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: 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
Counterbalance: Uncle Tupelo's 'No Depression' | 10 Apr 2015 // 3:00 AM
Fear the hearts of men are failing. These are latter days we know. The great depression now is spreading. God's word declared it would be so. I'm going where there's only the 2,839th most acclaimed album of all time. An alt-rock bellwether is this week's Counterbalance.
Counterbalance: Morphine’s Cure for Pain | 3 Apr 2015 // 3:00 AM
Where is the ritual? And tell me where, where is the taste? Someday there'll be the 2022 most acclaimed album of all time. That's the day I throw my drugs away. An underrated 1990s masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.
Counterbalance: The Who's 'The Who Sell Out' | 27 Mar 2015 // 3:00 AM
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.