"#1 - wonderful accomplishment and mix of art/pop/rock/kitchen sink. this was the disc they were building towards, a refinement of their sensiblities and soundscapes of their previous work. I don't expect their next to be this accessible."
"much different from their first, this is a bonafide no holds barred passionate rock record. It took me a while to warm up to it because it was so different from what I expected, but in the end, that's why i liked it so much"
"extremely late addition to a great music year, adding in because I didn't know about it for a year and then I couldn't find it for a year - hard to describe the music but it's at once very familar (beatles, soul, etc) and at once brand new...love it and look forward to more"
"thiw was my first real introduction to Alejandro (I know, I know...) and what an introduction. Great songs, even better lyrics. I have no idea why he isn't huge. Hats off to Chucky P for his contributions to the disc too..."
"although the Beck style I prefer (as opposed to his more mellow acoustic side), this one took a while for me to warm up to...but once I did, it's as good as my other fave Beck albums...long time fave artist as well..."
"If you told me B.B.'s latest would land in my top 10, I would've said you were crazy...not because he doesn't have the talent, just because he hasn't been vital in quite some time. This is vital. In no small part to T-Bones production and band. But B.B. made it work."
"B-sides and rarities albums also never make my list. But, these are so good I had to include. Of course, you should own the other Eels stuff too, but his throwaways are better than most artists keepers."
"While the band did not live up to my lofty expecations (I really don't think they could have...), they still made outstanding rock records, the likes of which are made these days. I hope they have some more up their sleeves."
"While I follow all of the Strokes side projects, this one struck me more than the others...perhaps it was the lo-fi nature or the VU leanings...not sure, but I listened alot. Only downfall is it's way too short!"
"this ones deceptively sly and complex for what it sounds like, which is a pleasant little minor key sad offering...but much more than that, and garnered multiple listens which are big words these days..."
"not this disc, but Chuck Prophets version of this disc...I'm sure you should probably own this disc as well, but the story behind the making of the Chuck version is reason enough to hear the damn thing...great stuff, both original and Chuck version..."
"this one was a grower...saw them open for Neil and Wilco as an introduction...now I know why...just knocked out of the top 25 and into honorable mention territory with the addition of hacienda to number four"
"Riding on #27 as my honorable mention - I had no reason to expect R.E.M. to return with a passionate rock album at this stage of the game. but they did, and it's great. Thank you R.E.M. for the career, it's been a lot of fun."