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Thursday, October 06, 2005

#446 - This Desert Life, Counting Crows

"The Counting Crows' third album was also their most critically acclaimed. Dropping some of the lyrical profundity and vocal dramatics, the band let their rootsy pop strengths and love of Classic Rock shine through on tracks such as "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby."" (real music guide)

#445 - Debut, Björk

"The Nellee Hooper-produced Debut (1993) is a perfect showcase for the talent that the Sugarcubes were eclipsing. Here, Bjork sings circles around everything from club thumpers to harp-led ballads, gently pushing at the edges of the mainstream with her playful, impassioned songcraft. Debut cements Bjork as one of the most compelling voices in pop." (real music guide)

#444 - Another Green World, Brian Eno

"As unique as Eno's previous records were, this one raises the bar for the hybrid of pop and electronic music. Eno delves deep into the studio, melding rhythm, synthesized sound and melody into a surreal whole. The album's largely instrumental, but vocal tracks "St. Elmo's Fire" and "I'll Come Running" are pop songs unlike any other." (real music guide)

#443 - Crime Of The Century, Supertramp

"With Crime of the Century, Supertramp established themselves as one of the handful of progressive rock acts that could sell albums and have hit singles. Stripping away the long-winded excesses of their first two albums, Crime of the Century featured tighter, more melodic songs, as evidenced by the singles "Bloody Well Right" and "Dreamer."" (allmusic guide)

#442 - My Favorite Things, John Coltrane

"Each track of this album is a joy to revisit. The ultimate listenability may reside in this quartet's capacity to not be overwhelmed by the soloist. Likewise, they are able to push the grooves along surreptitiously and unfettered. For instance, the support that the trio -- most notably Tyner -- gives to Coltrane on the title track winds the melody in and around itself. However, instead of becoming entangled and directionless, these musical sidebars simultaneously define the direction the song is taking." (allmusic guide)

#441 - On And On, Jack Johnson

"On his sophomore album, this former pro surfer sounds like a mellower Ben Harper. His lyrics invite the listener to slow down and feel at home in a groovy, Donovan-like space, while his whispered, I'm-telling-you-a secret inflections sound honestly intimate and mysterious in their fragile vocal textures." (real music guide)


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