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Amy Linden

Amy Linden

Amy Linden has toiled selflessly as a music and culture critic for over 20 years. She has written for numerous newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, People, Vibe, and XXL. Among her achievements: contributing essays to major publications: The Rolling Stone Book of Women In Rock, Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock N' Roll and the acclaimed Rock She Wrote; she also co-hosted VH1’s groundbreaking 4 On The Floor. She is currently a senior writer and contributor at XXL. Amy is a long time Brooklyn resident, a mother and doesn't get paid enough.

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Afghan Whigs: Gentlemen (Elektra Records 9-61501-2; CD and cassette)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 6 February 1994

IT'S IRONIC that Greg Dulli, leader of the Afghan Whigs, has gained a reputation as alternative rock's newest sex symbol. The Cincinnati-based group's first major-label ...

Amy Winehouse: The Slow Blackout of Amy Winehouse

Comment by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 15 January 2008

How a troubled r&b mega-talent's breakout hit turned against her ...

Carleen Anderson, Des'ree, Dionne Farris, Shara Nelson: New albums from Des'ree, Shara Nelson, Carleen Anderson and Dionne Farris

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 8 January 1995

Rhythm-and-Blues Has a New Breed ...

Aretha Franklin: Through The Storm (Arista)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, August 1989

ARETHA'S THE Queen of Soul; you know it, I know it, it's so obvious that it should be a Jeopardy question. Hell, even she knows ...

Patti Austin, Groove Theory, Brian McKnight, The Tony Rich Project, Take 6, The Time: The Time, the Tony Rich Project, Take 6, Patti Austin, Brian McKnight, Groove Theory: Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 2 September 1996

The Vibe Wasn't Exactly Magic Quick taste of new Quincy Jones/Magic Johnson production doesn't provide enough flavor ...

Babyface, D'Angelo, Marvin Gaye, Maxwell, Omar, The Tony Rich Project: Young Crooners Learn The Subtle Art of Seduction

Report by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 7 April 1996

A QUIET revolution is at hand in urban music. Gone is the boasting about the girl you seduced last night and can't remember today. These ...

The Beastie Boys

Interview by Amy Linden, Complex, 2004

IT'S A RAINY MARCH morning in NYC; the Beastie Boys are in the hiz-ouse or rather the photo studio and the topic on the table ...

Bell Biv DeVoe: Hootie Mack (MCA 10682; CD and cassette)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 18 July 1993

When Rap Meets Rhythm-and-Blues ...

Eric Benet: Loveséxy

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, 1999

In an R&B world where diamonds and champagne are king, singer/songwriter Eric Benét is a genius prince who dreams of the big takeover. ...

Beyoncé: Pop the Question, Jigga – Miss Fat Booty Gets Some, Gives Some Up Without Shame

Comment by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 27 August 2003

UNLIKE THE B.Lo affair (so ubiquitous it practically has its own action figures), whatever is going on between Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z is under the ...

Blackstreet: Finally (Interscope)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, March 1999

EVEN WITH 16 years worth of hits on his résumé, it's hard to sum up just what the "Teddy Riley sound" is. ...

Blackstreet, New Edition, Keith Sweat: New Edition, Keith Sweat, BLACKstreet: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 13 January 1997

New Edition Recaptures Old Feeling ...

Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, Montell Jordan, TLC: Boyz II Men, TLC, Mary J. Blige, Montell Jordan: Budweiser Superfest, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 31 July 1995

Budfest: State of the Art Black pop is in fine shape, even if Garden sound isn't ...

Boogie Down Productions: Rap Attack

Report by Amy Linden, Spin, August 1987

ON RECORD, M.C. Shan is the mortal enemy of Boogie Down Productions' Scott LaRock and KRS One. They've been trading insults and waging a dis ...

Chuckii Booker: Chuckii (Atlantic)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, October 1989

I DON'T KNOW what "new jack" is, or what the latest polyrhythm is, but I do know that when someone like Chuckii Booker comes along ...

Boys, The (U.S.), New Kids On The Block: The Boys: Message From The Boys (Motown); New Kids On The Block: Hanging Tough (Columbia)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, June 1989

IN THE beginning there was the Jackson 5. They were cute, they were blessed with the best producers and material, they oozed personality. They were ...

Toni Braxton: Her Throaty Alto Gently Echoes An Earlier Era

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 5 December 1993

THE FIRST clue that Toni Braxton's career was about to take off came in 1992 when she was the featured singer on the soundtrack for ...

