Green Day – Uno! (67.5)

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From teenage themes of sex, angst and drugs to frustration with American politics and modern society, the punk rock trio Green Day have never allowed us to forget one moment of their emotional journey as a band. It’s been a long wait of three years since the release of 21st Century Breakdown, a work that…

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Beth Orton – Sugaring Season (90)

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It’s been six years since Beth Orton last released an album, Comfort of Strangers, and a lot has happened to her in the intervening years. Two children have arrived in her life, she lost her mother, gained a husband, moved away from London to rural Norfolk (Americans, think Vermont, only flatter), and was quietly dropped by…

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Mumford & Sons – Babel (42.5)

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You probably know Mumford & Sons first album, so it’s safe to say you know what this one will sound like. They’ve not gone all EDC on us. Not much has changed, beyond the occasional hum of amps and electric guitars creeping in to their crypt. There’s a tang of their live show here, but…

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Pink Floyd – The Wall (100)

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As Pink Floyd’s most elaborate, rock opera release, The Wall tells the story of narcissistic and deranged rock star ‘Pink’ whose life has been crippled by all of the excesses of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.  Masterminded by Floyd bassist/lyricist, Roger Waters, the album was first conceived during Pink Floyd’s 1977 In the Flesh Tour when,…

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Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (100)

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Born to Run is not only Bruce Springsteen’s breakthrough album, but also the record that forever cemented the prolific singer/songwriter’s place in rock and roll history. Afraid of being dropped by his label due to the less than favorable sales of his two previous LPs, he set out to make his greatest rock and roll…

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