Tag: 98

Herbie Hancock – Mr Funk

Herbie Hancock – Mr Funk ‘Andy Kellman’ Opening with the Head Hunters version of “Watermelon Man” and closing with the electro-embracing crossover hit, “Rockit,” Mr. Funk is a semi-random skip across Hancock’s Columbia recordings, and it technically spans 1973-1983 (at least going by release dates), rather than the 1972-1988 range printed on its cover. Its […]

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The Offspring – Americana

      Americana is the fifth studio album by the American punk rock band The Offspring, released on November 17, 1998. Following a worldwide tour in support of its previous album, Ixnay on the Hombre (1997), The Offspring commenced work on a new album. The music on the album marked a change, expanding their […]

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Air – Moon Safari

Air – Moon Safari AMG Review: Although electronica had its fair share of chillout classics prior to the debut of Air, the lion’s share were either stark techno (Warp) or sample-laden trip-hop (Mo’ Wax). But while Air had certainly bought records and gear based on the artists that had influenced them, they didn’t just regurgitate […]

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Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals

Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Antichrist Superstar performed its intended purpose — it made Marilyn Manson internationally famous, a living realization of his fictional “antichrist superstar.” He had gained the attention of not only rock fans, but the public at large; however, many critics bestowed their praise not on […]

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Joan Baez – Sings Dylan

Joan Baez – Sings Dylan     Matt Fink:  ‘Culling 15 tracks from her 1968 release of Any Day Now and adding five tracks taken from her releases of the early ’60s, Vanguard Sessions: Joan Baez – Sings Dylan is a wonderful example of Joan Baez’s ability to transcend the work of other songwriters. Though it could […]

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Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Claudio Arrau)

Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Claudio Arrau) Amazon: Claudio Arrau played with seriousness of purpose that could make other pianists seem like dilettantes and with respect for the composer’s score that bordered on veneration. He had nothing but scorn for pianists who played the opening of Beethoven’s Opus 111 with two hands instead of one […]

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FatBoy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

FatBoy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way Baby You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby is the second studio album by English big beat musician Fatboy Slim, released on 19 October 1998 by Skint Records. And that record itself was something of a surprise, since it not only exceeded the expectations set by the debut, […]

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Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians

Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians       Ted Mills: ‘After Reich’s initial experiments with phase music, he moved on to exploring pulse — music that had no relation to melody, but would repeat phrases of either one or several notes, increasing then decreasing in volume as long as the musician had the […]

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Nightwish – Oceanborn

Nightwish – Oceanborn AMG Review: First of all, Oceanborn is a huge step when thinking about Nightwish’s debut album, Angels Fall First. All the elements of folk music and ambience are forgotten, and instead Nightwish have concentrated on using Tarja Turunen’s wide voice and playing pure heavy metal. Or, well, another description could be opera […]

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Boards of Canada – Music has the right to children

Boards of Canada – Music has the right to children Music Has the Right to Children is the debut public album of the Scottish electronic music duo Boards of Canada. It was published by Warp Records and released on 20 April 1998 in Europe and 20 August in the United States. The album was produced […]

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Duran Duran – Greatest

Duran Duran – Greatest AMG review: Twenty years since their pop music debut, Duran Duran issued another greatest-hits collection. As if 1989’s Decade weren’t stellar enough, this select package was much more solid. Greatest showcased the band’s early days of glam rock décor and new romanticism to the alluring sophistication Duran Duran exuded throughout the ’90s. […]

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Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea AMG review: Perhaps best likened to a marching band on an acid trip, Neutral Milk Hotel’s second album is another quixotic sonic parade; lo-fi yet lush, impenetrable yet wholly accessible, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is either the work of a genius or an utter […]

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Manu Chao – Clandestino

Manu Chao – Clandestino AMG review: The first solo album released by the former frontman of Mano Negra, Manu Chao – Clandestino is an enchanting trip through Latin-flavored worldbeat rock, reliant on a potpourri of musical styles from traditional Latin and salsa to dub to rock & roll to French pop to experimental rock to techno. […]

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