November 23, 1986 |
"SHOCKADELICA." Jesse Johnson. A&M. The Clintonesque album title is as misleading as Johnson's reputation as a young R&B renegade. In fact, that whole Minneapolis funk-pop vanguard is having a rough year, from Prince to Morris Day to Johnson, who has followed his promising debut with a comparatively colorless collection.
November 5, 1990 |
The new Prince movie, "Graffiti Bridge" (citywide), is a blend of vaulting emotions and sentimental fluff, MTV and ersatz inspirationalism, dry ice and hot flesh, phony angels and searing funk. It's a mixed bag; parts of it are awful. But it has, and needs, only one major defense: It's full of Grade-A rock 'n' roll, rousingly well performed. It moves, it swings, it jumps and vibrates. It's a musical .
July 7, 1985 |
Jesse Johnson should be sitting on top of the world. An alumnus of the Prince-propelled group the Time, the 26-year-old singer-guitarist has released a debut album, "Jesse Johnson's Revue," that's about to go gold on the strength of cuts like "Can You Help Me," a current staple on black radio. As a member of the Time he also co-wrote many of that group's wittiest hit singles, including "Jungle Love" and "The Bird."
December 31, 1985 |
I hate it when contests or polls end in ties, but what else do you do when two singles live up equally to the standards associated with the term best record of the year? "We Are the World," the centerpiece of the American pop music campaign to assist famine victims in Africa, was a moving expression of compassion and brotherhood that, quite remarkably, cut through the cynicism of the times to strike an emotional nerve around the world.
April 12, 1989 |
"This is the story of one woman's search for the Minneapolis sound. Oh, that is so corny. OK, all I have to say is that I set out to talk to musicians and fans and critics, here and on the coast, to try to find out what all the hype is about, and to see if I could come up with some sort of definition of the Minneapolis sound. "And then we can cut to a Prince video." Emily Goldberg's opening remarks provide a pretty good idea of what to expect from her documentary "The Minneapolis Sound" (at 10 tonight on Channels 28 and 15, 11 p.m. on Channel 50)
August 26, 2004 |
Dogville Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany Lions Gate, $27 As with previous films of his such as "Breaking the Waves," Lars von Trier's three-hour drama is not for everyone's tastes. Theatrically staged with a minimum of sets and props in the style of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," "Dogville" tells the Depression-era tale of Grace (Kidman), a beautiful young woman on the lam from gangsters who arrives one night in a small Rocky Mountain town.