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Best of the Eagles

It took hours to cut the deadwood. 1. The Long Run 2. One of These Nights 3. Life in the Fast Lane 4. Journey of the Sorcerer 5. I Can’t Tell You Why

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My favorite sci-fi flicks

“Films that question reality and regard existence as infinitely strange” is my definition of sci-fi cinema, which encompasses Krystof Kieslowski’s 1994 masterpiece and one of Woody Allen’s best and most prescient comedies. 1. Metropolis 2. Aliens 3. The Man Who … Continue reading

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The party ain’t jumpin’ like it used to: The best of Usher

The most fluent R&B balladeer of the last twenty years, Usher Raymond IV has struggled lately. Like Brad Paisley, he flings himself at trends and subjects, hoping for a hit. In his case, his biggest album was his best: the … Continue reading

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Here we are now: the best of Moby

Here’s smugness for you: I was listening to Moby at seventeen. Based on nothing but a couple of approving profiles in Details during its James Truman heyday, I bought the first album in fall ’92, alternating play with Utah Saints’ … Continue reading

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No one can lift the damn thing: the best of the Magnetic Fields

With a catalog this daunting, I expect arguments about exclusions and why I included so much of 69 Love Songs: (a) it’s got sixty-nine songs, at least a third of which are superb and funny, especially as collected in the … Continue reading

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Best R&B albums of the 1980s

Thirty-five albums I couldn’t live without. 1. Change – The Glow of Love 2. Babyface – Tender Lover 3. Alexander O’Neal – Hearsay 4. Luther Vandross – Never Too Much 5. Anita Baker – Rapture 6. Marvin Gaye – Midnight … Continue reading

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Best R&B albums of the 2000s

Apologies to fans of Keyshia Cole (she enters my life in the next decade), Anthony Hamilton (a lovely bore besides “Charlene” and several exceptions, including a 2011 Jill Scott duet), and Musiq (still haven’t heard him). 1. Erykah Badu – … Continue reading

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Tell me how does it feel: Best of eighties dance

Of course I acknowledge overlap with my freestyle and disco lists, but that’s inevitable. 1. Patrick Cowley ft. Sylvester – Do You Wanna Funk 2. Madonna – Into the Groove 3. Shannon – Give Me Tonight 4. Jamie Principle – … Continue reading

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Good lord, you’re freakin’ beautiful: Best of Mariah Carey

In 1992 a Madonna-vs-Mariah binary existed, believe me. At that point it was clear her heart was in the plush ballads that climbed the charts when Whitney Houston was in the studio and Celine Dion was powerless to be born … Continue reading

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Coast to coast: The best of Sade

Fortunately my generation has never had trouble accepting Sade as the origins of a well-wrought tuneful melancholy that for American fans translated as posh but fooled no one who listened to R&B radio before they joined the adult R&B lineup. … Continue reading

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Best disco singles

I’m not Tom Smucker, Peter Shapiro, or Tim Lawrence — I’m a consumer of disco who has written about its eighties permutation often. At this point it’s as much a cliche to repeat that disco never died as to say … Continue reading

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You’ve crossed many waters to get here: Best of Van Morrison

Respectful but not obeisant, I approach Van Morrison as I would a neighbor whose manicured lawns and shiny car deserve my respect until I remember that their owner’s gut falls over his bathing trunks and his toenails need a trim. … Continue reading

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