When Rock Just Spun Its Wheels

It was a year of creative and commercial flops in rock. Even long-reliable acts didn’t arouse interest.


Foster the People, whose album, “Torches” (Startime/columbia), was one of the most lauded rock albums of the year by an emerging band, even though it did little to add to the soul-infused lite-rock of the 1980s. And what of the Black Keys, who have...

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