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Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best

Miles Davis was one of the most important musicians of the 20th Century. How important? He's one of the two or three jazz musicians non-jazz…
Phil Freeman | November 6, 2014 - 12:10 pm
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Led Zeppelin Albums From Worst To Best

Led Zeppelin is a formative experience. They're the kind of band you discover early on, that kicks open the door to a whole bunch of…
Ryan Leas | October 29, 2014 - 12:11 pm
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Aphex Twin Albums From Worst To Best

As any dyed-in-the-wool Aphex Twin fan worth their weight in trivia answers will tell you, there's really no such thing as a bad album writte…
Patric Fallon | October 10, 2014 - 9:42 am
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The Kinks Albums From Worst To Best

In some ways, the story of the Kinks feels familiar: In 1962, four working-class London teenagers besotted with American R&B and country music unite. Their…
Timothy & Elizabeth Bracy | September 24, 2014 - 11:59 am
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XTC Albums From Worst To Best

Of all the bands that emerged from the British post-punk scene, XTC has been one of the hardest to pin down. You could peg them…
Robert Ham | September 15, 2014 - 3:03 pm
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AC/DC Albums From Worst To Best

In the single greatest book ever written about rock music, 1991's Rock And The Pop Narcotic, Joe Carducci described AC/DC thusly: "They kind of took…
Phil Freeman | August 27, 2014 - 11:13 am
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The Afghan Whigs Albums From Worst To Best

Never trust a man who says he knows what the meaning of life is. That is unknowable, and maybe nonexistent. However, I know damn well…
Joseph Schafer | August 12, 2014 - 11:52 am
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Tom Petty Albums From Worst To Best

If so-called rockists ever decide to secede and form their own nation, Tom Petty is a shoo-in for the country's first presidential nominee. Petty's music…
James Jackson Toth | August 5, 2014 - 11:15 am
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Judas Priest Albums From Worst To Best

Judas Priest is heavy metal personified. The most important innovator in the genre's progression after Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Judas Priest's influence…
Adrien Begrand | July 9, 2014 - 12:56 pm
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Prince Albums From Worst To Best

In baseball, the five-tool player is kind of a bullshit concept, but it connotes a particular beauty. The five-tool player hits for power, hits for…
Brad Shoup | June 25, 2014 - 10:37 am
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Rush Albums From Worst To Best

For a band that has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, whose streak of consecutive gold and platinum records is topped only by the…
Adrien Begrand | June 10, 2014 - 11:17 am
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Aesop Rock Albums From Worst To Best

In 2014 we appraise hip-hop on its forthrightness. Take, for example, the two front-runner Grammy-nominated hip-hop albums of 2013: Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D. City
Joseph Schafer | May 8, 2014 - 12:25 pm
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Van Morrison Albums From Worst To Best

Amongst the major musical titans emerging during the second half of the 20th century, the Belfast-born Irish soul troubadour Van Morrison is perhaps the most underappreciated --…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | April 14, 2014 - 10:59 am
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Stephen Malkmus Albums From Worst To Best

Few solo careers justify wholesale rebranding. Though it has become common for aging indie rockers to want a "clean slate" following the dissolution of their…
James Jackson Toth | March 18, 2014 - 12:19 pm
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Iron Maiden Albums From Worst To Best

Rivaled only by Black Sabbath and Judas Priest in regards to influence and impact on the early development of heavy metal, Iron Maiden took the…
Adrien Begrand | March 4, 2014 - 12:12 pm
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Elliott Smith Albums From Worst To Best

Elliott Smith at the 70th Academy Awards ceremony: When it's mentioned, it's as one of those cautionary anecdotes, an example of the fundamental incompatibility of…
Brad Shoup | February 11, 2014 - 12:22 pm
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El-P Albums From Worst To Best

I saw El-P perform live for the first time in 2013. The stage, situated under the I-65 overpass at Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle festival, sat a…
Joseph Schafer | January 29, 2014 - 11:31 am
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Nick Cave Albums From Worst To Best

The year 2000 saw the release of a three-disc Johnny Cash compilation with each disc bearing a one-word title indicating the thematic scopes of the…
Dan Lawrence | January 8, 2014 - 10:49 am
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Morrissey Albums From Worst To Best

What an enviable position in which Steven Patrick Morrissey finds himself. It is, I dare say, quite privileged, but we'll get back to that. He…
Brad Shoup | December 10, 2013 - 3:46 pm
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Beatles Albums From Worst To Best

Barring the collapse of the space-time continuum, this was bound to happen at some point, but it's still a shock: The first Beatles album, Please
Chris DeVille | November 27, 2013 - 1:21 pm
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