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Kate Bush Albums From Worst To Best

You know you've transcended to "legend" status when critics use your name as an adjective. These days, "Kate Bush-ian" is a shortcut descriptor (usually a…
Ryan Reed | October 7, 2013 - 3:15 pm

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U2 Albums From Worst To Best

People hate U2. OK, people hate a lot of bands. Out of the other Great Artists we've covered in this feature, though, U2 elicit ire…
Ryan Leas | October 1, 2013 - 10:31 am

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Okkervil River Albums From Worst To Best

Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff told me in an interview for an R.E.M. retrospective piece a few years back that when his band was initially…
John Everhart | September 24, 2013 - 11:16 am

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Trent Reznor Albums From Worst To Best

The first time I heard Nine Inch Nails, I was barely fourteen, hanging, unsupervised, with my friend at the time and his older brother —…
Joseph Schafer | September 16, 2013 - 1:21 pm

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Tom Waits Albums From Worst To Best

Heard through the wall of a neighboring apartment, you might confuse Tom Waits's music with Howlin' Wolf's. Then again, you could just as easily mistake…
James Jackson Toth | September 9, 2013 - 3:29 pm

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Coldplay Albums From Worst To Best

One of the better moments in the last few stumbling seasons of The Office came when James Spader's Robert California offered his thoughts on the…
Ryan Leas | September 3, 2013 - 1:36 pm

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Neil Young Albums From Worst To Best

Aliens land. They've traveled from some distant planet with a specific mission: to find out what this 'rock and roll' stuff is all about. Through…
James Jackson Toth | August 23, 2013 - 3:36 pm

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Foo Fighters Albums From Worst To Best

The Foo Fighters' career has been a series of improbabilities. There is the first, and most obvious hurdle: The idea that any member, let alone…
Ryan Leas | August 16, 2013 - 1:05 pm

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Elvis Costello Albums From Worst To Best

Declan "Elvis Costello" MacManus was by far the most literate and diverse of the "angry young man" songwriters emerging from England in the late 1970s, no small…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | August 9, 2013 - 10:40 am

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Drive-By Truckers Albums From Worst To Best

Drive-By Truckers are perhaps the greatest extant American rock and roll band. Make the competition a little stiffer by expanding the criteria to bands no…
James Jackson Toth | August 2, 2013 - 2:58 pm

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Bruce Springsteen Albums From Worst To Best

As I began the writing, listening, and reading for this list, I started to think about a weird quality of Bruce Springsteen's catalogue that I…
Ryan Leas | July 26, 2013 - 3:04 pm

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Peter Gabriel Albums From Worst To Best

Peter Gabriel is a pop enigma. For a guy with so many ubiquitous hits, he's never even pretended to play ball with radio. And his…
Ryan Reed | July 19, 2013 - 3:05 pm

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Blonde Redhead Albums From Worst To Best

If you Google "Kazu Makino interview," the first thing that pops up is a YouTube video of the Blonde Redhead guitarist-singer talking about how she…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 12, 2013 - 3:15 pm

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Sigur Rós Albums From Worst To Best

Back in 1999, the year Sigur Rós released their international breakthrough, Agaetis Byrjun, Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson wrote the following mission statement on his band's…
Ryan Reed | June 28, 2013 - 3:06 pm

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Black Sabbath Albums From Worst To Best

Few bands can claim to have invented an entire genre of music. The Beatles didn't do it. The Beach Boys and visionary writer and producer…
Justin M. Norton | June 21, 2013 - 2:06 pm