Dave Matthews Band
The Dave Matthews Band recruited Alanis Morrisette producer Glen Ballard to work his magic with their latest. The result is DMB's most commanding album to date, with Carlos Santana among the guest musicians recruited to flesh out the 12 new songs. It's not going out on a limb to predict that "Everyday" will be one of the biggest albums of '01.
"You Had It Coming"
"You Had It Coming" is to techno what the guitarist's "Wired" was to jazz-rock fusion 25 years ago--a powerful entree into a burgeoning genre by a player who possesses the curiosity, audacity, and pure virtuosity to reshape the sound to fit his image. Backed by his most recent touring band, plus some surprising new collaborators, Beck proves without a doubt that he's not about to be relegated to the old guitar-heroes home.
There's just something just plain endearing about Bare Jr. It's got a lot to do with the rowdy, renegade spirit that permeates the songs on their sophomore release. "Brainwasher" builds on out the rambunctiousness of the group's exceptional 1998 debut, "Boo-Tay," with hearty humor and absorbing hints of sentimentality. Think of 'em as Lynyrd Skynyrd crossed with Wilco.
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"Forever Changes [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]"
While "Forever Changes" didn't cause much of a stir when it came out during the height of the psychedelic era, it's since captured the fancy of generations of artists mesmerized by its indelible melodies, cryptic wordplay, and innovative arrangements. Today it stands as a rock landmark. Rhino's deluxe reissue serves up seven bonus tracks, making it a boon for fans old and new.
"Don't Let Go"
Jerry Garcia Band
The 1976 lineup of the Jerry Garcia Band (which included Dead mates Keith and Donna Godchaux, bassist John Kahn, and ex-Elvis drummer Ron Tutt) provided plenty of room to maneuver for Jerry. One can hear Garcia spreading out over the course of these two discs as the band tackles familiar JGB tunes and lesser-known choices as well.
"Billion Dollar Babies: Deluxe Edition [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]"
"Billion Dollar Babies" captures Alice Cooper (and in 1973 it was still Alice the band, rather than Alice the solo artist) at the height of their powers. Time has been very kind to this hard-rock touchstone, which gets a deserved deluxe-reissue treatment from Rhino. For further evidence of the band's prowess, check out the live tracks on the second bonus disc. These guys ripped!
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ESSENTIALS BY STYLE
Space is the place: this list of essential progressive rock explores the
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"Live In New York City [LIVE]"
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Fans waited what must have seemed like a lifetime to catch Springsteen and the E Street Band back together onstage. Here, at last, is the concert recording of one of the most warmly embraced reunion tours in rock & roll history.
"Just Push Play"
The incoming Rock & Roll Hall of Famers kicked off their "Just Push Play" campaign with a Super Bowl appearance. But don't assume that their new 12-song set signals a move away from Aerosmith's rocker values, despite their halftime collaboration with Britney Spears and 'N Sync. Indeed, their first studio effort in four years represents the first time Perry and Tyler have taken the production reins.
EC's latest feels like something of a summary of all that's come before as he mixes expressive originals with covers from a range of writers, including bluesman Walter Davis, J.J. Cale (whose laid-back style influenced Clapton in the '70s), and James Taylor.
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Where rock is concerned, the 43rd annual Grammy Awards were a more forward-looking event than longtime observers have been accustomed to witnessing. Think of last year, when respected graybeard Carlos Santana was the toast of the Grammys. In 2001, relative greenhorns Creed, Rage Against the Machine, and Radiohead bested nominees who, for the most part, possess similar short resumes. Even "old-timers" such as now six-time honorees Metallica only date back to the '80s. For the rock community, the tide has turned--at least as far as the music industry's preeminent awards show is concerned.
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL
"All That You Can't Leave Behind" U2
"Beautiful Day": U2 have maintained their high standing through two full decades because they're uniquely able to reconcile songs that carry the weight of grand statements with others that are just rippin' great pop tunes. The euphoric "Beautiful Day," the opening track from "All That You Can't Leave Behind," falls soundly in the latter camp.
We'll side with the Grammys here. Bono in feel-good form feels right. Hey, you're the leader of a rock group that's managed to remain relevant as waves of bands have come and gone. It's gotta be a beautiful day!
BEST FEMALE ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE
"Sheryl Crow & Friends... [LIVE]"
Sheryl Crow & Friends
"There Goes the Neighborhood": Sheryl Crow's live take on "There Goes the Neighborhood," from the star-laden "Live from Central Park," captures a likable rocker with genuine staying power. Heard first on her 1999 studio album "The Globe Sessions," "Neighborhood" exhibits the kind of sass that Crow has been noted for since her mid-'90s breakthrough.
"When The Pawn..."
"Paper Bag": Fiona Apple's sophomore release didn't climb to the kind of commercial heights fans anticipated--or that it deserved. One of the best albums of 1999, "When the Pawn..." packs one striking original after another, with the Grammy-nominated "Paper Bag" being one of many standouts.
