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Rolling Stoned: 481 - 479
• #481 -  D'Angelo – Voodoo

Here's yet another artist that I don't know anything about.  I mean, I thought I had a pretty good grasp of music and would at least recognize most of the artists on this list, especially since they are allegedly the top 500 but I'm beginning to doubt myself.  That said, I did enjoy this album for the most part.  It is fairly easy going and I could definitely see having it on as some light background music at a party or something.  A lot of the songs did sort of sound the same to me though, and I none of them really stick in my mind as a greatest hit.

My rating: ★★★✩



• #480 - Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Raekwon is a member of the Wu Tang Clan. While I'm not hugely familiar with their work, at least we are finally getting back to an artist that I have heard of!  But, this is bit of a mixed bag.  There are a couple of relatively catchy hip-hop beats but the tracks that are primarily or largely spoken dialogue are really distracting.  Is this supposed to be spoken-word or rap?  I guess it could be both but I feel like Raekwon couldn't make up his mind about what he wanted to do here.

My rating: ★★



• #479 - Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

The opening 10 minute title track alone earns this one some stars. It's an almost wordless cut that is comprised mainly of an echoey, psychedelic guitar solo that sounds as if it were ripped from the heart of Hendrix himself.  The rest of the album strays a bit in terms of style but never really in a bad way. Enjoyed it.

My rating: ★★★★