Tags
Music

Counterbalance No. 10: 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols'

The Spirit of ’77 abounds as Sex Pistols round out the Top Ten on the Big List. Counterbalance take a cheap holiday in other people’s misery. Right. Now.

Recent
Music

Counterbalance No. 6: Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On'

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.

Music

Counterbalance No. 5: The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

Number five on the list is practically synonymous with Great Artistic Statements. But was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band really the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper"? A splendid time is guaranteed for all as Counterbalance figures it out.

Music

Counterbalance No. 4: 'The Velvet Underground and Nico'

The Velvet Underground & Nico's self-titled debut album started as all hype thanks to Andy Warhol, but it somehow managed to become one of the most influential records of all time. Has this record outlasted its 15 minutes of fame? Peel slowly and see.

Music

Counterbalance No. 3: Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Our Counterbalance team takes on the "Greatest Albums of All Time". This time it's Nirvana's Nevermind. Dust off your flannel shirt... it's going to be a grungy good time!

Music

Counterbalance No. 2: The Beatles' 'Revolver'

In this installment of the tag-team series Counterbalance, we take on the Beatles’ 1966 bellwether Revolver. Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream!

Music

Counterbalance No. 1: The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds'

Ten years ago, we began presenting the beloved Counterbalance series that ran through 2016. Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger debate the merits of some of the most critically-acclaimed albums of all time. We are re-running the entire series beginning today with a new entry each Monday. Enjoy.

Music

Counterbalance: Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak

Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that have been away. This week they're talking about the 813th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1976 classic rock mainstay is this week's Counterbalance. Spread the word around.

Music

Counterbalance: Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Imperial Bedroom

History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies, the same defeats. Keep your finger on important issues, and keep listening to the 275th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1982 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: Harry Nilsson -  Nilsson Schmilsson

Doctor, ain't there nothing I can take? Doctor? To relieve this bellyache? A 1972 smash (however unlikely) -- and the 938th most acclaimed album of all time -- is this week's Counterbalance. Jump into the fire and join us!

Music

Counterbalance: The xx - 'xx'

Watch things on VCRs with me and talk about big love. I think we're superstars -- or at least the xx are. A 2009 indie pop masterpiece is the focus of this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues

Put away that gun. This party's simple. We're talking about the 1137th most acclaimed album of all time. (That Talking Heads' 1983 commercial smash is this week's Counterbalance. Turn like a wheel inside a wheel.

Music

Counterbalance No. 16: David Bowie's 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'

Up next for the Counterbalance series is No. 16 on Acclaimed Music's Big List—David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Press your space face close to mine!

Music

Counterbalance: The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

And I will hang my head low — as we build our homes aluminum and fill our mouths with cinnamon. By land, by sea, by dirigible, we turn our Counterbalance attention to a 2006 indie rock classic.

Music

Counterbalance: Tame Impala - Currents

On Currents, Tame Impala hit upon a winning formula, moving seamlessly between electronic and organic, big ideas and bigger licks, pushed by an unstoppable rhythm.

Music

Counterbalance: Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison

This week, we're stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps draggin' on. Actually it went by pretty fast as we listened to the 157th most acclaimed album of all time. Do the roots of roots music start here?

Music

Counterbalance: Courtney Barnett - Sometime I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Put me on a pedestal and I'll only disappoint you. The debut LP by a pop-rock wunderkind is this week's Counterbalance. She hasn't made the Great List of the most acclaimed albums of all time, but look for her next year.

Music

Counterbalance: John Cale - Paris 1919

Welcome back to Chipping Sodbury. You can have a second chance. Counterbalance is back. To mark their return, they're looking at the 356th most acclaimed album of all time -- avant-garde pop or the poppiest avant-garde?

Music

Counterbalance: My Morning Jacket - Z

You've got to want to rearrange and keep it off the record, off the record. Unless that record is the 556th most acclaimed album of all time. A 2005 mainstay is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain

This week's Counterbalance looks at what is most likely Billy Joel's weirdest album, 1982's The Nylon Curtain, which has yet to make the Great List, and probably never will.

Music

Counterbalance: Graham Parker - Squeezing Out Sparks

Passion is no ordinary word—ain't manufactured or just another sound that you hear at night. Passion is also all over the 746th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1979 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: The Avalanches - Since I Left You

Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar. You're gonna go far, just like the 207th most acclaimed album of all time, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.

Music

Counterbalance: Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers

291st most acclaimed album of all time, you make me feel there are songs to be sung, bells to be rung and a marvelous fling to be flung. A pre-rock masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

One of 2014's most acclaimed albums is a dense, challenging effort from two wily veterans. Profanities and profundities abound in this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: XTC - Skylarking

You might not hear of bands talking about XTC as a big influence, but they were certainly in the mix that became the music that was to come.

Music

Counterbalance: Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair

I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the 1430th most acclaimed album of all time. But traditions I can trace against the child in your face won't escape my attention. A 1985 synthpop hit is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: Uncle Tupelo - No Depression

Fear the hearts of men are failing. These are latter days we know. The great depression now is spreading. God's word declared it would be so. I'm going where there's only the 2,839th most acclaimed album of all time. An alt-rock bellwether is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: Morphine - Cure for Pain

Where is the ritual? And tell me where, where is the taste? Someday there'll be the 2022 most acclaimed album of all time. That's the day I throw my drugs away. An underrated 1990s masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: The Who - The Who Sell Out

What's for tea, darling? Darling, I said, What's for tea? It's a 1967 pop-art masterpiece. You're going to choke on it, too. A pioneer in the art of the concept album is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: The Streets - Original Pirate Material

Geezers need excitement. If their lives don't provide them this they incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. So here's the very exciting UK hip-hop debut of the Streets. An early aughts phenomenon is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow

One pill makes you larger, one pill makes you small, and the 179th most acclaimed album is this week's Counterbalance. Remember what the dormouse said: Feed your head with a 1967 psychedelic classic.

Music

Counterbalance: Daft Punk's 'Discovery'

Last night I dreamed about you, 202nd most acclaimed album of all time. I'm dancing beside you, and it looks like everyone is having fun. Or are we? An electronic landmark from 2001 is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade

Something I learned today: Black and white is always grey. And this week's Counterbalance takes a look at a 1984 turning point in punk. Turn on the news for the 219th most acclaimed album of all time.

Music

Counterbalance: Scott Walker - 'Scott 4'

Anybody seen the 499th most acclaimed album of all time pass this way? I saw him playing chess with Death yesterday. His crusade was a search for God. A 1969 baroque-pop cult favorite is this week's Counterbalance.

Music

Counterbalance: The Kinks - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

The 183rd most acclaimed album of all time is this week's Counterbalance, a pastoral 1968 masterpiece from the Kinks. God save little shops, china cups and virginity.

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.