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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 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, June 27 2014

Counterbalance: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D. City’

I can feel this week's album's energy from two planets away. I got my drink, I got my music, I will share it, but today I'm yelling. Yelling about a 2012 hip-hop breakthrough and the subject of this week's Counterbalance, that is.


Friday, June 20 2014

Counterbalance: Jason Isbell’s ‘Southeastern’

You should know compared to people on a global scale our kind has had it relatively easy. Jason Isbell gets that -- and a lot more as well. His 2013 release is this week’s Counterbalance.


Friday, March 14 2014

Counterbalance: Haim’s ‘Days Are Gone’

You know I'm bad at communication, it's the hardest thing for me to do. And it's said, it's the most important part that relationships will go through. So let's just listen to this pop record — it's this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, January 10 2014

Counterbalance No. 158 Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’

Lashing out the action, returning the reaction. Weak are ripped and torn away. Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower. The 158th most acclaimed album of all time is here to stay. A 1986 metal landmark is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, September 27 2013

Counterbalance No. 145: Gang of Four’s ‘Entertainment!’

Remember Lot's wife. Renounce all sin and vice. Dream of the perfect life. And listen to Gang of Four’s 1979 debut album. It’s the 145th most acclaimed album of all time. This heaven gives me migraine.


Friday, September 13 2013

Counterbalance No. 143: Rod Stewart’s ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’

If I listened long enough to the 143rd most acclaimed album of all time, I’d find a way to believe that it’s all true. Does Rod Stewart’s 1971 smash lie straight-faced while we cry? Counterbalance investigates.


Friday, September 6 2013

Counterbalance No. 141: LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Sound of Silver’

One hundred forty-first most acclaimed album of all time, talk to me. Makes you want to feel like a teenager. Until you remember the the feelings of a real life emotional teenager. Then you think again. LCD Soundsystem is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, August 2 2013

Counterbalance No. 133a: Bob Marley and the Wailers’ ‘Catch a Fire’

Quench me when I'm thirsty. Come on and cool me down, baby, when I'm hot. Your recipe is so tasty, when you show and stir your pot. Cooking up the 133rd most acclaimed album of all time in this week's Counterbalance.


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