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

Lit By Neon: The Most Significant Albums Of 1998, Part One

Pre-millennial tension. It’s a phrase that occasionally crops up on these pages. The context strictly musical yet the definition decidedly vague – however well-intentioned the point that’s being conveyed. I mention this because during the research phase of this Significant Albums piece – listening material gleaned exclusively from the year in question; records revisited, reacquainted with, re-evaluated … Continue reading Lit By Neon: The Most Significant Albums Of 1998, Part One

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

Bad Cover Versions

Conversations about cover versions. “You mean the anaemic, faithful renditions with added dance moves that perennially clog up the charts?” But no, she didn’t mean that; had no idea what clogged the charts these days beyond the vague instruction she’d left; kick me when the charts are suddenly filled with decent fayre, or lizards. “It’s … Continue reading Bad Cover Versions