May 31, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the third album by Marshall Mathers (otherwise known as Eminem) The Eminem Show.
May 29, 2002 Music critic David Greenberger reviews Blood Money and Alice, two new releases — with different sounds — from singer-songwriter Tom Waits. The CDs are 2002 releases on the Anti- label.
May 27, 2002 Rock historian Ed Ward reviews The Stiff Records Box Set (on Rhino).
May 24, 2002 Music critic Meredith Ochs reviews Milk of the Moon, the latest CD from singer-songwriter Greg Brown.
May 21, 2002 Music critic Tom Moon reviews the new CD from Bobby McFerrin, Beyond Words. (3:45) The album is on the Blue Note label. See http://www.bobbymcferrin.com/home.html.
May 19, 2002 For his feature Director's Cuts, NPR's Ned Wharton looks at two CDs that highlight the role of producer as auteur: a tribute to the late Serbian-born Suba, who produced Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo; and a disc called Assembly — a collaboration between guitarist/producer Michael Brook and Tanzanian musician Hukwe Zawose. On Weekend Edition Sunday.
May 17, 2002 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Belly of the Sun, the new album from singer Cassandra Wilson (Blue Note records).
May 9, 2002 Tom Manoff has a review of the CD Reflections of Spain, featuring Spanish music for guitar, played by David Russell. Manoff thinks Russell — who is Scottish, not Spanish — plays with a natural elegance, and is passionate but never over the top.
May 6, 2002 David Greenberger reviews When I Was Cruel by Elvis Costello. He says the album bristles with sonic energy that harkens back to the early days of Costello's career, when he was branded an angry young rocker. But these songs are informed by middle age, mature self-awareness and bitter experience. (4:30) The CD is from Island Records. See http://www.islandrecords.com/elviscostello/home.las.
May 1, 2002 The British band Gomez is back with a new album after a two-year touring and recording hiatus. Gomez has captured the Mercury Prize, the U.K. equivalent of a Grammy. But most people in the United States aren't familiar with the folky, electronic blend of rock music. Rico Gagliano has a review of the band's new CD, In Our Gun.
May 1, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Bonnie Raitt's new album, Silver Lining.
April 26, 2002 reviews When I Was Cruel the new release by Elvis Costello. It reunites him with two members of his first rock combo, The Attractions.
April 25, 2002 Alanis Morissette knows people either love her or hate her. And she wants them to know that despite her reputation, she doesn't necessarily hate men. On Morning Edition, NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports on Morissette and her new CD.
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April 23, 2002 Wilco's new album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot takes the erstwhile alt-country band even further from its roots. Frontman Jeff Tweedy talks with John Ydstie on All Things Considered. And Meredith Ochs reviews a new anthology of music from Tweedy's old band, the legendary Uncle Tupelo. (8:15) The CD is on Nonesuch Records. See http://www.wilcoworld.net/.
April 23, 2002 Meredith Ochs has a review of a new Uncle Tupelo anthology that complies highlights from the band's four albums along with rare tracks. The collection highlights the music that helped launch a movement known as alternative country. (4:15) The CD is 89/93: An Anthology, by Uncle Tupelo. Released March 2002 by Columbia/Legacy; ASIN: B0000
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