There are a few reasons that I’ve begun this maniacal project that nobody asked for, but the main one is this: Last December, I suddenly had to take two 25 hour solo road trips.

It’s not important why I took these road trips; just suffice it to say that 2020…

#187: AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Ice Cube

Look! It’s the crazy motherf****r named Ice Cube! Who recently left the gang called N-Wordz Wit Attitude! Actually, he left it six months before releasing this album, so this is where he cut his teeth.

I went through an Ice Cube phase about four…

#186: Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Isn’t it interesting how subjective music is? Particularly live music. Growing up, one of my friends’ parents loved mentioning how they saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert once and they were “terrible. Just awful.”

Well, I saw the Red…

#185: Beggar’s Banquet, Rolling Stones

Another album I listened to in the middle of the snow storm, which started up right as I started playing #183. Weird, that this album will always make me feel cold.

This RS blurb gave me a LOT to unpack as a casual Rolling Stones…

#184: She’s So Unusual, Cyndi Lauper

Hypothesis: Cyndi Lauper has more in common with Eddie Van Halen than any guitar hero.

Evidence #1: Style. They were both committed to looking like circus performers. Examples: This album cover, with Cyndi’s groundbreaking undercut-with-prom-dress combo. Eddie’s iconic stripey red and white Frankenstrat.


#183: Brown Sugar, D’Angelo

I started working from home two years before COVID happened. It’s a weird lifestyle.

Then COVID happened, and everyone was working from home. Snow days were weird, because they weren’t actually snow days. …

#182: Sweet Baby James, James Taylor

A few months ago, if you put a gun to my head and made me talk about James Taylor, I would have said, “Uh, um, isn’t he like, easy listening?” and died.

But now, I’ve reached a new conclusion. “Easy listening” doesn’t exist. …

#181: Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan

So. Bob Dylan. We meet again.

My last Dylan review was admittedly a little lacking, so we have much to discuss this time around.

First point: This is our fourth Dylan album on the list, out of the amazing eight that are…

#180: Forever Changes, Love

This series of reviews is just becoming a way for me to confess the many things I’m ignorant about. For example, the fact that Marvin Gaye was shot by his father. Here’s another: I didn’t know that the Summer of Love referred to the SPECIFIC summer…

#179: Life After Death, The Notorious B.I.G.

We’re on another streak of death on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This is Biggie’s sophomore effort after Ready to Die, #22. …

Karla Clifton

Writer, fake music fan.

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