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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

#65 - Under The Table And Dreaming, The Dave Matthews Band

"On their major-label debut, Under the Table and Dreaming, the Dave Matthews Band is helped by the lean production of Steve Lillywhite, who manages to rein in the group's tendency to meander. The result is a set of eclectic pop/rock that is accentuated by bursts of instrumental virtuosity instead of being ruled by it." (allmusic guide)

#64 - Purple Rain, Prince & The Revolution

"The album that launched Prince into the mainstream on a catapult wire. He stripped down some of his trademark funk's heavier overtones, and dressed it back up with infectious pop hooks and heavy metal guitar licks. At once organic and ornate, this revolutionary album proved more successful than the film of the same name." (real music guide)

#63 - Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin

"Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos." (allmusic guide)

#62 - Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos

"Tori Amos' greatest strength is her ability to move listeners with confessional lyrics that both attract and repel. On Little Earthquakes, she uses sparse arrangements to create an atmosphere thick with loneliness -- perfect for the unnervingly direct lyrics that examine rape, sexuality, coming of age and betrayal." (real music guide)

#61 - Crash, The Dave Matthews Band

"Fusing together folk-rock, worldbeat, jazz, and pop, the band is arguably the most musically adept of all their contemporaries...the band continues to get better -- their musical cross-breeding is effortless and seamless -- they often don't have an attractive frame for their skills. Strangely, the lack of memorable melodies doesn't particularly hurt the album -- it actually emphasizes the band's instrumental talents." (allmusic guide)

#60 - Automatic For The People, R.E.M.

"A sober, introspective collection -- as if the kids who wrote "Perfect Circle" in 1983 decided to make an album full of songs just like that. Only now they're famous grown ups who can afford string sections and have actually watched friends die. Not every track is successful, but most are, and a few achieve a majesty unlike anything else the band has ever recorded." (real music guide)

#59 - Eat A Peach, The Allman Brothers Band

"This was the band's tribute to Duane Allman, who died less than a year before its release. Listening to him scale the fret board on the 33-minute long "Mountain Jam" is almost an album unto itself. And of course the sweeping "Melissa" and bouncy strut of "One Way Out" also helped make this album a tried and true classic." (real music guide)


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