#231 Bob Dylan... Highway 61 revisited

Released 1965   I recently counted the number of albums i had listened to in rolling  stone magazines top 100 albums of all time. I scored 65. Bob Dylan had 4 or 5 in the list, and I had not listened to any of them. I figured it was time.  ...

#230 Stone Temple Pilots ..... Core

Released 1992      If Pearl Jam Married Alice in Chains the baby would sound like STP.    We all know STP was a copy cat band. But they did it so well.     The Rhythm section is especially good on this album. The drummer is hard hitting,...

#229 the Cars .... Candy-O

Released 1979   In the summer of 1979 I rarely left the house without my cassette copy of Candy-O. I never went to a party without it. I was 16 , and the popularity of the cassette tape was peaking. Everybody had a cassette player, and it was...

#228 Curtis Mayfield.... Curtis

Released 1970   This was considered a black activist album in 1970. It's interesting to note the difference between black activist albums in 1970 compared to 1990, and later. Mayfield is optimistic about how the black, and white folks will soon...

The Replacements.... All Shook Down

Released 1990   The Replacements purists will cringe when I say this, but I think this is the Replacements most accessible album. Probably the most consistent as well.    If you have never listened to a Mats album I would suggest starting...

#226 Neil Young ... Harvest

Released 1972   Neil was only 27 when he released this album. How in the hell did he grasp some of the concepts of life he explores on this album so well at such a young age?     "Old Man" is right on as I become an older man.   "The...

#224 Matthew Sweet.... Girlfriend

Released 1991      For me this is a hit or miss album. I really like half the album. The other half just kind of bore me.      The songs I like are all real nice guitar  pop songs. Simple songs with great catchy melodies, and songs about his...

#223 Black Keys..... El Camino

Released 2011      The Keys got smart on this album. Everybody was referring to them as White Stripes light. So the Keys left the blues sound for this album. This is more of a power pop sound. And they do it very, very well. This album won the...

#222 Fleetwood Mac ..... Mirage

Released 1982     In the summer of 1982 I bought my first boom box. The first cassette album I listened to was this one in my buddies front yard. It was a good summer. This album reminds me of it.    This is an album full of really nice...

#221 Simon and Garfunkel....Bridge over troubled water

Released 1970   Apparently the bridge fell because this was the last studio album as a duo. Apparently Garfunkel was too busy to help out much with this album, and Simon had had enough.   There are a couple of songs on this album that address...

#220 Foreigner...self titled

Released 1977   Mick Jones recipe for success on this record is create a hook, and repeat it over, and over. The interesting thing is he created multiple hooks per song, and he finds a way to repeat them all. Sometimes simultaneously.    The...

#218 Neil Young......After the Gold Rush

Released 1970   Neil Young has played many different style albums through the years. This album may capture most of the styles. If you like to hear the grungy styles, of Crazy Horse, and the finger picking style on Young can do, along with some...

#218 the Beatles..... Sergeant Pepper

Released 1967   My favorite album since 1983.    I am hearing things I haven't heard in the past. New things I heard today: Paul's bass playing is the glue to the entire thing. He really is a great bass player.   Ringos drumming on A...

#217 Gin Blossoms.....New Miserable Experience

Released 1992   Yesterday I heard my son listening to "Found out about you" I remembered really liking that song. In fact I remember Gin Blossoms song frequently making it on my party tapes. But why don't I remember listening to the album? Today...

#216 Dr. Dre...... the Chronic

Released 1992      Back in the early 90's I was a DJ in a college bar. The stoned out cooks in the bar would ask me to play "the Roach" off of this album. It's a song about weed. Based on that, and the title of the album I thought this would be...

#215 Chris Stapleton..... Traveler

Released 2015      This was my first listen of this album. I crossed my fingers, and hoped his great voice would not be wasted with bad songs, or bad backing musicians. I am relieved. The album has a couple of attempts at sheer commercial...

#214 Neil Young......Everybody knows this is nowhere

Released 1969     Sophomore slump? No! This is Young's second album. It is one of his best. His first album with Crazy horse. They just seem to push him into places nobody else does. Especially on this album. "Down by the river" , and "Cowgirl...

#212 M83......Junk

Released 2016   I had to open my mind on this one. I am more of a listener of guitar based music. This is more of a synth sound. Let me just say this album is not junk as the title implies. I have heard this album compared to 80's...

#211 Bad Company.....Desolation Angels

Released 1979       Back in 1979 I went to the record store many times, and picked this album up, carried it around, and then put it back in favor of something else. It was a popular album, and I liked the songs from it that I heard on the...

#210 The Darkness... Permission to land

Released 2003   It's confession time. I downloaded this album last night. I thought I would give the first song a quick listen.  This album kicked so much ass I had to listen to the entire thing. I had only heard " I believe in a thing...

#209 Billy Joel ...... Glass Houses

Released 1980     New wave rock was sweeping the country. Joel dipped his feet in the new wave pool on this album. Well...maybe just a toe. The song "Sometimes a Fantasy" surely has a new wave feel. Even his big hit from the album " Still Rock...

#208 R.E.M. ....Reckoning

Released 1984   I had a moment of clarity today on what Peter Buck was doing with his guitar on this album. He was using it as a percussion instrument. I always thought he was just copying Roger McGuinn of the Byrd's. But McGuinn played more for...

#207.Peter Bjorn and John....Writers block

Released 2006        Sometimes they sound like New Order, sometimes they sound like MGMT. They almost always have lite, poppy hooks, and riffs in the songs. I can see where it could be a fun, easy to listen to album.   Unfortunately I...