True Love Stories

Jilted John

True Love Stories

November, 1978

New Wave

One of new wave's great lost albums, True Love Stories shows there's much more to Jilted John's music than his cult classic eponymous single. While "Jilted John" is a singular slice of sneering, self-deprecating genius, the rest of the album is still startlingly original in how it recycles pre-Beatles pop conventions with a punky defiance and a distinctly bent British humor.

- Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Medicine Show

The Dream Syndicate

Medicine Show

1984

Alternative/Indie Rock

A notorious critical and commercial disappointment upon its release in 1984, the Dream Syndicate's second album, Medicine Show, has stood the test of time better than many would have expected. A radical creative detour from their instant classic The Days of Wine and Roses, these songs found Steve Wynn maturing as a songwriter and creating a dark, brooding ambiance that would blaze a trail for his future work.

- Mark Deming