BEST MALE ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE
"Lenny Kravitz Greatest Hits"
"Again": Lenny Kravitz's gift is the ability to naturally meld the music of his myriad influences (and he has some fine--if obvious--ones, Hendrix and the Beatles leading the way) with his own sonic and lyrical visions. "Again," a track off the 36-year-old New Yorker's "Greatest Hits" album, is classic Kravitz in that it feels familiar on first listen.
"The Fragile [EXPLICIT LYRICS]"
Nine Inch Nails
"Into the Void": Trent Reznor's bleak, sprawling, two-disc "The Fragile" was one of the most ambitious albums of 1999, with the Grammy-nominated "Into the Void" helping to cement his standing as the industrial crossover godhead.
BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE
"The Battle Of Los Angeles"
Rage Against The Machine
"Guerrilla Radio": Grammy voters fed the hand that bit them with "Guerrilla Radio," another in a series of scathing aggro anthems from Rage Against the Machine. The band may be in transition following the departure of frontman Zack De La Rocha, but their mainstream profile just keeps getting bigger--whether they like it or not.
Queens Of The Stone Age
"Feel Good Hit of the Summer": This track was most certainly not the feel good hit of the dog days of '00, nor did it actually earn a Grammy nomination. But it's impossible to deny the appeal of the crushing yet infectious lead track from Queens of the Stone Age's eye-opening "Rated R."
BEST METAL PERFORMANCE
"White Pony (New Version) [EXTRA TRACKS]"
"Elite": The aggro-rock movement spearheaded by the 'Tones, Korn, Sevendust, System of a Down, and Rage Against the Machine has been absorbing influences with each new release by the major players. "Elite," a track from one of the genre's most ambitious albums yet, shows that despite fresh elements creeping into their sound, this bunch can still thrash with the best of 'em.
Good call on the part of the Grammys. The Deftones have managed to move metal in a new direction without plunging it into foreign territory.
BEST ROCK INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE
"S & M [PA] [EXPLICIT LYRICS] [LIVE]"
"The Call of the Ktulu": When you've ruled the roost of heavy music for as long as Metallica has, you start looking for new challenges. "The Call of the Ktulu," from the band's symphonic metal opus "S&M," demonstrates how they tampered with what's worked for them in the past (in this case, presenting a slew of their trademark songs backed by San Francisco Symphony Orchestra) to come up with an explosive new formula.
Another good call by the Grammys. Granted, "S&M" will appeal more to fans of Metallica than the SF Symphony, but here's proof that longhairs of all sorts can make splendid music together.
BEST ROCK SONG
"With Arms Wide Open": The critics haven't been kind to Creed, but judging by the reception fans have given the Grammy-winning song "With Arms Wide Open," off 1999's "Human Clay," Scott Stapp and company need not lose any sleep.
"With Arms Wide Open" took the Tallahassee, Florida, lads to the top of the singles chart--a very rare setting indeed for a hard-rock outfit.
BEST ROCK ALBUM
"There Is Nothing Left To Lose [ECD]"
Dave Grohl won his first Grammy in 1995 as a member of Nirvana. No longer behind the drum set, he scores again as the leader of Foo Fighters, who are three albums into a career that may not match Nirvana's for impact, but that stands on its own terms.
From the start, Grohl and company have made music that resonates. They weren't exactly the most likely artists to walk away with this prestigious honor, but this is a well-earned nod to deserving sleepers.
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
The year's best rock album is a leap into a brave new world by the one megaband circa 2000 that's reckless, audacious, and self-confident enough to put themselves--and their fans--to the test.
We'll go with the Grammys again. The beauty of Thom Yorke and company's electronica-infused successor to their 1997 benchmark, "OK Computer," is that it demands repeated listens and prompts varied responses. In fact, a single listener can be of two minds about Kid A, which says something in an era of half-a-mind efforts.
NEW & NOTABLE
Rage Against the Machine
Talk about raging against the dying of the light! Rage Against the Machine do not go gentle into that good night with the last official album of the Zack de la Rocha era. Here the restless frontman and his stick-with-the-program instrumental cohorts tackle favorites from an eclectic selection of artists, ranging from the Rolling Stones to punks Minor Threat to hip-hoppers Cypress Hill.
Things are certainly looking up for the U.K., thanks to the recent emergence of Travis, Badly Drawn Boy, and, most recently, this London foursome. Their emotive debut won over fans in their homeland before capturing the fancy of U.S. fans with its late fall appearance. Looking for a Valentine's Day CD for an alt-rock fan? Try this one.
This late '00 release has already sold more than 1 million copies, thanks in part to the hot single "One Step Closer." Time will tell if the latest entry in the rap-rock game can run with the likes of Korn and Limp Bizkit, but they're off to a fast start.
