Rolling Stoned: 455 - 453

• #455Los Lobos – How Will the Wolf Survive?

To put it in 2015 terms, you might call this a latin, blues, country, rock mashup.  Way ahead of its time for 1984!  I found this fun to listen to, with a variety of different sounds to keep me entertained.  I enjoy mariachi-style pop (ref: Mariachi El Bronx and also why did nobody tell me that their 3rd album had dropped?) so this was right up my alley, or callejón if you will. My only complaint is that it doesn't actually answer the title question, so I'm still left wondering how will the wolf survive?  I need answers!

My Rating: ★★★★☆

• #454: Alice Cooper – Love It to Death

Worth the price of admission for the classic anthem of disaffected youth everywhere, "I'm Eighteen" by itself.  Alice Cooper is weird, scary, and fun all at the same time. "Sun Arise" is a dark cover of a poppy Australian hit from the 60s. Listen to this and hate your parents.

My Rating: ★★★★

• #453: EPMD – Strictly Business

Somehow I made it this far in my life without hearing or even knowing anything about EPMD, but I'm glad that heinous oversight has finally been corrected.  This album is full of easy flowing rhymes layered on top of heavy, sample laden beats and hardly lets up from beginning to end. This album went on to be sampled itself by dozens of subsequent artists and it's really no wonder. There are no bad songs on this album.

My Rating: ★★★★☆