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How Much Time Do You Have?

How Much Time Do You Have?

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(On Lengthy Progressive Rock Songs) Barring Classical, the genre Progressive Rock features many lengthy songs/instrumentals, which an ordinary music fan might find difficult to listen to. After all, typical Pop songs often clock in

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Great Records through the Decades pt. 3

Great Records through the Decades pt. 3

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(Pop) Last issue, we came up with a list of Progressive Rock-classifiable albums released in the previous decades. This time, I will introduce you to yet another list of albums that may, on the

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Great Records through the Decades pt. 2

Great Records through the Decades pt. 2

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(Progressive Rock) Last issue, we came up with a list of albums released in the previous decades whose styles revolve around Sunny Pop, New Wave, and other closely related genres. This time, I will

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Great Records through the Decades

Great Records through the Decades

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(Sunny Pop / Art Rock / New Wave) A decade ago, many young listeners had consumed their dose of music by watching individual songs via Internet platforms such as YouTube. With the advent of

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New Music for 2021

New Music for 2021

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It is only the start of the year, but music enthusiasts should already be looking forward to the interesting albums that are scheduled for release in the coming months. Among this slew of new

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Albums Revisited: The Killers – Hot Fuss (2004)

Albums Revisited: The Killers – Hot Fuss (2004)

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In July 2004, I was at a record store in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, when a song that boomed on the loudspeakers caught my fancy. I immediately approached a crew member to ask what

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Albums Revisited: a-ha – Hunting High and Low (1985)

Albums Revisited: a-ha – Hunting High and Low (1985)

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The Norwegian band has long been regarded as an A-lister in the halls of New Wave greats. In a stellar three-decade career, a-ha has come up with 10 studio albums, the latest of which

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Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986)

Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986)

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One of the pioneers of Synthpop (barring, of course, the much earlier architects the likes of Can, Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Gary Numan), and also a frontliner during the ’80s phase of New

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Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

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I was at Club Dredd Timog, in the summer of 1992, when a friend, Ramon Ceballos Jr., who was also there at the legendary club that night, told me that there was a new

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