Abbey Road – The Beatles (1969)

**** Arguably The Beatles’ most prolific (and one of their most beloved) albums, Abbey Road is an enjoyable collection from a veteran band of hitmakers reaching one last peak before heading separate ways. Rather than phoning it in, though, The Fab Four delivered an excellent set filled with hits, trippy ballads, and sunny harmonies without…

Burnes Turns: March 25-April 8

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for me as I’ve moved into not only my first house, but a different state. But through it all, I’ve had some great music to accompany me as I’ve trekked through a considerable swath of Bob Dylan’s discography, continued to enjoy the magic of one of music’s most…

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…