Counterbalance is Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn's attempt to make sense of the Great Rock & Roll Canon, the albums that have been deemed indispensable by the critical cognoscenti. They began by examining the most acclaimed albums of all time (as compiled by the mathematical genius at www.acclaimedmusic.net), and now they're looking at the idea of critical acclaim from a broader perspective. Look for Counterbalance on the Face-Book at www.facebook.com/CounterbalanceMusic and on Twitter @EricRKlinger
Counterbalance: My Morning Jacket's 'Z' | 19 Jun 2015 // 4:00 AM
You've got to want to rearrange and keep it off the record, off the record. Unless that record is the 556th most acclaimed album of all time. A 2005 mainstay is this week's Counterbalance.
Counterbalance: Billy Joel's 'The Nylon Curtain' | 12 Jun 2015 // 4:00 AM
This week's Counterbalance looks at what is most likely Billy Joel's weirdest album, 1982's The Nylon Curtain, which has yet to make the Great List, and probably never will.
Counterbalance: Graham Parker's 'Squeezing Out Sparks' | 5 Jun 2015 // 4:00 AM
Passion is no ordinary word—ain't manufactured or just another sound that you hear at night. Passion is also all over the 746th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1979 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.
Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You' | 29 May 2015 // 4:00 AM
Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.
Counterbalance: Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' | 22 May 2015 // 5:00 AM
Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar. You're gonna go far, just like the 207th most acclaimed album of all time, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.