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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

#576 - Pontiac, Lyle Lovett

"While Lyle Lovett's self-titled debut album made it clear he was one the most gifted and idiosyncratic talents to emerge in country music in the 1980s, his follow-up, 1987's Pontiac, took the strengths of his first disc and refined them, and the result was a set whose sound and feel more accurately reflected Lovett's musical personality." (allmusic guide)

#575 - Scary Monsters, David Bowie

"Bowie somehow brilliantly balances sleek alternative pop ("Fashion" and "Ashes to Ashes") with jagged, brittle and often madly paranoid art rock. The guitar buzz on this album still has the power to astound while the lyrics, (with the exception of the fragilely optimistic "Up the Hill Backwards") speak of hopes dashed in a world gone horribly wrong." (real music guide)

#574 - Post, Björk

"This Icelandic marvel is such an original that, even after four Sugarcubes albums and a brilliant solo Debut, she remains an acquired taste. "Army of Me" is a turbulent, darkling tune that's almost conventional next to the gloriously eclectic material that follows. Working with Tricky, Soul II Soul/U2 producer Nellee Hooper, and string arranger/one-hit wonder Deodato, Björk looses her helium-fueled voice and surreal wordplay on Gershwinesque pop, ambient dub and all kinds of fresh dance/pop hybrids." (amazon editorial review)

#573 - Urban Hymns, The Verve

"Although it may run a bit too long for some tastes, Urban Hymns is a rich album that revitalizes rock traditions without ever seeming less than contemporary. It is the album the Verve have been striving to make since their formation, and it turns out to be worth all the wait." (allmusic guide)

#572 - David Live (Tower Theater), David Bowie

"Bowie's early rock hits get schmaltzy makeovers, with added pianos, saxophones and glitz, on an album recorded during his fruitiest period. Kicking off the disco obsession that came with Young Americans, Bowie hints that if Roxy Music were somehow less human, they would have put this out. Truly weird." (real music guide)

#571 - Warren Zevon, Warren Zevon

"For all their darkness, Zevon's songs also possessed a steely intelligence, a winning wit, and an unusually sophisticated melodic sense, and he certainly made the most of the high-priced help who backed him on the album. Warren Zevon may not have been the songwriter's debut, but it was the album that confirmed he was a major talent, and it remains a black-hearted pop delight." (allmusic guide)


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