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Monday, October 17, 2005

#148 - Katy Lied, Steely Dan

"Steely Dan created an alluringly sophisticated album of jazzy pop with Katy Lied. With this record, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen began relying solely on studio musicians, which is evident from the immaculate sound of the album. Usually, such a studied recording method would drain the life out of each song, but that's not the case with Katy Lied, which actually benefits from the duo's perfectionist tendencies." (allmusic guide)

#147 - The Last Waltz, The Band

"The Band are in fine if not exceptional form here; on most cuts, they don't sound quite as fiery as they did on Rock of Ages, though their performances are never less than expert, and the high points are dazzling, especially an impassioned version of "It Makes No Difference" and blazing readings of "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."" (allmusic guide)

#146 - Indigo Girls, Indigo Girls

"With their first major label release, the Indigo Girls come on strong with an outstanding batch of tunes, watertight harmonies, impeccable musicianship, and flawless production. And entering the folk-rock music scene on the successful heels of R.E.M., Tracy Chapman, and 10,000 Maniacs pushed their sales over the million mark and earned the duo a Grammy for Best Folk Recording." (allmusic guide)

#145 - Remain In Light, The Talking Heads

"Many forward-thinking releases are so unique it takes years for audiences to catch up with them. A weird thing happened with this 1980 Talking Heads classic -- nobody had ever heard anything like it yet everyone loved it. An amazing best-selling mix of African and funk rhythms, urban paranoia, rock, and intellect and heart, Remain in Light hasn't aged a nanosecond." (real music guide)


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