Average rating:

out of 420 ratings.

They need an editor

by Joe-KC on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

While their episode titles are not exactly mis-leading, be prepared to sit through 20-80% chatty filler while waiting for them to get around to it. The 2-hour No Doubt /Tragic Kingdom episode doesn't even start until hour 2. They could edit the thing down to 40 minutes and it would be pretty sharp.

Must Hear Podcast.

by Paul T in Boston on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is one of my absolute favorites. I have recommended it to everyone I know who either loves podcasts or music. The key to my enjoyment, as a sixty-one year old who remembers the release of virtually all of these albums, is going back and listening again once I finish an episode. It opens up so many new possibilities and shows me so many things I missed. Musicians who are also fans are the only people that could pull this off, but anyone could derive something from what they have managed to create. Thank you for that.

Great Albums=Great Listen

by AP554 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Such great insight, chemistry and taste.

Good company

by westseattleguru on
Rating: ★★★★★

These guys are great. Like nerding our with your buddies about music. If considering Lindsey Buckingham a douche is cool, consider me Miles Davis.

Stop trying to be young!

by GBostown on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Jay-Z before Jimi Hendrix ... just one example of a poor choice. You guys have some great episodes and I loved a lot of the shows but lately just not so good! Please examine some of the important talent in music ... there’s nothing good past maybe ‘05 . No more reminders of how old you guys were when Matchbox 20 came out ..we good ... I’m holding on for some good stuff!

Before even get to STP’s Purple

by Eh em on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Guys guys guys. Great that you have an episode about Purple but before you even get to it... so wrong about Shangri la dee da. There are many great songs on it. Coma is strong as you mentioned but some of their best lighter material is on this album... Wonderful, A Song for Sleeping for example. The outro of Bi-Polar Bear is one of the highlights as well. As opposed to the last self titled one with Weiland. Right about Take a Load Off, thats one of the very few quality tracks on it. Most of it isn’t very inspired. The Deleo bros explained that Weiland was barely in the studio w them, he’d do his vocals at his own studio. I assume this lack of cohesion was the problem with that album. By far their weakest w Scott. I think the Deleo bros took the lead on Tiny Music’s genre hopping direction and Weiland followed, instead of the other way around.

Great insight into great albums!

by imhmr on
Rating: ★★★★★

I recommend finding albums you already love and listening to those episodes and then expand from there. I’ve discovered some records from the podcast I now love. Bill and Brian are insightful and knowledgeable.

Love it

by Griffy269 on
Rating: ★★★★★

These guys turned me on to so much amazing music. Would love to hear a little more of each song other than just the beginnings of tracks, but I’m super appreciative. I typically listen to an episode then download the album on Spotify. Love it.


by Open D on
Rating: ★★★★★

Not a word from you guys about the bigest pop band of all time ??


by album awesome on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great podcast keep up the good work

Check the facts

by Tom mas Thom on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

The Music From Big Pink episode was kind of hard to listen to because there is a ton of bad information here. The hosts got the names of Hawks songs wrong, over-priced the stay at Big Pink by $150 a night and let their guest ramble on about his own music for several minutes before getting to the topic at hand. George Harrison never lived at Big Pink. (He may have visited.) Garth did not find Levon’s drum kit. Robbie did not sing on Northern Lights, Southern Cross; he sang a studio song on The Last Waltz soundtrack. Their last album is called Islands. Robbie did not live in NYC when the other guys lived at Big Pink. He and his soon-to-be wife, Dominique, a French journalist (not his “model girlfriend”) lived on Grossman’s property in Woodstock. It’s not that Garth Hudson didn’t want to join The Hawks, he was concerned his parents would not accept him playing in a rock and roll band. To convince his parents, they told them he’d be giving lessons to the other members. Caledonia Mission is about The Hawks getting busted with drugs at the Canadian border. There’s some good analysis and opinion of the music, but you may want to double check any facts you hear on this podcast.

Had great potential

by Joehme on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Omg, shut up! I was really looking forward to this series, but just all the rambling. I had to delete all 30 episodes. Just terrible. I was liking to hear about a lot of the albums and the history, but then just rambling forever.

Overall good show but.....

by carpito on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

It is a very good show, the guys are knowledgeable about the records and artists they review. You might agree or not with their opinions but that’s life. My main issue is with the persistent use of the word “like” when is not needed. After a while it can get annoying.The guys clearly have a good and extensive vocabulary so I don’t see the need to insist on the misuse of the word.

One of the best music podcasts.

by Fletch_NYC on
Rating: ★★★★★

Thoughtful, intelligent, and informed analysis of some of the greatest albums ever recorded. An essential podcast for music lovers.

