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  • Odyssey Number Five

    • 10 out of 10
    • Powderfinger
    • Guitar-driven rock out of Australia, Powderfinger has not seen much exposure in the States, but should get a nod for their toe-tapping songs. Building off their previous release, "Internationalist" (
  • Physical Graffiti

    • 10 out of 10
    • Led Zeppelin
    • This album bears every flavor of genius from the five records that came before. It is, I believe, the band's finest. With Physical Graffiti, Zep came raging back to their musical home territory -- har
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    • This is Weather Reports quintessential line-up captured live. Jaco Pastorious and Peter Erskine join Wayne Shorter and, of course, Joe Zawinul to create this masterpiece.
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iTunes Music Review - Zooropa

  • Zooropa

    • 10 out of 5
    • U2
    • Reviewed by Dane Blanchard
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    • This record is perhaps U2's finest hour, yet it has been forgotten as a strange by-product of the ZooTV tour's overload, and is generally regarded by most fans as a poor effort. It is this sentiment that puts this album in league with Bowie's "Low" as heartfelt desire to experiment and break an audience's expectations that ultimately alienates the artist's core supporters. Eschewing the standard anthemic sound for which U2 is known for deep electronic textures and powerfully distant production, Zooropa begins with a series of noncommittal commentaries on the newly minted convergence of media in the early 90s. More surreal than the bizarre sounds coming from these songs, the second half of Zooropa is an exploration of personal anguish that smoothly transitions from sardonic to painfully devastating, and is capped off by an appearance by Johnny Cash singing the part of Christ as a drifter. Quite different from just about anything released by U2 before or since, Zooropa is a must-have for anyone in need of a serious sonic vacation and/or redemption.

     

     

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