• #471 Richard & Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
Go home Rolling Stone, you're drunk. This is just… I don't even. Completely forgettable.
My rating: ★
• #470 LL Cool J - Radio
This is stripped down hip-hop: not much more than a drum beat, some samples and a young LL rapping over the top of it. It was a bit primitive for me, but I'm sure it was groundbreaking in the early 1980s when it came out. The rhymes are pretty simplistic and it's obvious some of them were written by a teenager but on the other hand it's surprisingly good considering it was written by a teenager. I don't think it's as good as, let's say, License To Ill (#219) but it is an interesting slice of early rap.
My rating: ★★★
• #469 Fugees - The Score
I really feel like this one could have been great but the Fugees couldn't decide exactly which style they were going for. It's sort of all over the place between the ballad-y Killing Me Softly to more traditional hip-hop/R&B to reggae to rap. This isn't a greatest hits album or anything, let's make up our minds about a cohesive whole, huh?
My rating: ★★