The Impact Of The Vinyl Stash: The Most Significant Albums Of 1997, Part One

Should you be in the business of calibrating your time on this planet against adventures in audio, it becomes easy to grow excited when contemplating the release schedules of certain years. It’s something you could label as nostalgia if you’re feeling unkind, but in reality it’s an essence far more dynamic than that – a … Continue reading The Impact Of The Vinyl Stash: The Most Significant Albums Of 1997, Part One

Shared Voltage: The Most Significant Albums Of 1996, Part One

This blog has a habit of using expressions such as zeitgeist and consensus and hive-mind as if they’re tangible concepts. Concrete notions, both easily understood and readily bought into – rather than vague and disparate themes fanned (at least in a musical context) by marketing departments and coke-inhaling “industry insiders” who wouldn’t recognise a significant … Continue reading Shared Voltage: The Most Significant Albums Of 1996, 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

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

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