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Todd L. Burns

Todd L. Burns

Todd L. Burns is a music journalist / editor. He co-founded Stylus Magazine; served as an editor at Red Bull Music Academy, Resident Advisor, and more; and created the newsletter Music Journalism Insider.

 

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Christina Aguilera: Stripped

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

GLEN BALLARD, Ron Fair, Linda Perry, Scott Storch, Steve Morales, Balewa Muhammad, Rob Hoffman, E. Dawk, Heather Holley, and Christina Aguilera are all labeled on ...

Atari Teenage Riot, Alec Empire: Atari Teenage Riot: Atari Teenage Riot –1992-2000/Alec Empire: Futurist

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 2 August 2006

AS MUSICAL PUNCHLINES GO, Alec Empire is getting there. But it wasn't always this way. Back in the 1990's, Empire was at the forefront of ...

The Blood Brothers: Crimes

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 13 October 2004

CLOCKING IN AT A SVELTE 39 MINUTES, The Blood Brothers third full-length album, Crimes, packs just as many ideas, sounds and punch as its cousin, ...

Michelle Branch: Hotel Paper

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

SO BEGINS THE SECOND ROUND OF SHEMO. With a live disc in the works for Avril Lavigne and the next full length presumably in the ...

The Bug: Pressure

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, September 2003

AT THE SAME TIME that ragga is making its presence known in the mainstream with the likes of Sean Paul and Wayne Wonder hitting the ...

Cannibal Corpse: The Wretched Spawn

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 21 May 2004

AFTER EIGHT ALBUMS that helped define gore-death metal, Cannibal Corpse are back with only their second studio album of the new millennium. That's not to ...

Mariah Carey: The Emancipation of Mimi

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 14 April 2005

SOMEONE RECENTLY POSITED that there was no greater high and low attained in American culture than those had by Michael Jackson. If that's true, you ...

Celine: Elapsed Time

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 27 July 2006

CELINE'S GOT THE RIGHT IDEA. There are many that complain about electronic music having no soul. That's probably not the idea that Celine had, though. ...

Cex: Oops, I Did It Again

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

CEX IS NAKED. Underneath all of the electronics and the posturing of who has the best software plug-ins and the never ending contest of who ...

Cex: Role Model

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

FOR ALL YOU KIDS OUT THERE that haven't been on the IDM tip of things, which is... well... uh... 99% of you, the genre is ...

Chris Clark - UK: Chris Clark: Clarence Park

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

IT SEEMS THAT YOU CAN TELL a lot from album cover art. When looking at the Warp Records output it doesn't take a genius to ...

Circle Takes The Square: As The Roots Undo

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 7 July 2004

IT'S HARDCORE. You know the score: grinding and lurching guitars, screamed vocals, blast beats and just a bit of nihilism. Circle Takes The Square does ...

Cristina: Doll In A Box/Sleep It Off

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 21 October 2004

IT'S SO OBVIOUS, ISN'T IT? You get a record label and then you ask your wife to make a record. What do you care? You're ...

The Decemberists: Her Majesty the Decemberists

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 25 September 2003

THE SUCCESS of the Decemberists doesn't lie in the fact that each song that they write is a miniature world, intimately detailed and poetically rendered. ...

Dolmen: Ritual Awakening

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

REIGNING IN THE EXCESSES of both, Dolmen is Jason Sloan and Steven Smith. On the recently released solo album of Smith, Daye of Skye's The ...

The Doors: Perception Box Set

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 7 December 2006

IT'S NOT LIKE I KNEW ANY BETTER. You're stuck in the Midwest, you look up to your significantly older brother, and then he thrusts an ...

Hilary Duff : Hilary Duff

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 24 September 2004

IF YOU'VE LISTENED from the beginning, you shouldn't expect much. Hilary Duff's debut was a hit and miss affair. Leaving aside the great 'So Yesterday' ...

Alec Empire: Intelligence and Sacrifice

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

DIGITAL HARDCORE. These two words, because of one man's influence, have come to encompass an entire genre of music that was once regarded as the ...

