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Monday, October 03, 2005

#651 - One Size Fits All, Frank Zappa

"Together with Zoot Allures, One Size Fits All can be considered as one of the easiest points of entry into Zappa's discography. The album artwork features a big maroon sofa, a conceptual continuity clue arching back to a then-undocumented live suite (from which "Sofa" was salvaged) and a sky map with dozens of bogus stars and constellations labeled with inside jokes in place of names. An essential third-period Zappa album." (allmusic guide)

#650 - Wish, The Cure

"On the surface, Wish sounds happier than Disintegration, and the sunny British Invasion hooks of the hit single "Friday I'm in Love" certainly seem to indicate that the record is a brighter affair than its predecessor. Dig a little deeper and the album reveals itself to be just as tortured, and perhaps more despairing." (allmusic guide)

#649 - Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds

"When this album was released in 1965, Roger McGuinn's guitar leads and those unbelievable harmonies effectively made folk-rock the coolest thing on the planet, despite the fact that Dylan wrote most of the good songs here. By taking folk music out of the hootenanny circuit and placing it at center stage, the Byrds made music history right out of the gate." (real music guide)

#648 - Medusa, Annie Lennox

"The critics savaged Annie Lennox's sophomore effort when it first came out, and it's easy to see why: it's not that an all-covers album was a bad idea, but she did pick some rather large shoes to fill and she did kind of run roughshod over the songs themselves, taking gritty material by the likes of Neil Young and the Clash and turning it into super-slick electro-pop ear candy." (allmusic guide)

#647 - Parallel Lines, Blondie

"With Blondie already huge in the U.K., FM radio added the radically cool "One Way Or Another" and "Hanging On The Telephone" to their playlists, just before "Heart of Glass" became a global smash. The rest of the album brims over with the retro rock chic that defined their first two platters -- though Americans bought this one!" (real music guide)

#646 - Superunknown, Soundgarden

"The band's breakthrough record from 1994 was an inevitable mixture of the band's dense, heavy sound mixed with a vibrant production and some their most concise songwriting. "Black Hole Sun" and "Fell On Black Days" became staples of alternative radio and even managed to break thru the formerly-etched-in-stone Classic Rock playlists." (real music guide)


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