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Rolling Stoned: 462 - 460
Welcome back to another installment of everyone's favorite music-review service!  (See here in case you've forgotten what this is all about.)  Somehow it has been over two years since I last attacked this list.  I bet you thought I forgot about you. But with the advent of Apple Music and easy access to streaming music I thought I'd try to get back in to the swing of it.


• #462: R.E.M. – Document

It's R.E.M. allright.  Their sound is unmistakeable, and fairly pleasant.  This album suffers from too few tracks that have a recognizable hook to grab your attention.  In fact, I listened to this album several times over the last few months in an attempt to get back to this review series, and the only two songs that I can name now without looking are the two that have a recognizable chorus - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) and The One I Love.  There's a reason those two were the hit singles. That said, however, this album is en enjoyable listen even if somewhat forgettable.



My rating: ★★★



• #461: Public Image Ltd. – Metal Box

The review text in the iTunes Store calls this "quite simply… one of the greatest albums of any era", which is stretching the definition of "greatest" to its breaking point. I wanted to give up after the first few minutes of the 10-minute opening track and it doesn't get much better from there.  I can't imagine what mood I would have to be in to think to myself, "I'd like to listen to 10 minutes of Albatross",  yet somehow the average review on Amazon is 4.5 stars.  I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.  Never mind the Sex Pistols, this is bollocks.

My rating: ★


• #460: Hole - Live Through This

A rather good pop-punky take, despite Courtney Love's voice which is sometimes a bit annoying – let's face it she doesn't always show the greatest vocal range in the world.  But neither did Kurt Cobain and he did OK for himself. This album works because it's not some pretentious nonsense like #461, it just does its thing with guitar, drum & bass.  Loud and perfectly unpolished, the way rock should be.

My rating: ★★★