Album Reviews – 53rd Edition

The Manic Street Preachers temporarily retreat from the fight and go into the realm of safe pop rock, Jack White explores the full extent of his quirkiness and musical taste, Led Zeppelin goes folk, and Nico makes her musical debut under the mantle of orchestral pop.

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Album Reviews – 52nd Edition

First Aid Kit succeeds once again in integrating indie with country, Franz Ferdinand dives further into dance music, The Breeders reemerge with a generally uninspired effort, and The Decemberists throw synthesizers at their identity crisis problem.

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Album Reviews – 45th Edition

Arcade Fire takes another unproductive dive into the well of synthpop, Lou Reed finds a rather distinctive songwriting style in the bleak reporting of the destructive life of a couple, David Bowie creates and kills a rock and roll myth during the course of an album, and Iggy Pop emerges out of the wreckage of The Stooges’ implosion in the most unexpected way possible.

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Album Reviews – 44th Edition

Big Star brilliantly nods towards the British Invasion long after it had become part of rock history books, the Beastie Boys prove classroom jerks can be widely beloved when their wit and musical talent are remarkable, Paramore start to pave their way out of the pop punk cage, and The Last Shadow Puppets bring drama and subversion to baroque pop.

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