An Album a Day: #6 Tuesday Night Music Club

20 03 2013

Sheryl Crow | Tuesday Night Music ClubShe has always been hot right? Personally I think she has got hotter as she has got older but that’s maybe as I’ve also got older. There is also something very appealing about a hot girl that can also play guitar – am I wrong? Tuesday Night Music Club was of course Sheryl Crow’s debut album and you can see from the album cover that this is a very young Sheryl Crow.

I will also make a small confession now as this post was supposed to happen yesterday but work commitments got the better of me so I am doubling up tonight.

It’s a solid album and very reflective of it’s era of the early 1990’s, the sound is something I would simply describe as soft rock but is often pigeon-holed as pop rock or country rock, for me there is not as much a country influence as in one of my previous posts, The Jayhawks, and I would say that Sheryl is much more effective in her song writing and delivery with a more rounded sound that is not afraid to try something different like in Solidify which has a sound and tempo very reminiscent of funk.

A couple of very famous tracks were born out of this album with Run, Baby, Run and All I Wanna Do gaining a lot of radio airplay and were more the Sheryl Crow sound that we grew to love.

A good solid album with some excellent tracks that really gives a picture of the early 1990’s and where fashion and style were going.

Album Score: 7 out of 10

Sleeve Notes/Artwork: 7 out of 10

Really good sleeve (internally) not so sure about the photo of Sheryl on the front though, very late 80’s in it’s styling! All the lyrics re-produced which is always a bonus.

Track Listing:

  1. Run, Baby, Run
  2. Leaving Las Vegas
  3. Strong Enough
  4. Can’t Cry Anymore
  5. Solidify
  6. The Na-Na Song
  7. No One Said It Would Be Easy
  8. What I Can Do For You
  9. All I Wanna Do
  10. We Do What We Can
  11. I Shall Believe

Favourite Track: Run, Baby, Run

Tomorrow’s Review: Undertow – Tool

Next Selection: Much Against Everyones Advice – Soulwax

The ‘An Album a Day’  list so far.





An Album a Day: #5 The Bends

18 03 2013

Radiohead - The BendsWow, what is there to say about this album that has not already been said? Not a lot in fairness. I remember where I was when I first heard it, I suppose that is something new?

I was working in a convenience store back in my home town and I used to work the really early Sunday morning shift to get all the newspapers ready. As the store was not officially open at that time of the day a colleague and myself always used to listen to a few CD’s, it was he that provided Radiohead. It was the first time I had heard them and instantly I got it, it seemed to hit a chord or nerve within me that has never since dissolved.

Songs of such brilliance and varying sounds around that guitar rock theme, Planet Telex is in my opinion one of the best opening tracks of all time, that almost electronic wind sound before the chords and the bass kick in is just sublime and seriously sets you up for the journey through this album.

It really is a journey and I find it hard to even find a weak track on the whole album. Each song presenting some deep set anger through the aural bliss of five very tight musicians that really know how to layer sound. Yes some of this comes in production but it has to ultimately come from the artist.

It is an album that shows some of the raw youth of Pablo Honey but shows a band that have performed together for a few years and have added a certain level of maturity to their sound, that rawness is still evident in Just, Bones and My Iron Lung but the sophistication comes across in The Bends and Fake Plastic Trees.

It seems a contradiction but there is also an edginess and gentle caress of naivety in tracks like [nice dream], bullet proof and of course Street Spirit but I think that this is more of a constructed naivety, a sound that the band was trying to create rather than genuine innocence in the music.

It has been a real pleasure writing about one of my all time favourite albums and it is still a CD that garners a huge amount of hours of use in my house and along with OK Computer drew myself and my now wife together back in the early 2000’s. That shared understanding of what Radiohead really means.

Album Score: 10 out of 10

Sleeve Notes/Artwork: 9 out of 10

Excellent sleeve with all of the lyrics reproduced and with a real ‘angsty’ styling to the artwork, as I said I really did get it and still haven’t stopped getting it!.

Track Listing:

  1. Planet Telex
  2. The Bends
  3. High and Dry
  4. Fake Plastic Trees
  5. Bones
  6. (Nice Dream)
  7. Just
  8. My Iron Lung
  9. Bullet Proof..I Wish I Was
  10. Black Star
  11. Sulk
  12. Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Favourite Track: Just

Tomorrow’s Review: Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow

Next Selection: Undertow – Tool

The ‘An Album a Day’  list so far.





