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Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
If Eminem releases an album and you are not highly offended by it ... did Eminem release an album?
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
'The Soft Bulletin' recovers from a very poor start to be a just-ok album. The first five or six songs are lyrically weak and very poorly produced; whinging keyboards and clumsily loud drums with jarringly mixed vocals abound.
Green Day International Superhits
All the crucial singles pre -'American Idiot' are here. Which still leaves a bunch of stragglers, but hey - you'll get what you paid for.
Bob Dylan Modern Times
Throughout his remarkable career, Bob Dylan has seemed so indifferent to the force of time. No man who fears his dwindling days deliberately alienates his audience, and few can make such an excellent album in their late sixties. The songs here are uniformly great: wild West opener 'Thunder on the Mountain', impassioned ballad 'When the Deal Goes Down' and bitter, deathly epic 'Ain't Talkin'' are all among the finest Dylan songs. Dylan's raspy snarl is perfectly complimented by his band; it's a mix of the Western Americana styles of 'The Basement Tapes' with the gentle murmur of 'Blood On the Tracks' and the sharp tone of 'Blonde on Blonde.'
The White Stripes Icky Thump
'Icky Thump' completely blindsides the listener and makes every other White Stripes album look one-dimensional. The eclecticism and variety here give Jack White a whole new character - one that he should have been flirting with while he was churning out textbook blues.
The Cure Disintegration
The Cure's mopey, rain-filled panoramas form the perfect landscape for Smith's pale sob. Such self-obsessed, gloomy existentialism, sprawling with synths and stretched out production, could have sounded very bloated in the '80s kind of way. Thanks to the strength of the songs and their arrangement, they never do.
AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip
Who woulda thunk it? After years of trying too hard with mediocre albums, AC/DC tone everything down to make their best album since 'Back In Black.' Full throttle intensity and macho bluster make way for a more menacing blend of unsettling quiet and sudden roar, with a couple of comparatively lighthearted (!) tracks. No, it's not a great album, but it breathes fresh air into a band suffocating under its own image and will hopefully carry momentum over into a new album.

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