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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

#318 - Our Time In Eden, 10,000 Maniacs

"10,000 Maniacs offer up a baker's dozen of wonderful folk-pop songs with hard-hitting messages, nearly matching the brilliance of their debut. Natalie Merchant is a few years older here, a few tribulations wiser, and a few shakes looser, although that's not to say she doesn't have a point (or 13) to make. Whether with old-school R&B horns ablaze or the simple elegance of a piano and strings, she glorifies, condemns, and cherishes the world she witnesses." (allmusic guide)

#317 - Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, The Byrds

"Ask any country rocker from Hank Williams III to Steve Earle to name his favorite country rock album, and he'll likely say Sweetheart of the Rodeo. This seminal 1968 album revolutionized country rock, a genre that eventually spawned the Eagles, numerous country music "Outlaws," and the entire alt country movement." (real music guide)

#316 - Fear Of Music, Talking Heads

"...the music has become even more compelling. Worked up from jams (though Byrne received sole songwriter's credit), the music is becoming denser and more driving, notably on the album's standout track, "Life During Wartime," with lyrics that match the music's power. "This ain't no party," declares Byrne, "this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around."" (allmusic guide)

#315 - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme, Simon & Garfunkel

"Their best album after Bookends, this one combines baroque, psychedelic and rock elements with S&G's beautiful Folk Pop. Contains the hits "Scarborough Fair," "Homeward Bound," "For Emily..." and "The 59th Street Bridge Song" which, like the album itself, can still make listeners feel very groovy." (real music guide)

#314 - Apostrophe ('), Frank Zappa

"The first half of the album is full of nonsensical shaggy-dog story songs that segue into one another without seeming to finish themselves first; their dirty jokes are generally more subtle and veiled than the more notorious cuts on Over-Nite Sensation. The second half contains the instrumental title cut, featuring Jack Bruce on bass." (allmusic guide)


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