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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 @counterbalance_.


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Friday, April 18 2014

Counterbalance: Disclosure's 'Settle'

When a fire starts to burn, right? And it starts to spread, right? Then it's time for another edition of Counterbalance. This week it's electronic time with a critically acclaimed UK hit from 2013.


Friday, April 11 2014

Counterbalance: Charles Mingus' 'Oh Yeah'

Oh Lord, don't let them drop that atomic bomb on me. At least not until we've had a chance to talk about a 1962 masterpiece by composer Charles Mingus. Counterbalance delivers the jazz this week.


Friday, April 4 2014

Counterbalance: Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged in New York'

I gazed a gazeless stare. We walked a million hills. As the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death approaches, Counterbalance takes a look at Nirvana's landmark acoustic performance.


Friday, March 28 2014

Counterbalance: Queens of the Stone Age's '...Like Clockwork'

And I know you'll never believe I play this as though I’m all right. If life is but a dream, then wake me up. The latest from Queens of the Stone is this week’s Counterbalance.


Friday, March 21 2014

Counterbalance: The Zombies' 'Odessey and Oracle'

It's the time of the season when love runs high. In this time, give it to me easy and let me try with pleasured hands to talk about a 1968 psychedelic milestone. A misspelled masterpiece is this week’s Counterbalance.


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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