The best

by Pkuelz on
Rating: ★★★★★

You guys should review Tool

Best Music Podcast There Is

by TrivTriv on
Rating: ★★★★★

As a former music journalist who left the business because the need to keep up/say something deep/not sound pretentious was getting me down, I'm very glad to have discovered Bill and Brian. Their discussions are enlightening without making the listener feel small (no mean feat in music journalism), and their depth of knowledge is broad but approachable. It's a fascinating and fun way to revisit some of my all-time favorite music; highly recommended.


by mistergreen16 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I can’t believe they reviewed this album. So many of these albums are my middle school/high school soundtrack. Just hearing the small clips they played brought me back to senior year. This album was my secret find and scared my sister when I first played it. Definitely a podcast for thirty to forty somethings who want to stroll down memory lane. Watch out because you will want to find your old cds or buy new ones.

Love for RP

by Michael Shashoua on
Rating: ★★★★★

thanks for covering Robert Palmer's Clues, the man does not get his due as a creative musician, singer, producer and artist. You explored what made his work great in detail. Thanks again!

Thank you.

by Eric P 1985 on
Rating: ★★★★★

THIS is the only thing that can get me through my day to day. As a self taught musician, this podcast offers more than just production/compositional knowledge, it also provides a real way for me to connect with some of the long forgotten albums in my own childhood. I have listened to every episode a couple of times and I find something new each time I do, some little tidbit of info or personal reflection that really lends itself to my experiences as well.So, as the boys say ‘that is what makes a great album’.......constantly coming back and finding new things to love. Well done gentlemen and please keep the episodes coming!!

Great podcast

by Jessiah the Third on
Rating: ★★★★★

These guys talk about music in a very knowledgeable, conversational, and unrehearsed way. I feel like I am sitting in a room with a couple of my friends. I’ve revisited some great music and learned new things with each episode so far. Keep up the great work.

Pretty good show

by East Bay 3001 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Good job with background detail and song analysis, especially if you are a musician. Have not reviewed a Stones album and the name is Greatest Albums?! Could do without the personal political input that occasionally happens. Overall a good listen.

A Jimmie Nicol mention

by Former Ump on
Rating: ★★★★★

Along with Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best...good one guys...even if you didn’t mention Nicol by name...had me laugh out loud in the gym today...the dirty looks from the muscleheads was totally worth it

Excellent show

by V Jo on
Rating: ★★★★★

I like how they cover all genres of music. They have insight on how albums are made and give some background on the artists. I’ve learned a lot about bands that I knew nothing about prior. Very informative and fun to listen to. Keep it up!

These Guys Love What They Talk About

by wam957 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Check out the earliest pod casts. It especially shows in these earliest casts that they are fan boys.

Makes Me Want to Grab a Guitar

by Tim Slomka on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Podcast. These guys know their stuff and bring great detail to every episode. They treat each song and artist with respect and the guests they bring in add such value to every podcast. I want some Avett Brothers and more Pearl Jam, but a great listen and should be for all music fans. Every episode I listen to at work makes me want to grab my guitar.

One of my favorite podcasts!

by LALombardi on
Rating: ★★★★★

Honestly one of my favorite podcasts! Bill and Brian know their stuff and their guests often add their own interesting spin on the albums they’re covering. An easy and fun listen time, and must listen for any music fan. And Brian might have the most relaxing podcast voice ever.

The best music podcast

by Icepoet on
Rating: ★★★★★

I discovered this podcast about a year in and have been hooked ever since. I listen to it a la cart, an entree at a time. First, the Springsteens, Replacements, and then I searched out albums I love. I have a ways to go, but I will listen to them all. Bill and Brian, along with a guest, discuss an album an episode. First in general and then song by song. They are entertaining, knowledgeable, and love music. The personal insight they and the guest provide is both from an artists and a fan’s perspective. When I have finished a podcast, I know about the album and have a greater appreciation of it. These albums are not the great albums by Rolling Stone, Uncut Magazine, or AllMusic. These are the great albums of the the guest. These albums are loved by fans and Bill and Brian let us see it with their knowledge and passion.If you love any music, give this pod a listen.

Great Podcast!

by mojopin12 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is a fresh approach on the discussion of music. Both hosts keep the pace moving, talking as fans, not critics, about their personal opinions of each album. The hosts combine their experience as muscians to add insite on the craft and construction of the songs and cover several genres of music throughout their album picks. They invite other voices into the discussion, whether it be local musicians, to disc jockeys, which helps further add to the experience and depth to the conversation about each album, song by song, track by track. The show even added a "Ba Ba Ba Bonus!"<----inside joke folks)-- for me, by pointing out a great local bar close to my NJ home that has awesome local music. Justin Pope, being one of the local artist they had on for their Leonard Cohen episode, I had the pleasure to see playing at John and Peters in New Hope Pa. This was something I would have no prior knowlege of without this podcast. Take a chance and give a few episodes a listen. Feel a part of the conversation and make your commute a little more enjoyable as you explore new music as well as music that maybe is already on your list as a Great Album.


by Hard to find a new nickname on
Rating: ★★★★★

love it!

