BRUCE HORNSBY Big Swing Face He’s worked with Dylan and Garcia–but was discovered by Huey Lewis. That’s just the way it is.
ASH Free All Angels With this, their third studio LP, these Irish punks lit a fire under Brit critics that is still smoldering.
NELLY Nellyville Welcome to Nellyville! Population: 1. Industries: countrified speed rap and dumb song titles (see “#1” and “Hot in Herre”).
WILL SMITH Born to Reign Now that the Fresh Prince has a live band and DJ Jazzy Jeff is a hot producer, the divorce looks done.
SONIC YOUTH Murray Street Man! Just what you’d expect: a total rip-off of…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead.
OASIS Heathen Chemistry Noel: “Wot should we caw our new LP?” Liam: “Sod off.” Noel: “Bite me.”
PAUL WELLER Days of Speed In fact, the Jam were not a jam band, as you’ll learn from this compilation of the frontman’s live shows.
VARIOUS ARTISTS Like Mike soundtrack. Are you listening, Academy? Lil’ Bow Wow makes his silver-screen debut.
SCARFACE Greatest Hits You heard of the dirty south? Meet the former Geto Boy from Houston who made it that way.
ROBERT PLANT Dreamland The Led Zep frontman covers Tim Buckley, Bob Dylan, and Moby Grape. Dreamland, indeed.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS By the Way Get out your sock condoms: The Chili Peppers’ latest promises spicy diversion.
ONYX Bacdafucup: Part 2 Slam! The nearly forgotten early-’90’s hip-hoppers are bactarekerdstorz.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Busted Stuff The heavily bootlegged (and acclaimed) “Lillywhite sessions” finally go legit.
MARY MARY Incredible A gospel-R&B duo–not to be confused with Duran Duran, Mr. Mister, or The The.
THE FLAMING LIPS Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Their last CD was so good, we’d buy this even if it were Godzilla vs. Jar Jar Binks.