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Richard Thompson Albums From Worst To Best

For four decades, the great British songwriter Richard Thompson has puzzled and enchanted, menaced and soothed, and remained an enigma far too slippery to attract…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | August 27, 2015 - 10:51 am
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P-Funk Albums From Worst To Best

George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic collective isn't always posed as a leading candidate for greatest or most important band of the '70s, but try and imagine what…
Nate Patrin | August 12, 2015 - 12:45 pm
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The Doors Albums From Worst To Best

The Doors are part of a very specific category of classic-rock artists: the gateway artists. The bands that -- assuming you weren't around in the…
Ryan Leas | July 30, 2015 - 11:45 am
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INXS Albums From Worst To Best

"How can I call myself a straight man," a barback asked me and my friend, "if I would rather look at Michael Hutchence than all…
Alicia Kennedy | July 14, 2015 - 12:07 pm
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Stevie Wonder Albums From Worst To Best

Steveland "Stevie Wonder" Morris is an indisputable icon of American music, but in many ways is best understood as a part of a separate traditio…
Timothy Bracy & Elizabeth Bracy | July 2, 2015 - 9:57 am
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Royal Trux Albums From Worst To Best

Royal Trux just might be the most misunderstood band in indie rock. But their influence can be seen in contemporary bands like Liars, the Kills,…
Brian Mock | June 25, 2015 - 1:52 pm
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The Black Keys Albums From Worst To Best

Somewhere along the way, the Black Keys sneakily became one of the weirdest bands of the 21st century. Not stylistically, of course -- and that'…
Ryan Leas | June 11, 2015 - 11:44 am
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Faith No More Albums From Worst To Best

When I saw San Francisco's revenant Faith No More play Seattle for the first time in nearly 20 years, they closed their set with "Mark…
Joseph Schafer | June 4, 2015 - 12:23 pm
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Yes Albums From Worst To Best

Yes are one of the flagship acts of progressive rock. They're also one of rock's weirdest bands. Their best music is intense and aggressive, incorporating…
Phil Freeman | May 20, 2015 - 10:21 am
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Blondie Albums From Worst To Best

When music critics talk about the reasons “punk had to happen,” they’re usually making accusations about how bloated and corporate arena rock was getting i…
Nate Patrin | May 6, 2015 - 12:41 pm
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Wire Albums From Worst To Best

"There are those who say Wire was the best punk band ever because it broke all of the rules, didn't stick with any of the…
Jeffrey Terich | April 22, 2015 - 10:01 am
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Ariel Pink Albums From Worst To Best

As his band traveled through a lightning storm somewhere in the American Midwest, Ariel "Pink" Rosenberg yelled at me over the telephone. It was April…
Raymond Cummings | March 31, 2015 - 11:51 am
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Madonna Albums From Worst To Best

Throughout Madonna's four decade career, she's pissed off a lot of people. Backlash against Madonna has brought otherwise divergent groups to consensus, from Pope Joh…
Mary von Aue | March 18, 2015 - 10:32 am
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Beck Albums From Worst To Best

As you might've heard, Beck won a Grammy for Album Of The Year about a week and a half ago, for his early 2014 release…
Ryan Leas | February 19, 2015 - 1:07 pm
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The Fall Albums From Worst To Best

"If it's me and your granny on bongos, it's the Fall." So sayeth Mark E. Smith (MES), the mercurial, irascible, and incredible leader of the…
Robert Ham | February 12, 2015 - 1:06 pm
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Napalm Death Albums From Worst To Best

Napalm Death are one of the most important bands to come out of the UK metal scene, period. Like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, they…
Phil Freeman | February 4, 2015 - 10:38 am
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Steely Dan Albums From Worst To Best

Steely Dan are playing this year's Coachella, they've been sampled by everyone from Kanye to Cities Aviv, and you can hear hints of their sardonic…
Nate Patrin | January 29, 2015 - 12:35 pm
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The Ramones Albums From Worst To Best

If everyone who ever bought a Ramones shirt bought a Ramones album, they'd be as big as fucking Aerosmith by now. But then, how many…
Brad Shoup | January 22, 2015 - 1:06 pm
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Pink Floyd Albums From Worst To Best

How appropriate that Pink Floyd would find their beginnings in the same year that saw the first person walk in space. It's a fitting foreword…
Jonathan Dick | January 15, 2015 - 10:59 am
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Genesis Albums From Worst To Best

Genesis' loyal fans and outspoken critics love and hate the band for the exact same reasons. During their prime-era prog-rock run in the early '70s,…
Ryan Reed | November 13, 2014 - 9:58 am
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