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436 Beck - Sea Change

The Review

I have actually listened to this album three times. Which I know is against the rules but each time after listening I didn't write the review and by time I came back to it I couldn't remember what I wanted to say.

That pretty much sums up the album really. It is very enjoyable to listen to and has some great tracks but once it is over you just sort of forget it.

This album is a good album to work to as its mellow tones do drift into the background allowing you to enjoy it while it doesn't really distract you from what you are doing. (Apart from a few moments at the end of Sunday Sun) However that also means it's not an album that grips you and grabs your attention.

I am not sure I could ever just sit and listen to this album while not doing anything else ... there is not quite enough there to hold on to me.

Favourite Track: End of the Day

Why Does This Review Exist?

I am working my way through Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all time list and reviewing each album.

  • Each album is listened to only once.
  • The album is used as background music while working so how much attention I pay to it will depend on what I am doing at the time.
  • I do no research about the album or the artist.
  • The review is a one off, one moment opinion that may change with further listening.
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437 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

It's been a while since I listened to an album on the top 500 list. I think the fact that this 92 minute Hip Hop / Rap album was next on the list also made it harder to come back to than might have otherwise been the case.

As with most of the hip hop albums on the list so far it was more enjoyable than I expected but still not something I will probably listen to again.

Most of the time it wasn't hard to listen to but the subject matter, as with most of the previous albums of this genre, was just so alien to me it was hard to relate to.

There were some moments when I would stop work and listen more intently but to be honest this was often when something I recognised had been sampled or covered into the song.

Favourite Track: Mrs Officer

Why Does This Review Exist?

I am working my way through Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all time list and reviewing each album.

  • Each album is listened to only once.
  • The album is used as background music while working so how much attention I pay to it will depend on what I am doing at the time.
  • I do no research about the album or the artist.
  • The review is a one off, one moment opinion that may change with further listening.
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438 The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

The Review

Even though I own a number of the albums in the top 500 I set out to listen to all 500 albums using Apple music (or spotify). Boys Don't Cry doesn't exist on Apple music (Not in the UK at the time of writing anyway). However all of the studio versions of the tracks were available on other albums. (Boys Don't Cry was released as an alternate version of the band's 1979 debut album Three Imaginary Boys with a slightly different track list so a majority of the tracks were on Three Imaginary Boys).

One track that was not on Apple music in studio form was "Killing an Arab" but it was still available on the "Concert: The Cure Live " album so in the end I did manage to build a playlist the just about represented the album.

Anyway after all that how was the actual album? I am a huge Cure fan so of course I thought it was brilliant :-)

Favourite Track: Subway Song

Why Does This Review Exist?

I am working my way through Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all time list and reviewing each album.

  • Each album is listened to only once.
  • The album is used as background music while working so how much attention I pay to it will depend on what I am doing at the time.
  • I do no research about the album or the artist.
  • The review is a one off, one moment opinion that may change with further listening.
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439 Sam Cooke - Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963

The Review

Party Music at it's absolute best ... enough said.

Favourite Track: Bring It On Home To Me

Why Does This Review Exist?

I am working my way through Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all time list and reviewing each album.

  • Each album is listened to only once.
  • The album is used as background music while working so how much attention I pay to it will depend on what I am doing at the time.
  • I do no research about the album or the artist.
  • The review is a one off, one moment opinion that may change with further listening.
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440 The Pogues - Rum Sodomy and The Lash

The Review

I have a sort of love hate relationship with The Pogues based on my ever swinging opinion of Shane MacGowan. There times when I see him as a genius (musically) and then other times as a idiotic drunk who just happened to get lucky.

However with that said it is pretty hard to listen to this album and not swing towards the genius side of the argument.

Favourite Track: And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Why Does This Review Exist?

I am working my way through Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all time list and reviewing each album.

  • Each album is listened to only once.
  • The album is used as background music while working so how much attention I pay to it will depend on what I am doing at the time.
  • I do no research about the album or the artist.
  • The review is a one off, one moment opinion that may change with further listening.
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