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Reply #240 posted 08/29/12 1:56pm

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I haven't written a review for it yet, but this album completely rocked my world and is my favorite album of the 2010s. Despite being over 70 minutes, it constantly demands your attention, with his usual orchestral approach notably augmented by synths and molten beats, each one wielded as a weapon in a war for his soul.

184. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

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Reply #241 posted 08/29/12 2:03pm

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184. Milli Vanilli- Girl You Know It's True

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Reply #242 posted 08/29/12 2:51pm

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185. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico

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Reply #243 posted 08/30/12 12:15am

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187) Nirvana - Nevermind

Somehow Nirvana gets mentioned but not this album...

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Reply #244 posted 08/30/12 9:20am

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188. Scorpions - Crazy World

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Reply #245 posted 08/30/12 9:29am

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189. Basia ~ The Sweetest Illusion

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #246 posted 08/30/12 9:37am

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190. JUDAS PRIEST - BRITISH STEEL

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Reply #247 posted 08/30/12 9:49am

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191) Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil

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Reply #248 posted 08/30/12 11:06am

LiveToTell86

192) Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

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Reply #249 posted 08/30/12 2:04pm

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Reply #250 posted 08/30/12 3:34pm

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194. Blondie - Eat to the Beat

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1979 was perhaps the most important year for Blondie as a band. The previous year saw Parallel Lines reach a level of critical and commercial success that transcends the dreams of even the most idealistic group. As such, it was a tough act to follow. The impending doom portended in "11:59" may very well describe the way the band felt at the time, and with just cause. Within three years, the band would implode under the stress of weighty egos and health scares. Somehow, someway, they managed to deliver an album of even more diversity and consistency, cementing their status as legitimate icons. Although overshadowed by its predecessor, Eat to the Beat is nevertheless a fantastic addition to their discography, and their highest achievement in my eyes.

The album revisits everything that sent the band on its meteoric rise, but adds an extra dimension to up the stakes. The pop anthems that propelled Parallel Lines into the stratosphere are bettered by the similar inclusions here. The opening cut, "Dreaming" struts proudly with an everfresh chorus and truly inspired bridge. Blondie is a band of many memorable hits, but "Dreaming" just may be the band's signature song. "Union City Blue" soars atop a regal melody that few bands are capable of achieving. Blondie's infatuation with disco resulted in their biggest hit in "Heart of Glass", but I much prefer their campier rave-up "Atomic", which purportedly was written to be the "last disco song". Built around an epic guitar line, the song's impetus is unstoppable, and it seems to truly capture the end of an era, and they send it out in style. Because of this, the song lives on as one of their most beloved classics. Elsewhere, the angular guitar-led new wave is in full tilt with the earworm of "Accidents Never Happen" and the urban-tinged "The Hardest Part". Finally, the gnarled, energetic punk charm of their early days is revived with the peppy title track, the closing middle finger of "Living in the Real World", and the raucous "Victor", which stands as perhaps the oddest song of their entire career, complete with Debbie's exasperated, voice-cracking pleas.

Regardless of the presence of definite predecessors for certain songs, the band also adds a few new twists to its repertoire. The sensual lullaby of "Sound-a-Sleep" sees Debbie tease, "I want to go down... to go to sleep", ever the alluring seductress. "Shayla" is a more traditional, blue-collar ballad befitting the factory depicted, but its silky delivery shows a band ready to mature. As an added bonus, the song is graced with the most sublime vocals Debbie ever put on wax. Finally, "Die Young, Stay Pretty" boasts a reggae feel and serves as somewhat of a theme song for a group that would disband after 6 years. It sets the stage for the massively successful "The Tide Is High" to follow on Autoamerican.

In the end, Eat to the Beat served its purpose very well. Blondie maintained its delicate balance of broad commercial appeal and credible edge for arguably the last time. The album is also a bit of a trailblazer in that a video was shot for each song and the collection was released as a VHS the following year, giving them the distinction of being the first artist to do so. It took an album as diverse and consistently great as Eat to the Beat to warrant such a bold move, and the added visuals complement the songs very well. As it stands, Eat to the Beat demonstrates Blondie at the peak of its powers- endlessly capable of slipping in and out of a number of genres with great success while still remaining cohesive.

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Reply #251 posted 08/30/12 3:40pm

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195. Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness' First Finale

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Reply #252 posted 08/31/12 1:56pm

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196. The Beatles - Revolver

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Reply #253 posted 08/31/12 2:09pm

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197. Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind

"Funkyslsistah… you ain't funky at all, you just a little ol' prude"!
"It's just my imagination, once again running away with me."
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Reply #254 posted 08/31/12 2:22pm

LiveToTell86

198) Paul Simon - Graceland

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Reply #255 posted 08/31/12 3:55pm

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199.) Floetry- Floetic

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Reply #256 posted 09/01/12 4:18am

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200) Meshell Ndegeocello - Bitter

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Reply #257 posted 09/01/12 5:27am

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201) Joanna Newsom - Ys

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Reply #258 posted 09/01/12 5:47am

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202. Donna Summer - All Systems Go

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Reply #259 posted 09/01/12 7:30am

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Are non-english albums allowed? If so:

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Masayoshi Yamazaki, "HOME", 1997

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"...and If all of this Love Talk ends with Prince getting married to someone other than me, all I would like to do is give Prince a life size Purple Fabric Cloud Guitar that I made from a vintage bedspread that I used as a Christmas Tree Skirt." Tame, Feb
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Reply #260 posted 09/01/12 9:59am

LiveToTell86

204) Madonna - Hard Candy

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Reply #261 posted 09/01/12 10:13am

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205.) Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information

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Reply #262 posted 09/01/12 10:34am

mjscarousal

206.) Al Green- Lets Stay Together


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Reply #263 posted 09/01/12 11:19am

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207. AEROSMITH - PUMP

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Reply #264 posted 09/01/12 11:33am

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I'm a bit surprised this hasn't been posted, my top album of 2011.

208. Art Slave - Amalia

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Reply #265 posted 09/01/12 12:55pm

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209) Giorgio Moroder - From Here To Eternity
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Reply #266 posted 09/01/12 1:02pm

LiveToTell86

210) Jewel - Pieces Of You

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Reply #267 posted 09/01/12 2:54pm

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211. Sade - Promise
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Reply #268 posted 09/01/12 6:57pm

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212. R.E.M. - Automatic For The People (1992)

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Reply #269 posted 09/02/12 1:20am

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213. Pixies - Trompe Le Monde


[Edited 9/6/12 15:01pm]
"Had to get off the boat so I could walk on water..."
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