On Second Thought

Yes’ patched-together homecoming project Union never lived up to its promise

Yes’ patched-together homecoming project Union never lived up to its promise

Jon Anderson and Billy Sherwood look back on Yes’ Frankenstein-like collaborative album ‘Union,’ released on April 30, 1991.

Pressure-filled Red Rose Speedway fractured Paul McCartney and Wings: ‘Point of no return’

Pressure-filled Red Rose Speedway fractured Paul McCartney and Wings: ‘Point of no return’

Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough talk about Paul McCartney and Wings’ turbulent, uneven ‘Red Rose Speedway,’ released on April 30, 1973.

Adrian Belew’s Mr. Music Head was more than ‘Oh Daddy’ : ‘Don’t think I’ve played it again’

Adrian Belew’s Mr. Music Head was more than ‘Oh Daddy’ : ‘Don’t think I’ve played it again’

“Oh Daddy” got Adrian Belew a solo deal with Atlantic, who released ‘Mr. Music Head’ on April 28, 1989. The worry was that he’d be forever saddled with it.

Bob Dylan kept things low key, personal on Together Through Life

Bob Dylan kept things low key, personal on Together Through Life

The loose feel of Bob Dylan’s ‘Together Through Life,’ released on April 28, 2009, recalled a bottle-passing night of music among old friends.

King Crimson’s brief, but important, double-trio era peaked with Thrak

King Crimson’s brief, but important, double-trio era peaked with Thrak

The potential of King Crimson’s inventive musical format on ‘Thrak,’ released on April 25, 1995, has only become more clear as time passes.

The Monkees – The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees (1968): On Second Thought

The Monkees – The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees (1968): On Second Thought

The genre-blending Monkees do a great job flaunting their mercurial talents on ‘The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees,’ released this week in 1968.

How I learned to love (or at least tolerate) Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

How I learned to love (or at least tolerate) Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

A confession: I never fully appreciated the overpraised ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,’ released by Wilco this week in 2002. Not until much later, anyway.

Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers boasts an underrated complexity

Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers boasts an underrated complexity

The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers,’ released on April 23, 1971, might just be better – shhhhh! – than the far-more-heralded album that followed it.

The Cure – Wish (1992): On Second Thought

The Cure – Wish (1992): On Second Thought

I had trouble coming to terms with ‘Wish,’ released this week in 1992. It felt like a return to form for the Cure, but not the form I wanted.

Tommy Roe – Greatest Hits (1993): On Second Thought

Tommy Roe – Greatest Hits (1993): On Second Thought

Tommy Roe created pure and natural pop rock songs that were fun to sing along with, dance to, or simply make people feel good.