Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Rolling Stone 500: (496) Destroyer by Kiss [1976]

No. No. No. No. No. No. No. Destroyer  is a certifiably terrible album. Really, it sounds like a parody of Kiss. Everything is hard rock cliche. The high production value really amplifies how bad the band, especially the singing, is.

Rolling Stone 500: (497) Yo! Bum Rush the Show by Public Enemy [1987]

Wow. The first Public Enemy record sounds different from their songs I know from a few years later. The beats and rhyming are really old school. The good thing about even average hip-hop is it will almost always have a good beat. But the lesser songs on "Yo! Bum Rush the Show" do drag this record down.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rolling Stone 500: (498) Tres Hombres by ZZ Top [1973]

I grew up listening to classic rock. My dad listened to this stuff all the time. For a reference point, watch That 70's Show. It pretty much is his generation in sitcom format. So, I know ZZ Top and I've heard their songs on the radio, but I usually change the station when they come up. The 70's-era blues-influenced classic hard rock style turns me off usually. It's okay, just not my tatse.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rolling Stone 500: (499) Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King [1967]

Now this, this I can get behind. As I listened to Albert King play of course his amazing guitar playing stood out, but even more impressive, the backing band. Who could be that good. Well, freakin' Booker T. & the MGs that's who! Shoot, Issac Hayes plays piano on the record! The Memphis Horns! Steve Cropper! Alright, let me calm down for a second. Needless to say, though I still shall, I really dig that old Stax Records sound.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rolling Stone 500: Touch by Eurythmics [1983]

Making lists is hard. So when Rolling Stone made a list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it was never going to please everyone. Now, I'm going to listen to each one and write about it. The end. Or beginning.

The first album on Rolling Stone's list is the Eurythmics' "Touch." Now, it came out in the early 80's and certainly sounds like the time. With that in mind, I have to say about half the songs have aged poorly. But the ones that are good are really, really good.