Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Notable music for the week of June 1, 1990

Posted on

Notable music for the week of June 1, 1990

*Paula Abdul Shut Up and Dance (Virgin; all formats) Remixes make her ) hits much more trashy — and much more fun. B- (Greg Sandow)

*A House On Our Big Fat Merry-Go-Round (Sire/Reprise/ Blanco Y Negro; all formats) Another wry alternative band. But it’s more literate than most and — sometimes the singer’s voice sails off on winds of crazy, tattered emotion. B+ (GS)

*David Baerwald Bed Time Stories (A&M; all formats) Thoughtful, sardonic rock with strong melodies and a solid beat, from half of the defunct group David+David. B+ (GS)

*Concrete Blonde Bloodletting (I.R.S.; CD, T) Strange, strong, lovely, unguarded songs from a group that deserves mainstream success. A- (GS)

*John Doe Meet John Doe (DGC; all formats) Mannered, whiny solo debut from a member of X, the legendary punk band. Biggest surprise: Take away Doe’s singing and most of the songs would sound like mainstream rock. C (GS)

*Lita Ford Stiletto (RCA; all formats) The No. 1 woman in heavy metal makes the strong, sexy album fans always knew she had in her. B+ (GS)

*Foster & Lloyd Version of the Truth (RCA; CD, T) Mimicry passing for innovation, and amalgamation for originality. B- (Alanna Nash)

*Roy Hargrove Diamond in the Rough (Novus; all formats) Blues, bop, ballads, and more by an uncommonly gifted 20-year-old trumpeter. B+ (Gary Giddins)

*Jools Holland A World of His Own (I.R.S.; CD, T) Keyboard player from Squeeze with a beguiling solo album. The songs are complex gems, as artistic as intricate paintings — and Holland can sing. A- (GS)

*Human Radio Human Radio (Columbia; all formats) Alternative rock with half-classical violin garnish. Smart, but the lyrics are over-flavored with irony. B- (GS)

*Ice Cube AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (Priority; all formats) Raps about violent ghetto life, thrown harshly in your face. B- (GS) *Billy Idol Charmed Life (Chrysalis; all formats) Unexpectedly touching album from a rock & roll bad boy. A- (GS)

*Marti Jones Any Kind of Lie (RCA; all formats) Appealing roots-country songs, but the lyrics and arrangements are too tricky. B- (GS)

*Madonna I’m Breathless: Music From and Inspired by the Film Dick Tracy (Sire/Warner; all formats) Brilliant re-creation of ’30s and ’40s musical styles, spiced with coy sexiness. A (GS)

*Mazzy Star She Hangs Brightly (Rough Trade; all formats) Spooky mix of art-rock and country. A (GS)

*Michael McDonald Take It to Heart (Reprise; all formats) Fine, serious funk and rock, but needs variety. B- (GS)

*Charles Mingus Epitaph (Columbia; 2CD, 2T) The two-hour posthumous opus of a great composer. A (GG)

*Meli’sa Morgan The Lady in Me (Capitol; all formats) Bright-voiced singer records her first album in two years. It’s standard R&B, unnecessarily gilded with short but portentous interludes between songs. B (GS)

*Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam/Columbia; all formats) Provocative, powerful album by rap group, which hints at troubling racial theories but overall raises issues that can’t be ignored. A- (GS)

*The Pursuit of Happiness One Sided Story (Chrysalis; all formats) Biting, brainy rock songs, with lyrics that at their best sound right off the shelves of an offbeat bookstore. B+ (GS)

*Zachary Richard Women in the Room (A&M; all formats) Cajun high spirits; hard to resist. B+ (GS)

*Snap World Power (Arista; all formats) Smart dance/rap, full of surprises; includes the group’s current killer dance hit, ”The Power.” A- (GS)

*Something Happens Stuck Together With God’s Glue (Charisma; CD, T) Lighthearted rock melodies so disarming you’d forgive this Irish band almost anything, even its elliptical lyrics. B+ (GS)

*Squeeze A Round and A Bout (Deptford Fun City/I.R.S.; CD, T) No surprises in first- ever live album from popular group. B- (GS)

*Steve Vai Passion and Warfare (Relativity; all formats) Extravagant instrumental trash by virtuoso heavy-metal guitarist. C- (GS)

*Kevin Welch Kevin Welch (Reprise; CD, T) Country with a bluegrass drive; short on first- class material. C+ (AN)

*World Party Goodbye Jumbo (Ensign/Chrysalis; all formats) Beguiling songs, nothing more, nothing less. B+ (GS)

Comments