Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (100)

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An iconic release by the pioneers of heavy metal and so much more, Led Zeppelin IV easily hits the mark in all rating categories.  Talk about a ground breaking recording that has it all.  The accolades and accomplishments are never-ending.  Led Zeppelin IV features eight stellar compositions that are an eternal gift to the world…

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Patti Smith – Banga (85)

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Banga is Patti Smith’s 11th studio album in a career spanning nearly four decades, but with Patti it’s always been quality over quantity. That is precisely what Banga is – a quality album that is arguably Smith’s best since her 1975 iconic debut Horses. Banga is an epic journey which begins with the discovery of…

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Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball (85)

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With a musical career spanning nearly 40 years, it’s hard to imagine how an artist can still remain relevant in 2012. But Bruce Springsteen does just that with his 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball. Its strengths definitely lie in its lyrics and compositions, as is usually the case with any Springsteen recording. Bruce even comes…

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana (70)

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Neil Young has reunited with his old bandmates Crazy Horse to shed new life to 100-year-old folk tunes on Americana. These are not the obscure tracks Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen have tackled in the past. Instead, Americana sees Young and Crazy Horse covering some of the most popular songs in the folklore tradition with…

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Dr. John – Locked Down (87.5)

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Locked Down is arguably the most groundbreaking Dr. John album of his 44-year career, sounding like nothing he’s ever done before. It’s like Dr. John fronting The Black Keys, which is no coincidence as The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach produced it. Not to discredit the Dr.’s musical genius, but the true magic on this album…

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