It was an album that record execs and studio heads initially rejected. But “Kick” by INXS would go on to produce a slew of top 10 hits worldwide, turning the band – led by charismatic frontman Michael Hutchence – from Australian heroes to the people’s choice in rock and roll, putting them on par with U2 and R.E.M.

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You can buy or stream Kick by INXS online at Spotify, iTunes,  YouTube, and Amazon .

 

For some, “The Boxer” is The National’s greatest album. However, in this epipod of Finest Worksongs, we take a look at what be their most quintessential album, “Alligator.” It’s an album of both confidence and introspection, of colorful characters and average Joes. All sung with a sound unique to The National.

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You can buy or stream Alligator by The National online at Spotify, iTunes,  YouTube, and Amazon .

 

At the time it was released, this album was overshadowed by Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, and even some monsters from Sesame Street. But a dozen years later, “The Reminder” by Feist holds up as an accomplishment of an artist with a clear vision, a bevy of talented friends and a voice like none other.

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You can buy or stream The Reminder by Feist online at Spotify, iTunes,  YouTube, and Amazon .

 

It’s a tale as old as time: Man reads Ann Frank’s “The Diary is a Young Girl.” Man weeps for three days straight. Man dreams of building a time machine to go back and save her. Man writes arguably one of the greatest Indy rock albums of all time. Can you say “cliche?”

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You can buy or stream In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel online at Spotify, iTunes,  YouTube, and Amazon .

 

If you were anywhere near a college campus in the mid-1990s, you were probably going to hear the Dave Matthews Band – either coming out of a dorm stereo or being played by a guy with an acoustic guitar. Before too long, though, the DMB was everywhere. The mix of guitar, horns, violin, and impeccable drumming – along with Matthews’ unique vocals – was a revolutionary sound in mainstream rock music. But is it still?

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You can buy or stream Under the Table and Dreaming by Dave Matthews Band online at Spotify, iTunes,  YouTube, and Amazon .

 

The red leather jacket. The single white glove. The “Moonwalk.” The “Thriller”Dance. Of the 9 songs on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” 7 would be Top 10 hits. The album would go on to sell 66 million copies worldwide — and counting. And music would never be the same again.

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You can buy or stream Thriller by Michael Jackson online at Spotify, iTunes,  YouTube, and Amazon .

For our second epipod we dive into Smashing Pumpkins’ second album, Siamese Dream. This is Billy Corgan’s masterpiece – an album so over-budget and so mind-boggling perfect that it led to drug abuse, infighting and innuendo – and arguably one of the most successful albums of the 1990s.

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Welcome to Finest Worksongs! What better way to begin a podcast about great albums than by reviewing this masterpiece by our favorite band? 

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