Best Of Strange Cargos (1996)
Before he became one of the most sought-after producers in pop music, lending a winning touch to recordings by Madonna, Blur, and others, William Orbit put out a series of three releases: STRANGE CARGO 1, 2, and 3. These largely ...
Recollection: The Best Of Concrete Blonde (1996)
Despite their obvious ambition, Concrete Blonde rarely made consistent albums, which is why the 18-track Recollection: The Best of Concrete Blonde is welcome. It collects all of the group's high points, not just singles like "Joey," "Still in Hollywood," "Ghost ...
Start Today (1989)
Vying with Minor Threat for the title of "The Godfathers of Hardcore" are Gorilla Biscuits, and Start Today is the record that demonstrates their merits. Presented with both humor and energy, this is the record that proved straight edge kids ...
Entertaining Friends (1992)
An archival recording from a early-1979 concert in London, Entertaining Friends is a fine blast from the band's classic lineup. On one hand there's no immediate reason for its release; some of the group's most deathless songs aren't here (a ...
I Don't Mind The Buzzcocks (1999)
In the late '70s, the Ramones were the kings of punk-pop. But in England, that honor went to the Buzzcocks. Arguably British punk's equivalent of the Kinks, the Buzzcocks had plenty of hooks and infectious pop melodies to go with ...
Pax 217 is a band for the masses. These guys rock, reggae, and rap extremely hard. They deliver a sonic assault via a wall of distorted guitars. At times Pax 217 checks in with a Blink 182, hip-hop groove à ...
New Way To Be Human (1999)
Introspective, probing lyrics define Switchfoot's sophomore effort, New Way to Be Human, which Charlie Peacock produced for his re: think label. In the 1990s, Peacock was best known for working with Christian rock and pop/rock artists -- he co-wrote Amy ...
Let It Happen (1998)
In the wake of Green Day, there emerged enough contestants in the power-pop- punk sweepstakes that standing out in the crowd required an excess of talent. As displayed on LET IT HAPPEN, MXPX has enough hook-heavy songwriting prowess, instrumental facility ...
At the Show (1999)
At the Show captures MxPx live in concert, running through 22 songs taken from nearly all of their albums. The band's punk-pop style has long favored the latter half of that term, and although these versions are sometimes rawer, they ...
Hammering Process (2000)
The dissonant, trebly guitar noodling combined with detuned sub-riffing known as nu-metal sneaks into the always-evolving aggro of Living Sacrifice on the group's sixth release, The Hammering Process. Though perhaps considered a suspicious shift by their underground metal fans, this ...
Kerosene Hat (1993)
With their second album Cracker have lost the smarmy self-righteousness that plagued their otherwise fine debut, replacing it with a surprisingly solid, rocking core. Kerosene Hat is David Lowery's least affected album yet -- its humor is no stranger than ...
Welcome to the Cruel World (1994)
Available with FIGHT FOR YOUR MIND and THE WILL TO LIVE in THE BEN HARPER BOX SET.
The aggressive, powerhouse sound singer/songwriter Ben Harper would introduce with his band the Innocent Criminals on 1998's THE WILL TO LIVE is not present ...
Born Dead (1994)
There was a lot of controversy over "Cop Killer" and Body Count's debut, and Born Dead replicates all of Body Count, including the attempts at social commentary and "Body Count, Body Count, Body Count, BC, BC, BC" chants. Ice-T's band ...
Northern Soul (1995)
Although a fine album in its own right, the popularuty of A Northern Soul probably owes much to the huge success of Urban Hymns in 1997/8. A collection of swirling, grand epics and expansive landscapes, it is more sprawling, and, ...
We Care (1995)
Whale isn't necessarily a band, it's a studio project by a pair of Swedish television personalities, who also happen to be ex-lovers. In other words, it's a highly stylized and manufactured album that is proud of its artificiality. Even more ...
Fight for Your Mind (1995)
Available with WELCOME TO THE CRUEL WORLD and THE WILL TO LIVE in THE BEN HARPER BOX SET.
Personnel: Ben Harper (vocals, acoustic & Weissenborn guitars); Danielle Charles (violin); Brett Banduci (viola); Timothy Loo (cello); Ervin Pope (Hammond B-3 organ); Juan ...
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Grown Man (1995)
This fine album appeared just after Loudon Wainwright turned 48. This information is offered up in the first song, "The Birthday Present," a track that's sounds as though it was sung in a shower. Throughout his career, most of Wainwright's ...
Golden Age (1996)
Old enough to appreciate "classic" rock and young enough to have lived punk and indie-rock, Crackerheads David Lowery and Johnny Hickman can get away with a song called "I Hate My Generation" without sounding either bitter or ironic. Rather, "I ...
Filthy Lucre Live (2002)
Audio Mixer: Chris Thomas .
Recording information: Finsbury Park, London, England.
Photographers: Neal Preston; Kate Garner.
Nude & Rude: The Best of Iggy Pop (1996)
For those unfamiliar with the careening, death-defying life and music of Iggy Pop, NUDE & RUDE provides a concise and potent overview. Opening with tracks from his seminal late '60s outfit, The Stooges, the assault is immediate. "Search & Destroy," ...
Becoming X (1996)
Sneaker Pimps have clearly mastered the art of having your cake and eating it too. On BECOMING X, the British band combines techno beats and samples with Big Rock Guitar and cutesy-girl vocals a la Letters To Cleo, covering all ...
Blur (1997) Top Seller
It's okay, America, you can come out now! We don't sound like Duran Duran anymore! Me and the rest of the lads had us a meeting and decided it was time to give the eighties thing a bit of a ...
Will to Live (1997)
Available with FIGHT FOR YOUR MIND and WELCOME TO THE CRUEL WORLD in THE BEN HARPER BOX SET.
More than just the testosterone Tracy Chapman, Ben Harper's WILL TO LIVE shows him to be an introspective songwriter whose musical horizons have ...
Psychedelic Surf Groove (1996)
Reissue Of Uny 17741
Common Sense: Nick Hernandez (vocals); Billy Sherman (guitar, keyboards); Jai Vatuk (guitar, keyboards, percussion); Larry Young (bass); Chuck Morris (drums).
Additional personnel: Pato Banton (vocals); Matt Fronke (trumpet); Johnny "Bones" Ervin (trombone, percussion); Danny LeMelle (saxophone).
Urban Hymns (1997)
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or A Group With Vocal and Best Rock Song.
URBAN HYMNS contains a hidden track after "Come On."
The Verve: Richard Ashcroft (vocals, guitar); Simon ...