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My favorite music: 1983

My favorite music: 1983

Music
If there's one thing the internet lacks, it's pointless music lists. So to fill that void, here's a sampling of my favorite albums from some random year. Let's say, 1983. (Spotify users, check out the accompanying playlist and subscribe!) Robert Plant, The Principle of Moments -- While I would in no way claim that Robert Plant's solo output bests Led Zeppelin's music, a lot of times I simply prefer to listen to Plant. In fact I'd say that Plant has enjoyed one of the most artistically rewarding solo careers of any artist who was part of a popular band that I can think of. The Principle of Moments is probably my favorite Plant solo effort (next to Fate of Nations) -- he sounds freed from the constraints of creating larger-than-life rock and the music just crackles with energy. "In the...
Cross-pollination: The Popdose Guide to Megadeth

Cross-pollination: The Popdose Guide to Megadeth

Music
I want to blame writer's block for the fact that it took me a few years to finally write my promised guide to thrash metal legends Megadeth, but that's not really true. I think the real reason is that after the band's glory days ended in the mid-'90s I just sort of lost track of them. I moved on to progressive rock and then later to jazz and just didn't have a lot of time for Dave Mustaine and company. And all those lineup changes didn't help either. So writing this guide for Popdose was as much about reconnecting with one of my favorite bands from back in the day as it was about writing an article. And lo and behold, I got a lot out of it. I rediscovered some great metal albums and learned that Megadeth is far from a spent creative force. Their 2004 album, The System Has Failed...