an exercise in conventional crit wisdom
-The Modern Lovers, Ready to Die, Marquee Moon, Blank Generation...right, guys. Because follow-ups were sparse or nonexistent. I mean, where's Nevermind the Bollocks while you're at it?
-Is This It and Get Rich or Die Tryin' are by overrated (or weighted) artists whose three albums apiece were never as far apart as people thought, including the troublesome third.
-College Dropout? I personally buy that Late Registration is its Sandanista!, but many don't.
-Diary? I'm as big a Sunny Day Real Estate fan as there ever was, and this pick is hardly accepted wisdom, besides being wrong (How It Feels To Be Something On for the tuneful win).
-Refreshing lack of Reasonable Doubt and Paid in Full.
-...but this Illmatic bullshit has to end. I feel an urge coming on.