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J.D. Considine

J.D. Considine

J. D. Considine has written for many North American magazines and newspapers. From 1979 to 1996, he wrote for Rolling Stone and then wrote for Musician. He was on the staff of the Baltimore Sun from 1986 to the end of 2000, leaving to become managing editor of Revolver Magazine. He later became jazz critic at The Globe and Mail in Toronto.

Steven Ward's 2000 interview with Considine

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Carlos Alomar, David Bowie: Who The Hell Is Carlos Alomar?

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1984

The Guitar Power Behind Bowie's Thin White Throne ...

Dave Alvin, Henry Rollins, Dave Van Ronk, X: Various Artists: Radio Tokyo Tapes, Vol. 3 (PVC); Dave Van Ronk: Going Back To Brooklyn (Reckless)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1985

NOW THAT Bob Dylan is establishing himself as a born-again rocker, why shouldn't the new wave stage a folk revival? But listening to Radio Tokyo ...

Philip Bailey, Phil Collins: The Second Coming of Phil Collins

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1985

A SEASONED PLAYER ENJOYS CHARTBUSTING NEW LIFE AS A SOLO STAR ...

The Beat: The English Beat: Special Beat Service (IRS)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, February 1983

UNLIKE WH'APPEN, Special Beat Service successfully manages the transition from 2-tone to full color, giving the English Beat a sound that is at once more ...

Blondie: Eat To The Beat (Chrysalis)

Review by J.D. Considine, New York Rocker, December 1979

AMERICA, AS you might expect of any pop-oriented, media-saturated culture, has a disturbing tendency to take its sexual images literally. Lauren Hutton and Cheryl Tiegs ...

Boston, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Jefferson Starship, Journey, Rainbow, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Toto: Hard Pop, Suburban Rock

Report by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1981

Band like REO, Styx and Journey have taken the details of the rock sound and made the medium the whole message, capitalizing on the rock ...

James Brown: Calling Mr. Dynamite

Overview by J.D. Considine, Record, November 1984

WHEN JAMES Brown first took to being called The Godfather of Soul, it was more to play upon the faddish success of Francis Ford Coppola's ...

Jenny Burton, The Cold Crush Brothers: Various Artists: Wild Style — Original Soundtrack (Animal); Jenny Burton: In Black And White (Atlantic)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, April 1984

AS HIP-HOP, the rapping and scratching music of the break dancers, bounces out of the urban subculture and into the mainstream, it's reasonable enough to ...

The Cars, Elliott Easton: Elliot Easton, Closet Traditionalist

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1986

THE CARS' GUITAR SPARKPLUG ON BEING APPROPRIATE ...

Chic: Baltimore

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

APPEARANCES CAN be deceiving. As the rest of Chic pumped out the urgent, staccato vamp to 'Stage Fright', Nile Rodgers, Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin and ...

Chic, Led Zeppelin, The Power Station: Tony Thompson: It Ain't The Meat, It's The Emotion

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1986

The Power, the Glory, and the Groove: Our Man from Chic Hits Hard and Hits Big, from Zep to Power Station to Madonna ...

China Crisis, Wang Chung, Wire Train: Wire Train: ...In A Chamber; Wang Chung: Points On A Curve; China Crisis: Working With Fire And Steel

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, April 1984

IT WASN'T too long ago that new wave partisans like myself (and most likely you, too) were sneering at mainstream rock for being predictable, un-threatening ...

George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1983

THERE ARE times when I think George Clinton puts out uneven albums just to piss the rest of the world off. I mean, there are ...

Phil Collins, Genesis: Front Man: Phil Collins

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1990

IN A REVIEW of Phil Collins' latest album, ...But Seriously, J.D. Considine wrote that Phil was more fun when he was frivolous. That's where Phil ...

Elvis Costello: Constitution Hall, Washington D.C.

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1984

"I'M GOING TO do something you've never seen me do before," Elvis Costello told the audience at Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Hall as he unstrapped his ...

Culture Club: Kissing To Be Clever (Epic/Virgin)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, February 1983

JUST WHEN you thought the last thing you needed was another washed-out attempt at dance music, along comes Culture Club to smash all your preconceptions ...

Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross: Marcus Miller Gets Around

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, May 1984

THE FUNKY THROUGH-LINE BEHIND LUTHER VANDROSS & ARETHA; THE JAZZY AGITATOR BEHIND MILES, GROVER & SANBORN ...

De La Soul: De La Soul Is Dead (Tommy Boy)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1991

De La Soul's Serious Fun ...

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Mardi Gras In Montreux (Rounder)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1986

IF DECADES of drab Dixieland combos have left you thinking that the New Orleans notion of collective improvisation is mere fabrication, prepare to be converted. ...

Divinyls: The Divinyls: Painters Mill Star Theater, Baltimore

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1983

CHRISTINA AMPHLETT looks like Lily Tomlin's Edith Ann doing Patti Smith. She's standing at the microphone at Baltimore's Painters Mill Star Theater, wearing an amazingly ...

Dr. John: Dr John: On Becoming Mac Rebennack

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

The legend of Dr. John and his gumbo ragtime voodoo funk medicine, as told by the man who invented him, lived him and let him ...

