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Best and Worst of CMG

By The Staff | 1 September 2005

Well, kind of. Couple of *'s:

(a) We figure that if you're reading this, you've probably been reading for the past 2-3 months, and we don't include too much "new" stuff.

(b) The "best of" list is less a chance to pat ourselves on the back than highlighting reviews we think are probably our most "interesting"; take that to mean what you will.

(c) Yes, the "best of" list is much bigger than the "worst of" list. Not really something we want to dwell on, you understand.

(d) The "worst of" list was compiled from reviews that we feel: went wrong, were written three years ago before we "edited," make no sense, are badly written, or are just overly positive with a really bad album. Each was picked by the author.

(e) Since I had to fit this in somewhere, the evolution of CMG: design 1 / design 2 / design 3 / design 4 / design 5.

Anyway, just when you thought we couldn't get enough of ourselves:

"Best"

American Music Club: Love Songs for Patriots
Article: On Criticism: When Feelings Aren't Enough
Beach Boys: Smiley Smile
Black Eyes: Cough
Bloc Party: Silent Alarm
Buck 65: This Right Here is Buck 65
Comets on Fire: Blue Cathedral
Concert Review: Spoon
Billy Corgan: TheFutureEmbrace
Decemberists: Castaways & Cutouts
Edan: Beauty & the Beat
Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman
Matthew Good: Avalanche
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Naturally
Junior Boys: Last Exit
Loretta Lynn
Ludacris: Red Light District
Madvillain: Madvillain
Mike Jones: Who is Mike Jones?
Mogwai: Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1995-2003
Mountain Goats: The Sunset Tree
R.E.M.: Warner reissues
Russian Futurists: Our Thickness
Skygreen Leopards: Life and Love in Sparrow's Meadow
Sigur Rós: Von
John Smith: Pinky's Laundromat
Sole: Live from Rome
Talking Heads: The Name of this Band is the Talking Heads
TTC: Batards Sensibles
Two Lone Swordsmen: Big Shining Motor of Sin
Tom Waits: Real Gone
Wu-Tang: Disciples of the 36 Chambers
Xiu Xiu: Fabulous Muscles
Neil Young: Tonight's the Night

"Worst"

Black Mountain: Self-titled
Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat
Pink Mountaintops: Self-titled
South: With the Tides