Jennifer Brown, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Neneh Cherry, Robyn, Stephen Simmonds, Titiyo: Swedish R&B: Home Brew

Report and Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, May 2000

In the urban global village, SWEDEN is holding its own — pumping out some of today's most popular chart-topping teen R&B tunes and boasting its ...

Joe Budden: Joe Budden

Review by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 23 July 2003

ABOUT A YEAR ago, a hard-working street team slapped up promotional snipes that asked: "Who is Joe Budden?" According to a highly subjective survey (conducted ...

T-Bone Burnett

Interview by Amy Linden, Creem, October 1992

ALTHOUGH THE understated and pointedly emotional The Criminal Under My Hat (Columbia) is Texas-raised/L.A.-based producer/musician T-Bone Burnett's first release since 1988, he ain't exactly in ...

Busta Rhymes: Woo Busta!! Professor Rhymes holds forth

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, The Source, 1998

"BEHOLD. BEHOLD. BEHOLD." Busta Rhymes is quietly repeating the word under his breath He’s in LA, in the thick of sessions for his third solo ...

Cameo: Real Men... Wear Black (PolyGram) ***

Review by Amy Linden, Rolling Stone, 6 September 1990

THERE WAS a time when Larry Blackmon's yowl was a definite signal to be on the lookout for the funk. Cameo's leader and main vocalist ...

Mariah Carey: Daydream (Columbia)

Review by Amy Linden, Request, December 1995

BY THE time this review appears, Daydream will be dominating the charts and Mariah Carey will be making mad money. So it won't matter to ...

Mariah Carey: Rainbow (Columbia)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, December 1999

YES! YES! YES! Mariah Carey is still a skilled singer. The fans will always adore her. Her seat among the pop music hierarchy is secure. ...

The CBS Orchestra, Bernie Worrell: Funk master Worrell gets "a steady gig"

Report and Interview by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 6 September 1993

Brilliant Bernie joins Letterman show's band ...

George Clinton, Punk-Funk All Stars: George Clinton, the Reigning Hippie of Funk

Profile by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 27 October 1996

WHEN JERRY Garcia died last year and the Grateful Dead disbanded shortly thereafter, the question arose as to who would inherit the band's legacy of ...

Bootsy Collins: Tramps, New York NY

Live Review by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 1 October 1994

Despite Sore Throat, Bootsy Puts His Best Funk Forward ...

Bootsy Collins: Q&A With Bootsy Collins

Interview by Amy Linden, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 October 1994

THE PREMIER funk bassist of this or any other time, place or galaxy, William (Bootsy) Collins, is back on the road and representing the P-Funk ...

Concrete Blonde's Ambition

Interview by Amy Linden, Spin, September 1990

Concrete Blonde leave a little blood on the tracks, says AMY LINDEN. ...

Crush

Interview by Amy Linden, Creem, July 1993

"IT'S constricting," is how guitarist John Carruthers and drummer Paul Ferguson admit to feeling anytime their U.K./U.S. band, Crush, is tagged "alternative". ...

The Dap-Kings: Boss Players

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, October 2007

THE DAP-KINGS — PURVEYORS OF THE FUNK BEHIND AMY WINEHOUSE, LILY ALLEN, AND SHARON JONES — BRING THE OLD SOUND BACK WITH NEW STYLE, AND ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Not Just a Comeback. A Reinvention.

Interview by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 13 August 1995

TERENCE TRENT D'Arby is explaining, for what may be the umpteenth time, why he lopped off his dreadlocks in favor of a close-cropped peroxide coif. ...

Dead Kennedys: Highway to Hell: My Life on the Road with the Dead Kennedys

Memoir by Amy Linden, Cuepoint, 3 February 2015

IN 1981, I MOVED back to New York City after spending four years in San Francisco. I was 22, and a childhood friend and I ...

Will Downing: Love's the Place to Be (Mercury 3145180862; CD and cassette)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 26 September 1993

WILL DOWNING'S voice is an elegant, languid caress. But the 28-year-old singer, who has three previous albums, has never enjoyed the success of Luther Vandross ...

Dr. Dre, Snoop (Doggy) Dogg: Dr. Dre: The Chronic (Death Row/Interscope Records 257128; CD and cassette)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 20 June 1993

AS HOMAGES to male bonding go, it would be hard to beat 'Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang', the hit single from The Chronic, the latest ...

