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The Offspring – Smash

The Offspring – Smash       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘The Offspring’s second album for Epitaph did the impossible: it landed in the Top Five, unheard of for independent records. The Offspring crossed over due to the raucous, Eastern-tinged single “Come Out and Play,” which stopped and started just like Nirvana, only without the Seattle […]

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Crowded House – Woodface

Crowded House – Woodface       Chris Woodstra: ‘Where Crowded House’s previous album, Temple of Low Men, showcased the often dark side of a man alone with his thoughts, Woodface represents the joy of reunion and the freedom of a collaborative effort — more than half of the album was originally conceived as a […]

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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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Warren G – Regulate…G Funk Era

Warren G – Regulate…G Funk Era       Jason Birchmeier: ‘Anchored by the laid-back G-funk anthem “Regulate,” Warren G’s appropriately titled Regulate…G Funk Era embodies the mid-’90s era of Cali sunshine, endless blunts, and switch-hittin’ lowriders with a welcome and somewhat surprising sense of kind-heartedness. Unlike most of his West Coast G-funk peers, Warren […]

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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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Oasis – Definitely Maybe

Oasis – Definitely Maybe       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Definitely Maybe begins with a statement of aspiration, as Liam Gallagher sneers that “tonight, I’m a rock & roll star” — the words of a bedsit dreamer hoping he’d break out of those four walls and find something greater. Maybe all he could muster is […]

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Korn – Korn

Korn – Korn Korn is the eponymous debut studio album by the American nu metal band Korn. It was released on October 11, 1994, through Immortal/Epic Records.The album’s themes mainly are based on topics such as child abuse, drug abuse and bullying. The controversial album artwork depicts a young girl being approached by a large […]

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Green Day – Dookie

Green Day – Dookie       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Green Day couldn’t have had a blockbuster without Nirvana, but Dookie wound up being nearly as revolutionary as Nevermind, sending a wave of imitators up the charts and setting the tone for the mainstream rock of the mid-’90s. Like Nevermind, this was accidental success, the […]

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Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley AMG Review: After creating a classic with their second album, Blues for the Red Sun, desert metal gods Kyuss faced the unenviable task of delivering the goods once again for a new label, Elektra Records. And they almost pulled it off with 1994’s stellar Welcome to Sky Valley. The […]

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Wicked Lady – The Axeman Cometh

Wicked Lady – The Axeman Cometh       Ned Raggett: ‘To say Wicked Lady were an ultimate cult band is almost an understatement — the U.K. power trio’s contemporary reputation was derived solely from a small if committed live fan base. The Axeman Cometh, with original bassist Bob Jeffries, covering selections from 1969 to […]

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The Cranberries – No Need to Argue

      Ned Raggett: ‘With their surprise success behind them, the Cranberries went ahead and essentially created a sequel to Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We with only tiny variations, with mixed results. The fact that the album is essentially a redo of previously established stylistic ground isn’t apparent in just […]

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Kitaro – Mandala

Kitaro – Mandala AMG Review: On Kitaro – Mandala, his first record for Domo, Kitaro attempts to craft a new age-influenced rock opera with classical underpinnings. Familiar elements such as the spacy synthesizers are present, but an overpowering electric guitar grips the record and brings his music into a new realm. It’s not always successful, […]

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Soundgarden – Superunknown

Soundgarden – Superunknown Steve Huey: ‘Soundgarden’s finest hour, Superunknown is a sprawling, 70-minute magnum opus that pushes beyond any previous boundaries. Soundgarden had always loved replicating Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath riffs, but Soundgarden – Superunknown’s debt is more to mid-period Zep’s layered arrangements and sweeping epics. Their earlier punk influences are rarely detectable, replaced […]

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Spock’s Beard – The Light

Spock’s Beard – The Light Spock’s Beard – The Light is the 1995 debut album by American progressive rock band Spock’s Beard. The album features two different covers—one for its domestic release, and one for its European release. “The Light” has since become Spock’s Beard’s signature song. AMG Review:Spock’s Beard – The Light is the […]

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Vangelis – Blade Runner

Vangelis – Blade Runner The  soundtrack: Vangelis – Blade Runner was composed by Vangelis for Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. It is mostly a dark, melodic combination of classical composition and synthesizers which mirrors the futuristic film noir envisioned by Scott. Since the première of the film, two official albums have been released containing music […]

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Mano Negra – Casa Babylon

Mano Negra – Casa Babylon AMG review: Manu Chao’s road to Clandestino and Proxima Estación: Esperanza begins here with Mano Negra’s swan song album. Conceptually, Mano Negra – Casa Babylonmarks the first use of radio and TV broadcast samples to create sound collages between tracks so the songs emerge like they would if you were station […]

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