Bud Scoppa

70

Ageless punks still letting it rip on 14th studio album.

60
While the material is frequently just serviceable, the arrangements are inspired thanks to the virtuosic interplay of JaRon Marshall's gilded piano, Brendan Bond's percolating basslines and Quesada's sizzling solos.
90

Captivating fourth outing from sibling polymaths.

70

The self-assumed swagger that enlivens the 17-track Rush! emanates from the focus attack of the band members, whose playing thrums with attitude.

80
The album maintains its hallucinatory aura throughout; it’s a dazzling aural anime from a wildly original artist.
80

GVF strut and swagger througha sweeping hard-rock extravaganza that propels them from emulators to inheritors of a rich legacy.

80
The album sound stultifying, but this is far from the case, thanks to a steady stream of surprises and a depth of detail that reveals itself incrementally.
80

The four players are able to design the tracks in architectural detail, each part locking into the rest with unerring precision, and this tautness keeps the album from sagging through its most challenging stretch.

80
Starting with irresistible lead single 'Pork and Beans', a chunk of Weezer’s sixth album delivers the band’s trademark combo of crushing power chords, pop-culture references and a healthy dose of ironic self-ridicule.
60

Nine Lives revisits the jam-based work of Traffic rather than his refined ’80s synth-o-ramas, and that’s good news, because Winwood remains at his most compelling in immediate settings.

80

It’s safe to say that this is the most endlessly playable comedy album of the illennium.

60

This record is not for everybody—including, I suspect, the majority of Arctic Monkeys fans. Nonetheless, Turner deserves props for unleashing his inner Bowie and embracing artifice with such nerve and verve.

60

In terms of mere diversion, though, the perfectly titled Hold On Now, Youngster… is best administered in small amounts; otherwise, you run the risk of overdose.

100
This is not easy listening; on the contrary, it requires a real commitment from the listener. But it’s a commitment that’ll be amply rewarded.
60

Hopes and Fears contains more hooks than most pop groups manage in their careers.


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