Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio is a music reviewer for WORLD Magazine and one of its original contributors from 1986. Arsenio resides in China. Follow him on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

Special K

Music | Caustic social critic turns away from H-A-T-R-E-D to 1 Corinthians 13--but still has a long way to go
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/22/97, 12:00 am

In 1978 a one-man, rock-and-roll wrecking crew named Tonio K. (nee Steve Krikorian) exploded upon a popular music scene rife with disco hedonism, rock-and-roll drug abuse, and singer-songwriter sensitivity. He called his debut album Life in the Foodchain--a title that listeners of the time heard as a parodic allusion to the Eagles' hit &quotLife in the Fast Lane&quot--and in each song declared himself an archenemy of the only people who can make Generation X look good: the &quotMe Generation."

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From the other side

Music | Gospel music from &quotsecular" artists who have come to faith
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/25/97, 12:00 am

Although the gospel albums that sold the most in 1996 came from Andy Griffith and Jars of Clay, the ones that held up best under repeated listenings belonged to a cast of characters who, for the most part, received little or no attention.

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Poetic license

Culture | Poets on disc show good and bad of our cultural heritage
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/11/97, 12:00 am

If, as G.K. Chesterton observed, anything worth doing is worth doing badly, then the compilers of In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry deserve hearty congratulations merely for compiling this four-hour collection of oral poetry.

Now one can listen to an abundance of poetry by an abundance of poets without investing hundreds of dollars in Caedmon Records' many single-poet collections.

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