Wed Jul 28 2021
Wed Aug 04 2021
I saw that this album is on this list and was very much looking forward because I dig trip hop. I was not disappointed. The strings are from heaven. Goldfrapps voice at times is so similar to Beth Gibbons (Portishead) I would have believed this to be a Portishead album if I wouldn't have seen the title. Absolute favourite.
Only Critique: Oompa Radar feels out of place. And it could be a bit longer!
Fri Sep 03 2021
Time Out Of Mind
Sun Oct 03 2021
A lot of songs sound like generic 80s songs. It's like "Just like heaven" from The Cure looped for an hour. Only exception: Sunrise (electric guitar progression in the middle) and Elegia has also a nice Once Upon a Time in the West feel to it.
Mon Nov 01 2021
Phantastic voice. Nice movie soundtrack type songs. Some songs really stuck (Next! Next!) But overall it felt too much of a show than trying to do good music. Something Scott also seems to have admitted.
Thu Nov 11 2021
La Revancha Del Tango
I have a weak spot for southamerican music, for trippy beats and for electronic. This fusion totally hooked me from the first minute. I *think* that CD was big in Switzerland, at least I remember that cover art, but never heard of. Thanks to 1001 albums I finally got around listening to it. Will definitively listen to it more, especially for coding / concentration work.
Sat Nov 13 2021
Creedence Clearwater Revival
I think I get why they get on these kind of lists. I like the musicianship, but it somehow lacks personality (maybe I just don't like the singing). I couldn't connect. It feels like a few songs thrown together on an album.
Highlight: Run Through The Jungle
Sun Nov 28 2021
Exit Planet Dust
The Chemical Brothers
I always liked "Dig your own hole" better (especially the buzz saw solo), but this one is great too. Very innovative, great beats. No song is a filler. And nice that they've put the more upbeat songs to the start and the more chill songs to the end. I absolutely see the impact it had at the time it came out.
Wed Dec 15 2021
I've listened to about 70 albums of the 1001. This is my biggest discovery yet. Once I got used to the screaming I was amazed by the guitar work. There's a lot of "the prodigy" vibes. So many great riffs I often wish they would repeat them more often. Then the latin folk mix in Ratamahatta got me convinced fully. I even showed to my wife and kids who also digged it. Not sure we would listen to it as a family but they "got it". Highlight: Bloody Roots, Ratamahatta, Jasi/Itsari, Canyon Jam.
Mon Dec 20 2021
Roger the Engineer
By coincidence this album came just after the debut album of Led Zeppelin. So it was nice to see where Jimmy Page was coming from. I think it makes even more credits for Led Zeppelins debut album as it's quite different than Yardbirds, more bluesy, less rock'n'rolly.
Anyway: about this album: it sounds like a breeding ground of good ideas. It seems to have not really a concept but there are a bunch of very nice and likable ideas. It's played by immensely talented musicians, I'm not sure I like the singing much though (but that's typical 60s, e.g. Hendrix has terrible singing too).
Highlights: He's Always There, Ever Since the World Began.
Sat Jan 08 2022
The Atomic Mr Basie
Count Basie & His Orchestra
At last some Jazz which is enjoyable! It is swingy big band sound which makes me hop around on my office chair on a Friday afternoon. Not sure I could listen to this for hours but it causes a pretty nice motivation boost.
Fri Jan 14 2022
Band On The Run
Paul McCartney and Wings
The album is well done, but nothing I would want listen again
Mon Jan 17 2022
Sounds like generic punk to me. Including the annoying voice. No standout tracks. After seeing that the album got highest price from almost all critics I'm pretty sure I won't like any punk album ever.
Fri Jan 21 2022
Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Sounds like depressed Sheryl Crow. I couldn't connect to it.
Exception: "Can't Let Go" has some actual energy and was a great listen.
Sun Jan 30 2022
The Lexicon Of Love
The song I knew from ABC was "Love Conquers All", I still love that one, but more for sentimental reasons. Also, I learned it was from an album 10 years after "Lexicon".
So I had high hopes for the album. But I was disappointed. The album sounds like generic 80s sound. Sure the songs are catchy but it lacks musical innovation. Compared e.g. to A-Has "Hunting High and Low" which is also on this list it is *really lacking*. The two tracks (4 ever 2 gether and the look of love part 4) were the only standout tracks for me on the album.
Wed Feb 16 2022
Every Picture Tells A Story
There is maybe no artist I hate more than Rod Steward. Maybe Phil Collins. It lacks both emotions and creativity. And then it's his voice. This man should really clear his throat before singing.
Tue Mar 01 2022
I was skeptical first - as I though it's too recent to be added to a best of list (it's basically what my daughter is listening to!).
But this album got me - the songs are really really catchy, positive (which most of the albums on this lack) but also really creative. Really a masterpiece.
And the synths are top notch. I see how she was inspired by the 80s synth songs.
In the hope this album stands the test of time - gave it 5 stars.
Highlights: Out Of The Woods, Shake It Off, You Are In Love
Tue Mar 15 2022
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
One of my all time favourite albums and maybe the only jazz album I really like. The groove of about every track totally gets me. Dave Brubecks simple piano style is great and Joe Morello is phantastic on the drums (e.g. on take five, which they basically created primarily for the drum solo, and I find it ironic when radios cut the song before the solo).
Fri Mar 18 2022
The album has too much energy and every song sounds the same.
"Do you have the time, to listen to me whine". I took the time yes, but I will not take it again.