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Sunday, October 09, 2005

#385 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

"At the time Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' debut was released in 1976, they were fresh enough to almost be considered punk. They weren't as reckless or visionary as the Ramones, but they shared a similar love for pure '60s rock and, for the Heartbreakers, that meant embracing the Byrds as much as the Stones. And that's pretty much what this album is -- tuneful jangle balanced by a tough garage swagger." (allmusic guide)

#384 - A Ghost Is Born, Wilco

"Watch out, Ryan Adams. Your rivals are effortlessly inhaling the indie cred you desire. While Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was Wilco's first attempt to disassociate themselves from the alt country genre, Ghost pulls it off. The album floats cohesively and boasts some of the best guitar solo jams since Mark Kozelek decided he's Crazy Horse." (real music guide)

#383 - Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth

"Sonic Youth deserve every compliment that's been thrown at them for making this album. Youthful empowerment, suburban malaise, punk rock noise, beatnik bliss and artful overindulgence are just a few of the areas touched on in this unbearably tuneful and explosive release. Gerard Richter's painting for the cover is the icing on the cake." (real music guide)

#382 - Dilate, Ani DiFranco

"Ani DiFranco doesn't really expand her sonic palette on Dilate, but she doesn't need to. DiFranco racked up a dedicated cult audience on the basis of her conviction. There's not much melody on any of her songs, but there are messages and, thankfully, a fair share of humor." (allmusic guide)


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