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Curtis Mayfield
Apart from his floating falsetto voice, Curtis Mayfield will be remembered for '60s compositions that represented the pinnacle of soul-music idealism. [01-10-00]
— Michael Freedberg, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Behind the Music
Whether you think she's just another slickly produced pop star or symbol of tenacity and hard work, Shania Twain is laughing all the way to the bank. [01-10-00]
— Grant Alden, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Slow Jams Plus
1999 was a year of slow jams and dirty bastards. [01-03-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

No Ricky, Por Favor
There was more to Latin music in 1999 than a gyrating Ricky Martin. [01-03-00]
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hidden Treasures
There were at least 10 great recordings you certainly did not hear this year. [01-03-00]
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Fringe Dividends
Record company mergers and short-sighted music executives made 1999 an off year for pop music. [01-03-00]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Y2K Bugs
Record companies are turning a quick buck by releasing multi-disk (and not always well-thought-out) end-of-the-century music compilations. [12-20-99]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Space is The Place
With "Goodbye 20th Century" and three other ambient releases on their own label, Sonic Youth have successfully shifted from grunge rockers to avant-rock scientists. [12-20-99]
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Master Sessions
Q-Tip sounds like he's just on a booty-quest on "Amplified," while Rakim's "The Master" dropped without so much as an appearance on "Total Request Live." [12-20-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Creep Show
Perhaps no performer in pop music today has gone farther out of his way to resemble a cartoon than Rob Zombie, who's made a virtue and a career out of being fake. [12-20-99]
— Carly Carioli, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Latin Kings
Mark Anthony and Enrique Iglesias' talent and sex appeal ensure their popularity will endure long after the Latin music craze has faded. [12-13-99]
— Franklin Soults, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Head Trips
Phish's "Hampton Comes Alive," a six-CD set taken from live shows in '98, is technically tight, unpredictable, and makes their other live releases seem like tripe. [12-13-99]
— Robin Rothman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Beatlemania
From covers by Ella Fitzgerald to DJ Kazmir, the cuts from the Beatles' "White Album" are unbelievably resilient to style and genre. [12-13-99]
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Yes He Could
Sammy Davis Jr.'s image may be camp, but he was still one of the most mesmerizing pop singers ever to mine the standard repertoire. [12-07-99]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rave On
Prince's " Rave un2 the joy fantastic" is as funky and focused as his early work. [12-07-99]
— Michael Freedberg, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Live Wires
'Tis the season for live box sets from Blondie, Marilyn Manson, Guns 'n Roses, Alanis Morissette and more. [12-07-99]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Jump-Up
British dj Aphrodite's action-packed "Urban Jungle" succeeds because the electronica comes second to the hip hop. [12-07-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Has-Beens
Queensryche's "Q2K" and Sebastian Bach's "Bring 'Em Bach Alive!" mark comebacks of sorts for two '80s has-beens. [12-07-99]
— Lorne Behrman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

String Time
A therapy session for an old-school Metallica fan reveals his disgust for Metallica's Grammy-less year in '89 and how the best heavy metal got lighter. [11-29-99]
— Carly Carioli, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Spice Grrrl
Sporty Spice's "Northern Star" proves you can take the girl outta the Spice, but you cant' take the Spice outta the girl. [11-29-99]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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