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Pretzel Logic (1974)

Steely Dan’s followup to “Countdown To Ecstasy” proves to be even stronger. Having avoided the sophomore slump that is the bane of many artists, the group delivers 11 solid numbers

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Visiting the Nordhoff Cemetery

(FALL, 2014) My daughter and I are back at the graveyard again, high on a hill above Portland. We’re looking for Dad’s grave. Forty-five minutes later we leave, still unsure of its location. I hate these places.

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Mummer (1983)

XTCs sixth album is another step toward more intricately crafted, lush sound, while never forgetting to toss in a few livelier numbers along the way.

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A Flock of Seagulls (1982)

Debut album by the British New Wave group of the same name. The self-titled release contains most of their better songs, including “I Ran”, “You Can Run” and “Telecommunication.”

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Reach the Beach (1983)

Their sophomore effort was also their high point, in terms of The Fixx’s popularity. Though classified as a cross between New Wave and Pop, the band developed a sound all their own-

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Imagine (1971)

After five albums, which range from indulgent to caustic to “experimental” (code for unlistenable), John Lennon finally released a solid record that was instantly accessible to fans.

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Waves (1986)

With their best releases behind them, Katrina and The Waves proved they had one more album worth of material in them before drifting into oblivion, so to speak.

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The Swing (1984)

The fifth album by Auatralia’s INXS is their best, to that point. Nearly every one of the ten tracks is memorable, many of them danceable as well. Still in the new wave vein, but edging more towards rock. The only album stronger than this would be their next release, “Kick.”

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