Vinyl, And A Large Bottle Of Gin – The Most Significant Albums Of 2008

Eighteen months or so ago a music blog not too far from this parish began digging through each year from 1980 onwards. Some attempt to tweeze out a list of horribly important albums (the particulars of which live here). Only, for reasons unfathomable and unexplained (I got drunk. I fell into a ditch. I accidentally … Continue reading Vinyl, And A Large Bottle Of Gin – The Most Significant Albums Of 2008

Attracted To Things Uncertain: The Most Significant Albums Of 2001, Part One

In the autumn of 2001, occasional Trent Reznor collaborator Chris Vrenna released an album under his Tweaker moniker; an intelligent, restrained slice of melodic, melancholic, and mostly instrumental synth-pop, smuggled out in the dead of night under the name The Attraction To All Things Uncertain. It’s a record I was highly smitten with at the … Continue reading Attracted To Things Uncertain: The Most Significant Albums Of 2001, Part One

The Most Significant Albums Of 1997 – Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, Revered

Ah, 1997. That year. Not so much a collection of disparate days brought together under a numeric banner; if I’m digging around for a definition, my gut feeling suggests labelling these twelve months an experience. Heightened. Sensual. Inordinately complex, and – perhaps –  still partially unresolved, even all these years later. Because this is an album immune to … Continue reading The Most Significant Albums Of 1997 – Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, Revered

Lazer Guided Melody’s Best Albums Of 2012: #10 – #2

Update: LGM’s Album Of The Year here 2012. Another clock hand flickers, another outlet of dubious provenance peddles an end-of-year album list. Even placing ubiquity aside for the moment, it’s easy to be cynical about these kind of things. To quote American novelist Harry Ramble, the flaw endemic with best-of collections is the propensity to: … Continue reading Lazer Guided Melody’s Best Albums Of 2012: #10 – #2

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

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

A Spiritualized Season: Sweet Heart Sweet Light Reviewed

The paradox at the core of the Spiritualized canon. J Spaceman as keen exponent of motif; elements of evocation – heady, naturally – chiselled from each slab of sound with care, with diligence. It’s how the subject matter is strip-mined, a triptych of love, loss and salvation that reverberates long after each stanza has climaxed. … Continue reading A Spiritualized Season: Sweet Heart Sweet Light Reviewed

Spiritualized Album Stream / Podcast Plug / Ruby

Rules of further attraction. The new Spiritualized long-player Sweet Heart Sweet Light finally hits the stores next week after some last-minute delays for a spit and a polish. Chances are I’ll be breaking the habit of a lifetime to compose an actual, straight-faced album review in the near future – obtuse ramblings and flowery verbiage … Continue reading Spiritualized Album Stream / Podcast Plug / Ruby

A Spiritualized Season: When Spacemen Became Spaceman

Below the words, the début single from popular beat combo Spiritualized, a cover of The Troggs’ 1966 hit ‘Anyway That You Want Me’. It’s a fascinating track for a variety of reasons. I’d struggle to argue that it’s the most substantial of compositions, the most immediately engaging of compositions, or the most obvious band to … Continue reading A Spiritualized Season: When Spacemen Became Spaceman