The Trinity Session
Recorded in one session with one microphone in a Toronto church. The cover of "Sweet Jane" is a classic, as is "Misguided Angel." This is the album that guaranteed Margo Timmins and her haunting voice a lasting place in modern music.
Automatic for the People
Hands down, in my opinion, R.E.M.'s best albums. "Man on the Moon" and "Nightswimming" bring back long adolescent drives. For fans of 80s R.E.M., there's "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight."
August and Everything After
These guys have lost some of their alt-rock credibility as the genre has moved more in the direction of heavy metal lite (and, I suppose, "Accidentally in Love" didn't help). But this is a classic. Beyond the big hits like "Mr. Jones" and "Round Here," there are lesser known songs that embody the original Crows sound: check out "Perfect Blue Buildings," "Anna Begins," and "A Murder of One."
This was the album we needed after 9/11. Not syrupy patriotism and revenge-filled insanity, but an honest album that took stock of early-21st century American life. We play "A Sorta Fairytale" and "Taxi Ride," but well worth checking out are "Crazy," "Mrs. Jesus," and "Another Girl's Paradise."
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