Dr. Dre: Dr Dre: 2001 (Interscope/Aftermath)

Review by Amy Linden, People, Fall 1999

DR DRE’S THE CHRONIC (1992) not only put West Coast rap firmly on the map, the album became one of the biggest-selling hip hop records ...

Dru Hill: Enter The Dru

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, December 1998

THERE ARE TWO WAYS to consider Dru Hill. One is that the Baltimore quartet is methadone for those experiencing a serious Jodeci jones. Not the ...

Missy Elliott: Rhymes & Misdemeanours: Missy Elliott Gets Her Freak On

Interview by Amy Linden, Rock's Backpages, 28 April 2001

THE EXPRESSION "it takes a village to raise a child" has quickly morphed from sage African proverb to the "Have A Nice Day" of social ...

Eve: Meeting Eve

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, February 2001

IT’S A DREARY late fall day in New York and Eve is having a fashion emergency. The first lady of Ruff Ryders is back from ...

Aretha Franklin

Essay by Amy Linden, The Source, 1998

THE SUBJECT is female singers, and we’re gonna make it easy on ya. ...

The Fugees: With Help From Roberta Flack, The Fugees Are Redefining Rap

Interview by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 26 May 1996

IT'S SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE the start of the recent Fugees show here at the Irvine Auditorium on the University of Pennsylvania campus, and the rap ...

Nelly Furtado: Folklore (DreamWorks)

Review by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 24 December 2003

SOME CRITIC I was reading recently (Jayson Blair alert: The following is not this writer's original thought!) observed that the fiddle had emerged as the ...

Gang of Four

Interview by Amy Linden, Damage, August 1980

I ALWAYS assumed that once "we the fans" began promoting and putting on shows, the bullshit would stop. I also held to the dream that ...

Gang Starr: The Greatness of Gang Starr

Report and Interview by Amy Linden, unpublished, 1998

IN 1997 EMI Records was in the process of folding, and among the groups who were up for grabs was Gang Starr, a veteran NYC ...

Gerald Levert, L.S.G., O'Jays: Gerald Levert: Daddy, I Wanna Sing

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, October 1998

SECOND-GENERATION LEVERT SINGER AND LSG GURU GERALD HAS SONGS FOR DAYS — ASK HIS POPS, EDDIE ...

CeeLo Green: Cee Lo Green: The Fearless Cee Lo Green

Interview by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 10 November 2010

Will The Lady Killer and 'Fuck You' finally turn him into a solo superstar? ...

Al Green: Still Spreading The Good Word

Interview by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 31 October 1995

THE REVEREND Al Green is explaining why, after 18 years of singing sacred music, his gospel fans will understand why he has re-entered the world ...

Merle Haggard: Chill Factor (Epic)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, June 1988

NEW TRADITION, old tradition, any old way you choose it. Merle Haggard is a country music category unto himself. Any guy that lists his prison ...

Merle Haggard: Tramps, New York NY

Live Review by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 13 May 1996

The bus stops here, at long last, and Merle shows he's still one of our great country men ...

Howard Hewett: Howard Hewett (Brian)

Review by Amy Linden, Musician, July 1990

HOWARD HEWETT was the lead singer in the dance/pop trio Shalamar, whose femme fatale, Jody Watley, has since become the much bigger star. It would ...

Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia)

Review by Amy Linden, The Source, September 1998

WHAT DOES it say about hip-hop when one of the better hip-hop records of the year contains little actual rapping? Thoughtful, passionate, purposeful and unmistakably ...

H-Town, Jade, LL Cool J, Naughty By Nature, Shai, Silk, SWV: L.L. Cool J, Naughty by Nature, H-Town, Jade, SWV, Silk, Shai: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 20 July 1993

Hormones in Harmony at Garden Summerfest sizzles with sex as rappers drop trousers & leave pants in their wake ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: Vol.2…Hard Knock Life (Roc- A-Fella/Def Jam)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, 1998

ALTHOUGH RAPPER Jay-Z may be new to mainstream America, he has been a rising star in the hip hop community for years. ...

Jay Z: The Jay-Z Interview

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, 2003

NOTE: The Black Album was not only Jay-Z's eighth studio album, reportedly it was also meant to be his swansong: a collection of jams meant ...

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: Up Your Alley (Blackheart/CBS)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, July 1988

HOW DO I love Joan Jett? Lemme count the ways, 1, 2, 3, 4! ...

