#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...

#205 Neil Young.....debut

Released 1969       I have decided to listen to every Neil Young album in chronological order. One album per week. I love Neil Young. I hope I love his music even more when I am finished.     His debut hears him coming with strong songs, but...

#204 Steely Dan....Aja

Released 1977   I usually like a rock album that sounds like it is recorded live with all of the instruments in the same room all at one time. Aja is obviously not that.     There is a great documentary about the making of this album. It's...

#203 Atlanta Rhythm Section....Rock and Roll Alternative

Released 1976   I should have guessed by the title that this would be the most mellow of ARS albums I had heard. I've always liked ARS for their positive songs, and great dual guitar work that always sounds great in the summer time.     The...

#202 AC/DC.....Powerage

Released 1978   The second to last AC/DC album with Bon Scott. There aren't any big time crowd pleaser on this album such as Whole Lot of Rosie. However the band had really figured out a formula that worked, and some of Bon Scott's lyrics have...

#201 Outlast.......Aquemini

Released 1994      My first listen of this album.    At first I thought I was just listening to a typical hip hop album talking about N this, and N that over a bunch of samples. Then I realized "hold on. These are real instruments". Then I...

The real #190 Jackson Browne....Late for the Sky

Released 1974   This album sounds like many albums coming out of California at that time. Could be a Linda Ronstadt, or Eagles sound. Light rock, with a bit of a country feel. A couple of guys from the Eagles family even sang backing vocals....

#190 the Beach Boys....That's why God Made the Radio

Released 2012   The last studio album by the Beach Boys. I am happy to report it is a very good album. Most of the songs were written, and produced by the great Brian Wilson. The songs don't sound like a full orchestra as they do on Pet Sounds,...

#198 Kiss.....self titled

Released 1974   The first time I heard this album was 1975. I was 12. I was at a pinball arcade with some 13 year old girls. Many of the teenagers were smoking. After a couple of songs I finally asked who the band was. I was impressed.    ...

#197 Stevie Ray Vaughn.......Texas Flood

Released 1983     SRV' S first album. Low budget recording. Recorded as a band all playing together. A single mic on every instrument. Recorded in two days. Vaughn is on fire. His guitar playing is almost not human. The fact that he does it...

#195 Tom Petty..... Hypnotic Eye

Released 2014      When this album came out I was so thrilled that a guy/band that has had so much success for so long was doing more than just mailing it in.     On this album Petty goes back to that Swampy, Southern sound of most of his...

#194 Sublime...self titled

Released 1996     Back in 96 I bought the album because I loved, "What I Got", "Sanitaria", Wrong Way", and "Doing Time". What's not to like? Great Reggea/punk combo with some cool samples thrown in to really make it unique. Too bad the rest of...

#193 The Police.... Synchronicity

Released 1983   I tried to listen to this album with new ears. It was difficult because you could not turn on a radio, or go anyplace in 1983-84 when a song from this album wasn't being played.     The band has less of a Reggea sound on this...

#192.. 10,000 Maniacs.....Wishing Chair

Released 1985      In 1985 I saw the unknown 10,000 Maniacs open for R.E.M. in the Music Hall in Omaha. I went out and bought this album the next day.     The combo of Natalie Merchants wonderful vocals, and Rob Bucks jangle guitar is...

#191 Admiral Freebee.......Wake up and dream

Released 2016     I stumbled upon this while looking through some new releases. It's nice to be able to hear it before you buy it.    Freebee makes beautiful pop melodies, with easy to remember musical hooks. It's reminiscent of the Eels but...

#190 Blues Traveler......Four

Released 1994   In my top three favorite jam bands. John Popper is brilliant. Nobody plays a more blistering mouth harp. His lead vocals have so much power, and emotion.    The previous Blues Traveler albums contained longer jam type songs...

#189 Sturgill Simpson....A Sailors Guide to Earth

Released 2016     Not your typical Country album. There are a lot of horns on this album, and there are songs that could be classified as protest songs against recent wars.     At times he sounds like Waylon Jennings, and at other times he...