Be: Eternal

written by: Chris Favata on July 20, 2011

Concise, catchy and full of soul, Be is not only the best of Common’s career, but one of the strongest hip-hop records of the 2000s.

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XTC: Wired for Sound

written by: Craig Bechtel on June 29, 2011

They were always a pop band, as they declared on their early song “This Is Pop,” but their first two records, and only a few of the records they produced following, have the staying power and the timelessness of the songs on Drums and Wires.

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Purveyors of Sound

written by: Devin Costello on June 23, 2011

The spaces inside EVOL are jarring and fragmented, yet utterly real.

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Revisiting a sophomore ‘slump’

written by: Kevin Kern on June 15, 2011

A wider reassessment of Radio Ethiopia’s merits might earn it a spot alongside Horses and Easter, cementing the trio of albums as one of the most impressive in rock music’s history.

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Take a Visit to The Village Green

written by: Drew Hunt on May 13, 2011

But as palates were cleansed and tastes began to evolve, the album emerged from a fog of obscurity and was soon praised by fans and critics alike for being the quirky, idiosyncratic pop masterpiece that it is.

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Since We’ve Been Loving Them

written by: Taylor Brennan on May 10, 2011

Fans were familiar with the electrified sound of hits like “Whole Lotta Love,” “Communication Breakdown” and “Heartbreaker,” but Page and vocalist Robert Plant wanted to try some folk arrangements on the upcoming LP.

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Head Over Heals

written by: Kevin Kern on May 5, 2011

It’s one of those rare albums that—regardless of whether you’ve actually heard it straight through—you’ve probably encountered almost in full just by flipping through radio stations.

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Grandaddy Captures Y2K Zeigeist

written by: Abby Johnston on May 2, 2011

While Grandaddy’s disenchanted view of technology has not come to fruition thus far, its intuition about the future of indie pop was dead-on.

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Feminism, with a Side of Spice

written by: Sarah Myers on April 29, 2011

Spice offered some hypnotizing pop songs that were catchy and PG for the kids, but provocative enough for the older listeners. It was the album that launched the girl group into pop stardom.

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