An Album a Day: #3 Your New Favourite Band

16 03 2013

The Hives - Your New Favourite BandThis album is pure power punk garage pop brilliance, well actually it’s more a compilation of previous releases, but for the sake of this blog it becomes an album.

Released on the Poptones label back in 2001 the band reached the heights of number 7 in the UK album charts.

The sound is raw, energetic and really makes me feel-good, I remember using “Hate to say I told you so” as my going out track, a bit of a warm-up for the night ahead. I think it is the fun nature of both the band and their sound that emanates this feeling.

Although there seems to be some anger in the way they perform and record and think that some of the appeal is the way that they don’t take themselves too seriously. This has also contributed to their commercial success. If you had long drawn out tracks with major changes in tempo and key then they would become tiresome and pompous but with no track on this album lasting longer than 3:22 you can see why they got some much air time. You cannot fail to like them.

The package, the timing, the length for the target audience and that raw garage sound is in essence almost perfect, but that is just my opinion. I enjoyed this album when it was released and I am enjoying even more today as I write about it. Perfect driving music for a long road trip!

Album Score: 9 out of 10

Sleeve Notes/Artwork:  7 out of 10

What the sleeve lacks in depth it makes up for in content, it is a simple one sheet folded over but contains the usual production notes, and my favourite thing about sleeves – the complete set of lyrics. The Hives certainly are my New Favourite Band!

Track Listing:

  1. Hate to Say I Told You So
  2. Main Offender
  3. Supply and Demand
  4. Die, All Right!
  5. Untutored Youth
  6. Outsmarted
  7. Mad Man
  8. Here We Go Again
  9. A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T
  10. Automatic Schmuck
  11. Hail Hail Spit N’ Drool
  12. The Hives Are Law, You Are Crime

Favourite Track: Hate To Say I Told You So

Tomorrow’s Review: Hollywood Town Hall – The Jayhawks

Next Selection: The Bends – Radiohead





On Rotation

14 02 2013

I now have what I consider to be a vast CD collection, over 1250 titles now. A collection that is actually situated in my office, which can be a distraction. From time-to-time I grab a pile of CD’s and put them on my desk to play on rotation, most days I can only get through one album due to how busy work is but there are times when I can put stuff on back-to-back when it is that little bit quieter. Lets have a look at what I am continually playing at the moment.

I have always loved Godspeed but this album has taken me a bit of time to get into, still the same Godspeed sound just less fluid in my opinion – they are still on my list to see live however!

My favourite album out the bunch above has to be XX – I know I keep going on about this band but their music is so fragile something within it has really resonated with me, the standout track on the album in my eyes is Infinity and I have posted a video of The XX performing it live at Glastonbury in 2010 just below:

What are you currently listening to on repeat? We all have something! please post your thoughts in the comments.






A Bit of a Spending Spree

26 11 2012

It’s obviously the lead up to Christmas and during this time I start to play a bit of catch up with my music buying. In fairness I may be there to purchase them but I still doubt get my hands on them until the big day!

So with that in mind I thought I would list what I managed to pick up over the weekends trip to Bristol, on a side note Bristol is a great city for shopping with a number of decent record shops and numerous books shops to browse and purchase from.

They are listed in no particular order:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
The Macabees – Given to the Wind
Ed Harcourt – Lustre
Linkin Park – Live in Texas
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
The Vaccines – Come of Age

Would be great to hear what you think of the selection in the comments below, have you heard any of these albums? (I realise the Linkin Park albums have been out for years) How would you rate the purchases?





Anna Calvi: Should be Writing Bond Themes

15 02 2011

Got some new discs this week, purchased from Rough Trade, the standout album of the ones I bought is Anna Calvi’s debut.

Her self-titled debut is an album that is hard to categorise. At times the dark sounds of PJ Harvey and at others the booming sonic power of Shirley Bassey.

The sound has been described as dark, romantic, atmospheric pop, although for me I hear little in the way of pop, at least in the radio-friendly traditional sense. You can definitely hear the dark romance, and the rock sound gives off a real sexual emotion and a few classical undertones add to this feeling as well.

Nominated in December for the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll so this is going to be a massive year for the British born artist.

Must listen tracks:

– The Devil
– Suzanne and I (this track is what gave me the idea for the title of this blog post, could see Calvi producing a Bind theme!)

Rating:
5 out of 5

Feel free to post your comments below.








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