Came for Elvis Costello....

by Brutus0117 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Stayed for Jellyfish. Any podcast that is willing to do an hour+ about a Jellyfish album is alright by me.

Excellent podcast

by oldABuser on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love the breakdown of each song on the albums from mundane trivia to explaining why the music was written the way it was or how it sounds. Excellent hosts and guests. I also like how it isn’t genre specific and has a good variety of choices. Well done! Looking forward to more.


by Dazzman! on
Rating: ★★★★★

They guys are music lovers from the 60's going forward. I have always learned at least one new thing about the band and it's folklore. Pick your favorite album or band sit back and have fun realing in th years. They often have guests on that are SME's on the music of the day. I am a huge Boston fan and I was able to take away new lore of Tom and his band. If you are a R & R fan you can find lots of bands that interest you. Have fun.

Quickly fell in love

by The Freedom Of Music on
Rating: ★★★★★

I came across this show completely at random on iTunes just browsing for music shows. As a lifelong fan of the album as a musical statement, it was a perfect match. I’m gradually making my way through all the shows and have enjoyed reminiscing through the albums I know and love and being introduced to albums I never listened to before. As a 50 year old lifelong music fan, it’s interesting points of view on these albums from people a bit younger than I am who really strive to educate themselves on all this stuff. It’s a refreshing change from talking about music with my own age group.

The Great Albums is a great podcast

by BMF Maynard on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I only discovered this podcast a few months ago so I've had to pick and choose episodes to try and get caught up. I've enjoyed every one I've listened to. Bill and Brian have a great rapport. They are very respectful of each other, their opinions, and right to speak. I have listened to other podcasts where this was not the case.They have educated me on albums that I would not have otherwise listened to and they have given me insights on albums that I've been listening to for most of my life. I very much appreciate the knowledge and research that Bill and Brian have, my one very small, slight ding would be that they need to consider adding someone with more age to the conversations to bring light and perspective as to what society was like while the chosen album was in its heyday.The only reason I did not give a 5-star rating is because I'm only about 1/3 of the way through the podcasts. I have enjoyed everything thus far, but don't want to assume anything on the rest. I'm hoping to come back and bump this review to 5 stars when I get further along.

Wanted to love it...

by makismom on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

They review some of my favorite albums, but I just couldn't listen to them yap on and on about their personal stories, most of which have very little to do with the music at hand. Too much chatting about tangential topics. So much personal judgement about the music and musicians. I felt ancient hearing them talk about some of these albums that were the soundtrack to my childhood. Ugh.

Drowning in Nostalgia

by Brownie0488 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I didn’t start to listen to MM until Good News with Float On hitting major MTV airwaves in the Midwest. With that said, the deeper I dove into their album archive the more I fell in love with the band, and the stronger I can definitively say they’re my #1 favorite band alongside BTS. Anyhow, Lonesome Crowded West is usually my favorite album of theirs, too. The fondest memory I have while listening to it was being 16 and enjoying it in its entirety while I sat on a giant, cozy couch watching a gorgeous Minnesota lake through the 20ft window of the cabin my dad rented for the fishing trip. I find fishing pretty boring, but I’ve never felt more lucid while being sober. Thank you to Brian, Bill, and Derrill for providing me a new way to walk down memory lane.

Entertaining and informative

by RMC1720 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Knowlegable hosts and guests who are muscians and genuine fans. Gets into the weeds sometimes, but I learn something everytime I listen.

A must have for music lovers!

by HoustonVincent on
Rating: ★★★★★

These podcasts are highly addictive so beware! You may be forced to spend more time at drive through fast food joints so you don’t miss their information.It is casual, very informative with 2 men with impeccable taste: all types of rock are included

Focus more on track by track

by MinneLusaDave6869 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I love these podcasts - primarily for the track by track reviews and little bits of music theory/production/sound content. I've listened to about 20 or so now. What I don't love so much is that some reviews are taking like 30-45 minutes before Bill & Brian actually start talking about music. It'd be fine if it was some basic band history and setup for the album. But sometimes they go so far off topic and down these rabbit holes of producers or manager stories that i just end up fast forwarding to when they get to the music. They certainly know their stuff, but dang, GET TO THE MUSIC! Maybe I need to listen to some of the albums I'm not familiar with so I feel like the history is worth it. But part of selecting a particular album is because the listener likely already knows the history and they just want the music ya know? I drive a lot so these are good for the car, but unless you have 30-45 minutes at a time to commit it's hard to listen in sections.

