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Monday, October 17, 2005

#123 - The Yes Album, Yes

"The album that first gave shape to the established Yes sound, build around science-fiction concepts, folk melodies, and soaring organ, guitar, and vocal showpieces. "Your Move" actually made the U.S. charts as a single, and "Starship Trooper," "Perpetual Change," and "Yours Is No Disgrace" became much-loved parts of the band's concert repertory for many tours to come." (allmusic guide)

#122 - Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Blood Sugar Sex Magic ushered in a new era for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as it established the band with the MTV audience. Although there's still plenty of funky bass and swagger to their lyrics ("Suck My Kiss," "Give It Away"), with songs such as "Breaking the Girl" and "Under the Bridge" the band proves there's more to them than what's inside their socks." (real music guide)

#121 - Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen

"Springsteen replaced the E Street Band with one acoustic guitar on this gripping album that explores the rot and confusion in heartland America. Born In the USA sold more copies, but two decades later it's Nebraska that remains both timeless and sadly timely." (real music guide)

#120 - Parachutes, Coldplay

"Coldplay's debut is a dark and melodic exploration of ground staked by their Brit Pop forebears, broken Stateside by such current big shots as Radiohead. Parachutes approaches things with a humanity not to be found on Kid A as well as a ragged guitar sound that pushes the envelope a bit as far as mainstream music is concerned. A deservedly acclaimed album." (real music guide)

#119 - Horses, Patti Smith

"Apart from Smith's revelatory demolition of "Gloria," Horses features the poetess/Keith Richards-worshipper at her freshest and most effective. Later records did some weirder stuff, but none of them had the perfection of "Redondo Beach" and "Kimberley." "Break It Up, "Free Money" and the bizarro title track are great, too." (real music guide)


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