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Monday, November 6, 2017

529. Synchronicity

Synchronicity
The Police
1983













Tracks
1. Synchronicity I
2. Walking In Your Footsteps
3. O My God
4. Mother
5. Miss Gradenko
6. Synchronicity II
7. Every Breath You Take
8. King Of Pain
9. Wrapped Around Your Finger
10. Tea In The Sahara


Ah, last album was U2 and now The Police?  This is wonderful!  What did I do to des-oh wait, the next album is Meat Puppets.  That's more like it.

Well, let's enjoy our four star album before the dark times.  This was a great album and you have probably heard at least one of these songs even if you aren't into The Police.  I think Sting tends to show off sometimes; maybe he wants us to think he is Bono.  But he is perfect here.

Might be the last good album of 1983.  So check it out!

RATING: 4/5

Sunday, October 15, 2017

528. War

War
U2
1983













Tracks
1. Sunday Bloody Sunday 
2. Seconds 
3. New Year's Day 
4. Like A Song... 
5. Drowning Man 
6. The Refugee 
7. Two Hearts Beat As One 
8. Red Light 
9. Surrender 
10. 40


So we can all probably agree that Bono is generally pretty annoying.  That being said at least he has good intentions and most famous people are dicks anyway.  That is my cheerful introduction to War, the first five star album we have had in a long time!

I feel like we often get albums that are completely devoid of meaning but catchy as hell, or albums that are a total slog to get through, but carry some important message.  Rarely do we get the best of both worlds.  Here we get some great political songs that I really enjoyed listening to.  The entire album has a very cohesive sound and you can see why U2 is so influential over the years.

A wonderful album and we get the Police next!  Things are turning around for old Amanda!

RATING: 5/5

Monday, October 2, 2017

527. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Eurythmics
1983














Tracks
1. Love Is a Stranger 
2. I've Got an Angel 
3. Wrap It Up 
4. I Could Give You (A Mirror) 
5. Walk 
6. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 
7. Jennifer 
8. This Is the House 
9. Somebody Told Me 
10. This City Never Sleeps


Well I have been looking for an album to break the "meh" streak we have been having lately.  These albums aren't bad, but I keep waiting to be swept off my feet.  Once again, this was a decent album, but my socks are still firmly in place.

We've probably all heard "Sweet Dreams," although I would have never been able to name the band that sang it.  It's been awhile since I was greatly impressed by vocals, but I loved the sound of this album.  It's like Annie Lennox was angry and friendly sounding at the same time.  It was an odd combination, but it worked.

However, it did get a bit redundant by the end and I was ready for it to be over.  Next up, U2! 

RATING: 3/5

Monday, September 18, 2017

526. Eliminator

Eliminator
ZZ Top
1983














Tracks
1. Gimme All Your Lovin' 
2. Got Me Under Pressure 
3. Sharp Dressed Man 
4. I Need You Tonight 
5. I Got The Six
6. Legs 
7. Thug 
8. TV Dinners 
9. Dirty Dog 
10. If I Could Only Flag Her Down 
11. Bad Girl


As a 22 year old woman, I think I would be quite an exceptional person if I got enjoyment out of this.  Now, I did like Tres Hombres, but unfortunately, this album didn't hold the same appeal for me.  

Did they get cheesier?  I think the 80s were a bad influence on them.  I guess there has always been an element of cheese in ZZ Top, but it was decidedly less charming this go-round.

Anyway, another just okay album.  I'm looking forward to getting blown away by something soon.

RATING: 3/5

Monday, September 4, 2017

525. Porcupine

Porcupine
Echo and the Bunnymen
1983












Tracks
1. The Cutter
2. The Back Of Love
3. My White Devil
4. Clay
5. Porcupine
6. Heads Will Roll 
7. Ripeness
8. Higher Hell
9. Gods Will Be Gods
10. In Bluer Skies


This album started off great; unfortunately, it peaked too early.  Maybe "The Cutter" should have been a track in the middle; then the entire album wouldn't have felt like a downhill slog.

I am being much too harsh, but you all know by now how much I enjoy my jabs and semicolons.  This was actually a pretty decent album.  I suppose my expectations were a bit too high after "Crocodiles" and I just wanted this one to live up to its predecessor.  "The Cutter" did.  The rest...well...

The rest was okay and I do really like the vocals (don't ask me why).  But I felt like the lyrics were reaching for something that wasn't there.  "Gods Will Be Gods," for instance, felt way too lofty for this band to pull off.  This isn't their last album on the List though and I can truthfully say I look forward to the next one.


RATING: 4/5

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

524. Hearts and Bones

Hearts and Bones
Paul Simon
1983













Tracks
1. Allergies 
2. Hearts and Bones 
3. When Numbers Get Serious 
4. Think Too Much 
5. Song About the Moon 
6. Think Too Much 
7. Train in the Distance 
8. Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
9. Cars Are Cars
10. Late Great Johnny Ace


What a mixed bag this was.  On the one hand, you have some decent songs like "Allergies" and "Hearts and Bones." And then you have songs like "Cars Are Cars" that make me doubt whether Simon should have dropped his other half.  Apparently, Garfunkel worked of the songs with Simon. My guess is he heard the Car song and decided to distance himself from the project.

It's a strange choice for the List, as I think this album is considered the lowest point of Simon's career.  I am convinced that the Listmakers periodically like to torture us with bad music so their other picks seem better.  That would explain so much.

RATING: 3/5

Monday, August 14, 2017

523. She's So Unusual

She's So Unusual
Cyndi Lauper
1983













Tracks
1. Money Changes Everything
2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
3. When You Were Mine
4. Time After Time
5. She Bop
6. All Through The Night
7. Witness
8. I'll Kiss You
9. He's So Unusual
10. Yeah Yeah


And now, for something completely different.  An album that people have actually heard of.

So most of the songs were familiar to the point of tired, but I didn't mind.  Anytime I hear "Time After Time" I think of Romy and Michele and what could be wrong with that?  It was interesting to hear this album; we tend to think of female pop as being defined by Madonna, but Lauper nails it before anyone else.  I probably could have done without "He's So Unusual" though.  That was just weird.

A great album that really holds up and I always appreciate female inclusion on the List.

RATING: 4/5