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Jon Young

Jon Young has been a regular contributor to such publications as Trouser Press, Crawdaddy, Music and Sound Output, Request, Launch, SonicNet, Creem, Harp, Musician, Blender, Spin, Paste and Mother Jones. His preferred listening includes the Byrds, Billy Fury, Wynonie Harris, Billie Holiday, Howlin’ Wolf, the Kinks, Barbara Lynn, Thelonious Monk, Norma Jean, Charlie Parker, Doug Sahm, Raymond Scott, Del Shannon, Connie Smith, Speedy Ortiz, Dusty Springfield, Toots and the Maytals, Caetano Veloso, and Hank Williams, among others.

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Link Wray, Robert Gordon: Robert Gordon and Link Wray: Robert Gordon with Link Wray

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1977

ROBERT GORDON with Link Wray recaptures the one elusive quality so often missing from music of the '70s: feeling. This is trickier than it seems ...

Steve Hillage: Motivation Radio

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1978

EARTH CALLING Steve Hillage! Earth calling Steve Hillage! Gee, it's too late. Steve is lost in space. ...

Judas Priest

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1978

I DISCOVERED A GREAT pastime the other day that you've gotta hear about. It's called headbanging. Not exactly what Suzy does in that cute li'l ...

Rainbow: Long Live Rock'n'Roll

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1978

MENTION GUITARIST Ritchie Blackmore around so-called "intelligent" rockers and you'll just get a bunch of barf noises in response. ...

Carly Simon: Boys In The Trees (Elektra)

Review by Jon Young, Crawdaddy!, July 1978

CARLY SIMON used to be dangerous. Remember? She had to her credit a lethal attack on marriage ('That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should ...

Kate Bush Gets Her Kicks

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, July 1978

ALL OF A sudden Kate Bush was at the very top of the UK singles charts. 'Wuthering Heights', her first 45, was number one and ...

Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore: Ritchie Blackmore: I Want To Tell You What I've Been Doing

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, July 1978

AS DAVE SCHULPS and I rolled along in the darkness to our impending interview, we were filled with apprehension. After all, Ritchie Blackmore has never ...

Black Sabbath: Never Say Die

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, December 1978

NEVER SAY DIE! Black Sabbath didn't never say it, and that's why the heaviest damn band ever is back. Forget all those other bands, because ...

Graham Parker WANTS YOU…To Get Stuck!

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, December 1978

GRAHAM PARKER had reason to be happy. And he was. ...

10cc: Bloody Tourists (Polydor)

Review by Jon Young, Feature, January 1979

WHEN LOL Creme and Kevin Godley took their gizmo and went off to make Consequences, the remainder of 10cc (5cc?) seemed to be reeling from ...

Lou Reed: Live – Take No Prisoners

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1979

"I DO LOU REED better than anybody else, so I thought I'd get in on it." ...

King Crimson, UK: UK: John Wetton

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1979

"IT'S NOT insecurity, but I always like to I work with other people in groups. I think that's the strongest thing. When you take a ...

Godley & Creme: Godley and Crème: L

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1979

GIVE BOTH SIDES in the 10cc split a few LPs to get their feet back on the ground. It took Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman ...

Phil Manzanera: K-Scope

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1979

K-SCOPE FINDS a retiring Phil Manzanera sitting uneasily in the driver's seat, unwilling to take a dominant role but not really collaborating either. ...

Todd Rundgren: Back to the Bars

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1979

PROOF OF THE evils of peer-group pressure is found in the phenomenon of the double live album. A more useless trend would be hard to ...

Peter Hammill: The Two Sides of Peter Hammill

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1979

FOR OVER 10 years Peter Hammill has been the object of a particularly intense cult following. As the leader of Van der Graaf Generator and ...

999: Feelin' Alright With the Crew

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1979

ANYONE WHO SEES more than one rock show a year knows that a lot of the glitter wears off after the first few times. Which ...

Ian Hunter's Love-Hate Relationship With Rock'n'roll

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1979

IAN HUNTER'S been staying at his Manhattan hotel so long (two months) that the staff treat him like a member of the family. Between desperate ...

