Tunes On The Edge Of Seat: The Most Significant Albums Of 1996, Part Two

Having vaguely dismissed the musical pedigree of 1996 in part one of this – something to do with not having been sonically ambushed in the dead of night by anything in that year’s armoury, and feeling somewhat regretful about such an oversight – there’s still a weighty number of significant records to ruminate upon. So … Continue reading Tunes On The Edge Of Seat: The Most Significant Albums Of 1996, Part Two

A Stereo Full Of Wasps And Wow: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part Two

The two biggest selling albums on this year’s list are both examples of commercial, adult-orientated “rock” music that operate under intriguingly slanted parameters – albeit the “rock” epithet is used in its widest configuration, and any fascination is derived from contrasting sources. The intelligence behind Radiohead’s The Bends is how it manages to exist as a mass-market … Continue reading A Stereo Full Of Wasps And Wow: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part Two

The Urgency Of Audio – And Then The Thrill: The Most Significant Albums Of 1993, Part Two

As mentioned in part one of this, there’s a number of albums timestamped ’93 where the cultural weight involved demands closer attention than the occasional flippant sentences often exhibited here. Something along the lines of if you only own one record by Drimble Wedge And The Vegetations (or whoever), make it this one. It means … Continue reading The Urgency Of Audio – And Then The Thrill: The Most Significant Albums Of 1993, Part Two

Hips, Lips, Plants, Rags: Rippled Thoughts On ‘Dry’ By PJ Harvey

Dry. Released 1992 on Too Pure Records. Written, performed and co-produced by Polly Jean Harvey, with a band harvested from the carcass of Automatic Dlamini (whose alumni include Polly Jean Harvey. Also: long-time Polly Jean Harvey collaborators John Parish and Rob Ellis – the latter on also on production duties for much of this. Also: … Continue reading Hips, Lips, Plants, Rags: Rippled Thoughts On ‘Dry’ By PJ Harvey

Turntable Tenement Highs: The Most Significant Albums Of 1992, Part Two

Nostalgia. It’s a weird beast, phoney and shallow and too liberal with its affections. This series of posts concerns itself with records that are intrinsically relevant today as well as back in the day – any nostalgic traits present are purely a by-product. Yet there are occasions when this force can be harnessed for good … Continue reading Turntable Tenement Highs: The Most Significant Albums Of 1992, Part Two