Category Archives: Stylus

Cowboy Troy took the old town road first

As “Old Town Road” finishes its 11th week as the #1 song in the U.S. and Lil Nas X releases his debut EP (which most definitely isn’t a country record save its single), I’m reminded that back in 2005, I … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, country, Stylus

These are a few of my favorite things: on Jerry Lee Lewis

[On Lewis’s “comeback” album, 2006’s Last Man Standing. Originally published at Stylus on 12/12/06.] Yes, I know: another duets-cum-tribute album? But you’d be wrong in making that assumption, so wrong like Patrick Simmons. There’s a few significant differences between Last … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, country, favorite things, rock, Stylus

Breathe with me: the Prodigy, collected

Wrote this glowing review of the Prodigy’s hits+ comp for Stylus in 2006. And fortunately, they rebounded after this. Check out last year’s No Tourists, which may be their strongest since Fat of the Land. The Prodigy easily had more … Continue reading

Posted in reviews, Stylus

These are a few of my favorite things: Jodeci

[One of the longest reviews I wrote for Stylus, on 2005 greatest hits albums by Jodeci and K-Ci and JoJo. Originally published 7/06/05.] The key to Jodeci, as K-Ci & JoJo’s output has shown us, wasn’t K-Ci Hailey, nor was it … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, favorite things, R&B, reviews, Stylus, Uncategorized

These are a few of my favorite things: on McCartney

[Originally published 2/5/07 at Stylus Magazine. The video, notably, stars John Hurt. RIP.] Stylus Magazine’s Seconds column examines those magic moments that arise when listening to a piece of music that strikes that special chord inside. That pounding drum intro; a … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, favorite things, pop, Stylus

These are a few of my favorite things: on Journey

[Written for the Stylus feature “The Diamond,” published 4/24/07. Seems fitting to republish this on Steve Perry’s 68th (!) birthday.] The Diamond is an apt name for albums certified for 10 million + sales by the Recording Industry Association of … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, favorite things, rock, Stylus

These are a few of my favorite things: on Jam & Lewis

[Written as the frontpiece for Stylus’s Hall of Fame week celebration of Jimmy “Jam” Harris and Terry Lewis, published 4/17/06.] A few years ago, a friend sent me a copy of a promo boxed set he’d snagged from a used-record … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, favorite things, pop, R&B, Stylus