Tag Archives: Unowned

RS #381: Beach Boys, The Smile Sessions

#381

The Beach Boys The Smile Sessions

Release Date: 2011 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Well, sort of. I used to try to download versions of this album during the old Napster heyday.
Smile. By Source, Fair use, Link
Impressions: Here. Here's a whole box of toys. Some are broken. Most don't quite match. I'm going to spill it out on this table and you can try to enjoy it, or better yet, figure it out yourself. Maybe if this Beach Boys … Continue Reading ››

RS# 382: Modern Lovers, Modern Lovers

#382

The Modern Lovers Modern Lovers

Release Date: 1976 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: No
Absolutely classic rock logo. By Source, Fair use, Link
Impressions: Proto-punk, proto-New Wave, proto-Talking Heads (with an actual future-Talking Head on keyboards)...but solid, simple...sounds perfect. Velvet Underground meets Punk or something. Again, weird I never really got into this album when I was younger. With the organ like in "Astral Plane", sometimes they sounds even Doors like, but swap Jonathan Richman's nerdy … Continue Reading ››

RS #384: The Who, A Quick One

#384

The Who, A Quick One

Release Date: 1966 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
By Source, Fair use, Link
Impressions: The Who's second album. When it comes to the Who, I probably respect them more than I enjoy them. Let's go...."Run Run Run" okay, but smells a little like the second album lull. "Boris the Spider" is pretty nutty and, of course, being a John Entwistle song, bass heavy. So, I guess everyone in the band wrote songs? Even … Continue Reading ››

RS #385: Bob Dylan, Love and Theft

#385

Bob Dylan, Love and Theft

Release Date: 2001 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Impressions: Another late-career Dylan entry. Okay, let's get through this... Bluesy, rockabilly opener. His craggy, nasal vocal style doesn't really appeal to me, but this sounds lighter and looser already. Unpretentious production. Something about "Mississippi" snuck up on me: he's older and been through some stuff and it seems lived in with lyrics like "I'm … 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 ››