June 27, 2002 Mondo Head is the latest release from the Japanese Taiko drumming ensemble Kodo. The CD was produced by Grammy-award winning musician and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. Reviewer Banning Eyre says the release is a much more spontaneous recording than Kodo's previous releases, and it features a much denser array of sounds. Mondo Head is published by Red Ink. ASIN: B0000641BD
June 19, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Veni Vidi Vicious from the Swedish rock group The Hives.
June 11, 2002 Music reviewer David Greenberger tells us about the new CD from Los Lobos, Good Morning Aztlan. He says the album displays the five band members at their best — working together, as they have for 30 years. (4:00) The CD is on Mammoth Records. See http://mammoth.go.com/loslobos/.
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June 10, 2002 Music critic Milo Miles reviews Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music. (Acapella Records)
June 7, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the new CD by hip-hop artist Cee-Lo Green, Cee-Lo Green and his Perfect Imperfections.
June 4, 2002 Writer Reuben Jackson has a review of Bobby McFerrin's newest release Beyond Words. (Beyond Words, Blue Note. More information is available at www.nprjazz.org)
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.
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