In depth

by Joel H. on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love hearing the gents go so deeply into these truly great albums. I was hooked after the Weezer Blue episode.

Pretty Good

by apt2223 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I have, for the most part, enjoyed the four or five shows I have listened to. My one issue, and it seems to be a recurring one, is that these guys don't seem to know a lot about the backstories and artists whose work they review. They were both born in the mid-eighties, and it seems to me that their musical knowledge is lacking for any bands before the mid-nineties. They get some facts really, really wrong, and seem to be missing key information or historical context about artists, songs or albums that would sugnificantly impact their discussions. I'll keep listening, because most of it is pretty good, but I take it all with a grain of salt and the understanding that there is a lot more to the stories than these guys have yet discovered.

I hear zero review

by --thefist-- on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Great concept. But these guys babble about everything BUT the music. They drone on about themselves or about things THEY did during the album and not the album itself or intricacies. Which is upset because they pick AMAZING music. It’s like Donald Trump trying to discuss something that doesn’t include his name. This is annoying.

Really good podcast

by lp59pete on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I enjoy this podcast quite a bit. I wish it was a little shorter at times, but that’s alright. The guys are knowledgeable about music and obviously love it. I don’t agree with everything that’s said on the podcast, but who does? Its just a conversation discussing great albums - not a critical review. Good job with the podcast. 👍

Excellent podcast

by Okcomputer17 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Brian is a music encyclopedia and makes great observations. Bill is pretty good at B.S.ing but sometimes he has pretty good insights too. Overall, these guys do a great job and I truly appreciate this podcast.

This podcast is the discussion I wish I could have with my friends.

by MrsArcadian on
Rating: ★★★★★

I adore music and this podcast just feeds my soul. Don't listen to the one star reviewers, guys. Every Monday I listen to the new episode and I can't wait to hear what Bill and Brian will talk about next.I've even purchased some of the albums they have reviewed. Also, Spotify is a great listening companion. After hearing the podcast episode, I'll find the album on Spotify and listen to it all the way through. May I make a request? Have you ever thought about discussing The Monkees' 'Headquarters' or 'Pices Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones Ltd.' albums? If so, I strongly suggest getting in touch with the guys who run the Zilch! (A Monkees Podcast) show. They have co-hosted podcast episodes regarding the Monkees before. Anyway, I am so happy this podcast exists and I hope you guys keep up the good work!

Easy going discussion about great music

by Sgt. Walnut on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I don't lover the episodes about albums I don't know, but I've gone back and listened to the episodes about several albums I know and I really enjoy it. The concept behind those podcast sounds a little pretentious, but that's not the feeling of the podcast at all.

Best new discovery

by onlychickattheshow on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love this podcast. It's like talking to my record store dude and some of my friends. It's really conversational and chill.

Sounds great on vinyl, 8-track & cassette

by FittenTrim on
Rating: ★★★★★

My eternal question when I listen to this podcast: Do these guys have great taste in music? Or were they just born around the same time I was? :) The Replacements, Pavement, Beastie Boys, Dinosaur Jr, Weezer, REM, Arcade Fire, The Cure, Beck, U2, Bowie, The Ramones. Minor critique: Wish Bonus Song Thursday went more in-depth on the particular song choice. Possibly terrible idea: The hosts are SO good, it'd be fun for once-every-blue-moon to do: a Terrible Album selection. Still waiting for: The Lemonheads: Its A Shame About Ray, Public Enemy: It takes a Nation of Millions, The Pooh Sticks: The Great White Wonder, and Spinal Tap's Smell the Glove

Excellent Deep Dives

by bigjonlam on
Rating: ★★★★★

These guys go deep on beloved albums from rock history. If you care about the featured album, they're especially fun. If not, you may even learn something.


by Andrew4121412 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This review is long overdue. I have listened to probably about 20 episodes in the past six months, and I love them! Bill and Brian are super knowledgeable and enjoyable to listen to. This podcast has helped me discover some great music and also learn a ton more about the backgrounds of artists whose music I already knew. Another great thing is that the guests brought into this podcast are all talking about albums that are particularly meaningful to them - I enjoy hearing about how certain albums have made impressions on people at specific periods of their lives, contributed to their growth as a listener, etc. Thank you both! It is obvious that you really enjoy making the podcast. Some of my favorite episodes include: Elliott Smith - XO; Sam Cooke - Night Beat; Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine; Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea