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Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger

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


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Friday, March 27 2015

Counterbalance: The Who's 'The Who Sell Out'

What's for tea, darling? Darling, I said, What's for tea? It's a 1967 pop-art masterpiece. You're going to choke on it, too. A pioneer in the art of the concept album is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, March 20 2015

Counterbalance: The Streets' 'Original Pirate Material'

Geezers need excitement. If their lives don't provide them this they incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. So here's the very exciting UK hip-hop debut of the Streets. An early aughts phenomenon is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, March 13 2015

Counterbalance: Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow

One pill makes you larger, one pill makes you small, and the 179th most acclaimed album is this week's Counterbalance. Remember what the dormouse said: Feed your head with a 1967 psychedelic classic.


Friday, March 6 2015

Counterbalance: Daft Punk's 'Discovery'

Last night I dreamed about you, 202nd most acclaimed album of all time. I'm dancing beside you, and it looks like everyone is having fun. Or are we? An electronic landmark from 2001 is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, February 27 2015

Counterbalance: Hüsker Dü's Zen Arcade

Something I learned today: Black and white is always grey. And this week's Counterbalance takes a look at a 1984 turning point in punk. Turn on the news for the 219th most acclaimed album of all time.


Counterbalance: Scott Walker - 'Scott 4' (Sound Affects) [20.Feb.15]
Counterbalance: Weezer (Blue Album) (Sound Affects) [23.Jan.15]
Counterbalance: 'Violent Femmes' (Sound Affects) [21.Nov.14]
Counterbalance: Prince's '1999' (Sound Affects) [31.Oct.14]
Counterbalance: 'Franz Ferdinand' (Sound Affects) [24.Oct.14]
Counterbalance: Outkast's 'Stankonia' (Sound Affects) [26.Sep.14]
Counterbalance: Paul McCartney's 'Ram' (Sound Affects) [19.Sep.14]
Counterbalance: 'Van Halen' (Sound Affects) [28.Aug.14]
Counterbalance: 'The Modern Lovers' (Sound Affects) [22.Aug.14]
Counterbalance: The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE' (Sound Affects) [25.Jul.14]
Counterbalance: Rush's '2112' (Sound Affects) [18.Jul.14]
Counterbalance: 'The Velvet Underground' (Sound Affects) [23.May.14]
Counterbalance: St. Germain’s 'Tourist' (Sound Affects) [16.May.14]
Counterbalance: Redd Kross' 'Third Eye' (Sound Affects) [9.May.14]
Counterbalance: Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' (Sound Affects) [2.May.14]
Counterbalance: Disclosure's 'Settle' (Sound Affects) [18.Apr.14]
Counterbalance: Charles Mingus' 'Oh Yeah' (Sound Affects) [11.Apr.14]
Counterbalance: Haim's 'Days Are Gone' (Sound Affects) [14.Mar.14]
Counterbalance Special Report (Sound Affects) [14.Feb.14]
Counterbalance No. 161: 'Pretenders' (Sound Affects) [31.Jan.14]
Counterbalance No. 157 Air's 'Moon Safari' (Sound Affects) [20.Dec.13]
Counterbalance No. 147: Björk's 'Debut' (Sound Affects) [11.Oct.13]
Counterbalance No. 138: 'New York Dolls' (Sound Affects) [23.Aug.13]
Counterbalance No. 113: The Who's 'Tommy' (Sound Affects) [18.Jan.13]
Counterbalance No. 108: 'Led Zeppelin' (Sound Affects) [30.Nov.12]
Counterbalance No. 106: 'Elvis Presley' (Sound Affects) [9.Nov.12]
Counterbalance No. 89: David Bowie's 'Low' (Sound Affects) [13.Jul.12]
Counterbalance No. 82: U2's 'Achtung Baby' (Sound Affects) [18.May.12]
Counterbalance No. 65: R.E.M.’s 'Murmur' (Sound Affects) [20.Jan.12]
Counterbalance No. 63: 'Led Zeppelin II' (Sound Affects) [6.Jan.12]
Counterbalance No. 57: Beck’s 'Odelay' (Sound Affects) [4.Nov.11]
Counterbalance No. 56: 'The Clash' (Sound Affects) [28.Oct.11]
Counterbalance No. 55: 'The Stone Roses' (Sound Affects) [21.Oct.11]
Counterbalance: Year One (Sound Affects) [9.Sep.11]
Counterbalance No. 47: 'The Band' (Sound Affects) [19.Aug.11]
Counterbalance No. 37: 'Ramones' (Sound Affects) [10.Jun.11]
Counterbalance No. 31: 'Led Zeppelin IV' (Sound Affects) [29.Apr.11]
Counterbalance No. 24: 'The Doors' (Sound Affects) [11.Mar.11]
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