Monday, August 26 2013
"Dancing in the Street" did not seek the kind of greatness ascribed to it -- it simply woke up one morning and found that greatness bestowed upon it.
Sunday, July 28 2013
Robin Thicke delves into '70s funk and controversy.
Thursday, September 22 2011
The music is uniformly solid, even groovy. But there’s a sweetness to the singles.
Friday, September 9 2011
In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.
Thursday, October 21 2010
At number six on the list, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On has been called the greatest soul album of all time. But is it truly "right on"—or maybe a little bit "jive"? Counterbalance’s Mendelsohn and Klinger find out what's happening, brother.
Thursday, November 19 2009
Sunday, October 11 2009
K'naan's The Messengers series is a trilogy of episodes designed to highlight the genius of Nigeria's Fela Kuti, Jamaica's Bob Marley, and the United States' Bob Dylan.
Monday, March 30 2009
Thursday, January 29 2009
In the early '80s Detroit, Motown was as unquestionable as air. Who didn't like air?
Wednesday, January 28 2009
When Obie Benson of the Four Tops brought him a song he had co-written with Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye found something that had reflected the way he had been feeling ever since Tammi Terrell's death -- anger, sadness, and disillusionment about his friend's death and the chaotic world around him.