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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

#491 - Mirrorball, Sarah McLachlan

"Not to be confused with the Neil Young/Pearl Jam album of almost the same name (two words instead of one), the live Mirrorball kicks off with a rolling version of "Building a Mystery" and doesn't stop there. McLachlan pours on one radio hit after another throughout the set, showing why she's so esteemed in pop songstress circles." (real music guide)

#490 - A Salty Dog, Procol Harum

"A Salty Dog was recorded in a reasonable amount of time, giving the band a chance to fully develop their ideas. The title track is one of the finest songs ever to come from Procol Harum and one of the best pieces of progressive rock ever heard, and a very succinct example at that at under five minutes' running time -- the lyric and the music combine to form a perfect mood piece, and the performance is bold and subtle at once, in the playing and the singing, respectively." (allmusic guide)

#489 - Goodbye Jumbo, World Party

"This excellent follow-up album from World Party is much tighter than the debut. Dealing with issues from the environment ("Take It Up," "Put the Message in the Box") to relationship woes ("And I Fell Back Alone"), these tracks manage to maintain a hopeful, positive mood without becoming trivial. In these songs, Wallinger has developed his own distinct style. A great album, worth checking out just for the uptempo groove of "Way Down Now."" (allmusic guide)

#488 - Odessey & Oracle, The Zombies

"Odessey is widely considered to be not just one of the Zombies' best albums, but one of the best records of the 1960s. It's a true classic. Rooted with a strong rock foundation, the 1967 release lavishes striking melodies and lush, swimming harmonies on simple songs. "Time of the Season" came off this long-overlooked album, which is full of Psychedelic masterpieces." (real music guide)

#487 - Uprising, Bob Marley & The Wailers

"A stellar, accessible collection of songs, this album was the last released by Bob Marley in his lifetime. "Zion Train," "Could You Be Loved" and "Redemption Song" are all classics, melding both passion and excellent songwriting. The result is a memorable, cohesive album by a band at the height of their powers." (real music guide)

#486 - Not A Pretty Girl, Ani DiFranco

"Much of the disc is given over to introspective ruminations on personal life and love. As usual, the singer is not shy (despite a song of that title) about offering criticism of the person or persons she's addressing, but she is also self-critical and even, on "Sorry I Am," apologetic. The songs do not add up to the complete story of a relationship, but there are some deeply felt portraits here." (allmusic guide)


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