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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

#19 - Blonde On Blonde, Bob Dylan

"Dylan's on a lyrical bender on this album, unleashing line after line of accusatory, unyielding prose that has moments of spot-on brilliance pitted against some ramshackle blues. Sure, he could have used an editor, but "Stuck Inside Of Mobile...," "I Want You" and "Absolutely Five Believers" are just a few of the many faultless tracks here." (real music guide)

#18 - Graceland, Paul Simon

"By searching out South African musicians and collaborators, Paul Simon reconnected with both his audience and the joy of making music. This life-affirming album saw Simon abandoning confessional lyrics while maintaining a personal vision. Graceland has aged much better than other '80s hits such as Born in the USA or Thriller." (real music guide)

#17 - Exile On Main St., The Rolling Stones

"Topping practically every critic's poll as one of the best rock records of all time, with many counting it as the best, Exile came out at a time when people thought the Stones had been taking too many drugs, losing too many friends and making way too much money for too long to really be able to pull off another great record. Well, they did it." (real music guide)

#16 - Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan

"Hands down one of the most important rock records ever, featuring Dylan moving even further away from his street folk start. Large doses of country and blues lay the foundation for his visions of total loss, bitter comeuppance, and pure, last-ditch defiance. A defining moment in rock music that affected pretty much everyone who heard it in 1965." (real music guide)

#15 - OK Computer, Radiohead

"Radiohead have stripped away many of the obvious elements of guitar rock, creating music that is subtle and textured yet still has the feeling of rock & roll. Even at its most adventurous -- such as the complex, multi-segmented "Paranoid Android" -- the band is tight, melodic, and muscular, and Thom Yorke's voice effortlessly shifts from a sweet falsetto to vicious snarls. It's a thoroughly astonishing demonstration of musical virtuosity and becomes even more impressive with repeated listens, which reveal subtleties like electronica rhythms, eerie keyboards, odd time signatures, and complex syncopations." (allmusic guide)


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