Rolling Stoned: 491 - 488

• #491 Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign

A classic. Albert King influenced Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and countless others and this is one of the albums that started to bring him wide acclaim. You have to appreciate this as a piece of history if nothing else. Sentimentality aside this is a great little blues number and is solid throughout. Listen to this to appreciate the roots of rock and roll as we know it today.

My rating: ★★★☆

• #490 ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

Ah La Grange, gotta love this album if only for that track alone. The remainder is a little bit hit and miss but is enjoyable for the most part. The whole album weighs in at only 33 minutes which does feel a bit short especially if you're going to pay $10 for the CD version (thanks to Spotify for streaming it free). Enjoyed it, would listen again, especially before rehearsals for my ZZ Top cover band (we're calling ourselves AA Bottom).

My rating: ★★★☆

• #489 Kiss - Destroyer

Ah, KISS. Love 'em or hate 'em but you can't ignore them. Well maybe you can but you shouldn't because they're just good fun. Forget all the makeup and stage antics, this is a solid rocking album that just screams of 70s heavy metal excess in all the best ways. Also somehow sneaks in one of their major hits, Beth, in the form of a soft-pop ballad. Everybody's gotta be a little sweet sometimes, huh?

My rating: ★★★☆

• #488 Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

I didn't really know anything about Hüsker Dü before I listed to this album, in fact I somehow assumed that they were a country band. Not sure where I got that idea from, the fake heavy metal ümlaüts really should have tipped me off.  The opening track quickly set me straight as to what kind of album this was going to be, and I quite enjoyed the whole thing.  It rips along at a pretty manic tempo and the only real miss is How To Skin A Cat which is a bit experimental for me and was really jarring from the overall flow of the other tracks.  Extra respect for the drummer that shares lead-vocal duty because I cannot sing and play drums at the same time for the life of me (also, I cannot sing for the life of me).

My rating: ★★★★