Fannypack: So Stylistic

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

AS THE SUMMER rushes headlong into its second half, it's perhaps a pertinent portion of information to note: at least half of the hottest summer ...

Vincent Gallo: Recordings of Music for Film

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

PEOPLE SEEM TO ONLY LOVE HIM or hate him. I don't understand what all the fuss is about Vincent Gallo. But I've never seen Buffalo ...

The Icarus Line: Icarus Line: Penance Soiree

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 9 July 2004

IF THE TRANSFORMING POWER of rock has been weakened by various sets of pretenders throughout the years, the first half of Icarus Line's Penance Soiree ...

R. Kelly: Happy People / U Saved Me

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 25 August 2004

THE PIED PIPER, AS THE STORY GOES, came to the town of Hamelin in 1284 playing his flute and swiftly cured its rat plague. After ...

Lamb: What Sound Deluxe

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

ONE OF THE FEW SURVIVORS and true innovators of the trip-hop movement, Lamb returns here with the re-release of their third album. Placed on the ...

Avril Lavigne: Under My Skin

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 21 May 2004

NEO-FEMINIST (the kind where everything's quite complicated, frustrating any attempt to truly unpack exactly what's going on), gleefully ignorant of music history (the kind where ...

Moby: 18

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

CRITICAL DEAD ENDS for an album full of musical dead ends: Perhaps what Moby does best is construct songs. And when I say construct, I mean ...

Moby: Play

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

NOW, I DON'T HATE MOBY because he uses the same synth string sound in each song, a sound that feels like it needs something. I ...

Nelly: Suit

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 17 September 2004

NELLY IS FOR THE CHILDREN. Or, more appropriately, Nelly is for everyone. He’s never made any pretenses otherwise, luckily, so arguments veering towards the thorny ...

Nelly: Sweat

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 17 September 2004

BUT IF SUIT COULDN'T PRODUCE SOMETHING that could come close to 'Lose Yourself', Sweat's opening track, 'Heart of Champion', nearly gets there. That is, until ...

Omar-S: Just Ask The Lonely (FXHE)

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 April 2005

THE FIRST TIME you listen to Omar-S (Alex Smith), especially his debut solo album for his own FXHE Records, you're going to be confused. Which ...

Jim O'Rourke: I'm Happy And I'm Singing And A 1, 2, 3, 4

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

CLAIMING TO HAVE been hugely into minimalism and avant garde music by the time he hit high school, Jim O'Rourke's stock took a blow in ...

Slipknot: Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 28 May 2004

"NOW IT'S OVER" sings Corey Taylor on the opening dirge of the Iowan nontet's newest album. And, for Slipknot, it did look to be all ...

The Soft Pink Truth: Do You Party?

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

EVER BEEN TOLD you're too nice by your soon to be ex-girlfriend? Drew Daniel hasn't either. But consider this his calling out. Drew. Baby. You're ...

Britney Spears: Under The Covers: Britney

Guide by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 February 2005

The Queen of Pop? Since 1999’s …Baby One More Time, Britney has quickly elevated herself to pop royalty via a conflicting series of psycho-sexual messages ...

Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 21 July 2006

Kitsch is a tough one, innit? Author Modris Eksteins points out that it "replaces ethics with aesthetics." Next sentence? "Kitsch is the mask of death." ...

Stereolab: Margerine Eclipse

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 27 February 2004

ONE GUITAR AND A CAPABLE HIGH FEMALE VOICE. That's about all that can be said to be missing from the equation from the newest offering ...

The Strokes: Room on Fire

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 28 October 2003

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I had a lot of strange listening habits. For instance, I vowed in 1995 to listen to no music made after ...

Tatu: 200 KM/H In The Wrong Lane (Interscope)

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 9 January 2003

DESPITE THE obviously imperfect title for American audiences, Tatu has constructed an admirable English language album rife with two potentially hit singles and one of ...

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