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Do or die: The best third albums

“Three, that’s the magic number,” the artist with today’s #1 album once rapped on their debut. Bet they didn’t think they had “In the Woods,” “Area,” and “Breakadawn” and other astonishments from Buhloone Mindstate in them. The rest of this … Continue reading

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The best second albums

In many cases the second album is a band’s legacy item: the consolidation, often boasting songs tested years on the road, further toughened by either failure or anticipation of success. Here is the group I still enjoy. 1. Alexander O’Neal … Continue reading

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You tried it just for once/Found it all right for kicks: The best debut singles

Thinking about Lana del Rey’s “Video Games” kicked off this list, and even though I adore her now I still have trouble accepting its ethos; she’s done better. The rest of the entries constitute a series of singles that delineated … Continue reading

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The morning is dead: The best of Jimi Hendrix

As well as Jimi Hendrix played the guitar, he played the mixing board with greater imagination — or so the Electric Ladyland tracks tell me.

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If your memory serves you well: The best of The Band

Pedantic critics will claim The Band were “timeless” as if such a boneheaded idea existed. Devotees of a fantastical America in which the smell of rivers and the sound of Chuck Berry’s guitar carved space in their imaginations, The Band … Continue reading

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You trying to get an a pass: Best Rolling Stones Songs 1978-2005

Dubbed the Mall Rat Years by Rob Sheffield, the Stones between 1978 and 1982 enjoyed their biggest stateside success: huge on album rock radio, still scoring sizable pop hits, and, starting in 1981, MTV stand-bys through 1998. In 1981 they … Continue reading

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The albums of my life: the best of the 2010s

And here are the seven years of my latest decade, in which I love few things on replay like I do my 2012 and 2015 albums. 2010: Taylor Swift – Speak Now 2011: DJ Quik – The Book of David … Continue reading

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The albums of my life: the 1970s

Had I been born earlier, I’d have brought the funk. 1974: Roxy Music – Country Life 1975: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Zuma 1976: Joni Mitchell – Hejira 1977: David Bowie – Low 1978: Blondie – Parallel Lines 1979: … Continue reading

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The albums of my life: the 2000s

In the new millennium I heard past my provincial post-white tastes, helped muchly by fire sharing, illegal and otherwise. With the exception of 2000’s chart topper, every one of these I put atop my year end lists, including 2002, my … Continue reading

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The albums of my life: the 1980s

The first three years presented such an embarrassment of riches that I was embarrassed, actually — how do I vote for ties? The answer: don’t. Make hard choices.

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Songs about fathers and children

Songs by men about their daughters are often gross, as Kanye West proved last week. To believe a man scrubs himself of asshole tendencies toward women because he has a daughter is to believe in a Madonna-whore complex that is … Continue reading

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The albums of my life: the 1990s

Last year I did a similar series for the best films every year I’ve been alive. I’m doing a similar thing for music but out of order because I can. Here are the nineties, although the only ones I picked … Continue reading

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