From Swamp Guitar To Synth-Pop Savvy: The Most Significant Albums Of 2001, Part Two

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  1. I’ve just purchased some lovely new Tannoy speakers, which you’ll be glad to know I am delighted with! Anyway, one of the first album’s I chose to listen to in full was Alfie’s ‘If You Happy with You Need Do Nothing’ which to me deserves a passing reference for 2001. I’ve retrospectively read reviews and in general, none are particularly glowing, yet I think it’s a wonderful album. Really evocative of Northern bleakness, with wonderful melodramatic overtones. There’s a lovely consistent thread of sound throughout the album, that to me sounds quite original. I keep conjuring up colliery bands when I listen for some reason, though I am fairly sure they’re not present! Anyway, that’s all. Thought their debut album deserved a shout out.

    1. Ooh, good call. That’s such a delightfully melancholic album – full of subtle, sad viola; sublte, sad trumpet. It’s like hanging around the bus stop, in the rain.

      This was one of the discs involved in the great record divorce; girl loves records, boy loves records, but girl no longer loves boy. We spent an entire evening trying to split our joint collection; thousands of LPs – “I bought that”; “No, I bought that”. She got to keep all the Alfie vinyl. I’m not bitter – oh no.

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