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Ben Williams

March 13, 2006 | The Pop Music Review

Absent the meandering grooves that were usually his trademark, it sounds like the Kanye West discography thrown into a blender—hundreds of chewy and gooey morsels of soul vocals, to be gobbled in rapid succession.

February 13, 2006 | The Pop Music Review
All Yesterday’s Parties

British rock may be stuck in the past, but it can still sound great, provided the singer isn’t a complete coke fiend.

December 19, 2005 | Culture Awards

Kanye West called out George Bush, Mariah and Madonna came back from the dead, and every sixties band put out an album. But the micro-trends made music interesting this year: The Internet finally broke bands, Houston emerged as rap’s hottest city, folk flew its freak flag, and Britain gave us grime and cyber-girl pop.

November 28, 2005 | Pop Music Review
Girls Gone Mild

Madonna and Kate Bush return to action with decidedly different notions of growing old gracefully.

October 10, 2005 | Feature
A World-Class Drama Queen

Fiona Apple can’t seem to do anything without causing a fuss. But the songs are worth it.

August 8, 2005 | Travel
Since the Last Time You Were in Tokyo

Shopping temples, Ducasse’s take on Japanese food, and a luxury-hotel boom.

February 23, 2004 | Ask New York
Where Can I Find a Trustworthy Contractor?

I need to take care of some home repairs, but I don’t know a good handyman, and the Yellow Pages are too random. Is there a better way to find a contractor?

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