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The prototypical "supergroup" project, Blind Faith featured Cream alumni Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, Traffic frontman Steve Winwood, and the relatively uncelebrated bassist Rick Grech of the London-based band Family. The foursome arrived among much fanfare; their first public performance--a free concert in London's Hyde Park--drew 100,000 revelers. This deluxe edition of the group's sole release features the original half-dozen album tracks plus nine bonus selections, including a full disc of casual jams.
"Frampton Comes Alive"
This is one of those rare albums that defined an era: Peter Frampton soared to the top of the charts with a live recording that set the standard for stadium rock. How many concert albums produce top 20 hits? Well, "Comes Alive" birthed three! This 25th-anniversary remastered CD features three previously unreleased tracks from the source shows, plus an additional selection recorded at the time as a radio promo.
"All Things Must Pass"
There was a time when George ranked with Paul and John in the favorite Beatle sweepstakes--a period that roughly corresponds with this 1970 epic's reign on the charts. Originally released as a unique three-LP set, the new version includes "My Sweet Lord (2000)," a fresh take on the album's hit single, as well as a resequencing by Harrison of the "Apple Jam" portion of the collection.
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OUT OF THE BOX: LOS LOBOS
"Mas y Mas: The Los Lobos Box" is much more than a mere best-of
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ESSENTIALS BY STYLE: FUNK & RAP ROCK
Here are rock's 'hoodwinking funk-rock guerillas, from the Red Hot
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Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews and company are at last ready to deliver a studio collection that promises to deliver some twists and turns, thanks in part to new producer Glen Ballard of Alanis Morissette fame. "Everyday" promises to be the runaway rock blockbuster of early '01 and could well prove to be one of the biggest titles of the year.
One of rock's great cult classics returns with extra tracks and a remix. The LP from L.A.'s Love (club rivals in their salad days with the Doors) has only grown in stature since its initial appearance in 1968. This is psychedelia at its very best.
Pavement fans have the debut from the '90s alt gods' frontman to alleviate the pain of the group's 2000 breakup. After all, this self-titled set sounds quite a lot like--who else?--Pavement.
A band that's fronted by the son of '60s country star Bobby Bare delivers a sophomore release that's as rowdy and right as their criminally underappreciated '98 debut. Think Lynyrd Skynyrd meets the Replacements.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: RADIOHEAD
Is the year's best rock album an audiophile test record for the post-lo-fi set? Or is it a leap into a brave new world by the one megaband circa 2000 that's reckless, audacious, and self-confident enough to put themselves--and their fans--to the test? The beauty of Thom Yorke and company's electronica-infused successor to their 1997 benchmark, "OK Computer," is that it demands repeated listens and prompts varied responses. In fact, a single listener can be of two minds about "Kid A," which says something in an era of half-a-mind efforts.
FOUR TO WATCH IN 2001
1. Bare Jr. ~ more
One imagines that being Bobby Bare Jr. isn't quite as crushing a cross to bear (no pun intended) as being, say, Frank Sinatra Jr. or Hank Williams Jr. The father of the leader of this rowdy rock quartet has made his mark on music as a country maverick, but he's not exactly a legend. Bobby Bare Jr. captures a spirit similar to the one that his unruly pop wielded, but he works in a rock & roll setting that owes a little to Lynyrd Skynyrd and a lot to the alt-minded likes of the Replacements and Jason & the Scorchers. Bare Jr.'s sophomore release, like its 1998 predecessor "Boo-Tay," is raucous without being loutish.
2. Sigor Ros ~ more
Championing a band as the biggest thing to come out of Iceland since the Sugarcubes could be seen as faint praise, but the early buzz on this Reykjavik-based art-rock outfit is that they could have an impact to rival the one that Bjork and company created in the late '80s. The group's languid and textured "Agaetis Byrjun" is truly distinctive entree for a "post-rock" band with a sense of mystery.
3. Badly Drawn Boy ~ more
With "The Hour of Bewilderbeast," Badly Drawn Boy (the alter ego of one Damon Gough) delivered a collection of futuristic folk-rock that's as intimate and well crafted as Nick Drake's "Bryter Layter." With the album and reams of critical kudos under his belt, Gough set off to conquer America, presenting epic three-hour club performances that had fans either in the throes of ecstasy or scratching their heads. Regardless, he got their attention.
4. North Mississippi Allstars ~ more
Like Bobby Bare Jr. of Bare Jr., Luther and Cody Dickinson are the sons of a professional musician, producer-pianist Jim Dickinson, who, while widely respected, occupies a place out of the spotlight. And like Bare Jr., their band, the North Mississippi Allstars, dig deep into southern soul to come up with a sound that's lively, bluesy, and original. The Allstars earned a sizable following with their debut, "Shake Hands with Shorty," and it ought to grow with their next outing.
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