Soundbytes has a compiled a list of the best albums for the year 1999.
Read the second of a two-part series that examines the greatest albums in rock and hip-hop released during the 20th Century.
Read the first of a two-part series that examines the greatest albums in rock and hip-hop released during the 20th Century.
Curtis Mayfield’s delicate falsetto always had a cool feeling to it. And yet, it was the burning-passion of his songs that solidified his reputation as one of soul music’s greatest singer-songwriters and social critics. Mayfield died on Dec. 26, 1999. He was 57.
Thirty years after he was part of turning rock music on its head, Rick Danko, bassist and vocalist for the Band, died on Dec. 10. Though Danko’s and the Band’s fame have been mostly forgotten in recent years, their legacy and vital importance in rock music can’t be understated.
It was during the first of two shows in Minneapolis on Sunday night — in the middle of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” — that Bruce Springsteen and the reunited E Street Band’s self-appointed mission became clear.
Only a year after the trailblazing hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest called it quits, its frontman Q-Tip steps out from the group’s considerable shadow and has released his debut solo effort, “Amplified.”
New albums by Rage Against the Machine and their agit-rock forebears in the Clash follow the same star — musically and politically.
Beck Hansen is rock music’s man of a thousand faces. As this week’s release of his new album, “Midnite Vultures,” shows, he is again heading in some surprising new directions.
Following up her breakthrough debut album, Fiona Apple’s new disc, “When the Pawn …,” seems to be missing something. The album is not un-endearing or boring, but it lacks the focus and sense of restrained passion that made her first so great.