#181 Nirvana ... Nevermind

Released 1991     Combining punk angst with power pop hooks with challenging lyrics and you get the best album in the last quarter century.    I give this album 5 stars out of 5

#180 Band of Horses........Why are you OK

Released 2016   I noticed this album is listed in the Homers Records top 5 best selling albums this week. I've heard good things about the band. I gave it a shot.     On this album the band has a light, airy, melodious sound. The closest...

#179 Soundgarden.....Superunknown

Released 1994   The heaviest of the early 90's Seattle bands. They used a drop D tuning to get that heavy sound, and plenty of sound effects on the bass guitar. Then throw in Chris Cornell's big voice, and a real heavy handed drummer. It's a big...

#178 Elton John ....... Rock of the Westies

Released 1976      Elton John was one of the few artists of that era who could make a great complete rock album, and have 2-3 songs from that album hit the top of the singles charts.      It sounds like John is having fun on this album. He...

#177 James Brown...Plays the real thing

Released 1967   One of Browns all instrumental Jazz/funk albums. The band occasionally drifts into the jazz lane, and then Browns Wurlitzer organ pulls them back to the funk lane.     This would be a great album to put on if you just want...

#176 The Stone Roses.... Stone Roses

Released 1989   This is one instance when I wish I had another day to listen to this record before stating my opinion on it. I don't feel like I got a good listen on the lyrics.     Musically the sound like a cross between a jam band, and the...

#175 Roy Orbison......In Dreams

Released 1963       Not many rockers did lonely, melancholy songs like Orbison. None of them ever did a crescendo like Orbison. There are plenty of both on this album.    There has never been a voice like his in Rock. He is like an opera...

#174 Ted Nugent....Cat scratch fever

Released 1977   A few years ago my daughter was entering her teenage years, and I found myself listening to her radio stations in the car. Many of the songs were sung from the crotch rather than the heart. I told her we didn't listen to songs...

#173 Traveling Wilbur's....Vol 1

Released 1988   This may be the ultimate Super Group. I can never recall more names that were that big coming together for an entire album.    The album was recorded in 9 days. I think that is why it sounds so fresh. I have not listened to it...

#172 Thin Lizzy..... Jailbreak

Released 1976   This may be the perfect album for driving down the highway. It has so much energy. I love the way the dual lead guitars go back, and forth on solos, and then come together to play simultaneously on the hook. It sounds SO heavy....

#171 MGMT....... Congratulations

Released 2010      The band sounds like they are trying real hard to get that late 60's , British , Phsycodelic sound. Specifically the really old Pink Floyd sound.  They even do a lousy job with the mix. The mix drivese crazy. I don't like how...

#169 Pink Floyd.....Dark Side of the moon

Released 1973     I have had a very full week, and today I wanted to listen to something easy. Something I didn't have to strain to hear the nuances. Dont get me wrong. There are a lot of nuances in this music. It is just so familiar I don't...

#168 the Specials ......first album

Released 1979      There were a couple of bands in my town in the early Eighties who made a living playing this album plus a few English Beat songs. This is a great Ska, party album.      Elvis Costello produced the album. I don't think he...

#167 XTC....... Lemons, and Oranges

Released 1989 First of all let me say how in the hell did such a smart band come up with such a dumb band name? One of the things I like about this band, and this album is their songs are very thought provoking. The songs are about things you don't...

#166 UB40.....Rat in the kitchen

Released 1986       This is one of those albums I have always intended to listen to, and now I am getting around to it thanks to my album 365 albums in 365 days adventure.    Back in the late Eighties the hair bands got big, and rock music...

#165 Paul Simon......Stranger to Stranger

Released 2016   Paul Simon is in his 70's. He could just call it in at this point, and people would still buy his music. In fact he has accomplished so much in his life he could retire, and nobody would complain. Thank God he has not retired,...

#164 Duran Duran....Rio

Released 1982   This is a guilty pleasure of mine. Back in the early Eighties I listened to this tape in my car frequently. Always alone though.    MTV made these guys, and this album a star. I got tired of seeing these pretty boys in...

#163 The Rolling Stones......Bridges to Babylon

Released 1997   This album sounds exactly like what it is. A bunch of professional musicians who come in to the studio, and record their parts of an album. There are a few gems. Keith Richards has a pretty smoking Reggea song ("You don't have to...

#162 Journey.... Departure

Released 1980      This was the last album with Greg Rollie. I always thought that was the best Journey lineup. I like Rollie's voice. He sang lead on a couple of songs on most albums, and more importantly there was a lot of vocal give, and take...

#161 Phish.....Farmhouse

Released 2000      If I were listening to this on vinyl I would have very little reason to listen to side b. I really like the first 5 songs on this album. The 5th song "Heavy Things" is probably my favorite Phish song. They sound like they are...

#160 The Who...Quadrophenia

Released 1973.     4 years after Tommy. It's t he Who's second attempt at a rock opera. The characters aren't nearly as strong as the characters Tommy. However, I think the music is better if that is possible.     The band is very ambitious...

#159 Car Seat Headrest.....Teens of denial

Released 2016   This is an album with very good pop sensibilities, and lyrics that are depressing. You would think that the light hearted power pop music would clash with the depressing lyrics, but in most cases they pull it off.      The...

#158 The Arctic Monkeys.....AM

Released 2013     This is my Daughter's favorite band, and this album was my favorite of 2013. I can't really relate to the lyrics at this point in my life, but I love the overall vibe, and style of the record.   The song topics are all about...

#157 Queen .... A day at the races CD

Released 1976   Once a week I took my paper route money to the record store, and I would buy an album. I wanted a Queen album. I was probably only going to get one Queen album. There were too many other artists I wanted to hear. I had to choose...

#156 The Rolling Stones.....Voodoo Lounge

Released 1994      This is my first listen of this album. I was skeptical. Word was the Stones last good album was Steele Wheels. I have to say I disagree. There is a lot to like on this album.    Producer Don Was wanted the band to get back...