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January 2012

Counterbalance No. 66: Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call. Counterbalance will be there—this time, discussing the 66th most acclaimed album of all time, Carole King's 1971 megahit Tapestry.


10 Songs That Will Make You Love U2

As the documentary From the Sky Down marks its arrival on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, Sound Affects list ten songs intended to help you warm up to the biggest band in the world.


Wallflower: Etta James and Fame

Etta James was memorialized before she died, and it illustrates a new and common plight among older artists.


Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “Egg Man”

As if to prove that an accomplished work of art can be inspired by anything, no matter how trivial or adolescent, on “Egg Man” the Beasties turn their shell-cracking exploits into a mock-heroic epic full of faux pathos and legitimate laughs


Etta’s Blues: 1938 - 2012

Across decades and genres, you always know Etta James when you hear her; it would be difficult to think of anyone who sang so well for so long. While we embrace the body of work she left behind after passing away on January 20, it’s hard not to imagine how much more we might have gotten from her, if she’d managed to hook up with a label that knew how to handle a peerless voice.


Counterbalance No. 65: R.E.M.’s ‘Murmur’

This week’s look at the all-time most acclaimed albums talks about the passion, and the 1983 debut from the pride of Athens, GA. Combien de temps? Depends on how fast you read.


AFI’s “Girl’s Not Grey”: One of the Best Rock Songs of the Past Decade?

Often too pretentious for its own good, in 2003 goth-tinged punk group AFI surmounted its shortcomings and excesses to craft at least one near-perfect single.


The Big Chill: 5 Great Records to Help You Through Winter

PopMatters's Corey Beasley can't knit you a blanket, but he can do the next best thing: here are five classic wintertime records to help you through the big chill.


Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “Johnny Ryall”

With “Johnny Ryall”, the Beastie Boys manage to challenge the audience’s ideas of what it has come to expect from hip-hop. The Beasties were no longer just rappers--they were crafters of one of the 1980s’ great short stories.


Counterbalance No. 64: Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’

Can Joy Division’s 1979 debut make you feel the pleasures of a normal man? It's the 64th most acclaimed album of all time. We’ll share a drink and step outside for another Counterbalance.


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