Sound Affects

October 2013

Counterbalance No. 150: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter the Wu-Tang’

Is the 150th most acclaimed album of all time a Gen-X milestone? Counterbalance discusses the 1993 hip-hop masterpiece that spawned a genre all its own.

12 Compositions to Introduce You to Classical Music Post-1950

Classical and compositional music has continued to thrive in the 20th and 21st centuries, reaching new heights of both dissonance and beauty.

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Strollin’”

One of the lyrics that says the most about Prince’s approach to music in 1991 is “If we don’t know how / We’ll fake it / Oh yeah”.

Counterbalance No. 148: Neil Young’s ‘Tonight’s the Night’

Roll another number for the road—and get ready to listen to the Neil Young’s 1975 classic. The sound of some open-hearted people going down is 148th most acclaimed album of all time, and it's this week’s Counterbalance.

Gold Teeth, White Teeth, and Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’

On her debut album, Pure Heroine, Lorde explores adolescence in the modern digital age by singing about her life, her friends, and... teeth. Lorde uses types of teeth to signify differences in class and social circles as well as a demarcation of authenticity.

The Top 8 “Next Nirvanas”

Following Nirvana's surprise ascent to stardom, no one knew what would be the next underground success story. Here are eight examples of where people post-Nevermind opted to place their bets.

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Cream”

“Cream”, the second single off Diamonds and Pearls, might be Prince’s least well-known #1 single. The track features a casual, locked-in groove as well as a lot of playful guitar

20 Questions: Black Hearted Brother

Take members of Slowdive, Mojave 3, and Locust, mix 'em together, and you get the space-rock album of the year. Black Hearted Brother sit down with PopMatters, and woolly socks are discussed.

Counterbalance No. 147: Björk’s ‘Debut’

I could nick a boat and sneak off to this island. I could bring my little ghetto blaster and we could listen to the 147th most acclaimed album of all time. A milestone in Icelandic pop music is this week's Counterbalance.

The Top Ten Arctic Monkeys Songs

From dynamic post-punk to brawny stoner-rock to jangly California pop to moonlit glam, Arctic Monkeys' five albums have displayed impressive range. It’s the main reason why they occupy the enviable spot they do in the music world.

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The Horrors, the Horrors, or Get Your Halloween On

// Short Ends and Leader

"This bevy of B or Z horrors upclassed to Blu-ray will help you get scared the old-fashioned way.

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