This is odd...Rolling Stone gives out exactly NO five-star ratings to an album since 1992 (R.E.M's Automatic for the People), but in the last two years, the distinction has gone to Love & Theft (Bob Dylan), Goddess in the Doorway (Mick Jagger), The Rising (Bruce Springsteen) and now Sea Change (Beck).
Perhaps since they're gradually turning into Maxim anyway, RS doesn't feel so stingy about the rave reviews.
Edited to add that I've got 450 posts! Huzzah!
(edited by Big Bad on 21.9.02 1440) I was born in a manger, like that other guy. You know, he wore a hat?
Does it matter? The Grammys are an even bigger sham than anything RS does - what the Hell is the difference between a 'record' and an 'album', anyway? Anyone recall the Jethro Tull incident? The nebulous time constraints for releases that qualify for awards? Now *there* is a bunch that needs to stop handing out awards, pronto.
I was on the fence about this one. PRO: The first time I saw Geoff Berner was a fantastic night of music that made me a fan of Ford Pier, and then made me a fan of Berner, and then made me a fan of Carolyn Mark, and it's in my top 10 shows ever CON: