Music Reviews

Elephant Man - Higher Level

Third album from dancehall king

Jane Birkin - Arabesque

Gainsbourg's grand amour offers Oriental stylings

El-P - Fandam Plus

Ace rapper/producer shows off his soundscapes

Blue Öyster Cult - A Long Day's Night

Veterans of the Psychic Wars hammer out the soft molten metal stuff

Ja Rule - The Last Temptation

Pumped and vacuous fourth album from rap's No 1 pin-up

Short Cuts

Also released this month...

The Tragically Hip - In Violet Light

Ninth LP from veteran Canadian rockers

Mary Lorson & Billy Cote - Piano Creeps

Cinematic album of moody instrumentals from Madder Rose duo

Beezewax - Oh Tahoe

Radio-friendly Norwegian beat mavericks raised on R.E.M. and Teenage Fanclub

Hellenic Hell

In November 2001, the owner of Tongue Master records invited Mark Eitzel to fly out to Greece and...

Power Pop - Trio Grande

Three varieties of harmonic, overdriven bliss from the West Coast and Maryland

Jennifer Terran - The Musician

Concept album from uncompromising American singer about killing the corporate beast

Jeff Hanson - Son

Winsome, hormonally-challenged folk-pop

Serene

Promising opener from US alt.rock quartet

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Thug World Order

Fourth album from Cleveland's fast-rapping soul gangstas

Good Charlotte - The Young And The Hopeless

Maryland foursome produce second album of kiddie-pleasing punk

Roots - Phrenology

Fourth album proper from live Philly jazz-rappers

Various Artists - Beginner's Guide To World Music

Moderately entertaining introductory selection

Bitter, Bitter Weeks

A kinder, gentler Ryan Adams

Echoboy - Giraffe

Idiosyncratic Liverpudlian's third LP reveals pop direction

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Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide


In June 1977, Allan Jones of the Melody Maker took a familiar route to the offices of Stiff Records in West London. His appointment, that day, was with a notably irascible young singer-songwriter from Hounslow. In the course of a frequently startling interview, the man who had chosen to call...