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Monday, May 14 2001

    Weezer: Weezer (“The Green Album”)

So the other week I watched the season finale of Saturday Night Live. I’ve come to like the show again over the past few

    Tool: Lateralus

Tool are the ultimate rock band. They sound cool enough for causal fans while still remaining smart enough for critics. They mix testosterone-driven heaviness with

    Six Going on Seven: American’t (or Won’t)

I’m batting zero on this one. Right from jump, before I even knew a thing about Six Going on Seven, I’d figured on

    The Stillmen: All Hopped Up

Crazy, baby. If there is one word to define the Stillmen, it’s “crazy”. Reaching back through the decades to when rock was young and

    R.E.M.: Reveal

Musically, Reveal follows Up‘s lead but pushes even further in that direction. Guitarist Peter Buck has traded his electric in for an acoustic, and

    David Mead: Mine and Yours

The eagerly awaited sophomore effort from David Mead is out now and Mine and Yours is a quieter, more personal effort from this versatile singer/

    Syleena Johnson: Chapter 1: Love, Pain, & Forgiveness

According to Syleena Johnson, she was a mere three-year-old when her parents placed her on a nightclub stool and asked her to sing. Not some

Joe Henry: Scar

Inasmuch as the hip and influential pop elite continue to chart territories that reflect a restless adventurousness, the true musical pioneers visualize the genres, the

The Go-Go’s: God Bless the Go-Go’s

This album sometimes sounds more like a promising debut than the fourth album—not counting the handfuls of solo albums or work with other bands

Michael Franti & Spearhead: Stay Human

From Nina Simone to Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone to Bob Marley, soul music has a healthy history of subversiveness and social protest. In this grand

Fantastic Plastic Machine: Beautiful

Say you’re having a party and all types are coming—boys and girls, fabulous pill-poppers who dance ‘til dawn, quiet shoegazers in academic cardigans,


Limit‘s cover is a shot of vast, dark mountains with clouded sky overhead, distorted by a sort of mosaic graphic effect (it looks, in

Depeche Mode: Exciter

Don’t let the title fool you: Depeche Mode’s Exciter isn’t exciting, so much as it is serenely pleasing. If you’re looking

Miles Davis: The Essential Miles Davis

 Miles Davis Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It’s About That Time(Columbia/Legacy)US release date: 15 May 2001 by Simon Warner davismiles-essential.jpg :.

Cowboy Junkies: Open

Nothing included in the Cowboy Junkies’ latest, Open, is superfluous—not even the CD cover art design. The album title is the connecting thread to

The Robert Cray Band: Shoulda Been Home

Since his explosive debut on the blues scene in 1980 with Who’s Been Talkin’, Robert Cray has been heralded as the torchbearer for a new

Kenny Barron and Regina Carter: Freefall

Though at different stages of their respective careers, these two are on something of a roll right now. In the very grown up world of

Friday, May 11 2001

    Local Folk: Here Goes Everything

If you haven’t paid attention up to this point in my reviewing history at PopMatters so far, then let me reiterate a couple of

Monday, May 7 2001

    Various Artists: A Nod to Bob: An Artists’ Tribute to Bob Dylan on His 60th Birthday

Tribute albums—where established artists re-visit the back catalogue of a significant figure from the musical pantheon—have been employed to different ends over the

    Various Artists: Jamaica

Putumayo’s latest offering, Jamaica, focuses on the music of the now infamous island: reggae. This is its second similarly themed album after 1998’s Reggae

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