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Friday, September 30, 2005

#752 - ...And Out Come The Wolves, Rancid

"The title of Rancid's third album refers to the flurry of ferocious attention Rancid received after Offspring and Green Day signed to major labels. Rancid stayed with Epitaph and released this monster 19-track album. The release reflects a Rancid's continuing move toward a Two-Tone influenced Ska/reggae sound that stays rough around the edges." (real music guide)

#751 - Kick, INXS

"Kick crystallized all of the band's influences -- Stones-y rock & roll, pop, funk, contemporary dance-pop -- into a cool, stylish dance/rock hybrid. It was perfectly suited to lead singer Michael Hutchence's feline sexuality." (allmusic guide) (Blogger's note: "Rockstar" notwithstanding, I've always had a soft spot for INXS. This is a great album.)

#750 - Manassas, Stephen Stills

"Rock, folk, blues, country, Latin, and bluegrass have all been styles touched on in Stephen Stills' career, and the skilled, energetic musicians he had gathered in Manassas played them all on this album. What could have been a disorganized mess in other hands, though, here all gelled together and formed a cohesive musical statement." (allmusic guide)

#749 - De Stijl, The White Stripes

"Features a tunefulness only hinted at on their debut. "You're Pretty Good Looking" and "Apple Blossom" might as well have been written by the Kinks' Ray Davies. The true stars of this album are the guitar solos, especially on "Little Bird" and the Son House cover "Death Letter." No one has played with this kind of choppy, raw brilliance for years." (real music guide)

#748 - The Hurting, Tears for Fears

"The Hurting would have been a daring debut for a pop-oriented band in any era, but it was an unexpected success in England in 1983, mostly by virtue of its makers' ability to package an unpleasant subject -- the psychologically wretched family histories of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith -- in an attractive and sellable musical format." (allmusic guide)

#747 - Chocolate and Cheese, Ween

"Over the course of Chocolate and Cheese, Ween explore virtually every permutation of pop, rock, soul, and funk, from the opening song "Take Me Away"'s rootsy rock to "Roses Are Free"'s homage to Prince's shiny Paisley Park era. On the dreamy, British psych-inspired "What Deaner Was Talking About," the Afro-Caribbean funk of "Voodoo Lady," and "Freedom of '76," their funny, sexy tribute to '70s Philly soul, Ween don't so much parody these styles as reinvent them." (allmusic guide)

#746 - Remember Two Things, Dave Matthews Band

"Although the Dave Matthews Band's debut album, Remember Two Things, is hindered by a number of long-winded jams and an unfocused production, the record is an impressive showcase for their instrumental prowess." (allmusic guide) (Blogger's note: Ha. This review is awesome.)


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