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Rolling Stoned: 500 - 497
• #500 OutKast – Aquemini

Yes, somehow the same guys that brought you "Hey Ya!" and shaking things like Polaroid pictures made it to Rolling Stone's list of Greatest Albums.  This one reminds me a lot of Life After Death, which appears a bit further up the list at #476, in fact it almost sounds like a tribute to that album at times. Not bad overall.

My rating: ★★★✩


• #499 B.B. King – Live In Cook County Jail

Recorded live at Chicago's Cook County Jail in 1971, this one is a scant 8 tracks and B.B. blisters through it. Would be five stars if it were longer and showcased his playing a bit more.  It is however loaded with blues intensity and plenty of back and forth with the crowd.  He has another album at #141 and this one probably deserves to be rated higher as well.  There is no way you can dislike this.

My rating: ★★★★


• #498 The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

Despite having nearly unanimous 5-star reviews on Amazon I found this to be a fairly unremarkable and dated-sounding album.  I'm not all that familiar with The Stone Roses so perhaps a few more listenings would let it grow on me but honestly I doubt I would even put this in my top 500.

My rating: ★★




• # 497 The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

A couple of great tracks (the singles Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground and Fell In Love With A Girl) mixed with a bunch of stuff that's all over the place - slow ballad to piano rock to whatever Aluminum is supposed to be.  I mean, I guess that's part of Jack White's charm but for the most part I don't get it.

My rating: ★★★