Jodeci: Diary of a Mad Band (Uptown Records UPTC 10915; CD and cassette)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 9 January 1994

The Hip-Hop's Great, but There's Just One Problem ...

Jodeci, LL Cool J, Maxwell, Omar, The Tony Rich Project: Romeos of Record

Comment by Amy Linden, New York Times Special Features Syndication, 9 April 1996

Today's black singers conquer charts and hearts by crooning instead of crowing. ...

Grace Jones: Private Life - The Compass Point Sessions (Island)

Review by Amy Linden, Fi, 1998

OF ALL THE words that are over and misused, diva is surely at the top of the heap. Once an adjective related to describing the ...

Kelis: Tasty

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, 2003

SHE'S THE NEPTUNES' fave session chick, critics dug her 2000 debut Kaleidoscope and the fashion world (and Nas) thinks she's the shit. ...

R. Kelly: R. Kelly (Jive Records, $14.98) ★★★

Review by Amy Linden, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 December 1995

R. Kelly's Latest Subtle, But Still Sexy ...

Lil' Kim: Big Verdict: Lil' Kim Is Seriously Fucked

Comment by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 18 March 2005

ON MARCH 3, in the midst of her highly publicized trial in Manhattan Federal court, a clearly beleaguered Lil' Kim issued a statement through the ...

Lil' Kim Is The Baddest Girl Alive

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, May 2000

NEW YORK CITY'S Central Park South is a mixture of dyed-in-the-wool, Waspy Manhattan mega bucks and the glitz of the nouveau notorious. Side by side ...

LL Cool J: The LL Cool J Interview

Interview by Amy Linden, sonicnet.com, Summer 2000

You were the guy who coined the phrase, "Don't call it a comeback." But it seems that every record has the air of a ...

LL Cool J: L.L. Cool J: 14 Shots to the Dome (Def Jam/Columbia 53325; CD and cassette)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 9 May 1993

Making a Pitch To Rap's Hard Core ...

Monie Love: The Nice Ness

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, Creem, April 1993

BEFORE SHE had even secured a record deal, Simone Johnson, aka Monie Love, was already one of the most in-demand rappers on the burgeoning Afrocentric ...

Baaba Maal: Dropping in on Baaba Mal

Interview by Amy Linden, Code, 2000

FOR YEARS THE music press has insisted that African pop is poised to become the next big thing. That American audiences will embrace the various ...

Marxman, MC Solaar: Marxman: 33 Revolutions per Minute (Talking Loud/A&M; 514 538-2); MC Solaar: Prose Combat (Cohiba 697 124 013)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 26 June 1994

Exportable Euro-Rappers ...

Maxwell, The Tony Rich Project: Maxwell: Embrya (Columbia); The Tony Rich Project: Birdseye (LaFace/Arista)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, August 1998

AT THE END of the day, chances are that 92 percent of all pop songs are about getting laid. Granted, that's a random number, but ...

Brian McKnight: The Professional

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, November 1999

Writer. Singer. Producer. Arranger. Player. Brian McKnight is a musician's musician. So Amy Linden has to wonder, why does this highly trained master at his ...

Monie Love: Down to Earth (Warner Bros.)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, January 1991

LET'S JUST cut to the chase on this one: Down to Earth is okay. Not great, not bad — just a firm okay. With all ...

Mya: Oh, Mya

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, February 1999

When Mya Harrison makes moves, people move over. Amy Linden steps aside. ...

Nas: Rap: Nas-ter Has Success 'Written' All Over Him

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 25 July 1996

Speaking the Queensbridge English, recording artist is the city's No. 1 son ...

Naughty by Nature: Poverty's Paradise (Tommy Boy; CD and cassette)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 16 July 1995

PERHAPS THE biggest crime a hip-hop act can commit is to go pop, to soften its sound to achieve mass appeal. Over the course of ...

New Edition: Home Again (MCA)

Review by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 10 September 1996

AWOL SINCE 1988, New Edition is back with a vengeance. With all members on board (yes, that includes bad boy Bobby Brown, as well as ...

Ne-Yo: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, June 2007

Ne-Yo couldn't step to the left if he wanted to. He's actually stepping forward on to superstardom — and there are rumors and X-rated photo ...

OutKast: Stankonia (Arista)

Review by Amy Linden, XXL, 2000

ECLECTICISM IS NOT usually associated with hip hop. Most artists, especially those who sell, want to maintain their base, yet in an effort to keep ...

