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Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club
The first two thirds of BVSC are fantastic; groovy, fun, cool and festive, as well as being fantastic demo lessons for aspiring Latin guitarists. It does, however, fade late. Or maybe the lyrics are amazing. Dunno.
The Smashing Pumpkins Adore
No one could ever claim that the recording sessions of a Smashing Pumpkins album sounded fun. The results - magnificent during their early career- were in many ways a testament to that dysfunction. However, the sessions that made the distracted 'Adore' must have been crushing. Moments of greatness are outweighed by the numbing repetition of an unsure songwriter playing for time.
Joy Division Substance
'Substance' suffers from what you might call an unavoidable weakness: Joy Division's progression from scrappy punk band to artistic alt-Goth band is a crucial part of the band's story. Therefore, you've got to stick in those tinny early recordings that, by burying Curtis' voice, eschew the band's greatest point of difference from every other punk band. They may be a chore to sit through, but they show the divine, sophisticated inspiration of later pieces like the glistening, peaceful 'Atmosphere'.
Death Grips The Money Store
I am utterly, utterly stumped at how anyone could like this band, unless, of course, you are so committed to the idea of rebellion that you want to rail against the smug well-being of your ears.
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Coldplay, as they proved with 'Rush of Blood' and then again with 'Viva la Vida', are at their best with muscular, confident arena rock. So why are they intent on making ambient mediation music? Quaffing from the same numbed electro well that Muse drowned in on 'The 2nd Law', 'Ghost Stories' is their shyest, dullest album.
U2 Under A Blood Red Sky
Capturing U2 between with all of their youthful exuberance and ambition without the burdens of expectation, 'Blood Red Sky' is transfixing and simply exciting: the humongous, soaring version of 'Gloria' and the hot-blooded 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' are the hallmarks of a band still reaching for the summit, not filling time being there. Admittedly, the rest of the album is just good and you can see why 'Party Girl' remained a B-side.
The Beatles Revolver
Conventional pop songs, more or less. A normal pop song in 'She Said, She Said'? OK, now let's put in some reverb. A normal pop song in 'Here, There and Everywhere'? OK, now play the guitar parts with a sitar. The Beatles were the first pop band of all time, not the most innovative.

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