Dr. John: Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack (Clean Cuts)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1982

AS THE TITLE implies, this is Dr. John being himself, stretching out on the piano and doing what comes naturally. At the same time, there's ...

Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Imperial Bedroom

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1982

THIS IS ELVIS Costello's best yet. I know you've heard that before, and probably about a couple of his albums, but I can't help it ...

Sheila E.: Romance 1600 (I.R.S.)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1985

ARTISTS USUALLY sound more distinctive and less derivative over time. Sheila E. seems to be moving in the opposite direction. The Glamorous Life, her solo ...

Everclear, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit: Big Shots: Fred Durst, Kid Rock and Art Alexakis

Report and Interview by J.D. Considine, Revolver, Spring 2000

NO ONE EVER mistook Fred Durst for a suit. in fact, he looks more like a bicycle messenger than a corporate personage. "I wear shitty ...

Exposé: Greatest Hits (Arista)

Review by J.D. Considine, Vibe, March 1996

THESE DAYS, most people think Gloria Estefan was queen of the pre-bass Miami dance music scene. But the real rulers were Exposé, three women who ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1986

FROM RIB JOINTS TO MOVIES, THE T-BIRDS MAKE IT TOUGH ENOUGH ...

Aretha Franklin: Who's Zoomin' Who? (Arista)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1985

ARETHA FRANKLIN has never made a bad record. When her records lacked the fire that ignited her greatest singles, that voice has been enough to ...

Genesis: Three For The Road

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1992

VISITING REHEARSALS FOR A STADIUM TOUR ...

Girlschool: Coast to Coast, Baltimore MD

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1982

FROM A DISTANCE, Girlschool looks pretty much like any other heavy rock group — long hair, Marshall stacks, denim and leathers. But it doesn't take ...

Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Melle Mel, Mutabaruka: Grandmaster & Melle Mel: 'White Lines (Don't Do It)' (Sugar Hill 12-inch); Mutabaruka: 'Ode To Johnny Drughead' (Alligator 12-inch)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, January 1984

ALTHOUGH IT'S doubtful Nancy Reagan listens to either rap or reggae records (or anything more soulful than Ray Anthony, for that matter), she ought to ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Melle Mel: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five: Greatest Messages (Sugarhill); Grandmaster Melle Mel: 'Jesse' (Sugarhill)

Review by J.D. Considine, Record, June 1984

RAP RECORDS had messages before 'The Message' exploded across the airwaves in 1982, but it remains extremely tempting to argue that it was Grandmaster Flash ...

Herbie Hancock: Sound-System (Columbia)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1984

DON'T MAKE the mistake of turning up your nose at this because it's "another goddamn rock record." Don't even fall for the line that Sound-System ...

Heart: Ann & Nancy Wilson Get Hot Again

Interview by J.D. Considine, Record, November 1985

FOR A WHILE, it looked as if Heart was going to end up as another group filed under "What ever happened to?" Although the band ...

Holly & The Italians: Warner Theatre, Washington DC

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, May 1983

UNDER NORMAL circumstances, Holly Beth Vincent would be the perfect punk debutante. Between the seedy elegance of her second-hand black evening dress and the rakish ...

The Human League, Japan: Human League: Dare (A&M); Japan: Japan (Virgin/Epic)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

CONTRARY TO popular belief, all synthesizer bands are not unlistenable. True, many do sound rather like the result of an infinite number of silicon chips ...

Jermaine Jackson: Jermaine Jackson (Arista)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1984

IF MICHAEL Jackson's public persona makes him out as a bit of a dreamer, there's always enough fire in his work to add an edge ...

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth (Blackheart/MCA)

Review by J.D. Considine, Record, December 1984

IN SOME WAYS, the worst mistake Joan Jett ever made was recording 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll'. Sure, it was a great record, an instant ...

Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual (Portrait)

Review by J.D. Considine, Record, March 1984

IF GOOD SINGING were its own reward, then She's So Unusual, the solo debut of former Blue Angel singer Cyndi Lauper, would be one hell ...

Living Colour, The Scorpions: Scorpions: Savage Amusement (Mercury); Living Colour: Vivid (Epic)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1988

ADMIT IT — most of you would no sooner listen to metal than volunteer for root canal work. Metal is nasty, noisy, brutish, the kind ...

LL Cool J: L.L. Cool J: Bigger And Deffer (Def Jam)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1987

THE INEVITABLE challenge of a great debut: what to do for an encore. For James Todd Smith — a.k.a. Cool James, a.k.a. L.L. Cool J ...

Billie Ray Martin, Kristine W: Billie Ray Martin: Deadline For My Memories (Sire); Kristine W: Land Of The Living (Champion/RCA)

Review by J.D. Considine, Vibe, September 1996

BEATS AREN'T the only things that change as dance pop evolves. When Madonna first made club music safe for the masses, she did it with ...

Paul McCartney: Pipes Of Peace (Columbia)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, January 1984

JUST WHEN you thought it was safe to like Paul McCartney again, along comes an album that makes Ram look like Abbey Road. It isn't ...