The Fall: Live at the Witch Trials (Step-Forward SFLP 1)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, July 1979

"I STILL believe in the r'n'r dream/R'n'r as primal scream." ...

The Cure: Art For Pop's Sake

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1980

ROBERT SMITH of the Cure is not your ordinary front man. ...

The Knack: ...But The Little Girls Understand (Capitol SOO-12045)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, May 1980

"THE SONGS are an assortment of feelings and emotions expressed redundantly as only the Knack can...This record is very dear to me and my bank ...

Squeeze Loosens Up

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1980

REMEMBER HOW your parents used to attack rock 'n' roll by pointing out how disreputable most bands looked? It sure didn't help when they seized ...

Willie Nile: The Reluctant Stardom of Willie Nile

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, July 1980

YOU PROBABLY remember the New Dylan syndrome. It doesn't turn up much anymore, but once upon a time it seemed like every American male songwriter ...

Ian Hunter, Mott The Hoople: Ian Hunter Remembers

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1980

As told to Jon Young ...

Carlene Carter, Nick Lowe: Carlene Carter

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1981

SONNY AND CHER. Ike and Tina. Steve and Eydie. The roll call of illustrious show business couples could go on and on. Now you can ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (Geffen GHS2001)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

John and Yoko: A Fond Farewell ...

Gang of Four: Outside the Bands Don't Toe the Line: Gang of Four Makes Music Their Way

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

WOULD YOU like your rock with politics or without? Today pop music offers a wide variety of choices: from the violent invective of stereotypic punk ...

Roy Orbison, The Romeos: Town Hall, New York

Live Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

MANHATTAN'S Town Hall recently showcased two generations of Southern rockers and provided a lesson on the importance of image. ...

The Beat (UK): Up On The Beat

Report and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

SOONER OR later, every British band of any significance has to decide what to do about America. ...

The Monochrome Set

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

"THERE WAS one review that said we sounded like Jose Feliciano, the Beatles, Foreigner and Queen," notes the Monochrome Set's Lester Square (real name, Tom ...

Martha and The Muffins: Martha and the Muffins

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1981

SPOT THE one that doesn't belong: (a) rock 'n' roll, (b) aggression, (c) rationality, (d) energy. Normally, of course, you'd say that being rational has ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Ritz, New York NY

Live Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, May 1981

WHILE EACH new generation of upstarts spout the notion that rock is just for kids, it's easy to find aging veterans who hang in there ...

Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (IRS SP70014)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, June 1981

CHANCES ARE you have an opinion about the Dead Kennedys even if you've never heard their music. Provocation is the name of the game; a ...

Adam & The Ants: Palladium Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1981

LISTEN, SNOBS: Adam and the Ants headlined New York's Palladium Theater (3300 seats) for a legitimate reason, not just that tired old scapegoat hype. ...

Pearl Harbor

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1981

THE ROCKABILLY revival currently sweeping England ought to be a bonanza for rock 'n' roll fans, but mostly it's been a dud. While the original ...

Joe Ely: You Can Take The Boy Out Of Texas...

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, September 1981

IT DOESN'T take a genius to figure out that country music is in pretty sorry shape these days. There's something wrong when unbearably bland hacks ...

The Flesh Eaters, X: X: Wild Gift (Slash SR-107); The Flesh Eaters: A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die (Ruby JRR-101)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, September 1981

THERE'S A BIG difference between playing crudely out of necessity and harnessing primitivism to say things that can't be said any other way. Rock thrives ...

Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive: Savoy, New York NY

Live Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1981

WHITE ROCK musicians are notorious for "borrowing" from blacks. Were it not for the inspiration of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, James Brown and so ...

Sparks

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1981

THAT OLD saw about prophets without honor in their own land has a ring of truth even today, as Ron and Russell Mael, known as ...

The Stray Cats

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, 1982

THEIR LOOKS and their sound may strike some as a bit suspect, but there's no doubting the Stray Cats' affection for the classic rock 'n' ...

Bow Wow Wow

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1982

WITH A LITTLE embroidery Annabella Lwin's story could be a classic show business myth: Discovered working at a dry cleaners, an ordinary 14-year-old girl becomes ...

