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Kanye West Late Registration by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman  [-] And then, in a flash, Kanye was everywhere, transformed from respected producer to big-name producer/MC, throwing a fit at the American Music Awards, performing "Jesus Walks" at the Grammys, wearing his diamond-studded Jesus piece, appearing on the cover of Time, running his mouth 24/7. One thing that remains unchanged [...]

By | 2017-07-08T20:27:08+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine  [-] Yo! Bum Rush the Show was an invigorating record, but it looks like child's play compared to its monumental sequel, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, a record that rewrote the rules of what hip-hop could do. That's not to say the album is [...]

By | 2017-07-08T20:26:48+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

Lucy Rose Something’s Changing by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson  [-] In the spring of 2016, with only a guitar and backpack in hand, English singer/songwriter Lucy Rose embarked on a two-month tour of Latin America. Partly organized by fans who provided lodging, she not only wrote her third studio album, Something's Changing, on the trip, but captured key moments [...]

By | 2017-07-08T20:26:35+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

Little Barrie Death Express by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra  [-] Over the course of a decade and a half and four albums, Little Barrie have proven themselves to be masters of the power trio. They throw the blues, hard rock, psychedelia, and good-old album rock in a blender and end up with a brew that's both familiar and sounds [...]

By | 2017-07-08T20:26:07+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

Broken Social Scene Hug of Thunder by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger  [-] The fifth full-length outing from the substantial Toronto collective -- this iteration is 15 strong -- the aptly named Hug of Thunder is the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2010's Forgiveness Rock Record. A dense, soul-searching blast of civic-minded indie rock/alt-pop comfort food, the 12-track set is mired in [...]

By | 2017-07-08T20:25:56+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

Muddy Waters Hard Again by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Daniel Gioffre  [-] After a string of mediocre albums throughout most of the 1970s, Muddy Waters hooked up with Johnny Winter for 1977's Hard Again, a startling comeback and a gritty demonstration of the master's powers. Fronting a band that includes such luminaries as James Cotton and "Pine Top" Perkins, Waters is [...]

By | 2017-07-08T20:23:15+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by David Jeffries  [-] Hip-hop debuts don't come much more "highly anticipated" than Kendrick Lamar's. A series of killer mixtapes displayed his talent for thought-provoking street lyrics delivered with an attention-grabbing flow, and then there was his membership in the Black Hippy crew with his brethren Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock all [...]

By | 2017-07-08T20:22:56+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

LL Cool J Radio by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Steve Huey  [-] Run-D.M.C. was the first rap act to produce cohesive, fully realized albums, and LL Cool J was the first to follow in their footsteps. LL was a mere 17 years old when he recorded his classic debut album Radio, a brash, exuberant celebration of booming beats and B-boy attitude [...]

By | 2017-07-08T20:22:42+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

Kanye West Yeezus by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by David Jeffries  [-] Everyone professionally involved with the creation of Kanye West's sixth solo effort was sworn to secrecy, and with no preorders allowed, plus the news that producer Rick Rubin was still tinkering with tracks seven days prior to the drop, this instant, no-singles, anti-hype album got pre-release hyped on an [...]

By | 2017-07-08T20:22:28+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Steve Huey  [-] Along with Dr. Dre's The Chronic, the Wu-Tang Clan's debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), was one of the most influential rap albums of the '90s. Its spare yet atmospheric production -- courtesy of RZA -- mapped out the sonic blueprint that countless other hardcore rappers would follow for [...]

By | 2017-07-08T20:22:12+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Music|0 Comments