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Metallica – St. Anger (2003): On Second Thought

Metallica – St. Anger (2003): On Second Thought

At first, I was lamenting the death of a band I grew up with, reeling from hearing that horrible snare Lars is using, making fun of James Hetfield’s weak singing, poking at the plodding rhythms and overlong songs.

Lou Reed and Metallica post full Lulu stream

Oh yes. The gnashing of teeth, the bitching, the moaning, it has begun. Actually, it started a while ago when Lou Reed and Metallica released a preview of “The View” from their upcoming Lulu.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Wild Billy's Circus Story" (1973)

There is a contingent of “fans” out there who label this song the “mistake” of The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. Since I think of the record as one of rock’s perfect albums, I must disagree.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Monkey In Your Soul" (1974)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The last track on Pretzel Logic might be my least favorite one of that album, with that over the top fuzzy bass line. To some it makes the song nice ‘n’ fonky but I find it a distraction; I wanna hear Dias and Baxter’s guitars over that noise.

One Track Mind: Paul McCartney and Wings, "Live and Let Die" (1973)

Let’s look beyond the goofy flutes and whatnot — and the oddly aggressive nature of the song, because it’s just so out of character for the nice man. Paul McCartney screwed up “Live And Let Die” in a huge way

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Mary Queen Of Arkansas" (1973)

Because I’ve been steeping myself in rock and folk music all of these years, people are genuinely surprised when I admit that I’m not a lyrics person. I suppose it puts me in the minority of listeners.

Paul McCartney – McCartney; McCartney II (1970/1980; 2011 reissue)

These two Paul McCartney albums show a willingness to strip down what had become a varnished sound. But they haven’t aged in the same way.

Steely Dan Sunday: “Turn That Heartbeat Over Again” from Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)

Steely Dan Sunday: “Turn That Heartbeat Over Again” from Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)

Even in Steely Dan’s misfires, there was a high level of sophistication and craftsmanship. But I still don’t care much for this song.

Something Else! sneak peek: Robbie Robertson, "When The Night Was Young" (2011)

Something Else! sneak peek: Robbie Robertson, "When The Night Was Young" (2011)

We find Robbie Robertson, former guitarist with Bob Dylan and the Band, again hurtling through the Mississippi Delta, racing past old churches with scolding signs out front, hanging out with grifters and cardsharps, searching for something deeper, something real. This time, it’s different, though.

Gimme Five: Rock classics that you don't have to love

Gimme Five: Rock classics that you don't have to love

Spend enough time around rock music — or, at least, rock critics — and you’ll be convinced that any number of Seminal Works, Forgotten Gems and Timeless Standards are must-have items for your record collection. Even if they turn out to be, you know, retreads dressed up as brilliant pop redux (Gene Clark’s post-Byrds catalogue, many of Syd Barrett’s soloRead More

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