Rock of Ages: Black Sabbath ‘Paranoid’ Still Cuts Deep

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Rock of Ages: Black Sabbath ‘Paranoid’ Still Cuts Deep

4.5 out of 5
Rating: 4.5

We’re approaching the 45th anniversary of the release of one of the most influential rock records ever made: Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’, considered by fans and critics alike to be their best work.

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Roxy Music ‘The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982′

4.5 out of 5
Rating: 4.5

Roxy Music combined intelligent lyrics with quirky sounds and polished performances that, frankly, set the standards for what was perhaps the pinnacle of adult-oriented rock. Their eight-album Box set ‘The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982′ offers the opportunity for reappraisal of one of the top bands of all time.

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Rock of Ages: Talking Heads ‘Speaking in Tongues’

‘Speaking in Tongues’ was the first Talking Heads album after the band’s collaboration with Brian Eno, but they didn’t leave his influence behind.  It’s a sophisticated, funky, brand of their original new wave music run through an 80s synth.

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Essentials: Bjork ‘Biophilia’

4.5 out of 5
Rating: 4.5

Far more than a musical project, ‘Biophilia’ exploits Bjork’s penchant for experimentation to the fullest, delivering the modern-day equivalent of art song to its extreme outer limits.

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Hall and Oates ‘She’s Gone’

She’s Gone’ is a brilliant example of Seventies blue-eyed soul music, grounded in Philadelphia where such legendary songwriters and producers as Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff dominated the local music scene.

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Album of the Week: Ashley Monroe ‘The Blade’

4.3 out of 5
Rating: 4.3

So far The Blade has our vote as the top country album issued this year. Make no mistake: Ashley Monroe belongs in your record library.

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Essentials: Nina Simone ‘At The Village Gate’

5 out of 5
Rating: 5

One of the greatest live recordings of all time, by the incomparable Nina Simone. She is, without any doubt, the one other great singers idolize.

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All Hail Skrillex!

Skrillex is the future of music. We offer up guest columnist Jason Schreurs’ take on the multi-talented Skrillex as well as several essential tracks for your consideration.

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Underrated, Overlooked and Unjustly Ignored: American Music Club’s ‘California’

The ‘California’ album by American Music Club is not a Billboard-recognized classic in the halls of rock. Their marriage of bleary-eyed country rock and San Fran Soul was doomed to fail… on the charts that is.

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Rock of Ages: Neil Young ‘After the Gold Rush’

4.8 out of 5
Rating: 4.8

Ranking Neil Young albums can be difficult but it’s really hard to say any are better than ‘After the Goldrush’. Here’s why…

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