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Sunday, October 09, 2005

#381 - Electric Warrior, T. Rex

"You can listen to Electric Warrior for a few different reasons. First, as a document marking the heady days of glam rock, or as record that in its best moments brings back the simplicity of real rock 'n' roll, only dirtier. Or you can listen to it because the guitars sound wicked awesome. So do the drums." (real music guide)

#380 - Woodface, Crowded House

"This 1991 album marked the first time since Split Enz that the brothers, Tim and Neil Finn wrote and sang songs together. The result is a wonderful exploration of harmony and lyrics that run from clever to just plain amazing. "Whispers And Moans" and "It's Only Natural" are just some of the highlights." (real music guide)

#379 - Recovering The Satellites, Counting Crows

"The music is slightly more somber, yet the approach is harder and more direct, which gives even the ballads a more affecting, visceral feel. Recovering the Satellites occasionally bogs down in its own pretentiousness -- for a roots rock band, the group certainly has a lot of artsy goals -- yet when they scale back their ambitions to simple folk-rock, such as on the single "A Long December," they are at their most articulate." (allmusic guide)

#378 - Countdown To Ecstasy, Steely Dan

"This is Donald Fagen's favorite Dan album but it didn't click with the public. Perhaps that was because it's a strong album without any knockout singles on the level of "Do It Again." Still, with songs as sublime as "Gold Teeth" and "My Old School," the public was clearly wrong." (real music guide)

#377 - Vs., Pearl Jam

"If there were any doubt as to whether Pearl Jam's success was a result of talent or hype, it was erased with the release of the band's second album, Vs. A solid, deliberate effort, Vs. finds Eddie Vedder passionately tackling subjects with an acumen that comes from the heart of a true believer. One of the band's strongest releases." (real music guide)

#376 - Mock Tudor, Richard Thompson

"Thompson structured the album as a portrait of suburbia, tackling a different subject with each song. It's not all about desperation, although there certainly is a lot of that there. Instead, Thompson is at the top of his form, offering subtle shadings in his lyrics and remarkably catchy, memorable melodies throughout the album. As a matter of fact, it's a bit of a tour de force." (allmusic guide)

#375 - Outlandos D'Amour, The Police

"Although Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland were all superb instrumentalists with jazz backgrounds, it was much easier to get a record contract in late-'70s England if you were a punk/new wave artist, so the band decided to mask their instrumental prowess with a set of strong, adrenaline-charged rock, albeit with a reggae tinge." (allmusic guide)


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