This week, Aurora listens to the THE BEATLES album "Help!" from 1965.

AURORA: 'Help,' Bill!! After listening to this Beatles album, the title track "Help" has been stuck in my head for hours. Although this is an upbeat and happy single, I read the band was going through stress and strife due to their commercial success.

BILL: Before releasing their brilliant, folk-rock statement of late '65, "Rubber Soul," The Beatles released its fifth album (and soundtrack to the film "Help"), which, while carrying a few lesser numbers, contained real gems in songs like "Ticket to Ride" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away."



AURORA: I am fan of movie soundtracks, and this Beatles album, which came along with the release of their 1960s movie, is amazing. I am actually a huge fan of "Ticket to Ride," which is why I proudly wear my Beatles shirt to many sunny afternoon weekend outings. I love all these songs!

BILL: I recently saw a young, punk couple who were walking down the street while chained to each other, Aurora. And what was on the girl's handbag? "The Beatles."

AURORA: The song that is the "cherry on the top" for me is "You're Gonna Lose That Girl," a catchy ode to a man who doesn't know how to treat his significant other from a guy who's willing to take her out and "treat her right." Listen to that, boys! Enough said!

This week Bill listens to the 2007 NINE INCH NAILS album "Year Zero."

BILL: Hey Aurora, rather than break any more turgid ground, Trent Reznor's latest opus kind of picks up where the last one left off ("With Teeth," from 2005). This is to say, it is ever more accessible, if in slowly moving increments.

AURORA: To date, songs like "Only," "We're in This Together Now" and "The Perfect Drug" captivate me and are on my list of favorites from past albums. If you notice, these are all songs with dance elements incorporated throughout, a style Reznor is an expert on.

BILL: When I hear some of the tracks on this new album, like "Survivalism," I don't hear anything new, just the same ol' Trent, up to his one-man, downbeat, synth bleatings again. But there is a little hint of funk in songs like "The Gool Soldier" and "Capital G."

AURORA: Isn't that so cool? I love the funk elements he added to this album.

BILL: And he adds a bit of funk-goth/noise to "My Violent Heart," which kind of reminds me of the mean ol' Trent of years gone by. Let's just hope, Aurora, that "Year Zero" doesn't precipitate a true downward spiral for Reznor himself.