#243 Daniel Romano ... Come Cry with me

Released 2013   Daniel Romano is to old school twangy Country music what the Stray Cats were to old school Rockabilly music.     It feels like he is doing a tribute to that old music, but he does such a great job it feels fresh, and as if it...

#242 Bad religion .... Stranger than fiction

Released 1994     To me this is more of a power pop album sped up than a punk album. These guys know how to create a melodic hook, and they know how to do vocal harmonies. It's sounds like Cheap Trick sped up. The two songs they slowed down...

#241 Stevie Wonder ..... Inervisions

Released 1973   Higher Ground. Living for the City. Don't you worry bout a thing....... Classic Stevie Wonder songs on this album. All written, and recorded nearly 100% by him . Unheard of back in 73. Oh. And he produced it. A blind guy...

#240 .... Neil Young .....tonight's the night

Released 1975   Two of Young's close mates had just died from drug overdoses. Young gathered some musicians in the studio, and recorded this raw record in one evening as legend has it.    As I have aged I enjoy drama less, and less. This...

#239 The English Beat.... I just can't stop it

Released 1980     My favorite Ska album. As I listened today I realized this is more complex than I had been giving it credit for. Sure. I always knew this was a great dance record. But there is more. The instruments, and vocals are always...

#238 Warren Zevon ... Excitable Boy

Released 1978     I had heard four of these songs prior to today's listen. But the rest was new to me. I had to listen to it 4 times because I loved it so much I was considering giving it 5 stars. Very rare for me. In the end It fell just short...

#237 Blondie .... parallel lines

Released 1978     The band are not great musically. However Debra Harry is fantastic. She sounds great. Her attitude is contagious, and she writes interesting lyrics. It works with the band at that time in rock because the whole punk/ new...

#236 Rush .... Fly by Night

Released 1975   I didn't buy this album until about 1980. Then I drove my parents crazy with it. Geddy Lee's awesome bass riffs shook our house. It was awesome.     When I was younger I only listened to 3, or 4 songs on the album. Today I...

#235 Little Feet .... Dixie Chicken

Released 1973   Rock, and roll meets the New Orleans sound with some tasty slide guitar thrown in.    The piano style is what gives it that New Orleans sound. The mix is nice. There is a lot going on here. More than one instrument is usually...

#234 Foghat .... Fool for the city

Released 1975     As I told a friend today if this album came out today we would be losing our minds over it. Back in 1975 it was just another good album.      A good album indeed. It's heavy. A Heavy rhythm section. Loud heavy vocals, and a...

#233 Neil Young .... On the Beach

Released 1974     The highly anticipated follow up of Harvest. Young did what he would do many times in the future. He took a left turn, and gave the fans something unexpected.     This album is much darker than Harvest. Particularly the last...

#232 Vampire Weekend ..... Contra

Released 2010     I really like they world beat sound. It sounds as if they listened to a lot of late 1980's Paul Simon albums. That is a good thing. They aren't in Simons league as songwriters, but the make up for it with youthful energy.   ...

#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...