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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, October 17 2014

Counterbalance: 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'

Well, I remember seein’ some ad so I turned on my Conelrad but I didn’t pay my Con Ed bill so the radio didn’t work so well. Turned on my record player—it was the 929th most acclaimed album of all time. Dylan's 1963 breakthrough is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, October 10 2014

Counterbalance: Jane's Addiction's 'Ritual de lo Habitual'

Don't save the complaints for a party conversation. The world is loaded—it's lit to pop and nobody is gonna stop talking about the 420th most acclaimed album of all time. Further dispatches from the Alternative Nation in this week’s Counterbalance.


Friday, October 3 2014

Counterbalance: The Flaming Lips' 'The Soft Bulletin'

And though they were sad, the 137th most acclaimed album of all time rescued everyone. They lifted up the sun. A spoonful weighs a ton. A 1999 neo-psychedelic masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, September 26 2014

Counterbalance: Outkast's 'Stankonia'

Ain't nobody as dope as the 124th most acclaimed album of all time, so fresh and so clean. It loves it when you stare at it. A hip-hop game changer is this week's Counterbalance. Break!


Friday, September 19 2014

Counterbalance: Paul McCartney's 'Ram'

This week's Counterbalance takes on the 1,377th most acclaimed album of all time, Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 joint effort. Have another look, have a cup of tea and a butter pie. (The butter wouldn't melt so we put it in a pie.)


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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