Sticky FingersThe Rolling Stones
A southern drawl hoedown for the ages offering moments of pure jubilation and devastating sadness.
A southern drawl hoedown for the ages offering moments of pure jubilation and devastating sadness.
A bit too sing-songy and repetitive for my taste. Honestly if they wanted to rip off of The Beatles they at least could’ve tried to make it sound… better? If I could rate this a 2.5 instead of a 3 I would.
BANGER ALERT My first ever memory of music comes from a time of adolescence that involves a trip to the Kalahari Waterpark at the Wisconsin Dells. Vault: Def Leppard’s Greatest Hits (1980-1995) was the only album available in the car during the round trip so that shit was drilled into my brain. 50% of this album belonged on the vault, so in a way Def Leppard has been with me since the beginning. In this body of work, Def Leppard explores the complex emotions that accompany intimate relationships with songs spanning from themes of lust to themes of love over undeniably catchy grooves. Although these concepts are nothing new, Joe Elliot’s high falsetto combined with the pioneered structure of hair metal changed the scope of hard rock. While many of the songs featured are brazenly horny, we cannot forget to acknowledge “Love Bites”, a cautionary tale whose lyrics ring too true about the tribulations of heartbreak - or “Hysteria”, an honest portrayal of those who are lovesick in the most early stages. There was definitely a few times I cried to “Love Bites” in my middle school years. Profound and accurate art. It would be remiss to not acknowledge the innovation of production in this album. Def Leppard stands alone in the 80’s for bands that adapted to the sound of B I G. The heavily reverberated guitar and drums with stacked vocals give this project a sound that’s larger than life. Def Leppard provides the qualities of an arena show in the convenience of a studio album. Although it’s a production technique not seen very much else throughout music in that time period, it is the backbone of modern country music production. P.S. the drummer did this whole album and continued the rest of his career with only one arm. How many other bands do you know who employ limbless drummers? I would rate this 4.5 if possible.
I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Cypress Hill does a great job of conveying the attitude of “don’t fuck with me” machoism, which gave hip hop the juice needed in the early 90s to stop sounding like nursery rhymes. Listening to this album makes me want to crack open a case of Modelos, take a giant rip off a spliff, and do some hood-rat shit.
Overall the quality of production on this album is solid, however the ability to enjoy and get the most out of it is very mood dependent. This album has inconsistency when it comes to adopting an overall theme/sound which in turn disrupts its continuity. The first 3 tracks alone on the album jump from sounding like Springsteen, to ZZ Top performing LCD Soundsystem covers, to waterpark music, to progressive rock that doesn’t progress very much. This album may not be for me, or maybe it can be? Why Worry is a track that in one instance feels like it can be one of my favorite instrumental jams, while other times I question why it needed 8 minutes of my time. I can’t help but feel if I listened to this at nighttime or while driving it would illicit a different response. If I could I would rate this a 2.5.
Very enjoyable listen. Brown and his band did a fantastic job of sprinkling blues, funk, and soul into a blend that was very innovative and exciting for 1962. It very much took me to a place that reminds me of yearly trips to Blues Fest. I would not be shocked if statistics showed a higher birth rate in late July of 1963 in New York City. My two regrets with this album are as follows: the cuts in the mastering of the album and that there isn’t live footage of this concert. The cuts between tracks are understandable as this is a time period where live albums were a very new concept, but I always feel that the experience of a live album is enhanced when crowd noise between tracks is included. As for the footage, James Brown is a performer to the core. His stage antics came second to none. The crowd wasn’t screaming at random points in the show for no reason. It felt like I was missing out on something great.
I get it. I got it after the first track. The unfortunate issue with thrash punk is that there is virtually zero room for experimentation or expansion. It’s so shoe-holed into a very specific sound. It’s the same sound and same emotional provocation constantly. Much like the album, there’s really nothing much else to say. Why does the end of the tracks keep getting cut off? Would it kill the producer to just let the guitar finish its note one time? Also why does Damaged II precede Damaged I? Not like it really matters though - you can’t tell the difference between the two. Would rate 1.5 if I could.
I did not enjoy this album at all. If this music was made today it would be the kind of music shared in Facebook music discussion groups for participants to laugh at à la Tom MacDonald.
Really kind of the lounge music of 90’s grunge/punk isn’t it? Overall I believe this album has a solid vibe. While there’s nothing that takes away from the project, there’s also nothing that puts it over the top. A very neutral listening experience from my point of view. I’m not afraid to say that the singles off the record “Only Happy When It Rains” and “Stupid Girl” carry the project. They are easily the two most identifiable tracks on the album, and also the best. Everything else seems like it was written with the same formula and provided Shake and Bake Pork Chop vibes: was fine to listen to once, but I wouldn’t be thrilled to experience it again.
