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Music Review Archive

February 1, 1999
I'm With the Band

Righteous rocker Ani DiFranco, famous for doing it all herself, puts together her very first group -- and creates her best album yet.

January 18, 1999
Is Glass Half Empty?

Philip Glass still can't get the respect of the music Establishment -- not because he's too minimalist and post-modern; now it's because he's too lush and romantic.

September 28, 1998
Love and Desire

Hole's new album finds Courtney Love reinventing herself as a rocker (that again); on "Is This Desire?," P. J. Harvey tries just about everything on for size.

September 28, 1998
In Brief:
Robbie Fulks, Divine Comedy, and Elliott Smith
August 10, 1998
Paradise Glossed

Brian Wilson's still-considerable gifts poke through the bland production on a new album, and the reclusive former Beach Boy is even planning his first solo tour.

June 8, 1998
In Brief: "Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir"
June 1, 1998
Tenured Radicals

Quintessential downtown guitar futurists Sonic Youth have a new studio, and a new album -- their best of the nineties -- to show for it.

May 11, 1998
Axes to Grind

Geezers with guitars: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant grow up, Eric Clapton grows boring, and Van Halen grows ever more irrelevant.

May 11, 1998
Family Secrets

"Witness to the Mob" is just so much (Sammy the) Bull in biopic drag.

April 27, 1998
He's the One

With a smokin' wee-hours concert and a massive new album, the Artist Formerly Known As Prince once again demonstrates his immodest brilliance.

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