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Idols. We’ve all got em! This podcast was originally created to cover the glory that is American Idol, but because our love of music extends beyond the Idol stage, we decided it was time to branch out. To really enjoy and understand music on a deeper level, we're going to get to know the diverse artists that shape and inspire music today. Each week we’ll dive deep into the Rolling Stone top #500 Greatest Albums of all Time. We hope you'll come along! Peace, love, rock & roll, hip-hop, jazz, rap, country etc.

Hosts: @LaurenBCantrell and Tom Brewer who is not on social media. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/idol-nation/support

Idol Nation Lauren and Tom

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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Idols. We’ve all got em! This podcast was originally created to cover the glory that is American Idol, but because our love of music extends beyond the Idol stage, we decided it was time to branch out. To really enjoy and understand music on a deeper level, we're going to get to know the diverse artists that shape and inspire music today. Each week we’ll dive deep into the Rolling Stone top #500 Greatest Albums of all Time. We hope you'll come along! Peace, love, rock & roll, hip-hop, jazz, rap, country etc.

Hosts: @LaurenBCantrell and Tom Brewer who is not on social media. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/idol-nation/support

    #495: Boyz II Men, "II" - 1994

    #495: Boyz II Men, "II" - 1994

    The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

    Boyz II Men, II, 1994 *Rolling stones lists this as 1991, that is incorrect

    With their innocent romanticism and meticulous vocal arrangements, Boyz II Men became the most commercially successful R&B vocal group of all time. II includes two mammoth hits, courtesy of Babyface: “I’ll Make Love to You” and the audaciously baroque “Water Runs Dry.” But the group’s own Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman composed II‘s most poignant moment, “Khalil’s Interlude,” a soft onslaught that’ll leave you sobbing in the fetal position: “I need shelter from the rain/To ease the pain of changing from boys to men. - Rolling Stone


    Rolling Stone's pick: I’ll Make Love to You
    Lauren's pick: Water runs dry
    Tom's pick: Yesterday (or All Around the World)

    Listen to the full album here! 

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    Instagram: @idolnationpod
    Twitter: IdolNationPod
    Email: Idolnationpod@gmail.com
    Lauren: @LaurenBCantrell
    Tom: @ThatPlatypusGuy

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    RS 500 G(A)OAT written by:

    Jonathan Bernstein, Pat Blashill, Jon Blistein, Nathan Brackett, David Browne, Anthony DeCurtis, Matt Diehl, Jon Dolan, Chuck Eddy, Ben Edmonds, Gavin Edwards, Jenny Eliscu, Brenna Ehrlrich, Suzy Exposito, David Fricke, Elisa Gardner, Holly George-Warren, Andy Greene, Kory Grow, Will Hermes, Brian Hiatt, Christian Hoard, Charles Holmes, Mark Kemp, Greg Kot, Elias Leight, Joe Levy, Angie Martoccio, David McGee, Chris Molanphy, Tom Moon, Jason Newman, Rob O’Connor, Park Puterbaugh, Jody Rosen, Austin Scaggs, Karen Schoemer, Bud Scoppa, Claire Shaffer, Rob Sheffield, Hank Shteamer, Brittany Spanos, Rob Tannenbaum, David Thigpen, Simon Vozick-Levinson, Barry Walters, Jonah Weine


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    • 25 min
    #496: Shakira, 'Dónde Están los Ladrones' - 1998

    #496: Shakira, 'Dónde Están los Ladrones' - 1998

    The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

    Shakira, Dónde Están los Ladrones, 1998 (Where are the Thieves?)

    Long before she went blond and took her never-lying hips to the top of the American pop charts, Shakira was a raven-haired guitar rocker who’d hit peak superstardom in the Spanish-speaking world with her 1995 LP, Pies Descalzos. To keep up the momentum, Shakira enlisted Emilio Estefan to help produce her next LP, this stellar globetrotting dance-rock set, which blends sounds from Colombia, Mexico, and her father’s native Lebanon. - Rolling Stone


    Rolling Stone's pick: Ciega, Sordomuda
    Lauren's pick: Ojos Asi
    Tom's pick: Inevitable

    Listen to the full album here! 

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    Instagram: @idolnationpod
    Twitter: IdolNationPod
    Email: Idolnationpod@gmail.com
    Lauren: @LaurenBCantrell
    Tom: @ThatPlatypusGuy

    Listen to our favorites!

