Rolling Stoned: 475 - 472
• #475 Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Armed Forces

We officially reach the 5% mark! I'm fucking exhausted already and beginning to think this was a terrible project. On top of that this one didn't really do a whole lot to get me going.  I mean it was fine, but it wasn't anything ground breaking.  I might listen to it while I was doing something else but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

My rating: ★★★

• #474 Manu Chao - Próxima Estación: Esperanza

Is this a reggae album?  Latin?  French?  Portuguese?  Well it seems to be all of the above and it's pretty damn catchy to boot.  I might like it better if it could pick one identity and run with it but overall it's interesting, different and fresh.  All traits that are worthy of a memorable "top 500" album.  On the other hand I have no idea what any of it means so it could all be about killing puppies or something.

My rating: ★★★★

• #473 The Smiths - The Smiths

Just when I was getting in a good mood from the last one, here comes Morrissey & The Smiths to bum everyone out with this downer of a down-tempo album. I mean I guess this one deserves a spot on the list because it's an important album from an important band or whatever but I mean does this thing just make you want to kill yourself or what?  I guess if I was a 16-year old goth who thought everyone was an asshole then I'd probably love the hell out of this thing, but for now, I don't really get it.

My rating: ★★

• #472 George Michael - Faith  I own it

A much better slice of 1980's pop. Alternately catchy as hell (Faith, Father Figure), kinky (I Want Your Sex) and serious (One More Try).  Sure, the synthesizers sound a bit dated but other than that it still sounds pretty fresh.

My rating: ★★★★