This is the 100th album I’ve been served by the wonderful 1001 project (big thank you!). To celebrate this, here is my first review. For sure it will make some people happy. Apart from a few songs, the Doors were actually unknown territory for me. I was prepared for some tedious stuff but this turned out to be a lovely collection of bluesy tunes. If I need to pick a favourite, it is 'Waiting for the Sun'. A quite enjoyable album for the Sunday afternoon indeed. Ok, it’s not anywhere near the level of ‘Siamese Dream’, but man what a relief after yesterday’s unlistenable ‘A Wizard/A True Star’!
200 albums into the project and I'm still enjoying it. Didn't know this band; turns out that Stephen Malkmus was part of it, though not on this record. It's a very nice album with strong melodies and interesting lyrics.
Several 5* songs - incl Hey Ya, one of the best ever - but too scattered and way too long overall.
Very consistent set of perfect pop songs, with a warm sound and comforting voice.
Long time ago that I listened to this album as a whole. And it turns out to be even much better than I remembered. Not just the singles but all songs are top class: golden melodies, passionate vocals. It's aggressive and moving, tender and strong. A landmark of the nineties.
My album #301, and it's a lovely one. Several of Brel's chansons are of course classics. His performance is compelling, the band does a good job too. I don't understand most of the French lyrics but the language sounds nice. (Brel also recorded some of his songs in Dutch but I prefer the French. Noteworthy by the way is a recording of Brel's work in Frisian by Douwe Heeringa in a 'lighter' style.) I listened to Enregistrement Public à l'Olympia 1964, containing 15 songs. Personal highlight is Le Plat Pays, while Amsterdam and Les Bourgeois stand out as well. One can argue about live albums in the list. Let's say that in this case the live aspect doesn't add much compared to studio versions.
What a band! This may not be their best but still 5 stars easily.
Very atmospheric album, beautiful voice. And then there is They won't go when I go - wow!
Songs of variable quality buried in (funny?) ads.
Nice surprise, potential 5-star check, almost made it.
Many unnecessary notes.
I listened to this album with low expectations. Ok, chien had 5 stars but there's not much predictive skill in that. But I listened, and once again, and once again. It's not incredibly long, that helps. The last song is of course a massive classic but it fits on the album as just one of the songs. Amazing record, very addictive. I had some associatian with Elliott Smith at some point. Google tells me he actually covered Care of cell 44. And the title is a typo. Only the greatest can afford that. All this leads inevitably to .. yes .. to 5 stars.
Very solid rock. Should be played as loud as possible, the chien would say.
Nice sound, some catchy tunes but also tedious at times
Overall far too busy for my taste.
I have the honor to give the 1000th group vote. Not the best timing though. I needed a few spins to find out what this is: a dj set cutting and pasting every sample they could lay their hands on. They probably had a lot of fun but there is no need to bother me with this stuff. Still two stars as some of the samples are really nice and groovy.
Funny and melodic raps!
Absolutely fantastic from start to finish
This is a collection of very good songs. It's just the sound that annoys me.
Steady country, easy listening, but without any remarkable moment.
Hadn't listened to this since a long time and was reminded what a great album it is. A warm bath!
Incredibly pleasant to listen to. The flow and consistency of the album is just perfect.
Bob Dylan live, acoustic & electric. Nice harmonica, voice as usual, rating as usual.
Nice raw sound
Catchy, bold, melodic, sharp, clean: an ultimate pop/rock album.
Very nice record, packed with hits,
Nice voice and sound; lost attention in the second half.
This has a certain beauty.
Promising onsets of songs but they keep losing themselves in pointless excursions.
Very accessible metal, not a punishment to listen to.
Get this live shit off the list pleazz.
I was overwhelmed by this when it came out and it may be the album I have listened to the most. Still great in every sense.
Very good album although it lacks a certain rawness compared to its predecessors. And seven nation army has been spun to pieces.
Very good album, a bit uneven though.
There are a few good songs but it's too dark for my taste.
Becomes better after a few spins, and could probably grow even more on me.
A bit too much shouting going on there.
Really quiet. Good finger picking, singing could be better.
Superb house album, though too monotonous at times for 5 stars. Personal favourite: Rollin' ans Scratchin'.
Impressive debut album, not all tracks work equally well but still very enjoyable.
Nize 'n noizy
So inconsistent and lacking flow that one could easily oversee some good songs. I found them mainly in the second part: e.g., come alive, neon valley street, and 57821.
I got into the groove a few times.
Not as overwhelming as This year's girl but still very attractive.
Always found this a bit (too) smooth but there are in fact quite a number of killer songs on this album.
Started to get into it after a few spins and the lyrics really pulled it to a 4.
Not bad but nothing remarkable either.
Adequately sung collection of top songs.
Yes, another pearl from the 1001 catalogue. Great songs performed by intense vocals and swinging brass instruments.
Hard to judge this album because it's so variable. But in the end the positive surprises are in majority.
Very pleasant, close to full marks actually
At half the lengte it would have been 3 stars.
Fast Car is a truly touching song and the record as a whole is convincing.
