On Second Thought

John Lennon’s Milk and Honey was unfinished, but still resonant

John Lennon’s Milk and Honey was unfinished, but still resonant

The brutally honest, toss-off attitude on ‘Milk and Honey’ was more in keeping with John Lennon’s solo career than the slick, celebrated ‘Double Fantasy.’

Fantomas – Delirium Cordia (2004): On Second Thought

Fantomas – Delirium Cordia (2004): On Second Thought

The best comparison for Fantomas’ ‘Delirium Cordia,’ released today in 2004, was with a film. It required, and rewarded, a similar amount of attention.

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

With ‘Working On A Dream,’ released six years ago today, Bruce Springsteen continued an intriguing journey back to the music of his formative years.

Adrian Belew’s brilliant Side One was a journey through his entire musical history

Adrian Belew’s brilliant Side One was a journey through his entire musical history

Released 10 years ago today, Adrian Belew’s ‘Side One’ began four separate installments of adrenaline-charged, twisty guitar. Better buckle up!

Rare Earth – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Rare Earth (2001): On Second Thought

Rare Earth – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Rare Earth (2001): On Second Thought

This collection of early Rare Earth favorites returns us to a period when rock music prompted people to listen, learn and react.

John Mellencamp’s Freedom’s Road heralded a complete, still on-going artistic rejuvenation

John Mellencamp’s Freedom’s Road heralded a complete, still on-going artistic rejuvenation

‘Freedom’s Road,’ released today in 2007, found John Mellencamp exploring the uncertainties that exist inside middle America’s most reliable traditions.

Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks remains as painful as it is enigmatic

Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks remains as painful as it is enigmatic

Released 40 years ago, ‘Blood on the Tracks’ signalled that Bob Dylan was ready to re-engage in his career. It was also something more personal.

Ringo Starr’s Y Not was elevated by a dark Paul McCartney duet: ‘That’s why he’s a genius’

Ringo Starr’s Y Not was elevated by a dark Paul McCartney duet: ‘That’s why he’s a genius’

Released five years ago today, Ringo Starr’s ‘Y Not’ featured the usual group of friendly co-stars. A partial Beatles reunion stole the show.

Muddy Waters – Hard Again (1977): On Second Thought

Muddy Waters – Hard Again (1977): On Second Thought

Released on on January 10, 1977, Muddy Waters’ ‘Hard Again’ marked the kind of comeback you expect from the great ones.

Bruce Springsteen – Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973): On Second Thought

Bruce Springsteen – Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973): On Second Thought

Mark Saleski finds new meaning during a track-by-track return to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.,’ released on January 5, 1973.