Your Cheap Addams Family Jibe: LGM on Adore, By The Smashing Pumpkins

“The problem with this particular Smashing Pumpkins disc being…” Actually, that’s not a grand place to start; should you be named Billy Corgan, and therefore harbour an understanding of life, love and miscellaneous that doesn’t necessarily segue with the views held by the rest of us, messy records full of oblique context are invariably one … Continue reading Your Cheap Addams Family Jibe: LGM on Adore, By The Smashing Pumpkins

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

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

Record Racks On Fire: The Most Significant Albums Of 1991, Part One

This is how it begins. Lists of records, the significant weight of records, listening as some sort of benediction, a scratching at an itchy soul – and then 1991. Records and records and records, a pilgrimage to the turntable, and an overbearing sensation that we’re here to praise Whirlpool by Chapterhouse to the nth degree. … Continue reading Record Racks On Fire: The Most Significant Albums Of 1991, Part One