Elvis Costello: Almost Blue (Columbia FC37562)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1982

WHY SHOULDN'T Elvis Costello make a country album? An accomplished dilettante, he's previously drawn from such diverse sources as Tin Pan Alley ('My Funny Valentine') ...

Neil Young: Re•ac•tor (Reprise HS2304)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1982

NEIL YOUNG'S sustained vitality is a truly amazing phenomenon. Where most superstars burn out, he's so dependable you tend to take his consistency for granted. ...

The Human League: Dare (Virgin V2192)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1982

LAST YEAR'S fracturing of the Human League into two camps held more promise than the usual band breakup. For two albums the original League displayed ...

8-Eyed Spy: 8 Eyed Spy: 8 Eyed Spy (Fetish FR2003)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, March 1982

"IT WAS FUN while it lasted," Pat Irwin (now a Raybeat) sighs in the liner notes to this catch-all retrospective of live and studio tracks. ...

The Fleshtones: This Year's Authentic Embodiment of Rock 'n' Roll

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1982

A COMMON thread runs through all great rock 'n' roll, from Elvis Presley and Little Richard to Dave Edmunds and the Ramones. It's a sublime ...

The dBs

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, May 1982

"A dB IS A proportion, a logarithmic measurement of energy," Chris Stamey, 27, explains. "It doesn't mean there's necessarily a lot of it; it relates ...

Circle Jerks, Flipper, The Germs, The Stimulators: The Germs, The Stimulators, Circle Jerks, Flipper: Albums Reviewed

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1982

The Germs: Germicide (ROIR A108 cassette) Stimulators: Loud Fast Rules! (ROIR A109 cassette) Circle Jerks: Wild in the Streets (Faulty Products COPE3) Flipper: ...

Kim Wilde: A Face In The Crowde

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1982

DO YOU believe that children of celebrities have it made? British pop singer Kim Wilde doesn't think so. "Daughters of famous fathers don't have an ...

Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (Columbia)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1983

Starkness at the Edge of Town ...

Kate Bush: The Dreaming (EMI America ST17084)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1983

KATE BUSH'S The Dreaming is a stunning record in more ways than one. Besides being a triumph of inventive songwriting and unpredictable performances, it is ...

Soft Cell, Yazoo: Soft Cell and Yaz(oo): Synths and Singers

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1983

JUST TWELVE months ago it was unclear if the primarily British phenomena of synthesizer bands would exhibit any staying power. Although 1981 was a good ...

Neil Young: Trans (Geffen GHS2018)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1983

NEIL YOUNG must struggle to find something new for each album. When you've made as many records as he has, and covered as much stylistic ...

Ric Ocasek: Beatitude (Geffen GHS2022)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, April 1983

WHY WOULD Ric Ocasek make a solo album? He's the songwriter for the Cars, as well as one of the lead singers. Not surprisingly, Beatitude ...

Soft Cell: The Art of Falling Apart (Sire 237691)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, May 1983

MARC ALMOND and David Ball of Soft Cell make great singles. Like Paul McCartney, Abba and precious few others these days, they're adept at creating ...

R.E.M.: Really Exciting Music

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1983

ARE YOU tired of constantly being told how this or that band is the new greatest wonder? Of course you are. Unfortunately, superlatives have a ...

The Replacements: Hootenanny (Twin Tone)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1983

HOOTENANNY??! BY way of explanation, the liner notes remark that the "hoot" began as "a completely spontaneous, unrestrained event," and go on to say, "Today, ...

Heaven 17 Faces Right

Report and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, September 1983

IF DICKENS HADN'T gotten there first, Great Expectations would be the perfect title for the saga of Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. After their ...

The Dream Syndicate: Dream Syndicate: Medicine Show (A&M)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, July 1984

WHAT'S THE best way to judge a band like the Dream Syndicate? On one hand, they're a lean, hard-charging attack force, with plenty of swell ...

The The's Normal Guy

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, October 1984

NEW YORK — Soft-spoken Englishman Matt Johnson, a.k.a. The The, complains, "The press likes to stereotype me as a depressive. It's due to my confessional ...