Pretty decent album that at times felt like it was a little too long. There was times when I really was feeling it but other times when the beats felt so redundant. At times it was a bit cliche how “New York” the project sounded. The beat switch up in “Funky Fresh Dressed” was the best part of the album. The outro of the album was incredibly awkward. After already addressing the audience in the intro it really didn’t seem necessary for her to address them again to reiterate the message that some people will like the album and some won’t. No duh. That’s the whole point of letting your art speak for itself. Leave those for the MTV interviews.
Nothing to really write home about in regards to this album. Actually a pretty boring listen if I’m being brutally honest. This project was released 5 years after Thriller and it takes a step back. There’s little to no musical expansion in comparison to Thriller, just Quincy Jones and his redundant drum machines that begin to fall out of touch in this musical time period. I understand the perception of Michael Jackson, however this is not the first album I’m showing people if they’re new to him. I will say it’s nice you can dance to this album!
They had me in the first half, not gonna lie, but oh look another song that just has power chord strumming, repetitive lyrics, and a saxophone feature! Under the right circumstances I can understand the praise for this album, but I feel like we’ve been on a weeklong stretch of albums that I really didn’t need to hear before I die. I can spend time addressing the elephant in the room (the outlandishly British accent), but I won’t. Instead I’ll say that I just really wish that every song wasn’t the same tempo, in the same key, at the same length, with the same dynamic range. What can I say? It’s BORING and at times quite annoying to sit through.
Hey guys so I’ll be honest it was a bit of a compromised and unfocused listen. From what I heard I enjoyed it quite a bit, however the opening track was a strong message that just could not have been shaken off through the rest of the listen. What would Woody think if he heard that song with the hard R slurs?
Compromised listen. Songs were cool, but a little long though.
This one is nice! What a refreshingly pleasant album to listen to that didn’t drop any hard slurs! I don’t really have a ton to say as this album isn’t exactly the most memorable. It’s a pretty chalk album, but at this stage of the 1001 generator project I can’t be upset with chalk. I think this album is the pinnacle 3.5 rating, it’s something great to put on when you have the in-laws over (something I have no experience with unfortunately). P.S. for Chip: That first track was giving some real Steely Dan vibes.
FIVE STARS!!! Lot of bias in this album review, I’ll be the first to admit it, but how can you not love it? 1991 was such an important year for contemporary music, and this one is definitely on the Mt. Rushmore for that year. With this debut album, Pearl Jam paved a path for alternative music to make a splash into the mainstream music market. So many recognizable hits such as “Even Flow”, “Alive”, and “Jeremy” make this a very nostalgic listen. “Once” and “Oceans” are two legacy Pearl Jam tracks as well that live rent free in my mind. Lest I forget the most heart wrenching part of the album, “Black”. If you really listen to the lyrics and emotion that Vedder conveys, I truly think it is one of the songs where it’s impossible to listen to while not crying: “I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a star in somebody else’s sky but why, why can’t it be mine?”. Fuck. Tough to sum up a blow like that any better, and we’ve all been there.
So here’s the deal I’m a complete Pink Floyd apologist so this will be a biased review, but for their debut album to be included in the pool of PF albums in this generator? The first third of Pink Floyd’s discography is heavily experimental - most of the times it isn’t catchy or memorable. Sometimes it’s downright frightening. As for this album it was pretty solid. I wasn’t expecting a great amount from it and there were some songs I’d go back and listen to again. It’s nice to hear a project including founding member Syd Barrett, who unfortunately got lost in the sauce after a permanent acid trip resulting in his premature removal from the band pre generational commercial success.
Based album. This was some real music about feelings and vibes in the 70s. I love “pump it up” and “radio radio”.
This is a very stylistically beautiful album that reflects incredibly heartfelt lyrics. Stevie Wonder is silky smooth as always, however for some reason or another my concentration was wavering throughout the album. The instrumental grooves were great, but there isn’t much progression throughout the songs, and they’re each fairly long which could possibly explain why. I would rate 3.5 if I could.
Chief should’ve kept this one in the drafts. I wish I was listening to other music instead of this. It’s just not very interesting honestly.
I enjoyed it. Great story telling through guitar. Mixes are a bit rough, but that tended to happen in the 60s.
Musical theater ass album. Scott, buddy, this is commercial music in the 60s - not Guys and Dolls. Now with that being said, this cat is fucking cooking! 2 albums within 3 days using Spector’s wall of sound technique is kinda crazy!
Trying to limit the bias, but there’s something different about listening to Highway to Hell before having a tire blowout on the interstate and proceeding to shelter from a tornado in an Autozone in rural IL. I wish this was Back in Black which has all the hits that this one was missing, but still good vibes regardless.
