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Metallica – Load

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Metallica - Load       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Delivered five years after their eponymous "black" album in 1991, Load captures Metallica settling into an uneasy period of maturation. Under the guidance of producer B...

Slowdive – Souvlaki

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Slowdive - Souvlaki       Jack Rabid: 'Though not as big and swirling as Just for a Day, there's more of an attempt to put advanced song structure and melody in place rather than just craft infinitely appealing, occa...

Ray LaMontagne – Ouroboros

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Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros       Marcy Donelson: '... . For his sixth full-length, Ouroboros, the singer/songwriter selected My Morning Jacket's Jim James to co-produce, and moves deeper into the psychedelic haze. La...

Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session

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Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session       Thom Jurek: 'Who says you can't make a great record in one day -- or night, as the case may be? The Trinity Session was recorded in one night using one microphone, a DAT rec...

Metallica – Hardwired To Self Destruct

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Metallica - Hardwired To Self Destruct       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: '... Hardwired...To Self-Destruct does indeed rage, roaring out the gate with a title track where James Hetfield bellows "We're so f***ed/S*** out...

John Martyn – Cooltide

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John Martyn - Cooltide       Rob Caldwell: After releasing the much-delayed The Apprentice, Martyn was once again on a roll, and, while not quite as strong as The Apprentice, Cooltide was a solid outing. His jazziest...

Judas Priest – British Steel

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Judas Priest - British Steel       Steve Huey - Predating Metallica's self-titled blockbuster by 11 years, Judas Priest's British Steel was a similarly pitched landmark boasting many of the same accomplishments. It s...

The National – Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

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The National - Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers       Tim DiGravina: 'For a band that's been compared to Joy Division, Leonard Cohen, Wilco, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the National sure sounds a lot more like the C...

Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us

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Flotation Toy Warning - The Machine That Made Us       Flotation Toy Warning have been stealing hearts with their space-rock-chamber-pop since the beginning of the last decade. Their debut Bluffers Guide to the Fligh...

The Acid – Liminal

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The Acid - Liminal       Heather Phares: Even if they're not billed as a supergroup, the Acid's three members boast a formidable amount of talent (and other projects): Adam Freeland scored a hit single with 2003's br...

The Wrens – The Meadowlands

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The Wrens - The Meadowlands       Heather Phares: "The Wrens' third album, The Meadowlands, is a sprawling, shifting affair, perhaps reflecting the fact that it took four years to create. It's easy to take the sweet,...

Phoenix – United

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Phoenix - United       Jason Birchmeier: 'On their debut album for Astralwerks/Source, Phoenix applies a slick electronica aesthetic to traditional pop/rock songwriting, resulting in a quite adventurous album capable...

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Pink Floyd – Animals

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Pink Floyd - Animals Pink Floyd - Animals is the tenth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in January 1977. AMG review: Of all of the classic-era Pink Floyd albums, Pink Floyd - Ani...

Pink Floyd – The Wall

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Pink Floyd - The Wall Pink Floyd - The Wall is the eleventh studio album by the English progressive rock group Pink Floyd. Released as a double album on 30 November 1979, it was subsequently performed live with elabo...

Rush – 2112

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      Greg Prato: ' Whereas Rush's first two releases, their self-titled debut and Fly by Night, helped create a buzz among hard rock fans worldwide, the more progressive third release, Caress of Steel, confused many ...

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon

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      Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in March 1973. It built on ideas explored in the band's earlier recordings and live sho...

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On  John Bush:' Marvin Gaye - What's Going On is not only Marvin Gaye's masterpiece, it's the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music, delivered by one of its finest ...

Al Green – Greatest Hits

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Al Green - Greatest Hits Al Green's Greatest Hits is a 1975 greatest hits hits release by soul singer Al Green. In 2003, the album was ranked number 52 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of a...

Abba – Gold greatest hits

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Abba - Gold greatest hits Abba - Gold greatest hits is a compilation album of recordings by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was released on 21 September 1992 through PolyGram, the first compilation to be released after t...

Steely Dan – Aja

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Steely Dan - Aja Aja is the sixth album by the jazz rock band Steely Dan.  In 2003, Steely Dan - Aja was ranked number 145 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Donald Fagen has said the titl...

Sade – The Best Of Sade

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Sade - The Best Of Sade The Best of Sade is the first greatest hits album (fifth overall) by the English group Sade. It was released in the United Kingdom on 12 November 1994 and in the United States on 26 November 1...

Donald Fagen – The Nightfly

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Donald Fagen - The Nightfly      Donald Fagen - The Nightfly is the first solo album by Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, released in 1982. It was an early example of a fully digital recording in popular music. Al...

Rush – Hemispheres

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Rush - Hemispheres       Rush - Hemispheres is the 6th studio release from Rush. Released in 1979, it was the last of 2 albums to be recorded in the UK.       Greg Prato: 'While such albums as 1980's Permanent Wav...

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà vu

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà vu Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà vu is the second album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, and their first in the quartet configuration of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Youn...

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