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Monday, October 22 2001

Volta Do Mar: At the Speed of Light or Day

A quartet from the Windy City, Volta Do Mar (a Portugese term translated as “turn of the sea”) have, according to their PR, made it


Townes Van Zandt: Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings

Despite the fact that Nashville stands on the shoulders of songwriters (one drive down the surreal fixture known as Music Row attests to that), it’


Jordan Rudess: Feeding the Wheel

As if you couldn’t tell from the cover art, Jordan Rudess’ Feeding the Wheel is an embarrassing mess. Resembling the score for some overtly


    The Orange Alabaster Mushroom: Space & Time: A Compendium Of . . .

The name The Orange Alabaster Mushroom should tell you everything you need to know about this band. Under the delightful delusion that the ‘60s are


Raul Malo: Today

Music for all Occasions Even looking back, with a fistful of quality albums under the band’s belt, it’s hard to imagine the Mavericks


    Mogwai: My Father My King

Mogwai’s new EP, My Father My King, is, in a word, artless. It is inscrutable from every angle: melodically dull and repetitive, rhythmically plodding,


Reba McEntire: Greatest Hits Volume III: I’m a Survivor

Reba McEntire’s third volume of Greatest Hits is just what her fans have come to expect. That there are three such collections in McEntire’


The Langley Schools Music Project: Innocence & Despair

Four months after its CD release in 2001, the story of The Langley Schools Music Project is now the stuff of indie legend, something so seemingly


Anita Lane: Sex O’ Clock

Anita Lane: The female Leonard Cohen. Who knew? While Cohen’s writing has always been revered, his song styling and vocal timbre require a very


John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Milk and Honey

I was only eight years old when John Lennon was killed. At the time, I had an idea of who he was, but wasn’t


The (International) Noise Conspiracy: A New Morning, Changing Weather

The word “International” is in parentheses, so the implication is that we should treat it as an aside or a qualifier of some sort, as


Dizzy Gillespie and the United Nations Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London

While the perception most non-jazz savvy people have of Dizzy Gillespie exists primarily in the realm of caricature, those who are aware of his work


The Grip Weeds: Summer of a Thousand Years

Retro jangle rock sounds abound, and The Grip Weeds lay claim to their own fair share of 1960s musical memories, though not necessarily the same


Elk City: The Sea is Fierce

It’s not perfect, but it’s intriguing, and it gives listeners enough of a taste of Elk City that they will want more.


Einstürzende Neubauten: Strategies Against Architecture III: 1991-2001

Berlin’s Einstürzende Neubauten—that’s “Collapsing New Buildings” to the uninitiated—are in many ways an embodiment of a certain stereotype about German art rock.


Miles Davis: The Complete in a Silent Way Sessions

The set highlights many important elements to Davis's evolving sound: his quest to strip songs down to their essential parts, his shift from acoustic to electric-based music, his choice of sidemen who best play that type of music, and, in turn, his way of coaxing the best music from those sidemen.


DMX: The Great Depression

DMX was hip-hop’s newest miscreant in 1998, snarling into an arena that has since lent itself to bling-bling blathering and bad hooks. He was a


Harry Connick Jr.: 30

Contrary to what the title of his latest release would lead listeners to believe, Harry Connick Jr. is actually 34 years old. Denoting the artist’s


Collette Carter: The New Stroboscopic

Synths. I love ‘em, as any six months worth of my reviews should prove, especially under the fingers of an Alan Wilder, a Joe Jackson—


The Cranberries: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

The record company hyperbole enthusiastically heralds The Cranberries’ fifth album, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, as a return to the phenomenally successful Irish band’


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