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Alan Parsons – Turn Of A Friendly Card
The album The Turn Of A Friendly Card includes two of Parsons’ very best songs: "Time," with its beautiful harmonies, and the gently swinging "Games People Play" which opens with Empire fanfares. That the instrumental tracks are find favor with almost all rock fans is hardly surprising because the music more often than not emulates the driving sound of Brit Rock rather than bombastic "sonic souffles" (Rolling Stone). But be that as it may, the title certainly holds its promise. The sales figures for this album clearly show that this "friendly card" has definitely turned up trumps for Alan Parsons.
Patti Smith – Horses
In Smith's own words, Horses was conceived as "three-chord rock merged with the power of the word". Steve Huey of AllMusic calls Horses "essentially the first art punk album." Smith and her band's sound, spearheaded by the rudimentary guitar work of Lenny Kaye, drew on the simple aesthetics of garage rock, and the group's use of simplistic chord structures was emblematic of the punk rock scene associated with the band. Smith, however, used such structures as a basis for lyrical and musical improvisation in the album's songs, diverging from other contemporary punk acts who generally shied away from solos. Horses drew on genres such as rock and roll, reggae, and jazz. "Redondo Beach" features a reggae backing track, while "Birdland", which was improvised by the band in Electric Lady Studios, owed more to jazz, which Smith's mother enjoyed, than to the influence of punk
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Peter Townshend – Who Came First
This record shows a folkier and gentler side of The Who’s chief muse. "Sheraton Gibson" is a neat tune about rock and roll road life, and "Time Is Passing" takes very subtle inspiration from Baba. Most of the rest of the album contains some of the most unusual pieces Townshend has released: his acoustic cover of Jim Reeves’ "There’s A Heartache Following Me" (recorded because it was one of Baba’s favorite tunes), "Evolution" (which is actually pretty much a solo track by his buddy Ronnie Lane of The Faces), Parvardigar" (adapted from Baba’s Universal Prayer), and "Content" (a philosophical poem by Maud Kennedy that Townshend put to music).
Sarah McLachlan – Solace
"Solace", McLachlan's second album, is considerably more mature and musically sophisticated than her 1988 debut, the promising if limited "Touch". In fact, this disc is a must-have for McLachlan fans whose first encounter with her work was with her extremely popular later releases, "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" and "Surfacing".
Sarah McLachlan : Afterglow
McLachlan was nominated in five Juno Award categories in Canada, including Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for Afterglow, and Songwriter of the Year for the songs on the album. The awards were announced on 4 April 2004. The album was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Pop Vocal Album field in 2005.