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Saturday, October 01, 2005

#734 - No Need To Argue, The Cranberries

"Where No Need succeeds best is when the Cranberries stick at what they know, resulting in a number of charmers like "Twenty One," the uilleann pipes-touched "Daffodil's Lament," which has an epic sweep that doesn't overbear like "Zombie," and the evocative "Disappointment."" - (allmusic guide)

#733 - Workbook, Bob Mould

"Two years after the final break-up of Husker Du, Bob Mould released his first solo album, Workbook, in 1989. It was a much more rural affair than anything Husker Du every tried to do, but it was also not much of a surprise to anyone. See A Little Light was a minor alt radio hit and, alongside "Wishing Well," one of the best tracks on the record." (real music guide)

#732 - Puzzle, Dada

"Guitar riffs permeate dada's pleasing debut Puzzle, wedded to thick slices of an equally important influence -- 60s psychedelia. The L.A. trio offers plenty to keep the ears busy: the orchestral sadness of "Timothy," and insidious melody of "Dog, " strung-out ravings of "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, " and over-the-edge teen-angst of "Dizz Knee Land."" (allmusic guide)

#731 - Without A Net, The Grateful Dead

"This two-CD/three-LP collection was the final live title to have been released by the Grateful Dead during their active performance life. The contents were compiled from a six-month window that included some of the Dead's most uniformly strong shows from the fall of 1989 and the spring of 1990. Without a Net -- the group's first live release in practically a decade -- was also the first to benefit from the additional playing time available on compact disc." (allmusic guide)

#730 - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player, Elton John

"On Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, Elton John and Bernie Taupin cover a variety of musical styles, and at first, the album sounds a bit scattered. But whatever the style, the duo succeeds -- thanks in part to lavish string arrangements and heavy-handed production. This album marks Elton's glitzy showbiz entrance and should be in every fan's collection." (real music guide)

#729 - Endtroducing, DJ Shadow

"Though he put in years of work prior to this release, Endtroducing is where most people first heard Shadow. A hypnotic collage of full-bodied drums, swift scratching, and moody, ultra-obscure samples, this record made him an international star. Often pigeonholed as Trip-Hop, Shadow's work is much more diverse than that. Extremely influential and a definite classic." (real music guide)

#728 - Love And Theft, Bob Dylan

"Traversing the musical map, Dylan delivers his most consistent album in almost 20 years. Rough, loose, comfortable, and armed with a parade of strong songs, he and his cracking band dig into all the dustiest aspects of American roots music. Dylan's words roll out easily - and best of all, he sounds like he's having fun." (real music guide)

#727 - Talking With The Taxman About Poetry, Billy Bragg

"While nearly all the tracks on Talking With the Taxman feature Bragg alongside other musicians (among them Johnny Marr and Kirsty MacColl), the arrangements are purposefully spare, and ultimately they sweeten the songs without getting in the way of Bragg's homey melodies or passionate lyrics." (allmusic guide)


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