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Saturday, December 31 1994

Jennyanykind: I Need You

It seems almost too early in The Beta Band’s career for them to be a source of derivation, a way to help classify other


    Journey: Arrival

Believe it or not, there was once a time when bands made real, memorable albums as opposed to a marketing campaign and 10 songs to go


Tomas Jirku: Variants

Montreal’s Alien8 Records, fine purveyors of esoteric experimental noisemakers such as Merzbow and Aube, have branched out with Tomas Jirku. A dub-influenced sound maker


    Jebediah: Of Someday Shambles

Okay, so it’s easy to peg these guys as Jimmy Eat World soundalikes and leave it at that, but that’s a mistake. Sure,


Marc Johnson and Eric Longsworth: If Trees Could Fly

I have a penchant for sparse jazz. Two or three musicians, that’s all…a couple acoustic instruments…and a minimum of direction and lots


Etta James, Heart of a Woman

Etta James has spent the last few years denying her rhythm and blues roots by experimenting with albums centered on standards and jazz classics. The


Lonnie Johnson: The Unsung Blues Legend

For all the major influence he had in jazz and blues, little is known about Lonnie Johnson. What is known of his personal history might


Joe Jackson: Summer In The City: Live in New York

God, I love this man’s music. After over a decade of varying success in the pop world, Joe Jackson found himself tired of throwing


    Jolie & The Wanted: self-titled

Here’s an album that could be a carbon copy of Lila McCann’s Complete album. It seems like the same album, as the similarities


The Jigsaw Seen: Zenith

When it comes to beautiful women, I was always partial to the look of ‘60s icon, Twiggy. Sure, she was gorgeous, but it was not


    Josie: Unkunvenshunal Girl

Don’t let the album title fool you. There’s very little that’s not conventional about Unkunvenshunal Girl. Josie makes inoffensive girl-pop masked in


Billy Joel: 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert

In his 1989 hit single, “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Billy Joel attempted to catalogue a half-century of people and events in under four minutes


    Jimmy Johnson: Pepper’s Hangout

Chicago’s West Side brought a number of blues players to the attention of the world, such as Eddy Clearwater and Magic Sam. The West


Jimmy Eat World: Singles

For all of their underground bravado, Jimmy Eat World (arguably the worst band name ever) write exceedingly mainstream tunes dipped in just enough sincerity, mild


Iron Maiden: Brave New World

Brave New World is Iron Maiden’s first Bruce-fronted studio album in eight years, and heralds the return of former frontman Bruce Dickinson who left


The Isley Brothers, It’s Your Thing: The Story of the Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers are an anomaly in the world of pop music. The history of black recording artists in the U.S. has been an


I See Spots: Cantilevered Heart

The literal definition of the title of the record would suggest a wounded heart buttressed by something—perhaps hope, faith, luck of the draw? After


Insanity Wave: The Minor League

Want a way to make easy money? Let people listen to this CD, and then bet them they can’t name this group’s home


Ideal: self-titled

This self-titled CD has in its liner notes, “Special Thanks to the ‘legendary’ Michael Jackson for hooking us up.” Could it be? This pretty boy


    In/Humanity: Violent Resignation: The Great American Teenage Suicide Rebellion 1992-1998

—font size=”+2” face=verdana, geneva color=#663399>“I hope you find something on this disc you like. To be honest, I have trouble listening to it


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