Patti LaBelle, Regina Belle: Regina Belle: Stay With Me (Columbia)/Patti LaBelle: Be Yourself (MCA)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, February 1990

THE DIVA is that most special of musical creations; her care and feeding are extremely important. ...

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham: Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham: St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn NY

Live Review by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 9 December 1996

First Penn & Oldham wrote great songs, now they play 'em ...

Dan Penn: A Career Made of Being Where He Doesn't Belong

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 31 July 1994

DAN PENN is propped against a graffiti-covered wall in Harlem. The photographer motions to him and Mr. Penn responds by pushing his sunglasses down and ...

Public Enemy at Rikers Island

Retrospective and Interview by Amy Linden, Red Bull Academy Magazine, April 2013

IT'S DIFFICULT for a generation raised on Carrie and the girls, luxury condos and cabs that have no problem taking you to Brooklyn to wrap ...

The Replacements: Replacements R.I.P.

Interview by Amy Linden, Spin, December 1990

IS IT THE END OF THE ROAD FOR AMERICA'S UNSUNG ROCK HEROES? AMY LINDEN TALKS TO THE BAND IN MINNEAPOLIS DURING A WALKING TOUR OF ...

The Replacements, Paul Westerberg: Paul Westerberg: Former Angry Young Man Now a Bit Amused

Interview by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 6 May 1996

Paul Westerberg wears the crown of pop punk king very reluctantly ...

The Roots: Forward To The Roots

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, 2002

FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS the city of Philadelphia has sponsored the Philadelphia College Festival. Held directly across the steps of the Art Museum (home ...

Rosanne Cash: Interiors (Columbia)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, January 1991

ROSANNE CASH wasn't kidding when she called this one Interiors. With the exception of 'This World' (which is about child abuse, among other things, and ...

Run DMC: The Grand Old Men of Rap Strike Back

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 20 June 1993

THE RAPPER Run (Joseph Simmons) snakes his way down the corridors leading to the green room at MTV's mid-Manhattan studio. Everywhere he turns, there's an ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Gangsters: Snoop Dogg and Michael Imperioli

Report and Interview by Amy Linden, Complex, 2004

"What is it about the gangster mythology...that grabs those of us, especially men outside 'the life'? What is about guys like (the late) John Gotti, ...

Snow

Interview by Amy Linden, Creem, April 1993

SNOW, HIS mixer Prince, their manager, their publicist, and myself are seated around a table trying to figure out what it is we have ordered ...

Bruce Springsteen: Magic

Review by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 3 October 2007

THE E STREET BAND last convened around Bruce Springsteen on 2001's The Rising; since then, the Boss (who looks finer as he gets older) has ...

Lisa Stansfield: Affection (Arista) ****

Review by Amy Linden, Rolling Stone, 3 May 1990

ENGLAND HAS been spewing out the latest in hip soul stylists, but the "style" part hasn't been cutting the mustard. Mostly the records have been ...

Mavis Staples Is for the Children

Report and Interview by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 12 January 2011

MAVIS STAPLES digs her some younger men, but she'd rather lead them to the studio than the bedroom. "I think it really makes for a ...

Gwen Stefani: Love. Angel. Music. Baby (Interscope)

Review by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 13 December 2004

LIKE THAT OF her spiritual mommies Madonna and Debbie Harry, Gwen Stefani's appeal knows few boundaries. ...

Stereo MCs

Report and Interview by Amy Linden, Creem, March 1993

THE STEREO MC's are all settled into their surprisingly comfy touring vehicle, headed up the highways (or whatever the British term is). On the road ...

Angie Stone: Precious and Pure

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, October 1999

WHILE the sumptuous and soulful Black Diamond (Arista) may be Angie Stone's solo debut, it's not the first time the singer/songwriter/producer has rocked the mike. ...

The Sugarcubes: Iceland's "Little People" Make a Big Noise

Interview by Amy Linden, Musician, October 1988

THE SUGARCUBES are not only a new band, and a very good band, but they are probably (no, let us make that definitely) the only ...

Al B. Sure!: Private Times... and the Whole 9! (Warner Bros.) **½

Review by Amy Linden, Rolling Stone, 24 January 1991

FRAMING PRIVATE Times... and the Whole 9!, the latest from Al B. Sure!, is a remake of 'Hotel California'. Yes, that 'Hotel California' — and ...

SWV returning home as VIPs

Interview by Amy Linden, New York Daily News, 15 July 1993

SWV STANDS for "Sisters With Voices." No, they aren't sisters, but they have voices that you cannot get away from, no matter how hard you ...

