Every Wednesday, music nerd and serial list-maker Drew brings you a small, highly specific, pop culture-related list to either enjoy or inspire debate. He remains the only Popblerd staffer pretentious enough to name a column after himself. First things first: these aren’t necessarily the most underrated albums of all time. That’s a different column for a different day, and for my money, would probably be populated with a fairly tiresome amount of Boston bands (still the liveliest music city I’ve [...]
Our latest installment of the ’80s best albums includes The Boss (twice,) The Cure, and pop/soul icon George Michael. We still have “Faith.”
Albums by The Pixies, The Police, Janet Jackson and Terence Trent D’Arby show up in the top 40 of our best albums of the ’80s countdown.
We are in the top half of our ’80s list, and in this installment, R.E.M. appears twice and the King of Pop makes his first of three appearances. Find out what other albums made the cut.
Pearl Jam has two albums in the Top 10, but do they lay claim to the #1 spot on our list of the ’90s best albums?
Welcome to the exciting second half of Popblerd!’s list of the 100 best albums of the Nineties. If you haven’t seen the first half of our list, this is a great place to start. It’s OK, we’ll wait. Well, now that you’re caught up, let’s continue with the debut solo album from an amazing singing/songwriting/rapping triple threat (and she could act, too!) that should have set up a legendary career… 50. Lauryn Hill | The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (released 8/25/98 [...]
I’m sitting here very bitter, sad & frustrated as I try to bang out this REM obit. Bitter about the idiots who took the time to post on Facebook how happy they were that REM had called it a day, sad because I’ll never see them in concert again, frustrated because I really didn’t care for them for the most part for the past 10 years, and now they’re gone. I always explained my love affair with REM this way: [...]
10. “Closer” Nine Inch Nails (1994) A truly terrifying parade of grotesqueries unsuitable for late-night viewing, NIN’s clip for “Closer” is brilliant in both sheer depravity and the innovative choice to use worn film stock, contributing to the video’s house-of-horrors atmosphere. Even the “frame missing” slides insinuate something horrifying, although what’s present – beating hearts, pig’s heads, horned skulls, and, perhaps most disturbingly, a silhouetted Trent Reznor seducing a decidedly breast-shaped microphone – should certainly do the trick. – Drew [...]
Who said battling with your record company doesn’t pay off? After numerous delays resulting from stalemates with his label, Lupe Fiasco earns his first #1 album on this week’s Billboard chart with the arrival of his third album, Lasers. The album sells over 204,000 units in it’s first frame, easily outdistancing it’s closest challenger, Adele’s 21. Fear not for the British songstress, however, as her sophomore effort scans another 133,000 copies to hang on to the #2 spot and pad [...]
Welcome to the first big release week of 2011. It’s kinda like the lights all of a sudden got turned on in the room, and there will be multiple albums vying for the #1 spot next week-of course, the sensible part of me wonders why these albums couldn’t have been spread out (especially since they’ve obviously all been done for quite some time), but this is the music industry…there’s no room for sense. Anyhow, here’s a look at this week’s [...]
So it seems like R.E.M. has really gotten a second wind, huh? Their new album, Collapse Into Now (which arrives next month) has gotten some solid advance notice. Even though Stipe, Buck and Mills aren’t reinventing the wheel anymore (after 30 years, who’d expect it?), it appears that they’ve settled into a certain consistency after a few years in the wilderness. The album’s first video, for “Mine Smells Like Honey”, is bizarre in typical R.E.M. fashion. Interestingly, the video stars [...]