, Bjork told me that "the album is sort of a challenge. It's like saying, 'Okay, life, you can throw whatever you want at me -- an earthquake, a devaluation of al...

  • 18 years ago

    Brian Eno The Drop Thirsty Ear Colin Newman Bastard Swim By no means technically accomplished or perfect in the classical sense, Brian Eno and Colin Newman's singing have some things that are much more important when it comes to rock and roll: cha...