    RS 500 G(A)OAT written by:

    Jonathan Bernstein, Pat Blashill, Jon Blistein, Nathan Brackett, David Browne, Anthony DeCurtis, Matt Diehl, Jon Dolan, Chuck Eddy, Ben Edmonds, Gavin Edwards, Jenny Eliscu, Brenna Ehrlrich, Suzy Exposito, David Fricke, Elisa Gardner, Holly George-Warren, Andy Greene, Kory Grow, Will Hermes, Brian Hiatt, Christian Hoard, Charles Holmes, Mark Kemp, Greg Kot, Elias Leight, Joe Levy, Angie Martoccio, David McGee, Chris Molanphy, Tom Moon, Jason Newman, Rob O’Connor, Park Puterbaugh, Jody Rosen, Austin Scaggs, Karen Schoemer, Bud Scoppa, Claire Shaffer, Rob Sheffield, Hank Shteamer, Brittany Spanos, Rob Tannenbaum, David Thigpen, Simon Vozick-Levinson, Barry Walters, Jonah Weine


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    • 29 min
    #497: Various Artists, 'The Indestructible Beat of Soweto' - 1977

    #497: Various Artists, 'The Indestructible Beat of Soweto' - 1977

    The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

    Various Artists, The Indestructible Beat of Soweto, 1985

    The greatest album ever to be marketed under the heading “world music,” this 1985 compilation of South African pop was a huge influence on Paul Simon’s Graceland that still sounds jarringly fresh today. Full of funky, loping beats and gruff, Howling Wolf-style vocals (most prominently from “goat voiced” star Mahlathini). With a sweet track by Graceland collaborators Ladysmith Black Mambazo (“Nansi Imali”), its badass joy needed no translation. - Rolling Stone


    Rolling Stone's pick: Awungilobolele
    Lauren's pick: Nansi Imali
    Tom's pick: Qhwayilahle

    Listen to the full album here! 

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    Instagram: @idolnationpod
    Twitter: IdolNationPod
    Email: Idolnationpod@gmail.com
    Lauren: @LaurenBCantrell
    Tom: @ThatPlatyPusGuy

    Listen to our favorites!

    RS 500 G(A)OAT written by:

    Jonathan Bernstein, Pat Blashill, Jon Blistein, Nathan Brackett, David Browne, Anthony DeCurtis, Matt Diehl, Jon Dolan, Chuck Eddy, Ben Edmonds, Gavin Edwards, Jenny Eliscu, Brenna Ehrlrich, Suzy Exposito, David Fricke, Elisa Gardner, Holly George-Warren, Andy Greene, Kory Grow, Will Hermes, Brian Hiatt, Christian Hoard, Charles Holmes, Mark Kemp, Greg Kot, Elias Leight, Joe Levy, Angie Martoccio, David McGee, Chris Molanphy, Tom Moon, Jason Newman, Rob O’Connor, Park Puterbaugh, Jody Rosen, Austin Scaggs, Karen Schoemer, Bud Scoppa, Claire Shaffer, Rob Sheffield, Hank Shteamer, Brittany Spanos, Rob Tannenbaum, David Thigpen, Simon Vozick-Levinson, Barry Walters, Jonah Weine


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    • 35 min
    #498: Suicide, 'Suicide' - 1977

    #498: Suicide, 'Suicide' - 1977

    The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 

    Suicide, 'Suicide' Red Star, 1977
    These New York synth-punks evoke everything from the Velvet Underground to rockabilly. Martin Rev’s low-budget electronics are violent and hypnotic; Alan Vega screams as a rhythmic device. Late-night listening to “Frankie Teardrop,” a 10-minute-plus tale of a multiple murder, is not recommended. A droning voice in the wilderness when they appeared in the Seventies, the duo would influence bands from Arcade Fire and the National to Bruce Springsteen, who covered Suicide live in 2016. - Rolling Stone


    Rolling Stone's pick: Frankie Teardrop
    Lauren's pick: Ghost Rider
    Tom's pick: Ghost Rider

    Listen to the full album here! 

    Connect with us:


    Instagram: @idolnationpod
    Twitter: IdolNationPod
    Email: Idolnationpod@gmail.com

    Listen to our favorites!

    RS 500 G(A)OAT written by:

    Jonathan Bernstein, Pat Blashill, Jon Blistein, Nathan Brackett, David Browne, Anthony DeCurtis, Matt Diehl, Jon Dolan, Chuck Eddy, Ben Edmonds, Gavin Edwards, Jenny Eliscu, Brenna Ehrlrich, Suzy Exposito, David Fricke, Elisa Gardner, Holly George-Warren, Andy Greene, Kory Grow, Will Hermes, Brian Hiatt, Christian Hoard, Charles Holmes, Mark Kemp, Greg Kot, Elias Leight, Joe Levy, Angie Martoccio, David McGee, Chris Molanphy, Tom Moon, Jason Newman, Rob O’Connor, Park Puterbaugh, Jody Rosen, Austin Scaggs, Karen Schoemer, Bud Scoppa, Claire Shaffer, Rob Sheffield, Hank Shteamer, Brittany Spanos, Rob Tannenbaum, David Thigpen, Simon Vozick-Levinson, Barry Walters, Jonah Weiner


