Feedback! Dissonance! Adjective! The Most Significant Albums Of 2003, Part Three

When writing about music, there’s a tendency to summon the same stock phrases. Words such as nuance, reverberation, immediacy, bite. It’s the framework through which our sonic adventures function, I guess; snatches of inner monologue that basically translate as “ooh, that’s a gorgeous bass hook”. This use of template phraseology – apart from being demonstrative … Continue reading Feedback! Dissonance! Adjective! The Most Significant Albums Of 2003, Part Three

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

In part one of this, the vague consensus flapping about was that the record gods had their attentions elsewhere in 2001. That you could replace significant in the above title with the word difficult, and still retain the general tone. Albums as challenging constructs, vogues fleeting and inconsequential, or disparate and lacking in nutritional value. ‘The Night … Continue reading From Swamp Guitar To Synth-Pop Savvy: The Most Significant Albums Of 2001, Part Two

People Should Be Continuing To Make Noise: The Most Significant Albums Of 2000, Part Two

Complementary notions. Certain records work when played back-to-back. Nothing intentional – they just seem to fit. I usually like to follow Mer De Noms, the fuzzy, début album from “rock super-group” A Perfect Circle, with Queens Of The Stone Age and their rather quite fine Rated R LP. Commercial heavy rock (for want of a … Continue reading People Should Be Continuing To Make Noise: The Most Significant Albums Of 2000, Part Two