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Thursday, October 13, 2005

#262 - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion, The Black Crowes

"Sure, this isn't really the Stones, or the Faces, or any of the bands echoed in each song, but, damn, it all sounds so good when you turn it up loud. Clearly, the brothers Robinson and their pals know how to play rock music that anyone who grew up with FM radio can truly relate to." (real music guide)

#261 - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Pavement

"Pavement may still be messy, but it's a meaningful, musical messiness from the performance to the production: listen to how "Silence Kit" begins by falling into place with its layers of fuzz guitars, wah wahs, cowbells, thumping bass, and drum fills, how what initially seems random gives way into a lush Californian pop song. That's Crooked Rain a nutshell -- what initially seems chaotic has purpose, leading listeners into the bittersweet heart and impish humor at the core of the album." (allmusic guide)

#260 - Wheels Of Fire, Cream

"The strength of the performance is in the improvisation. When it worked, as it does on "Spoonful," they were brilliant. When it didn't, as on "Traintime" and "Toad," the band became excess incarnate. The studio disc contained their second Top Ten single, Jack Bruce's "White Room," as well as a stunning cover of Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign."" (allmusic guide)

#259 - Ten Summoner's Tales, Sting

"...his best solo record. In places, it's easily as pretentious as his earlier work, but that's undercut by writing that hasn't been this sharp and melodic since the Police, plus his most varied set of songs since Synchronicity. True, there isn't a preponderance of flat-out classics...but, as an album, Ten Summoner's Tales is more consistently satisfying than anything else in his catalog." (allmusic guide)


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