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The Pretenders took an unusual path back to relevance on Break Up the Concrete

The Pretenders took an unusual path back to relevance on Break Up the Concrete

With ‘Break Up the Concrete,’ released Oct. 7, 2008, the Pretenders found their old edge – but not with a return to hard-driving punk styles.

Keith Richards, “Take It So Hard” from Talk Is Cheap (1988): One Track Mind

Keith Richards, “Take It So Hard” from Talk Is Cheap (1988): One Track Mind

‘Talk Is Cheap,’ released by the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards on Oct. 3, 1988, was an island of rock and roll grit in a sea of shallow glitter.

Taj Mahal’s rangy, guest-packed Maestro was perfectly titled

Taj Mahal’s rangy, guest-packed Maestro was perfectly titled

Every song from Taj Mahal’s ‘Maestro,’ released on Sept. 30, 2008, was a change up. He’s a Swiss Army knife of the blues.

Todd Rundgren’s Arena was a cool return to football stadium-sized rock

Todd Rundgren’s Arena was a cool return to football stadium-sized rock

With ‘Arena,’ released on Sept. 29, 2008, Todd Rundgren again created music best heard cranked to 10 – loud enough to hear on the very back row.

Walter Becker’s 11 Tracks Of Whack took chances Steely Dan never did

Walter Becker’s 11 Tracks Of Whack took chances Steely Dan never did

Walter Becker’s ’11 Tracks of Whack,’ released on Sept. 27, 1994, is both a neglected minor treasure and a delightfully peculiar album.

Ben Folds’ Way to Normal pointed the way back to a few %*@#-ing Five-era successes

Ben Folds’ Way to Normal pointed the way back to a few %*@#-ing Five-era successes

Ben Folds’ ‘Way to Normal,’ released in September 2008, found him recalling past glories, even as he became ever more potty mouthed.

Porcupine Tree offered a more approachable kind of prog with The Incident

Porcupine Tree offered a more approachable kind of prog with The Incident

‘The Incident,’ released this week in 2009, helped establish Porcupine Tree as a melodically inclined, less wank-inclined progressive rock band.

Supertramp, “Sister Moonshine” from Crisis? What Crisis? (1975): One Track Mind

Supertramp, “Sister Moonshine” from Crisis? What Crisis? (1975): One Track Mind

Supertramp’s elfin, silvery “Sister Moonshine,” released as part of ‘Crisis? What Crisis?’ on September 14, 1975, was a dry run for future platinum success.

Electric Light Orchestra, “Do Ya” from A New World Record (1976): One Track Mind

Electric Light Orchestra, “Do Ya” from A New World Record (1976): One Track Mind

The Electric Light Orchestra never rocked harder than they did on “Do Ya,” released this week in 1976 as part of ‘A New World Record.’

Bernie Worrell’s Improvisczario went well beyond the expected funk

Bernie Worrell’s Improvisczario went well beyond the expected funk

Bernie Worrell’s ‘Improvisczario,’ released this week in 2007, is bubbling over with grooves. That’s not the surprising part.