Meh. Seems just a step above the musicality of country music, with their hits (mostly Henley helmed) standing apart a bit. Even the hits are worn out, mostly, a with little staying power, at least to my ears. Musically, the singles do have a little bit more going for them, while the other tracks sound and feel like what they are - fillers. Bland.
Classic album. Marrying the cajun south and African sounds without losing the distinctly Paul Simon songwriting, all without feeling derivative or contrived. As with many great albums, it's the singles that seem to lose their lustre the most, personally, over time. I still enjoy You Can Call Me Al, but the other tracks really shine.
Having just listened to Graceland previously, this one seems pale by comparison. I mean, it's good, it's Paul Simon, but certainly a singer-songwriter of his time (1972). The singles are as good as ever, and really the shining spots on an otherwise ok album.
Classic. Really served as my introduction to alternative back in the day (with The Cure's \"Boy's Don't Cry\" album), and whether it's nostalgia or more than that, it still holds up to this day. So unique musically and lyrically.
What's not to love about the Pixies?! This album falls short of some of their earlier albums for me, but is still vibrant and energetic and fun.
As someone who has always been a bit tepid in his response to The Who, I really enjoyed this early, rough around the edges, old-school rock and roll album. It made me think of the later Rolling Stones album "Between the Buttons." It was also interesting to hear this earlier incarnation of the band, knowing the bombastic band they were going to become.
Wow. I had forgotten how many classics were on this album. As a casual Cars fan, I never actually owned an album, but if I were to, this would be the one! Great!
Tough one. I really like this album, as it came out in some formative years for me, musically. I like all the songs, but is it classic?
Another album I never owned, but it was certainly ubiquitous in its time. Relistening now (it's not on Spotify?), it certainly hit me how much of an impact it had on pop culture, and remains very listenable now. Obviously questionable lyrics and themes, but the production is good and the music is fun.
As someone who has never understood the (mass) appeal of the Grateful Dead, I can say this album...did nothing to change my mind. There are a few OK songs, enough to warrant the 3 star rating (Ripple, Truckin, Friend of the Devil, Sugar Magnolia), but for the most part what I've always thought of them holds true: boring musically and lyrically, sup-par vocally, just all around uninteresting.
I do love me some smooth buttery flow of Q-Tip, but find that I was missing the je ne sais quoi of the Tribe. Good vibe to the album, but just ok.
Hadn't really heard this album aside from the title track, and aside from having seen the movie ages ago, and was surprised at how loung-ey it sounded on the whole, with elements of funk and R&B thrown in. A good background mellow listen.
Really torn between 3 and 4 stars. Love the album, but is it really a 4-star?? solid 3.5, 3.75 even.