Rolling Stone Top 500: #s 435-431

435) Pet Shop Boys, Actually

This is the 2nd album from the duo and it is fun. This is pure late-80s electro dance pop. It is fun to listen to and Neil Tennant is a fantastic lyricist. The production holds up, this one feels as fresh now as in 1989.

If you listen to one song: It’s Sin

434) Pavement, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain

This is the 2nd album from one of the more influential bands of the early-90s indie rock scene. It is a solid album from start to finish. There are a lot of great tracks here and some genre-bending. You can find a little country, some folk, some straight up pop, and some old fashioned rock n roll at various points throughout the album.

If you listen to one song: Gold Soundz

433) LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver
There are a lot of sophmore albums on this part of the list it seems. This is the 2nd studio album from James Murphy’s dance rock band and it is a damn solid effort. Like any good DJ setlist, this album ebbs and flows, taking the listener on a fantastic ride along the way. There are a lot of great tracks here. The album is a great listen, well worth the time.

If you listen to one song: All My Friends

432) Usher, Confessions

I don’t have a lot to say about this one. I listened to it. I understand its appeal. However, I don’t find it particulary exciting. Usher has a better than average voice. There are some solid, if generic, R&B tracks and a few certified club bangers. Overall though, this is a relatively mediocre album.

If you listen to one song: Yeah!

431) Los Lobos, How Will The Wolf Survive

This is the major label debut of Los Lobos and it is a hell of a first record. The band blends rock, blues, country, zydeco, R&B, and traditional Mexican music into a solid listen from top to bottom. Their expert musicianship is on display throughout as it is not easy to blend that many genres into something as smooth as these songs are.

If you listen to one song: Don’t Worry Baby

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