The End of the World [1963]
The End of the World [1963]

Skeeter Davis

The End of the World [1963]

1963

Country-Pop

Whether heavy-hearted country-pop is still in style or back in style, this 1963 release, named for the iconic number two hit, has tear-stained pillows to spare. With production by Chet Atkins and Anita Kerr, songs by the likes of Kander & Ebb and Goffin & King, Davis' trademark double-tracked harmonies, and sentiments like "(I Want to Go) Where Nobody Knows Me," it offers catharsis far beyond its title track.

- Marcy Donelson

Goats Head Soup
Goats Head Soup

The Rolling Stones

Goats Head Soup

August 31, 1973

Album Rock

Something of a comedown album from the epic statement of Exile On Main Street, Goats Head Soup continues the murky, hazy energy of its predecessor. Recorded partially in Jamaica, songs either drift with a lazy melancholy or simmer with humid hedonistic energy. The album is short on hits (save heartbroken ballad "Angie") but has a thick vibe that carries both the sadness and the sleaze.

- Fred Thomas