They were cooking on “What’s Yr Take On Cassavetes”, but the rest, well, you know. It’s just not very great. It’s more cookie cutter punk from the branch of singers with annoying timbres and boring riffs with no variation the entire song.
Solid music. Not a huge fan of Steve Albini’s production choice of messy mixes, but for some songs on this album it works. Others it does not.
Solid. Yet another album that I wish I could rate 3.5
Iron Maiden is a metal band. This album checks all the boxes for a metal album.
Landmark dance album
Not gonna lie I’m becoming a Dire Straights enjoyer. Always loved Sultans of Swing, just never knew the actual name of it.
Way too long. Wish I could rate 2.5
Pretty basic honestly. Kinda boring
I understand and appreciate the concept, but it’s just a bit too sing-songy for me. Honestly sounds like if Great Value The Beatles collaborated with Great Value David Bowie to make an album.
Nothing but good vibes with this album. Been a memorable piece in prevalent instances throughout my life. In 5th grade me and my teacher Mr. Swanson used to talk about this album along with other parts of U2’s discography. It’s also the album I put on during a certain point in a trip to Indiana beach that Mike would know about.
This album is incredibly uninteresting. Snooze fest
Main menu music ass album. It’s not a dance album, I wish it was a dance album, but this is the kind of music I’d expect at a hotel bar that was built in 1995 and still trying to appeal to the masses in a hip and cool way. 2.5
Kinda like a Scandinavian Lorde. Overall alright I just wish it didn’t sound like she was giving birth to the words as much.
This album reminds me of the time that the guy from Queens of the Stone Age kicked that woman photographer in the face during a performance and somehow completely got away with it.
Too long 2.5
Pretty standard for a live album honestly nothing special. I wish we brought back the trend of public address announcer giving a brief speech to the audience before shows. That seems cool.
4.5. Absolutely love this album. Pillar during my last jr high/ early high school days
It was fine I guess
Pretty average Beach House album. Kinda wish it had some heavy hitters like their later works.
A historic hip hop album understandably so, but the lack of sound expansion throughout the album makes it a pretty boring listen by track 4. Flow stays the same throughout no matter who’s rapping and the beats stay redundant.
Pillar album to electronics dance music
Love the blues
Sounds like a Cyprus Hill reject candidate
This one was not good
2.5 I mean it was fine??? Idk there really wasn’t anything special about it that stuck out to me, just sounds like a band that would play at block parties or suburban street fests. Definitely not an album I needed to hear prior to the afterlife.
Hey now this Jim Morrison guy is an absolute creep
Pillar rock album. Very enjoyable listen
Was originally going to rate it 2 stars until we got slapped with that 16 minute long closer
Tracks 1 and 3 are absolute heaters. 3.5
I’ve been praying for days like today from the generator.
2.25. Slightly better than the predator
Better than Ice Cube
Bumped from 3 to 3.5 because Freak on a Leash and Fred Durst are goated
This shit was not good
That was one of the David Bowtie albums.
Ballpark music. Doesn’t expand very much from its base concert.
Damn the 1001 generator is really not gonna rest until we’ve heard every 90s hip hop album from every group and every solo album from each member of each group. And they all sound the fucking same
“Why is every Bruce Springsteen song the most dramatic thing of all time?” - Max Jones 2022
There was absolutely nothing that Jim Morrison said throughout this album or Morrison Hotel that would lead me to believe that he has good intentions with anyone’s daughter.
I do not like shoegaze at all
My one wish is that Dazed and Confused was track 1. Would’ve been so iconic.
Birdland was so so bad. Like really bad.
Significantly better than the self titled album
New Years Day is a jam, but overall lacks the quality of Achtung Baby and the production of ATYCLB.
Stylistically it’s kind of all over the place.
Wish the vocal mixing was a bit better
2.5 kinda fruity if we’re being honest
Not bad, but I couldn’t wait for it to be over
3.5 way too long but at parts sounds incredibly similar to Dave Matthew’s Band. Drum mixing is very intriguing as well.
Didn’t feel like anything I would’ve missed out on had I not listened
1.5. This shit was not good!
4.5. Big college album for me so there’s some personal bias
I love Paul Simon, but I have not gotten to my heavy listening period with him yet. Probably will come in my 30s.
2.5 really boring stuff
Pretty wacky album
Pretty wacky album
I’ve had enough Stevie Wonder
The voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me
Would rate it higher, but the beats are overall pretty boring and the skits are godawful. When I was in middle school, a kid would routinely wear a shirt featuring this album cover, but instead of the baby it had Elmo on it.
1.5. This is the kind of music that plays in hotel pools and lobbies when they’re trying to duck song licensing fees and just loop royalty free music. Not a compelling listen whatsoever.