Depeche Mode Violates with Violator

written by: Jenn Beening on November 15, 2011

Violator’s faith-challenging confluence of jealousy, devotion, absolution and lust marks the band’s highest critical, commercial, and thematic success.

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Hole Fills a Gap with Celebrity Skin

written by: Alex Peak on October 18, 2011

Grungy in her music and her lifestyle, Love did an excellent job of balancing heavy, dirty and screaming with soft, feminine and crooning.

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Masked Maestros

written by: Daniel Russell on October 7, 2011

Madvillainy still sounds fresh seven years after, and aptly fits its “alternative hip-hop” title.

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Returning to In My Tribe: 10,000 Maniacs’ Best Record

written by: Craig Bechtel on September 28, 2011

It’s their best, end to end, despite the folksy passion of The Wishing Chair, the dark, brooding intensity of Blind Man’s Zoo, or the pop confections included on their final proper album, Our Time In Eden.

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The Album That Made ‘Alternative’ Pop

written by: Alex Bahler on September 19, 2011

Nirvana’s middle record Nevermind is nothing but demented pop songs, showing the public a new kind of hit that would complicatedly redefine the “alternative” music genre.

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The Spirits When They Need You: The Battle for By The Way

written by: Taylor Cowan on August 31, 2011

With By The Way you can feel the breath of the album, its dirty, yearning heart beating beneath every arrangement. There is a masterful use of space, harmony, layering and auxiliary instrumentation, the band employing everything from strings to Rhodes pianos, trumpets, to melodicas, all while maintaining a spirit of escapism, an immortality, an “Everyone knows/Anything goes,” attitude that is so befitting of the band.

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Give It Away: RHCP Gives It All

written by: Brandon Campbell on August 24, 2011

Released the same day as Nirvana’s now-legendary Nevermind, the Chili Pepper’s fifth album would become the band’s most important.

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