Decent blues album
Commendable from an educational point of view but here I'm judging my personal listening experience, and that was horrible.
Strong songs, splendid voice.
As good as it gets for a hard rock album: well done!
One of my favourite albums of all time.
Several songs on this album (bridge, condor, boxer, ..) are nailed in my head, frequently played on radio Fryslan when I was a kid. Combined with some more up tempo tracks they make a rich and diverse record.
Outstanding vocal performance.
Definitely good: Start the dance!
Too experimental for me.
Great aggressive raps, sparse beats, some guitar mixed in. I like it.
Huge hits, not all entirely to my satisfaction though.
Interesting combination of short song material with longer instrumental tracks.
I somehow like this stuff.
Total crap, even duplicating the same crappy song three times.
Some catchy tunes here (e.g., Kerosine) but overall rather ugly; not to say that ugly can't be beautiful though.
Very pleasant surprise.
Interesting that there is a beta version of bohemian rhapsody on this album. But not my cup of tea.
Perhaps my #3 PJ, after To bring you my love and Is this desire. Excellent songs, raw and accessible at the same time.
This is likely a perfect album. Yet it's like a black hole, no light coming out. I'll leave it at 4.
Wonderful and cool, with several unexpected highlights, such as Master of Sparks.
A little blunt, I favour the Jilted Generation.
Good mix of wild funky stuff with slowed-down sensitive songs.
Loved this one, again a nice surprise from 1001.
A lot of irritating vocals but overall reasonable music.
Pretty amazing instrumental and vocal performance.
Reasonable hiphop but does not really grab me.
Not so easy to get through this, even if Red Alert is a catchy tune.
Another beautiful Bowie. Great closing song.
A little too noisy.
A little too noisy.
Solid and energetic rock & roll album
A couple of excellent covers (e.g., Hurt and We'll meet again) combined with several that do not add much to the original.
Smooth and subtle, nice music in the background.
I can appreciate (but not more than that) this album because of its variety and skillful raps.
Consistent yet with a lot of variation.
Mixed feelings about this one. Probably heard some songs, in particular Paradise, far too often, and I don't like the bombastic approach. But at the same time there are some really strong tracks here. So 3 it is.
I like Sebadoh a lot and generally in the order Barlow > Loewenstein > Gaffney (although the mix is definitely an added value). For that reason later albums are preferred, yet this one is much more than ok.
Quite reasonable effort though too long.
I have problems with the contrived vocals, as actually holds for many singer songwriters. The songs themselves are of mixed quality.
Steady blues rock but I tend to fall asleep until the classics kick in.
Very decent punk rock, don't like the vocals very much.
The usual spun-out NY rock, nothing remarkable here.
Laid-back sound, excellent vocals.
Great riffs, a tad monotonous, too lengthy
Carefully and patiently arranged tracks. Over the top vocals. Desolate sound reminding of Joy Division.
Child in time is an amazing song. Otherwise this music and the pathetic screaming sound rather outdated.
Not sure what this is all about.
The shouty vocals, the jumpy rythms .. not my piece of cake.
This is indeed one of the best albums that was ever made. It was a great pleasure to revisit it at this occasion.
Mellow tunes, nice in the background but boring.
Wonderful triphop album.
Lots of strong songs and brilliant guitar playing. Unfortunately too much jamming for me to stay really tuned.
Compliments to these guys for making a synth pop album that I thoroughly enjoyed. Favourite track: Song With No Name.
I love the energy of this live performance.
Rather straightforward hard rock album, less heavy than I had expected.
The 500th album to rate and it's got a massive status. I can't help comparing it to Revolver, which we had just a week ago. Both records share an incredible richness but to me Sgt. Pepper is weaker in terms of song material, coherence and flow. I'll leave it at 4.
Collection of wonderful songs that remain intact under heavy experimentation. Just listen to Like Spinning Plates.
Stilled timeless beauty.
I know that voice ... it's Rod Stewart!
Pleasant rock 'n roll.
Apart from the story telling some fine soul music.
Sympathetic record. I remember Goldfinger well, still a great song. Rest of the album is of variable quality.
Perfect harmonies, it just misses an edge somehow.
Fahren fahren fahren auf der Autobahn .. usw .. usw
Very hard decision but let me go for full marks because of the unbelievable variety and yet consistency of this album.
Extraordinary vocal performance
My best known Sonic Youth album: great noise rock.
Apart from a few nicely progressing songs like Into the light and Sin in my heart, this record with somewhat off-putting vocals doesn't really appeal to me.
Not much to say against this, nice middle-of-the-road-stuff.
Listened to this album couple of times to conclude that it is flawless.
Jazz does grab me sometimes but not on this occasion.
Very accessible album: I enjoyed it!
Great musicians obviously but this style does not appeal to me.
Full marks secured by the first notes of Ready or not. The rest is an excellent bonus.
Very complex album, several sparkles of greatness, but it lacks the flow and melodic strength to keep me engaged.
I didn't know this later Portishead album. Different sound but still very intense and I love the thin vocals.