REO Speedwagon: Wheels Are Turnin' (Epic)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, April 1985

THESE ARE THE MEN OF BONANZA ...

The Gun Club Loads Up

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, April 1985

NEW YORK — Singer-guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce can't stop playing a part, but he does admit that he's one satisfied ghoul these days: "My problem ...

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Penguin Served Here

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Creem, July 1985

NEW YORK — To partake of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, you first need to find the Penguin Cafe. Cross the barren tundra of Eno's ambient ...

Jason & The Scorchers: Hot Crackers To Go!

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, August 1985

EVEN IF Willie Nelson only releases 10 albums this year, 1985 has already distinguished itself as a truly terrific time for good old-fashioned Amurrican music. ...

New Order: Low-Life (Qwest/Warner Bros.)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, September 1985

INTEGRITY OOZING from every tortured pore, England's New Order are not your usual mopesters. Although the breathy vocalizing and smooth synthesizing of Low-Life keep the ...

Big Audio Dynamite, The Clash: The Clash: Cut The Crap (Epic); Big Audio Dynamite: This Is Big Audio Dynamite (Columbia)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, January 1986

OUT OF THE ASHES: JOE STRUMMER ROCKS, MICK JONES SWINGS ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Come to Ze Cabaret!

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Creem, February 1986

"WE'RE PROBABLY more accessible now than ever before," notes genial Richard Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire, but don't get the wrong idea. Although the Cabs have ...

Dwight Yoakam: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, May 1986

TIPPING HIS Stetson to Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard, Yoakam recharges the honky-tonk tradition like a savior sent down from hillbilly heaven. Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., ...

Jackson Browne: Lives In The Balance (Asylum)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, May 1986

JACKSON BROWNE is mad as hell. He's also a gentleman, which removes the sting from his expressions of outrage on Lives In The Balance. Although ...

Billy Idol: Whiplash Smile (Chrysalis)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, January 1987

BILLY BABY! What happened? Just when he seemed destined for a multi-platinum rut, with that frozen sneer and perpetually raised fist, the punk-turned superstar has ...

James Brown, Aretha Franklin: James Brown: Gravity (Scotti Bros.); Aretha Franklin: Aretha (Arista)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, March 1987

LADIES AND gentlemen, the Godfather and the Queen of Soul, Mr. James Brown and Ms. Aretha Franklin. Whether you hail 'em as living legends — ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: They Need Your Love So Bad!

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, March 1987

ANDY MCCLUSKEY laughs at the memory of The Song that changed the fortunes of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. ...

Georgia Satellites: Georgia Satellites (Elektra)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, April 1987

PEACHES IN CREEM! ...

Charles Brown: Still Deep in the Blues

Profile and Interview by Jon Young, Musician, July 1987

"PEOPLE WHO come to see me play say, 'Are you Charles Brown or are you his son? After all these years, you should be walking ...

LL Cool J Takes The Rap, Beats The Rap, Raps It Up, Raps Around The Clock, Encourages Bad Puns

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, October 1987

"YOU AIN'T gettin' no scoop, lookin' at me with your beady eyes!" ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby (Columbia)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, November 1987

YOU CAN'T call Terence Trent D'Arby shy. On his audacious, uneven debut, this extroverted youngster co-produces, writes most of the tunes and sings 'em in ...

Aztec Camera: Love (Sire)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, March 1988

Love.Love? ...

fIREHOSE: If'n (SST)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, June 1988

HOSANNA! ...

Boogie Down Productions, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, KRS-One: Boogie Down Productions: By All Means Necessary (Jive/RCA); DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper (Jive/RCA)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, August 1988

RECENTLY THE paper brought news that two men have been arrested for the murder of DJ Scott LaRock last year, giving By All Means Necessary ...

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Voodoo (Columbia)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, May 1989

HAVING BACKED Elvis Costello (Spike) and inspired David Byrne (The Knee Plays), the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans may be poised to capture ...

The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique (Capitol)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, August 1989

HIDE THE silverware. Put the vinyl slipcovers back on the furniture. Turn Mom's picture to the wall. Those eager-to-offend Beastie Boys are back at the ...

