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Monday, October 24, 2005

#34 - Ten, Pearl Jam

"Pearl Jam's debut, Ten, is a seamless merging of hard rock riffs and punk ideals delivered with growling conviction by frontman Eddie Vedder. With an emphasis on anthemic, stadium-sized hooks, the songs "Alive," "Evenflow" and "Jeremy" clicked with radio listeners and MTV watchers bored with hair bands. Ten marks one of the band's strongest releases to date." (real music guide)

#33 - Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones

"Brian Jones' death and the entry of Mick Taylor cast a shadow over this LP, making it as haunting as it is inspired. The wavering opening notes of "Gimme Shelter" and Keith's vocal on "You Got The Silver" are some of rock's finest moments. Part backwoods blues, part gospel epic, this is a dirty, life-saving record." (real music guide)

#32 - After The Gold Rush, Neil Young

"Everybody always talks about how Neil's second, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, is hard rock and After The Gold Rush is some kind coup because he plays acoustic guitar on it. Huh? It's Neil. He could be playing a toilet seat and it would rock -- hard. It would rock harder than the hardest hard rock can rock. That's what this record does." (real music guide)

#31 - Nevermind, Nirvana

"The phenomenon of this record in the early '90s was a definite "before and after" experience. Whether you felt that this album was the apex of alternative music or the beginning of the end, it's hard to deny the strength of these songs. Exceptional pop music, delivered by sludge-dishing punks with just enough polish on them to reinvent radio." (real music guide)

#30 - Aja, Steely Dan

"One of the defining albums of the late 1970s, Aja combines jazz fusion sophistication with sadly cynical observations on modern life. "Peg" was the hit single but "Deacon Blue" gave aging disco hustlers and suburban burnouts "a name when they lose."" (real music guide)


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