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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, December 19 2014

Counterbalance: The dB's' 'Stands for Decibels'

They say the 235th most acclaimed album of all time gets off on frustration, but I know you've got an explanation. The 1981 debut from a power-pop legend is this week's Counterbalance. Bad reputation? Not hardly.


Friday, December 12 2014

Counterbalance: Kanye West's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'

No one man should have all that power. The 97th most acclaimed album of all time is living in that 21st century, doing something mean to it. Counterbalance has a listen.


Friday, December 5 2014

Counterbalance: Captain Beefheart's 'Safe As Milk'

The 498th most acclaimed album of all time was born in the desert, came on up from New Orleans. Captain Beefheart's startling 1967 debut album is this week's Counterbalance.


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.


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) [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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