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Nada Surf – The Weight Is A Gift

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      MacKenzie Wilson: 'Upon its reissue in 2003, Let Go had already positioned itself to be an indie rock milestone in the making for Nada Surf. They'd left the major labels behind for Barsuk and remained for their ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication       Greg Prato: 'Many figured that the Red Hot Chili Peppers' days as undisputed alternative kings were numbered after their lackluster 1995 release One Hot Minute, but like ...

Queen – Greatest Hits 1

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      William Ruhlmann: "They may not have started out that way, but by 1981 Queen definitely was perceived as a singles act. This record gathers their biggest US/UK hits, 1973-1981, including the collaboration with D...

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

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      Heather Phares: PJ Harvey followed her ghostly collection of ballads, White Chalk, with PJ Harvey - Let England Shake, a set of songs strikingly different from what came before it except in its Englishness. Whit...

Faces – First Step

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'The notorious sloppiness of the Faces was apparent on their debut, almost moreso on the cover than on the music, as the group was stilled billed as the Small Faces on this 1970 debut al...

Noir Désir – Des visages des figures

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      Sergey Mesenov: 'Des Visages des Figures, the sixth studio album by French bad-boy guitar band Noir Désir, turned out to be their last. It was released in 2001 and featured a considerably quieter and more stripp...

The Notting HillBillies – Missing… Presumed Having a Good Time

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      Tom Demalon: 'On hiatus from Dire Straits, guitarist Mark Knopfler joined with Brendan Croker, Steve Phillips, and Guy Fletcher for 1990's Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time. The result is a low-key, joyous r...

Guns N’ Roses – Greatest Hits

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      Dan Gennoe: 'If time is the true test, then Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits confirms that they really were one of the greatest rock & roll bands in the world. While, in retrospect, fellow graduates of the class...

Opeth – Heritage

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      Thom Jurek: 'Heritage, Opeth's tenth studio offering, finds the Swedish band abandoning death metal: no growled vocals, no blistering fast power riffs, no blastbeats. Mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, King...

Green Day – ¡Uno!

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Green Day's new millennium elevation to Very Important Band is so complete that when they decided to return to their frivolous punk roots they couldn't do it in a small way. They starte...

Yes – Fly From Here

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      Bruce Eder: 'A decade after their last studio release, Yes has issued Fly from Here, and it's not only a keeper, but as good as any record to come from the group since 1974. Consisting here of Chris Squire (bass...

David Byrne – Feelings

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Attempting to inject some adventure into his multicultural, worldbeat-inflected avant-pop, David Byrne dabbled with trip-hop and drum'n'bass on Feelings. These tracks, including a colla...

Arab Strap – The Weekend Never Starts Round Here

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      Ned Raggett: 'The Strap's first album continues the initial splash made by the quirky groove of "The First Big Weekend," which is included here with thirteen other songs. Moffat's technique of undersinging/speak...

Counting Crows – Films About Ghosts: the Best of

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Counting Crows always seemed a little older than their years, so it somehow seemed appropriate when they arrived at certain milestones a little earlier than their peers. They released t...

Big Star – #1 Record

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      William Ruhlmann: 'The problem with coming in late on an artwork lauded as "influential" is that you've probably encountered the work it influenced first, so its truly innovative qualities are lost. Thus, if you...

Gryphon – Red Queen to Gryphon Three

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      Mike DeGagne: 'Red Queen to Gryphon Three is only available coupled with the Raindance album on the same disc, but it has stood the test of time as an excellent progressive rock piece. The album centers around a...

The radio dept. – Clinging to a scheme

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      Tim Sendra: 'The run-up to the release of the Radio Dept.’s third album, Clinging to a Scheme, seemed endless by the time it finally came out in the spring of 2010. It seemed that every few months a release date...

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

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      Thom Jurek: 'Those looking for a logical musical follow-up to Bill Callahan's surprisingly accessible Sometimes I Wish I Were an Eagle from 2009 might scratch their heads at the sound on Apocalypse. The musical ...

The Fratellis – We Need Medicine

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      Heather Phares: 'We Need Medicine marked the Fratellis' return from a four-year hiatus, during which time Jon played with Codeine Velvet Club and pursued a solo career, Barry toured with the Twang, and Mince pla...

Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise

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      Illinois (styled Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel the Illinoise on the cover; sometimes written as Illinoise) is a 2005 concept album by American indie folk songwriter Sufjan Stevens. It is his fifth ...

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