Tag Archives: 2.5 stars

RS #379: TLC, Crazysexycool


TLC Crazysexycool

Release Date: 1994 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Love a great '70s drawn album cover. By Source, Fair use, Link
Impressions: Well, if you want to try to win me over from the jump, throw a Phife cameo rap at the beginning that references A Tribe Called Quest in a almost Marvel comic crossover fashion. Good start. Sounds like vintage early '90s hip hop-infused new Jack Swingish, R&B. "Creep" showcases TLC at their best: solid samples, … Continue Reading ››

RS# 410: Bob Dylan, Time Out Of Mind


Bob Dylan, Time Out Of Mind

Release Date: 1997 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Probably not going to be covering Steely Dan's song "Time Out Of Mind" on this album
Impressions: This is the first of ten Dylan albums on this list so I better start getting used to his distinct nasal, reedy voice. Let's put it on… Starts off in a sort of spooky, almost dub-like mode with "Love Sick." Production wise, Daniel Lanois favors spooky, shimmering, echoey atmospheric tracks that lack hooks but provide a decent and novel texture to support … Continue Reading ››

RS #427: Peter Wolf, Sleepless


Peter Wolf, Sleepless

Release Date: 2002
Previously Owned: No
Nice of them to include a pillow with the album in case it's a snooze.
First Time Listen: Yes
Impressions: Peter Wolf, former J. Geils Band front man ("Angel Is A Centerfold,") and WXRT favorite, has never won me over as a fan. Like John Prine, Warren Zevon, and Boz Scaggs for me, He falls into that regular guy rock/blues singer-songwriter category of interchangable white dudes that get mashed up together in my head. Completely unfair of … Continue Reading ››

RS #460: Hole – Live Through This


Hole, Live Through This

Release Date: 1994 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Hole, Live Through This
I did! I did live through this!
Impressions: We shall see if I can live though this... Snappy opening song "Violet" indicates the music and production is state-of-the-art for 1994, well into the grunge hayday. It goes without saying that Courtney Love is a mess vocally and personallly, but it kind of seems like by design? She also mimics her husband's Kurt Cobain's wounded hollering (or was it the other way around?) but adds a feminist edge. Harrowing songs like "Asking For It" … Continue Reading ››

#492: Eurythmics – Touch

Eurythmics - Touch
Probably the album they play at that party in "Eyes Wide Shut"


Eurythmics, Touch

Release Date: 1983
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: I think so


I thought I was in for a real '80s electro-pop treat but after the majestic, icy sweep of "Here Comes The Rain Again," this album surprisingly, became a little bit of a slog. Must have sounded good on a Walkman at the time, but much of the album's dated, clunky bass and percussion wore on me. Dave Stewart's Kraftwerk/Art Of Noise affectations made the second … Continue Reading ››

#496: Boz Scaggs – Boz Scaggs

# 496

Boz Scaggs/Self Titled

Release Date 1969
Previously Owned: No
First time listen? Yes
Boz Scaggs
The Scaggster
Impressions: I wasn't expecting much. I don't think I was quite aware of Boz Scaggs and his name was kind of a weird turnoff to me. Boz. Scaggs. (shudders) I mentally lumped him in with other '60s/70s artists who were ostensibly tasteful, yet low-charisma blue-eyed soul/rock "regular guys" like John Hiatt, Dan Fogelberg, Randy Newman, George Thorogood. In other words, not really my cup of tea. Album starts off solidly with "I'm Easy"-- a … Continue Reading ››