Kool Moe Dee: Knowledge Is King (RCA/Jive)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, September 1989

HE MAKES hit records. The girls won't leave him alone. The man considers his spiritual healing powers comparable to those of Christ. And yet, rapmaster ...

That Petrol Emotion: Chemicrazy (Virgin)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, May 1990

MAYBE OLD-fashioned guitar bands will follow dinosaurs and vinyl into extinction one of these days. In the meantime, give thanks for That Petrol Emotion, who've ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant: Johnny Van Zant: It's A Family Affair

Interview by Jon Young, Musician, November 1990

Johnny Van Zant grabs the spotlight with a walk down Brickyard Road ...

Victoria Williams: Swing the Statue! (Rough Trade)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, November 1990

ECCENTRIC AND proud, Victoria Williams could be a cross between Tom Waits and Natalie Merchant. Or maybe Jonathan Richman and Kate Bush. Anyway, Swing the ...

Violent Femmes: Why Do Birds Sing? (Slash/Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Spin, July 1991

VIOLENT FEMMES have long carried on the proud tradition of rockin' cool jerks without inspiring the respect accorded fellow geeks David Byrne and Jonathan Richman. ...

3rd Bass, Heavy D. & the Boyz: 3rd Bass: Derelicts of Dialect (Def Jam/Columbia); Heavy D. & the Boyz: Peaceful Journey (Uptown/MCA)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, September 1991

WHETHER YOU loathe him or merely despise him, Vanilla Ice has cast the entire rap scene in a new light. Now the likes of Heavy ...

Widespread Panic: Widespread Panic (Capricorn)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, October 1991

ITS SWELL that R.E.M. and the B-52's represent the enlightened New South. But don't you miss the backwards Old South, where hairy wild men who ...

Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos: Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988 (Virgin)

Review by Jon Young, Spin, January 1992

HE SINGS like a dying dolphin and hasn't played a new lick in 20 years, but you'd be a fool not to love Keith Richards. ...

Peter Case: Six-Pack of Love (Geffen)

Review by Jon Young, Spin, April 1992

NOW THIS is more like it. After the wan folk stylings of The Man With the Blue Postmodern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar, Peter Case has wisely ...

The Cure: Wish (Elektra)

Review by Jon Young, Spin, May 1992

SOB, SOB. Whimper, sniff. Sorry. I was just savoring the new Cure disc, which means taking a headlong plunge into a deep, dark pit of ...

Lush, Ride: Lush: Spooky (4AD/Reprise); Ride: Going Blank Again (Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, June 1992

VISIONARY ART or nouvelle junk food? Perfect masters of evocative soundscapes, Britain's Lush and Ride can create a mood quicker than you can dim the ...

Brand New Heavies, Gang Starr: The Brand New Heavies: Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1 (Delicious Vinyl/Atlantic)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, October 1992

ENGLAND'S BRAND New Heavies may be an ordinary soul-funk combo, but that hasn't stopped enterprising A&R types from gettin' busy. For their debut album, somebody ...

Brand New Heavies: The Brand New Heavies: Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1 (Delicious Vinyl/Atlantic)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, October 1992

ENGLAND'S BRAND New Heavies may be an ordinary soul-funk combo, but that hasn't stopped enterprising A&R types from gettin' busy. For their debut album, somebody ...

Mariah Carey's Very Good Year

Interview by Jon Young, Musician, January 1993

"I DIDN'T KNOW what to expect," says Mariah Carey, recalling the taping of her Unplugged special for MTV last March. "I wasn't originally planning on ...

Da Lench Mob, Ice Cube: Ice Cube: The Predator (Priority); Da Lench Mob: Guerillas In The Mist (Eastwest)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, February 1993

IN THE WAKE of the Rodney King verdict and the Los Angeles riots, Ice Cube can take grim satisfaction in seeing his harrowing rhymes validated ...

Paul McCartney: Docklands Arena, London

Live Review by Jon Young, Musician, April 1993

"THE WEEKEND starts here," beamed a well-preserved Paul McCartney, surveying the friendly crowd at London's Docklands Arena one dank Friday night in February. Say what ...

