Posts By Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco: You’re Driving Me Crazy

On his third album in seven months, Morrison teams up with jazz musician Joey DeFrancesco for a collection of originals and standards that captures the joy of making music.

Neil Young & Promise of the Real: Paradox (Original Music From the Film)

The soundtrack to this largely incoherent film achieves a shaky sense of grace thanks to the dusty music from Neil Young and his backing band, Promise of the Real.

Album Review: Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac

Though far from their debut, the band’s 1975 self-titled album felt like a debut: a pop-rock statement and the unexpected intersection of two parallel spheres that offered something genuinely new.

“Weird Al” Yankovic: Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic

The 15-disc box set of puns and polka is a monument to pop music’s once symbiotic relationship with parody—a linkage that has dissolved in the wake of the monoculture’s demise.

The Jam: In the City / The Polydor Demos: February 1977 / This Is the Modern World / Live 1977 + John Peel Sessions

Their career was just beginning, but the Jam were already the hardest-working band in U.K. punk. A new box set revisits their breakthrough year.

The Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request

Reissued for its 50th anniversary, *Satanic Majesties* remains a singular entry in the Stones’ catalog. It is the strange result of a bizarre set of personal, professional, and cultural circumstances.

The Waterboys: Out of All This Blue

Mike Scott takes his long-running Irish/Scottish folk rock band the Waterboys into new terrain on his latest LP—incorporating four-four disco stomp, a heavy dose of hip-hop, and romantic love.

The Cars: Candy-O / Panorama

Expanded reissues of the Cars’ second and third albums capture the group running like a well-oiled machine, both refining and expanding upon their tightly wound new wave.