Yes! We Have Sound: The Most Significant Albums Of 2005

I often find writing about music to be a strange and fussy preoccupation. The swash of subjectivity, refracted through blasé attempts to underline the mechanics of attraction. And should you subscribe to any notion that the records we listen to help to define us as people, disentangling the particulars of sound from this listener-gripped detail … Continue reading Yes! We Have Sound: The Most Significant Albums Of 2005

Cue Conflicting Emotions: Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile Revisited

Perceptions change, over time. Opinion migrates, moulded according to new experience, a reaction against contexts both outside and personal. If there was one record from 1999 that I played above all others, back in that shady hinterland of fourteen years ago, it would have been The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails. That this hasn’t ventured anywhere near … Continue reading Cue Conflicting Emotions: Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile Revisited

The Ardent Fan-Boy Who Should Know Better: The Most Significant Albums Of 1994

It existed for an all-too-brief period. Candle fire, a flicker in the breeze. And yet for a year or two, Suede were arguably one of the most important acts on the planet. A highly precise strand of magic; the interplay between Brett Anderson’s vocals – sultry, androgynous, bathed in the kitchen-sink dramatics of lip-gloss and … Continue reading The Ardent Fan-Boy Who Should Know Better: The Most Significant Albums Of 1994

The Deliberate Omission Of The Stone Roses: The Most Significant Albums Of 1989

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines, or dates by which bills must be paid – Frank Zappa And whist Zappa wasn’t specifically speaking about 1989, I’ve always been terribly smitten with the concept of recorded sound as punctuation. As some sort of definite context; the significant albums … Continue reading The Deliberate Omission Of The Stone Roses: The Most Significant Albums Of 1989