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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, November 21 2014

Counterbalance: 'Violent Femmes'

When I'm a-walkin' I strut my stuff and I'm so strung out. I'm high as a kite and I just might stop to check out the 304th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1983 acoustopunk bellwether is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, November 14 2014

Counterbalance: The Monkees' 'Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.'

This week's Counterbalance serenades the weekend squire who just came out to mow his lawn. A pop-psych delight, or the only choo-choo train that was left out in the rain the day after Santa came? Let's find out.


Friday, November 7 2014

Counterbalance: The Police's 'Synchronicity'

Another suburban family morning here at Counterbalance. We have to shout above the din of our Rice Krispies — and the 272nd most acclaimed album of all time. Many miles away, something crawls to the surface of a dark Scottish lake.


Friday, October 31 2014

Counterbalance: Prince's '1999'

We were dreaming when we wrote this, so sue us if it goes astray. The Purple One’s 1982 breakthrough is the 199th most acclaimed album of all time, and it’s the subject of this week’s Counterbalance. All the hippies sing together.


Friday, October 24 2014

Counterbalance: 'Franz Ferdinand'

And if you leave here, you leave me broken, shattered, I lie. I'm just a crosshair. I'm just a shot, then we can listen to the 192nd most acclaimed album of all time. Franz Ferdinand’s 2004 debut is this week’s Counterbalance.


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) [17.Jan.13]
Counterbalance No. 108: 'Led Zeppelin' (Sound Affects) [29.Nov.12]
Counterbalance No. 106: 'Elvis Presley' (Sound Affects) [8.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) [19.Jan.12]
Counterbalance No. 63: 'Led Zeppelin II' (Sound Affects) [5.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) [10.Mar.11]
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