Teena Marie

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, August 2006

THERE'S NEVER been a funkier white girl than Teena Marie. With hits like 'Lovergirl', 'Square Biz' and 'Fire and Desire' – a duet with former ...

Ten City: That Was Then, This Is Now (Columbia CT57183; CD and cassette)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 15 May 1994

BYRON STINGILY, singer for the trio Ten City, is a disciple of Sylvester, one of disco's biggest male stars. Like Sylvester, who died in 1988, ...

Tony! Toni! Toné!: Sons of Soul (Mercury 3145514933-2; CD and cassette)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 5 September 1993

Basking in Soul's Past Glory ...

Ralph Tresvant: Ralph Tresvant (MCA)

Review by Amy Linden, Rolling Stone, 7 February 1991

RALPH TRESVANT is a pretty package, but once you rip off the ornamentation, all you're left with is a box filled with Styrofoam peanuts and ...

Tina Turner: Tina Tuner: Twenty Four Seven (Virgin)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, April 2000

SOME PEOPLE you just can't fathom criticizing, one of them being Tina Tuner. Miss Tina has always been larger than life, an iconic figure of ...

Usher: Confessions

Review by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 19 April 2004

USHER RAYMOND is a star. The faithful have thought as much for years, but recently the masses affirmed it when 1.1 million of them trooped ...

Was (Not Was): Are You Okay? (Chrysalis)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, November 1990

WHILE THE last Was LP was a tribute, if you will, to '70s soul, this time the beats are more current. Purists will cry sellout, ...

Jody Watley: Intimacy (MCA)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, November 1993

I DON'T WANT a gangsta bitch. Granted, no one's offering, but I don't want one. I don't think bitches ain't nuthin' but hoes and tricks, ...

Kanye West

Interview by Amy Linden, Complex, Summer 2004

WHEN KANYE WEST'S much-anticipated debut The College Dropout hit stores in early February, its blend of inventive production – via a by-now trademark predilection for ...

Amy Winehouse: Joe's Pub, NYC

Live Review by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 16 January 2007

WITH HYPE justified by her soon come (and already #1 in the UK) sophomore CD Back To Black), and a Ghostface remix of the slurred, ...

Amy Winehouse: Hip-Hop Junkies: Amy Winehouse

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, June 2007

23-YEAR-OLD UK soul/jazz chanteuse Amy Winehouse has taken music by storm with her American debut Back To Black. Already huge overseas, Amy first got US ...

Amy Winehouse: Amy meets Amy

Interview by Amy Linden, unpublished, March 2007

This interview was conducted March 2007, the day Amy's Back to Black dropped. As part of the overall story we talked about her relationship to ...

Amy Winehouse

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL Hip Hop Soul, June 2007

UNDER LOS ANGELES' sparkly surface there lies a noir beauty, and nowhere is that gritty glamour more present than at the legendary Chateau Marmont. Nestled ...

Amy Winehouse Never Twerked

Comment by Amy Linden, Ebony, 26 September 2013

Born 30 years ago this month, Winehouse seemed more intuitively connected to black soul than other white pop stars in her wake ...

Womack and Womack: House of Zekkariyas: Womack and Womack Transformation to the House of Zekkariyas (Warner Brothers 4-450-75)

Review by Amy Linden, The New York Times, 28 March 1993

THE SINGING group House of Zekkariyas (formerly known as Womack and Womack) has a soul pedigree that runs river deep. Linda Womack is the daughter ...

Young Disciples: Road to Freedom (Mercury)

Review by Amy Linden, Creem, March 1993

GET MORE than three Brits together in the same club and the next thing you know you've got yourself a whole goddamn movement, with accompanying ...

List of genre pieces

20 Classic Love Songs: Nuthin' But Love

Guide by Michael A. Gonzales, Amy Linden, Vibe, February 2000

Turn the lights down low, put the champagne on ice, and load your CD player with these modern romance classics ...

Chris Lighty, 1968-2012

Obituary by Amy Linden, XXL, September 2012

THE DEATH OF a young person evokes its own peculiar grief. And when that death is a suicide – grief mushrooms into something more painful ...

Def Jam at 25: The Yankees of Hip-Hop Labels, Reconsidered

Comment by Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 27 October 2009

WHAT IS IT about hip-hop that, inevitably, almost any conversation revolves around dates – around how far back in the day you can claim to ...

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