Cover of the Beach Boys’ album ‘The Beach Boys Today!’ with all 5 Beach Boys smiling and a list of the album’s songs.

Year Released: 1965

Have I Heard This Before?: I haven’t heard this specific album all the way through, but this does have a few of the group’s best singles (“When I Grow Up,” “Do You Wanna Dance”), and it comes at the point when Brian Wilson was beginning to explore…


Cover of the album ‘BLACKsummers’night’ by Maxwell

Year Released: 2009

Have I Heard This Before: I became aware of Maxwell through the hype surrounding both this album and its sequel, 2016’s blackSUMMERS’night.


Album cover for “Some Girls” by The Rolling Stones

Year Released: 1978

Have I Heard This Before?: Hmm…the Rolling Stones, you say? Never heard of them.

Okay, that was a dumb joke. But what else can you say. They’re the Rolling Stones. They were inevitably going to pop up. …


Cover of Manu Chao’s ‘Clandestino’

Year Released: 1998

Have I Heard This Before?: Nope. I’ve only ever heard of Manu Chao in passing, and I don’t recall ever coming across his music purposefully, let alone incidentally.

High Points: I didn’t quite know what to expect from Clandestino, but it certainly wasn’t this. Admittedly, this is…


Year Released: 1998

Have I Heard This Album Before?: This came out before I really got into rap, and its critical stature has only just shifted, so this is the first time I’m getting around to the whole album. …


Cover of Jefferson Airplane’s album Surrealistic Pillow

Year Released: 1967

Have I Heard This Before?: I definitely gave this a listen back when Rolling Stone’s first list came out, on which this album was placed considerably higher. …


Cover of the album ‘Ctrl’ by SZA

Year Released: 2017

Have I Heard This Before?: I did listen to this album back when it came out, and it just missed out on my top 10 of the year at the time. I thought it was good, even great at points; it just didn’t quite connect with me.


Cover of Daddy Yankee’s album ‘Barrio Fino’

Year Released: 2004

Have I Heard This Before?: I have never listened to a Daddy Yankee album before. …


Cover of Big Star’s album #1 Record

Year Released: 1972

Have I Heard This Before?: I’m a semi-professional music critic, and I had a huge power-pop phase in my early twenties. Thus, it would be next to impossible for me to have not heard this album or the rest of Big Star’s discography.

High Points: I love…


Cover of Sheryl Crow’s self-titled album

Year Released: 1996

Have I Heard This Before: I have never listened to a Sheryl Crow album in full before now. However, I was alive in the 1990s and I do have a mom, so I have more than a passing familiarity with Crow’s career as a whole. …

The RS500 Project

A somewhat exhaustive run-through of Rolling Stone’s updated 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list to see if they’re all truly great.

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