Category: Pop/Rock

Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand       Heather Phares: ‘While the Darts of Pleasure EP proved that Franz Ferdinand had a way with equally sharp lyrics and hooks, and the “Take Me Out” single took their sound to dramatic new heights, their self-titled debut album offers the most expansive version of their music yet. […]

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Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Brothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for “Money for Nothing,” a sardonic attack on MTV. But what […]

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The Marshall Tucker Band – Carolina Dreams

The Marshall Tucker Band – Carolina Dreams       Carolina Dreams, released in 1977, was The Marshall Tucker Band’s sixth album and an ode to the band’s home state, South Carolina, USA. Focusing on Western themes, it spawned their biggest hit to date, “Heard It In a Love Song”, which rose to #14 on […]

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Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Royal Blood – Royal Blood       Scott Kerr: ‘The bludgeoning opener to Royal Blood’s self-titled debut, “Out of the Black” is a riff-fueled onslaught that belies their two-piece status; with just a heavily processed bass guitar and a drum set between them, they make some four-piece rock bands look inconsequential. … In roughly […]

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The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle       Bruce Eder: ‘Odessey and Oracle was one of the flukiest (and best) albums of the 1960s, and one of the most enduring long players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom, mixing trippy melodies, ornate choruses, and lush Mellotron sounds with a solid hard […]

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John Lee Hooker – The Healer

John Lee Hooker – The Healer       Thom Owens: ‘The Healer was a major comeback for John Lee Hooker. Featuring a wide array of guest stars, including Bonnie Raitt, Johnnie Johnson, and Los Lobos, The Healer captured widespread media attention because of all the superstar musicians involved in its production. Unfortunately, that long […]

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Jethro Tull – Aqualung

Jethro Tull – Aqualung       Rovi Staff : ‘The leap from 1970’s Benefit to the following year’s Aqualung is one of the most astonishing progressions in rock history. In the space of one album, Tull went from relatively unassuming electrified folk-rock to larger-than-life conceptual rock full of sophisticated compositions and complex, intellectual, lyrical constructs. […]

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Jackson C Frank – Jackson C Frank

Jackson C Frank – Jackson C Frank       Bruce Eder: ‘Jackson C. Frank’s original 1965 album is a lost classic, daringly complex and honest, filled with virtuoso playing that is all the more impressive for the offhanded way that Frank makes it look so easy. There is a convergence of elements here that […]

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The Wake – Here Comes Everybody

The Wake – Here Comes Everybody       Stewart Mason: ‘The Wake’s second album is so much better than their first, 1982’s Harmony, that the earlier album may safely be forgotten, or at least thought of as a painful growing lesson. Here Comes Everybody, which, like the Glasgow quartet’s name, is derived from James […]

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Elton John – A Single Man

Elton John – A Single Man       A Single Man is the twelfth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1978, a slightly different Elton John: moody, atmospheric, melancholic at times. Elton John – A Single Man is the Elton John’s first full-length release away from their decade-long partnership with Bernie […]

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Garbage – Garbage

Garbage – Garbage Garbage is the debut album by alternative rock group Garbage. It was released in the late summer and autumn of 1995 worldwide. “Stupid Girl” was nominated Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group in the 1997 Grammy Awards. The band was considered innovative for its fusion of […]

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McDonald and Giles – McDonald and Giles

McDonald and Giles – McDonald and Giles       McDonald and Giles is an album of music released by British musicians Ian McDonald and Michael Giles in 1971. The album was recorded at Island Studios between May and July 1970. Although McDonald and Giles remains popular among King Crimson fans, its commercial success was […]

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Stone Temple Pilots – Purple

Stone Temple Pilots – Purple       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Stone Temple Pilots had hits with Core, but they got no respect. They suffered a barrage of savage criticism and it must have hurt, since their second effort seems a conscious effort to distinguish themselves as a band not indebted to grunge. That didn’t […]

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Foreigner – 4

Foreigner – 4 Eduardo Rivadavia: ‘Over the course of their first three late-’70s albums, Foreigner had firmly established themselves (along with Journey and Styx) as one of the top AOR bands of the era. But the band was still looking for that grand slam of a record that would push them to the very top […]

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Ted Nugent – Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent – Ted Nugent     Greg Prato: ‘ After disintegrating the Amboy Dukes in the early ’70s, Ted Nugent finally decided to strike out on his own as a solo star. Even without a recording contract, Nugent toured constantly, built up a fervent following, and created a smoking hard rock quartet with the […]

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Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective

Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective       Steven Stolder: ‘Only a handful of bands have made a greater impact with fewer recordings than the short-lived Buffalo Springfield. Their history is told in the titles of their three albums: 1967’s eponymous debut was followed by the peak-performance Again later that year, which was followed by 1968’s […]

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Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun

Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun       Ned Raggett: ‘Some older fans looked askance at Lightbulb Sun, feeling it was verging on overt commercialism (and admittedly, the near power ballad solo on “Where We Would Be” is a bit odd!). Then again, given Wilson’s own explorations of avant-garde pop with No-Man, who’s to say […]

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Lunatic Soul – Lunatic Soul

Lunatic Soul – Lunatic Soul       Amazon: ‘Great artists are rarely content to keep repeating themselves, and rarely are they content to exist and create within one genre. So it really wasn’t a surprise that Riverside’s Mariusz Duda eventually pursued a solo career. The sheer multitude of thoughts and ideas flowing out of […]

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Elvis Presley – The Platinum Collection

Elvis Presley – The Platinum Collection It is easy to run out of superlatives when talking of the phenomenon that was Elvis Presley. As a solo artist he remains unparalleled and only the Beatles have outstripped him of worldwide sales of singles and albums. We hope you enjoy this collection of music from the King […]

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Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing

Suzanne Vega –  Solitude Standing       William Ruhlmann: ‘ The songs on Solitude Standing, Suzanne Vega’s second album, had years listed beside them on the lyric sheet, so you could see that some of them dated back to 1978. But that bold admission heralded the album’s triumph — its diversity was what made it […]

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