As simple as A, B…

So, after 101 reviews (plus a few sundry catch-ups) I have knocked off the “Bs” in my collection. It has been a long, but pleasurable journey through the outer reaches of the rock, funk, folk, blues, world music, Danish hip hop, and even spoken word, galaxies.

I look forward to now launching into a whole new world of Cs. But before doing so, I though I’d just take this chance to cobble together some reflective rankings:

Firstly, remembering back to the “As”, here are the top 5:

  1. Lily Allen – “Alright, still…”
  2. The Audreys – “Between Last Night and Us”
  3. Ryan Adams – “Heartbreaker”
  4. Ryan Adams – “Gold”
  5. Lily Allen – “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

So a mix of pop and alt-country, and dominated by voices of the female variety.

Turning to “B”, here’s the top 10:

  1. The Black Keys – “Rubber Factory”
  2. The Beastie Boys – “Paul’s Boutique”
  3. James Brown – “Star Time Disk Two”
  4. Buffalo Tom – “Let Me Come Over”
  5. James Brown – “Star Time Disk Three”
  6. Dan Brodie and The Broken Arrows – “Empty Arms, Broken Hearts”
  7. James Brown – “Star Time Disk One”
  8. Billy Bragg – “Back to Basics”
  9. Solomon Burke – “Don’t Give Up On Me”
  10. The Breeders – “Last Splash”

Looks like funk/soul and bluesy rock win out, and there’s only a little bit of love for the ladies. And wow, I really did dig that James Brown box set. The world got a whole rockier in the B section (thankfully) and I uncovered a few gems I hadn’t heard in years. What will C bring?

For the dorky stats-minded amongst you, the most visited reviews are:

  1. Lily Allen – “Alright, still…”
  2. Björk – “Post”
  3. The Beach Boys – “Pet Sounds
  4. Beck – “Mellow Gold
  5. The Beastie Boys – “Solid Gold Hits”

With a bullet are the reviews of Bright Eyes, and the Breeders.

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