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Butterflies in me arise

Before streaming and the Internet, used CD stores stocked a dozen copies of one of the nineties best and least heralded albums, priced at pennies. But Symphony or Damn is available for a couple bucks on Amazon. Buy it. I … Continue reading

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Scrubs that don’t get no love from me: 10/25/1999

Fifteen years ago this week I was listening to…what? Tricky’s Juxtapose, Everything But The Girl’s Temperamental, Backstreet Boys’ Millenium, and the first volume of the Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs. I had come out that summer, was modestly happy, and … Continue reading

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‘These are my hands, but what can they give me?’

Here’s another album that turns twenty this month. At the time it seemed thin. I didn’t love R&B yet, and after Erotica the album felt like a retreat. In retrospect, Bedtime Stories looks like another canny Madonna move. Catching mechanized … Continue reading

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‘I have known this much longer than I’ve known you’

On occasion of Christine McVie’s return and the release of an album of newly recorded shelved material, some reappraisals. The best part of this Rob Sheffield interview is coaxing Stevie Nicks into into admitting that 1989’s forgotten The Other Side … Continue reading

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R.E.M.’s Monster: ‘We were at the absolute peak of our fame.’

I don’t have much time for R.E.M. these days, but Monster is for me one of their records least tainted by historicity. Twenty years later I’m an even bigger appreciator of the filters used to create distance between Michael Stipe … Continue reading

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Situation no win: What modern rock looked like in 1991

Chart-watching listeners, note: after Nirvana exploded, Sept. 28, 1991’s modern rock top five would look like an Archaeopteryx skeleton. “Modern rock” had enough currency before “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for my top forty station to block program a Sunday night … Continue reading

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“No coward soul is mine – “

After completing a round of triumphant returns to the UK stage, Kate Bush deserves to bask. Audience responses validated her decision to limit set lists to albums recorded after 1985. Before Stylus Magazine folded, the editorial board on which I … Continue reading

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