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Weightlifter
Patti Smith's new "Gung Ho," by far her best since 1979's "Wave," balances the elements that first made her popular: poetry, polemics, and rock's gut punch. [03-28-00]
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Old and New Dreams
Soprano-saxophonist Steve Lacy and trombonist Roswell Rudd's new recording, "Monk's Dream," is an rare example of one of the most appealing chemistries in modern jazz. [03-28-00]
— Ed Hazell, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Happy Returns
With their slickly produced "Return of Saturn," No Doubt are re-emerging from a two-year hiatus with the material of a great pop band. [03-28-00]
— Linda Laban, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Taste Makers
Taste-makers Danny Tenaglia and Gilles Peterson's new releases offer more authenticity and intimacy that the average remix CD. [03-20-00]
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Revolution Rap
In an era of smug satisfaction, Brooklyn hip-hop duo Dead Prez make the closest thing to an ideological statement since Public Enemy ruled the genre. [03-20-00]
— Jon Caramanica, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Mellow Gold
On their self-titled debut CD, Beachwood Sparks put an edge of '80s pop and '90s sonic discord on '60s California-rock. [03-20-00]
— Lois Maffeo, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Back on Track
Indie trio Papas Fritas's new "Buildings and Grounds" is easily their best and most polished album in their seven-year career. [03-20-00]
— Jonathan Perry, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Home Grown
High-tech cowboy Jimmie Dale Gilmore recorded some of his new "One Endless Night" on a Mac, but it still has the vibe of a border-town roadhouse jam. [03-13-00]
— Meredith Ochs, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hawaiian Punch
"From There to Here" by John Oszajca (Lisa Marie Presley's fiancée) is packed of well-styled bitterness, irony, and soul. [03-13-00]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Brutal Youth
Fall and Kid606 are from different decades, but they have one thing in common -- dedication to creating mayhem. [03-13-00]
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Auntie's Basement Tapes
The BBC has figured out there's money to be made mining its archives of radio interviews, concerts, and live studio sets. [03-13-00]
— Linda Laban, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rotting Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins return to rock on their new "Machina," but it's really just an ineffective plea for people to listen to them again. [03-06-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Prize Fights
Eminem may actually deserve this year's Rap Solo Award, but for the most part Grammy rap nominations are The Best of the Worst contests. [03-06-00]
— Jon Caramnica, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Pat Metheny
At 45, Pat Metheny is easily the most popular jazz guitarist alive, and for the first time ever, the senior member in his band. [03-06-00]
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Copy Cats
Oasis may mimic the Beatles and other '60s British-rock forebears, but they're still shamelessly entertaining. [03-06-00]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rising Son
Femi Kuti's "Shoki Shoki," the most anticipated Afro-pop debut in years, is proof that the son of musical pioneer Fela Kuti has earned success in his own right. [02-28-00]
— Kelefa Sanneh, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Pleasure Principles
"The Best Best of Fela Kuti" highlights the career of the insurrectionist Nigerian pop star who invented Afrobeat. [02-28-00]
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Gradual Glory
With a new album and recent press coverage in "Time" and the "New York Times Magazine," Yo La Tengo's status as pop music's best-kept secret may soon be a thing of the past. [02-28-00]
— Franklin Bruno, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Swan Songs
The Cure's new "Bloodflowers" hints at being the band's last album, but after 10 years of listening to their supposed swan songs, this one might be a fitting end. [02-21-00]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Old Master
Jackie McLean's new offhandedly idiosyncratic "Nature Boy" marks the 67-year-old alto saxophonist as an old master. [02-21-00]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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