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    • 20 min
    #499: Rufus ft Chaka Khan, 'Ask Rufus' - 1977

    #499: Rufus ft Chaka Khan, 'Ask Rufus' - 1977

    The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

    #499 Rufus, 'Ask Rufus' ABC, 1977

    Fronted by Chaka Khan, one of soul music’s most combustible singers, Rufus built its mid-Seventies sound on heavy-footed, guitar-slathered funk. But after spending 16 months in the studio working on Ask Rufus, they came out with a record that gave their songs more room to breathe, anticipating the lithe, loose arrangements of Nineties neo-soul. Khan glided through the head-nodding “Everlasting Love” and the twisty-turny “Better Days,” and fans appreciated the adjustment: Ask Rufus was the group’s first platinum record.- Rolling Stone


    Rolling Stone's pick: Ever Lasting Love
    Lauren's pick: Hollywood
    Tom's pick: Better Days

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    Email: Idolnationpod@gmail.com

    RS 500 G(A)OAT written by:

    Jonathan Bernstein, Pat Blashill, Jon Blistein, Nathan Brackett, David Browne, Anthony DeCurtis, Matt Diehl, Jon Dolan, Chuck Eddy, Ben Edmonds, Gavin Edwards, Jenny Eliscu, Brenna Ehrlrich, Suzy Exposito, David Fricke, Elisa Gardner, Holly George-Warren, Andy Greene, Kory Grow, Will Hermes, Brian Hiatt, Christian Hoard, Charles Holmes, Mark Kemp, Greg Kot, Elias Leight, Joe Levy, Angie Martoccio, David McGee, Chris Molanphy, Tom Moon, Jason Newman, Rob O’Connor, Park Puterbaugh, Jody Rosen, Austin Scaggs, Karen Schoemer, Bud Scoppa, Claire Shaffer, Rob Sheffield, Hank Shteamer, Brittany Spanos, Rob Tannenbaum, David Thigpen, Simon Vozick-Levinson, Barry Walters, Jonah Weiner


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    • 30 min
    #500: Arcade Fire, 'Funeral' - 2004

    #500: Arcade Fire, 'Funeral' - 2004

    The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 

    #500 Arcade Fire, 'Funeral' Merge, 2004

    Loss, love, forced coming-of-age, and fragile generational hope: Arcade Fire’s debut touched on all these themes as it defined the independent rock of the ‘00s. Built on family ties (leader Win Butler, his wife, Régine Chassagne, his brother Will), the Montreal band made symphonic rock that truly rocked, simultaneously outsize and deeply personal, like the best pop. But for all its sad realism, Butler’s is music that still finds solace, and purpose, in communal celebration. - Rolling Stone 


    Rolling Stone's pick: Rebellion 
    Lauren's pick: Tunnels
    Tom's pick: Rebellion 

    Listen to the full album here! 

    Connect with us: 


    Instagram: @idolnationpod
    Twitter: IdolNationPod
    Email: Idolnationpod@gmail.com

    RS 500 G(A)OAT written by:

    Jonathan Bernstein, Pat Blashill, Jon Blistein, Nathan Brackett, David Browne, Anthony DeCurtis, Matt Diehl, Jon Dolan, Chuck Eddy, Ben Edmonds, Gavin Edwards, Jenny Eliscu, Brenna Ehrlrich, Suzy Exposito, David Fricke, Elisa Gardner, Holly George-Warren, Andy Greene, Kory Grow, Will Hermes, Brian Hiatt, Christian Hoard, Charles Holmes, Mark Kemp, Greg Kot, Elias Leight, Joe Levy, Angie Martoccio, David McGee, Chris Molanphy, Tom Moon, Jason Newman, Rob O’Connor, Park Puterbaugh, Jody Rosen, Austin Scaggs, Karen Schoemer, Bud Scoppa, Claire Shaffer, Rob Sheffield, Hank Shteamer, Brittany Spanos, Rob Tannenbaum, David Thigpen, Simon Vozick-Levinson, Barry Walters, Jonah Weiner


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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

Candy0M ,

Tell it to your heart

One more week! I’m so glad that you decided to find another reality show to podcast. Lauren and Tom are two crazy fun personalities. Nothing is rehearsed and they are spot on on their reviews. Funny to listen to. Looking forward to the next adventure!!!

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Great new Podcast!

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5 stars

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