Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.

TODAY listened to 8 different albums. Total for 99 days- 640 different albums

  • WARREN ZEVON: SENTIMENTAL HYGIENE: 1987: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Zevon’s first album since 1982’s The Envoy- very solid album. I like every track- don’t know if one stands out from the pack. A lot of guest stars on this- the boys from R.E.M., Neil Young, Don Henley, Flea and Bobby Dylan.
  • RON SEXSMITH: RON SEXSMITH: 1995: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Basically Sexsmith’s debut. One of my favorite songwriters in the past 20 years- his songs here have an innocence about them. I have always in my mind thought of his songwriting in comparison to Paul McCartney- when McCartney was at his best. Favorite songs here- Secret Heart, Lebanon, Tennessee, Speaking With The Angel stand out. All songs within 2 minutes and 3:30.. just like they should be.
  • RON SEXSMITH: OTHER SONGS: 1997: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:”Strawberry Blonde” is my favorite Sexsmith song and one of my favorite songs period- it’s on this album- another album of outstanding songs. “Thinking Out Loud” ‘Pretty Little Cemetery” “Honest Mistake” “April After All” also stand out.
  • BOB DYLAN: UNDER THE RED SKY: 1990: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After Bob’s comeback with Oh Mercy- back to another ho hum album. Dylan has even dismissed it. He has said that at the time he was disillusioned with the recording business and too many people were working on this one.
  • THE BAND: NORTHERN LIGHTS-SOUTHERN CROSS:1975: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Band was a victim of their own success- their first two albums were beyond brilliant. How do you live up to that? This, their 6th album is very good and includes two of their best songs “It Makes No Difference”, and “Arcadian Driftwood” but as a whole it doesn’t match “Music From Big Pink” or “The Band” but few albums do.
  • ELVIS COSTELLO/ALLEN TOUSSAINT: THE RIVER IN REVERSE: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: EC began working with the New Orleans based Toussaint after Katrina. It works well- Toussaint one of the unsung heroes of rock and roll.
  • AL STEWART: THE DEFINITIVE POP COLLECTION: DISC 1: 2006: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Stewart had a brief period of time in the mid-late 70’s when he had hits ‘Year Of The Cat”, “Time Passages” and “Song On The Radio” were memorable. I liked those well enough at the time to buy the two albums. I also like the songs where he writes about historic places and people. This double album of the best of [I wouldn’t call it ‘greatest hits since he only had 4 hits} is more than enough. I listened to them back to back- maybe I should have listened to something else in between.