Recent

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

It's not easy to spin alienation, disappointment, and evaporated hope to a crowd that is used to leaving your live show feeling as though the world was a searingly hopeful beacon of justice, rainbows, truth, and fresh-baked oatmeal cookies.

Jeff Vrabel
Reviews

Eddie Vedder: Into the Wild

The story of Wild is one of alienation and distancing and and the self-discovery that can be found only in wandering and escape and solitude, themes you may remember from Every Other Thing Pearl Jam Has Ever Done.

Music

Common: Finding Forever

As good as Finding Forever is -- and it's very good -- it's hard to imagine it vaulting Common into superstar status. It's the curse of being sly and thoughtful.

Music

Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger

This is some of Adams's most professional-sounding, accesssible and brightly rewarding stuff since Gold, the Ryan Adams Album For People Who Don't Have Time For All This Other Stuff.

Music

Fountains of Wayne: Traffic and Weather

A messy, dark, and defiantly askew center exists at the core of the candy-coated pop-sweetness of Fountains of Wayne's songs -- which is what makes them such a recognizable take on American culture at its twisted best.

Music

Oasis: Stop the Clocks

Whatever you think of the Faces/Beatles-chord pilfering and Liam's ability to turn "shine" into a three-syllable insult, when these guys are on, they float right over their own press.

Music

The Game: Doctors Advocate

Dr. Dre appears nowhere on Doctor's Advocate, except in the title, the sonic influence of most of the beats and about 80 times in every track. Rarely, if ever, has a hip-hop record been so dedicated to an absentee who wasn't a corpse.

Music

Ludacris: Release Therapy

After four records, hearing the phrase “Ludacris has a new album” is well less a cause for actual anticipation than a autofired obligation, a low-risk low-reward investment, like a Coke, or a sitcom, or a sack of pizza rolls.

Music
Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2018 Popmatters.com. All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.