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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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‘I’ve grown beyond using my own experiences’

Sinead O’Connor, promoting the sold I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, discusses the sources of her craft. Does that change the way you sing some of your older material? Do you see a younger version of yourself as a character … Continue reading

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So long ago — it’s a certain time, a certain place

Almost a year old but worth posting is this story about the recording of Tango in the Night, Fleetwood Mac’s second best-selling album. Press around the album centered on Lindsey Buckingham’s exit after the band announced its world tour, replaced … Continue reading

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