RS #386: Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic

#386

Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic

Release Date: 1974 Previously Owned: Yes First Time Listen: No
Impressions: Holy crow, it's been a while since my last update! Let's Pretzel...The Dan seems kind of polarizing, so I'll just say up front that I'm a big fan. I've mostly heard their songs broken up by a mix or as a part of Citizen Steely Dan boxed set. So we'll see how these songs work … Continue Reading ››

RS #387: Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang Clan: 36 Chambers

#387

Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang Clan:36 Chambers

Release Date: 1993 Previously Owned: Yes First Time Listen: No
"These guys ain't nothin' to fuck wit. By Source, Fair use, Link
Impressions: I've always liked Wu-Tang but I never became a fanatic. Let us enter the 36 Chambers here... "Bring Da Ruckus" is a ('90s term coming up) slammin' opener that establishes their mix of kung fu samples, brash choruses "BRING THA MUTHAFUCKIN RUCKUS," hard beats, and nine, that's … Continue Reading ››

RS: 388: Various Artists, The Indestructable Beat of Soweto – Vol 1

#388

Various Artists The Indestructable Beat of Soweto- Vol. 1

Release Date: 1985 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
"I would say, yes, this beat is quite indestructable " by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.
Impressions: Looking forward to this one. Well, not speaking the language, it loses a little in translation for me. But it's chockful of catchy, quirky tunes that are light, funky and don't have a ton of "world music" baggage. Rubbery basslines, … Continue Reading ››

#389 – RS #500: Don Henley, The End Of Innocence

#389

Don Henley The End Of Innocence

Release Date: 1989 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
"The End of Tasteful Late '80s, Cusp Of Desktop Publishing Graphic Design" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.
Impressions: Okay, let's give this a spin. (Listens) Hmmm, must have placed a Bruce Hornsby CD on by mistake...no? DON: "Hey Hornsby... don't forget to bring over your piano and drum machine for this track." Sounds like 1989 for sure, with a … Continue Reading ››

RS #390: White Stripes, Elephant

#390

White Stripes Elephant

Release Date: 2003 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
"I pledge allegance to the red, white and black album cover... " by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.
Impressions: Well, even though it's been played to death..."Seven Nation Army" is a real winner. I must confess it's pretty undeniable. What's not to like? I mean, that massive riff... dummmm dum dum dudumm! It's perfect. Jack and Meg White are like the proprietors of … Continue Reading ››

RS # 391: Jackson Browne, The Pretender

#391

Jackson Browne The Pretender

Release Date: 1976 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
"Oh Jackson, I’m sorry the ’60s had to end" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.
Impressions: I was surprised by how much I liked his previous album on this list. Let's see if he can keep it up... "The Fuse" is tasteful, well produced, but kind of a bore. I can see how people got tired of this stuff in '76 and … Continue Reading ››

RS #392 — The Beatles, Let It Be

#392

The Beatles, Let It Be

Release Date: 1969 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes (unbelievable!)
"The Beatles, Let It Be" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.
Impressions: Their worst album?...And the start of 10 Beatles albums on this list. Which is, what, 0.02% of the list? Let's get to work... Well, even though it's not technically their last album, the whole deal has a down-cast, end of the road vibe. I always liked the stomping acoustic guitar … Continue Reading ››

RS #393: M.I.A., Kala

#393

M.I.A., Kala

Release Date: 2007 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
"M.I.A., Kala" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.
Impressions: Intriguing hip-hop British/Indian multicultural mash up. Opening songs like "Bamboo Banga" are fragmented, percussive, cool but can get a bit numbing, "Jimmy"opens up into a disco cover. "Hussel" sounds of 2007 with big throwback keyboards and tribal drums, yet still unique. Sometime M.I.A.'s rapping veers dangerously close toward Debbie Harry "Rapture" style, but generally she gets by pretty … Continue Reading ››

RS #394: Randy Newman, Good Old Boys

#394

Randy Newman, Good Old Boys

Release Date: 1974 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
"Randy Newman, Good Old Boys" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.
Impressions: Woah, Mr. Newman comes out firing with "Rednecks.," which sports some quite provocative lyrics about institutional racism over a jaunty country/rag. Seems to be that was his '70s modus operandi. Odd to think a guy who'd sing stuff like "we don't know our ass from a hole in the ground/we're rednecks!/We're keepin … Continue Reading ››