Guru: Jazzmatazz Volume One (Chrysalis)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, June 1993

"IT WAS INDEED a privilege and a blessing to have worked on this project with such amazing people." Eastwood at the Oscars? Clapton on Grammy ...

Kate Bush: The Red Shoes (Columbia)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, November 1993

IF YOU'VE pegged Kate Bush as a dreamy cosmic spirit, don't miss the climax of The Red Shoes, where the stunning 'You're the One' renews ...

Hole: Live Through This (Geffen)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, 1994

"JUST YOU try to hold me down/Come on, try to shut me up," snarls Courtney Love near the end of Live Through This, hurling a ...

Arrested Development: Speech: "Sampling is like picking up a spirit."

Interview by Jon Young, Musician, June 1994

SECOND ALBUMS are traditionally harder to make than first ones. Was that true for Arrested Development with Zingalamaduni? ...

Throwing Muses: University (Sire/Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, March 1995

KRISTIN HERSH may envy the commercial inroads made by Belly and the Breeders, but she'd never let it show. Having helped pave the way for ...

Björk: Post (Elektra)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, August 1995

Björk Uncörked ...

Me'Shell Ndegeocello: Me'Shell Ndegéocello: Peace Beyond Passion (Maverick/Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, August 1996

FUNK OUGHT to be its own reward, but Me'Shell Ndegéocello isn't buying that right now. Perhaps embarrassed by the commercial success of John Mellencamp's rollicking ...

Amy Rigby: Diary of a Mod Housewife (Koch)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, December 1996

IN THE LINER notes to her inspired study of relationship hell, Amy Rigby describes a mod housewife as "a woman being dragged kicking and screaming ...

Lisa Germano: Slide (4AD)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, October 1998

Slide Show ...

Arctic Monkeys: AM

Review by Jon Young, Spin, 5 September 2013

EARLY EXPOSURE to the fifth Arctic Monkeys record might betray a few symptoms of Pretentious Artiste Syndrome – frontman Alex Turner has name-checked Dr. Dre ...

Tony Joe White: Hoodoo

Review by Jon Young, Mother Jones, 23 September 2013

LOUISIANA-BORN Tony Joe White scored his biggest hit, the stomping 'Polk Salad Annie', in 1969, and has been making great swamp rock ever since. ...

Nick Lowe: Nick the Knife and other reissues (Yep Roc)

Review by Jon Young, Mother Jones, 21 August 2017

Nick the Knife/The Abominable Showman/Pinker and Prouder Than Previous/Party of One/Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit/The Rose of England (Yep Roc) ...

Various Artists: Jesus Rocked the Jukebox – Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) (Craft Recordings)

Review by Jon Young, Mother Jones, 25 September 2017

IF YOU WANT to know how James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and a host of other great singers first became inspired, check out Jesus ...

Flat Duo Jets: Wild Wild Love

Review by Jon Young, Mother Jones, 30 October 2017

FOR MORE THAN three decades, North Carolina's Dexter Romweber has been a walking encyclopaedia of early rock'n'roll styles, making great, underappreciated roots music. ...

Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten: Angel Olsen: Phases/Sharon Van Etten: (it was) because i was in love

Review by Jon Young, Mother Jones, 9 December 2017

WHETHER PERFORMING stark acoustic folk or giving her confessional songs a jolt of electricity, Angel Olsen always sounds like she's one beat away from a ...

Belle And Sebastian: Belle and Sebastian: How to Solve Our Human Problems

Review by Jon Young, Mother Jones, 29 January 2018

FOR MORE THAN two decades, Scotland's Belle and Sebastian has championed the virtues of old-fashioned pop music, crafting gorgeous, compassionate tunes that balance heartbreak and ...

Joan As Policewoman: Joan as Police Woman: Damned Devotion

Review by Jon Young, Mother Jones, 12 February 2018

JOAN WASSER, who's been recording under the name Joan as Police Woman for more than a decade, possesses a slow-burning, late-night voice that can handle ...

Françoise Hardy: Personne d'autre (Parlophone France/Arts Music)

Review by Jon Young, Mother Jones, 28 May 2018

SINCE VAULTING to international stardom as a teenager in the pre-Beatles '60s, Françoise Hardy has been France's leading female pop singer. ...

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