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: Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' | 22 May 2015 // 4:00 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.
Counterbalance: Frank Sinatra’s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers | 15 May 2015 // 3:00 AM
291st most acclaimed album of all time, you make me feel there are songs to be sung, bells to be rung and a marvelous fling to be flung. A pre-rock masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.
Counterbalance: Run the Jewels' 'Run the Jewels 2' | 8 May 2015 // 4:48 AM
One of 2014's most acclaimed albums is a dense, challenging effort from two wily veterans. Profanities and profundities abound in this week's Counterbalance.
Counterbalance: XTC’s 'Skylarking' | 24 Apr 2015 // 3:00 AM
You might not hear of bands talking about XTC as a big influence, but they were certainly in the mix that became the music that was to come.
Counterbalance: Tears for Fears’ 'Songs from the Big Chair' | 17 Apr 2015 // 3:00 AM
I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the 1430th most acclaimed album of all time. But traditions I can trace against the child in your face won't escape my attention. A 1985 synth-pop hit is this week's Counterbalance