Revolver – The Beatles (1966)

**** It’s not uncommon to read that Revolver is not only the greatest Beatles album, but by virtue is the greatest album of all time. Nonsense. While Revolver is a consistently great album that finds The Beatles really delving into the weird, drugged out psychoses of their minds, there’s no way an album with a…

Rubber Soul – The Beatles (1965)

**** Despite my rather substantial knowledge of them and their work, I often have a bit of a difficult time writing about The Beatles. On the one hand, they’re one of the greatest bands of all time with a rich catalog of great songs boasting a startling variety and development over the course of their…

Please Please Me – The Beatles (1963)

**** Though The Beatles would go on to revolutionize the music industry with their later albums like Rubber Soul and Revolver, their debut LP is made up of much simpler Pop songs almost half of which are covers. Though many┬ámay prefer the diversity of their later work, I find Please Please Me‘s simplicity to be…

Licensed to Ill – Beastie Boys (1986)

**** When I think about ’80s Rap, my mind first turns to Public Enemy and N.W.A. Both groups have classics to their name and landmark releases within the decade, yet neither helmed an album as diverse, well-rounded, and timeless as Licensed to Ill by the Beastie Boys, which came a full two years before It…

Hotter Than Hell – KISS (1974)

***1/2 Of all of KISS’s albums, none had more squandered potential than Hotter Than Hell. While later albums like Dressed to Kill and Rock and Roll Over were marred by mediocre songs, Hotter Than Hell contains one of the greatest collections KISS ever released. Many of these songs including the title track, “Parasite,” “Let Me…

Burnes Turns: March 17-24

Though I listened through a number of full Beatles albums this week, the artist that truly stole my heart was Curtis Mayfield, who I’ve been re-discovering through My Morning Jacket guitarist Jim James’ 2010 playlist of his favorite songs from the underrated soul man. With two solo tracks (and another as a part of The…