Megadeth: So Far, So Good...So What! (Capitol)

Review by J.D. Considine, Spin, March 1988

MATURITY IS not a concept commonly associated with heavy metal (unless you're using it as a euphemism for "old and decrepit" in which case it ...

New Order: Technique (Qwest)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, April 1989

TECHNIQUE IS not something most listeners associate with New Order. Sure, the band has made significant strides over the years, developing a sound far more ...

Alexander O'Neal, Wendy And Lisa: Alexander O'Neal: Hearsay (Tabu); Wendy and Lisa: Wendy And Lisa (Columbia)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1987

TIME WAS when any R&B act of consequence bore the imprimatur of Prince or one of his aliases. These days, the big buzz is from ...

Sam Phillips: The Heretic Finds Some Happiness

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1988

SAM PHILLIPS is sitting in a New York office, looking remarkably unwilted in the sultry August heat and listening to me complain about having been ...

The Police

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, December 1981

Between the pleasant song hooks and facile photogenia of the Police there lies a sophistication and urgency that has justly brought Andy Summers, Sting and Stewart Copeland to the ...

Prince, Mavis Staples: Prince: Batman (Warner Bros.); Mavis Staples: Time Waits for No One (Paisley Park)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1989

Batty Prince, Torn Between Good and Evil ...

The Psychedelic Furs: Psychedelic Furs: The Ritz, New York NY

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1983

RICHARD BUTLER stalks to his microphone, a vision in beige. While the other six Psychedelic Furs take their places decked out in the standard postpunk ...

R.E.M.: Subverting Small Town Boredom

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1983

ALMOST EVERYBODY else at the Athens, Georgia, Holiday Inn was there for some convention being held at the University of Georgia — seminars in bovine ...

Smokey Robinson: Painters Mill Star Theater, Baltimore

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1981

IT'S HARD TO imagine that a Smokey Robinson concert could hold much in the way of surprises. Celebrating his 25th year in the business, Robinson ...

Rush: Screwing Up Pop — On Purpose

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, April 1990

RUSH MAY BE the only band on earth to have made "fear of boredom" a primary musical motivation. Needless to say, they don't put it ...

Santana: Carlos Santana

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1981

Unable to slake his thirst for new music, Santana swings from jazzy solo outings to rock-based group projects. ...

Simple Minds: Ontario Theater, Washington D.C.

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1983

A THIN SLIVER OF STYLE ...

Sublime: Second-hand Smoke

Review by J.D. Considine, Baltimore Sun, 8 January 1998

Sublime's Second-hand shows the promise that went up in smoke ...

U2: The Unforgettable Fire (Island)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1984

Turning Point: U2 mixes textural growth with thematic ambiguity in a view of Mythical America. ...

Van Halen: Fair Warning (Warner Brothers)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1981

THE GENERALLY accepted notion of guitar heroics holds that heavy metal is a lead guitarist's forum. Practice and history, however, suggest another conclusion. Despite the preponderance of ...

Wall Of Voodoo: Wall of Voodoo: Oddballs Amok in the Melting Pot

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1983

MARTY ROBBINS has just ridden back into El Paso to see his beloved Felina, and is met instead by a vengeful posse. The lights go ...

Was (Not Was): Born To Laugh At Tornadoes (Ze/Geffen)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1983

FOR AN ALBUM that boasts such a pointedly diverse array of vocalists — would you believe Mitch Ryder, Mel Tormé, Doug Feiger and Ozzy Osbourne, ...

Wire: Re: Wire

Interview by J.D. Considine, New York Rocker, March 1980

TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS are not my favorite means of communication, but in the case of Wire (to be specific, bassist Graham Lewis), it's either that or ...

Womack and Womack: Womack & Womack: Soul Dispatches & Gospel Truths From The Funky Front Of Love Wars

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, May 1984

CECIL AND Linda Womack are sitting on a couch in their home near Philadelphia while Micah, their youngest, plays with a pull-toy on the floor. ...

Womack and Womack, Bobby Womack: Bobby Womack: Someday We'll All Be Free (Beverly Glen); Womack & Womack: Radio M.U.S.C. Man (Elektra)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1985

GREAT SINGING is its own reward, and that's particularly true of the Womacks, Bobby, Cecil and Linda. Their voices carry not only the experience of ...

Bobby Womack: The Poet II (Beverly Glen)

Review by J.D. Considine, Record, July 1984

NOMINALLY A sequel to 1981's The Poet, this is less a second helping of that album's personal expressiveness than a second side of Bobby Womack. ...

Stevie Wonder: Selections From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: The Woman In Red (Motown)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, January 1985

THE NEW Stevie Wonder album has this problem: It thinks it's a soundtrack. It doesn't get violent about it, true. In fact, except for the ...

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Various Artists: Ken Burns Jazz - The Story of American Music/The Best of Ken Burns Jazz

Review by J.D. Considine, Revolver, Winter 2000

ANYONE FAMILIAR with the acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (Baseball, The Civil War, et al) knows that this man is unafraid of tackling the most ...

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