If The Lonesome Crowded West is an album born of and fixated upon car culture, “Truckers Atlas” is the engine at the heart of it. Jack Kerouac, take a seat and learn something.
One of the most critically-acclaimed debuts in rock history, Patti Smith’s Horses is a whirlwind of poetry and proto-punk rock. Counterbalance takes Horses for a ride -- go Rimbaud and go Johnny go!
Whether it was by overthrowing the old guard, engaging in self-reinvention, or by modernizing a particular approach for the new decade, change was a concept that imbued many of 1991’s seminal rock albums.
Each of these songs, in my mind, would fit Alison Krauss and Union Station’s unique blend of bluegrass traditionalism and progressionist spirit.
"Shit Luck" swings with both fists right away, the most focused burst of aggression on an album full of it.
Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger’s rock & roll crossfire Counterbalance returns with a look at Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 epic Born to Run. Strap your hands ’cross their engines!
Hitchens on Verdi and Dylan, not God or Iraq . . .
It would be interesting to hear back from PopMatters' esteemed readership about the best singular musical moments that you can remember.
"Long Distance Drunk" may be the weakest track on The Lonesome Crowded West, but it proves its merit when taken on its own.
Hip-hop makes its debut on The Big List with Public Enemy’s meaty, beaty manifesto, and all the jealous punks can’t stop the dunk. Counterbalance’s Klinger and Mendelsohn give it a listen.