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Monday, October 10, 2005

#338 - Musicforthemorningafter, Pete Yorn

"The year 2001 belonged to Yorn, and his critical praise was not unwarranted, and Musicforthemorningafter, his debut for Columbia, marks a stunning beginning. It's a raw selection of heartland and American trad rock, yet Yorn's love for Brit-pop is also quite evident. Songs such as "Sense" and "Simonize" resemble threads of the Smiths, and are delicate with breezy acoustics woven inside of Yorn's hushing vocals." (allmusic guide)

#337 - Loveless, My Bloody Valentine

"One of the finest recordings of the 1990s took years to complete and almost brought its parent label down with it. But the end result was miraculous -- a blend of blistering sound and angelic melody brought to life through Kevin Shields' fervent attention to studio detail and his hazy guitar pyrotechnics." (real music guide)

#336 - Ramones, The Ramones

"With the three-chord assault of "Blitzkrieg Bop," The Ramones begins at a blinding speed and never once over the course of its 14 songs does it let up. The Ramones is all about speed, hooks, stupidity, and simplicity. The songs are imaginative reductions of early rock & roll, girl group pop, and surf rock. Not only is the music boiled down to its essentials, but the Ramones offer a twisted, comical take on pop culture with their lyrics." (allmusic guide)

#335 - Moving Pictures, Rush

"Known mostly for the behemoth hits "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight," Rush's ninth album remains the band's most celebrated release to date. By blending Hard Rock guitars with New Wave synthesizers in cool, calculated arrangements, Rush forged a signature sound that catapulted them out of the Prog Rock pigeonhole." (real music guide)

#334 - Let's Stay Together, Al Green

""Let's Stay Together," achieved (#1) status and held it for nine consecutive weeks. Green's ingenuity produced one of the all-time classics, which has the bounce of a dance cut and the passion of a ballad. The dynamic soul singer's whispers, animated cries, and riffing enhance his already stirring delivery. This album was sold on the strength of the title track as there were no other selections to grace the Billboard charts. However, this album includes other timeless gems." (allmusic guide)

#333 - Talking Book, Stevie Wonder

"Talking Book is another Stevie Wonder album that made its mark in 1972 and whose influence hasn't stopped since. Effortless, finely honed songwriting, hints of psychedelia and solid funk resulted in gems like "Superstition," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," and "Lookin' for Another Pure Love." There isn't a rock in the bunch; every song is a gem." (real music guide)

#332 - The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest

"Tribe's stellar second LP, Low End Theory finds Tip, Phife, and Ali-Shaheed getting deeper into jazz territory, with smooth, sample-heavy beats and live bass work from Miles Davis associate Ron Carter. Arguably their best work, this '91 classic features choice jams like "Scenario," "Jazz (We've Got)," and "Excursions."" (real music guide)

#331 - Flaming Red, Patty Griffin

"Griffin decided to flesh out the instrumentation on her second album Flaming Red and the results are revelatory. Griffin didn't stick with traditional rock arrangments -- she also recorded country-rock, folk, catchy pop and even trip-hop songs, as well. Instead of camouflaging her songwriting, it actually reveals the richness of her music and lyrics. Her sonic revision may be more accessible, but it's no compromise -- Flaming Red is evidence that Griffin is one the more talented and ambitious singer/songwriters to emerge in the late '90s." (allmusic guide)


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