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Thursday, October 13, 2005

#275 - Sandinista!, The Clash

"The finest rock band of the late-'70s and early-'80s seemed a might over-ambitious when this 3 record set first came out, but 22 years later it's clear there are at least 2 platters worth of brilliance here. "The Call Up," "Somebody Got Murdered," "Charlie Don't Surf" and "The Equaliser" all rank amongst their best." (real music guide)

#274 - Diva, Annie Lennox

"The enigmatic vocalist who made a career toying with different notions of gender now plays on the concept of fame -- Lennox dressing up in the persona of a solitary Diva trapped by counterfeit glory. The framework offers an effective stage for Lennox's husky voice, showcasing her as much more of a chanteuse than in the past. But the music is strangely muted and understated. In fact, the album almost works best as one integrated mood-piece rather than a collection of individual songs." (allmusic guide)

#273 - For Everyman, Jackson Browne

"Did you know that Jackson Browne wrote the Eagles' hit "Take It Easy" (featured here), or that he was a full-blown country rocker who was part of L.A.'s canyon rock scene of the early '70s? "These Days" (which Nico covered on the Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack) is also here in its twangy, B-Bending glory." (real music guide)

#272 - Boys For Pele, Tori Amos

"Amos frequently discards traditional song structures and employs wide-ranging, eclectic instrumentation in her music, while her lyrics seem to grow even more obscure, giving the album a very impressionistic feel. While there are certainly worthwhile moments, her experiments don't always work; some of the songs fail to stick, and it takes a few plays before many start to sink in. Ultimately, Boys for Pele is polarizing." (allmusic guide)

#271 - Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan

"Every 1970s hipster with a waterbed seemed to own this album without realizing that Donald Fagen's cutting barbs were aimed directly at them. Jazzier and with less blistering rock guitar than before, the eternal hit "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" took its piano hook from Horace Silver's "Song For My Father." "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" is an unheralded gem." (real music guide)


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