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Every Rush Studio Album Ranked Worst To Best

Getting “your own sound” is something you always hear in regards to the music business. No matter how good the songs you make are, critics (both professionals and keyboard heroes) will rip you apart if you can’t achieve a certain level of individuality. Rush has had several different of their “own sounds” (plus a pinchContinue reading “Every Rush Studio Album Ranked Worst To Best”

DeYoung vs. Gowan: Who is the Better Styx Front-Man?

It isn’t often a band can continue after losing their frontman, let alone put out more good music, but that is exactly what Lawrence Gowan seems to have done for Styx. In 1999, Styx’s Dennis DeYoung, the vocalist and keyboardist, decided to leave the group due to health issues, creative differences, disagreements regarding touring, andContinue reading “DeYoung vs. Gowan: Who is the Better Styx Front-Man?”

Album Review: The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)

The English trio of rockers, The Police, have always been a very unique band. So much so that one couldn’t even really label them with a certain genre. There is some new wave in their music, plenty of reggae rock, early music has some punk to it, late music has lots of pop rock inContinue reading “Album Review: The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)”

Album Review: The Offspring – Smash (1994)

I have a confession to make. The first time I listened through The Offspring’s 1994 release, Smash, was not the greatest experience of my life. It sounded sloppy, repetitive, and annoying. I was going to turn this into a seething review, and I was going to completely trash a highly critically acclaimed album. After severalContinue reading “Album Review: The Offspring – Smash (1994)”

Album Review: Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) (2013)

Being a musical artist in the modern world comes with many more challenges than it did in the twentieth century. One of these challenges is the risk of over-comparison to other artists, just look at Greta Van Fleet and some of the hate they receive. The concept of creating “your own sound” is hardly possibleContinue reading “Album Review: Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) (2013)”

Album Review: The Who – Who (2019)

You would be surprised how many names this album has already been given. Ever since its announcement in September of 2019, it’s been dubbed “the best work since Quadrophenia,” “the best work since Face Dances,” and “the best work since (insert some other previous Who album here).” Despite no longer being the smash hit (punContinue reading “Album Review: The Who – Who (2019)”

Album Review: Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)

More than 45 million copies sold, over 18 years on the charts, and often considered the greatest album of all time, Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic Dark Side of the Moon has not only passed the test of time, but rather mastered it. Many consider it the greatest studio album to ever be released, and itContinue reading “Album Review: Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)”

Album Review: The Tragically Hip – We Are The Same (2009)

“The Hip” have always been one of the more fascinating bands in my eyes. Up in the Great White North, they’ve always been a favorite of Canadians, getting lots of radio airplay and topping the charts constantly. Outside of the country, however, they’ve never seemed to have had as much popularity as they deserve. AlbumsContinue reading “Album Review: The Tragically Hip – We Are The Same (2009)”

Music History: XYZ, The Super-Group That Could Have Been

In the early eighties, two rock behemoths were undergoing major lineup changes and breakups, yet their members were all looking to go in new directions with their music careers. For a short time, their paths crossed; let me tell you, it could have been amazing. As of December of 1980, British blues rock legends LedContinue reading “Music History: XYZ, The Super-Group That Could Have Been”

Album Review: Rush – Caress Of Steel (1975)

This has always been… an interesting album to say the least. Rush’s third studio album followed up their release from earlier in the year, Fly By Night (1975), and although their tumble into progressive rock was foreshadowed on that album, especially by the mini-epic “By-Tor and the Snow Dog,” Caress of Steel is their firstContinue reading “Album Review: Rush – Caress Of Steel (1975)”