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RS # 391: Jackson Browne, The Pretender


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 #473: George Michael – Faith

"A quick sniff test will determine if I need a little Speed Stick."

George Michael, Faith

Release Date: 1987
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: Yes
Impressions:  After being subjected to way too much Wham! on the radio/MTV,  I mostly passed on George Michael's solo career at the time.  I don't actively hate him, but I'm not coming at this album as a fan.  Let's get this over with...."Faith"  is a snappy Bo-Diddley/Elvis pop confection that is actually not bad. Actually kind of promising start. Then, we get "Father Figure," it features lots of "production." Same with "I Want … Continue Reading ››

RS #487: Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual


Cyndi Lauper, She's So Unusual

Release Date: 1983
Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Let's not get carried away... she's only 'somewhat' unusual.
Impressions:  Ah Cyndi, I was numb to your music when this album came out, as your hits were so hard to get away from. Radio. MTV. Commericals. I couldn't even find refuge in pro-wrestling because you'd show up there too! Let's give this a listen... Not a bad guitar-driven opening number, "Money Changes Everything" almost sounds like Psychedelic Furs or New Order-ish (although it's two minutes too long.) "Girls Just Want To Have … Continue Reading ››