Brilliant album. Run Through The Jungle, and THAT version of Grapevine.
I'm not a Neil Young fan, and this album has done nothing to change that. Pleasant enough as background music, but it didn't move me in the slightest. Meh.
Lots of fun, especially Apache.
Better than I expected it to be. With a few exceptions (Kraftwerk, Air, Daft Punk, Royksopp) I'm not really into electronic music. This didn't make me want to add this lot to that list. It was interesting enough, but it reminded me of other things I'd rather be listening to.
Not my cup of tea. I like some Hip-Hop but this didn't do it for me. It did prompt me to go off and listen to Run DMC, The Beastie Boys and De La Soul, so not all bad.
Stunningly good. Little Richard at his finest. So good I listened to it three times over!
Fabulous. What more can I say? Excellent from start to finish. Five stars
Other than their non-album single I'd never listened to the Cocteau Twins. Very pleasant listening, albeit with a slightly intrusive drum machine. Dreamy and ethereal, and I will be digging this one out again.
An absolute cracker. Turn up to 11.
I really enjoyed this on a first listen. Some lovely tunes and a great voice. I'll come back to this one.
When this came out I had it on regular play in the car. It was new. fresh and innovative, and Fat Boy Slim was at the forefront of big beat music. I thought, then, that this would be a satisfying wallow in nostalgia but it turned out to be underwhelming. Parise You aside, it hasn't stood the test of time. Essential to have heard? Yes. Essential listening? No.
Yeah, pleasant enough. I preferred Weller as an angry young man in The Jam, and his smoother young adult of the Style Council. His solo stuff captures neither the passion of the former nor the soul of the latter.
Never really warmed to the faux-Bowie sound of Anderson's voice, but when I can get past that it's a decent album.
This was new to me and I liked it. PJ is an artist who, whilst she has been on my radar, hasn't been an object of concern.
Just beautiful. There's nothing more I need say.
Loved it. Never heard it before but the girl has a great voice. Who says the concept album is dead? I shall be listening to this again, and investigating more.
An immensely satisfying album. Not a duff track on it, and still sounds as fresh in 2022 as it did in 1979. Political, humourous, sociological music but rollicking good tunes.
Enjoyable, but it just didn't move me.
Don't think I'd ever really listened to it before; previously it had just been on whilst doing something else. I enjoyed it, though I find Neil's warbling grates after a while. His albums might be better if he got someone else to sing them!
I like rock music, even some heavy metal, but death and thrash have always passed me by. Not my thing at all, so much so that I had to stop after the third track. I'm sure they are fine exponents of their art. but it's not my kind of art.
Who cares that Space Truckin' takes up 20 minutes of the album's 77 minutes running time? It's bloody marvellous! Add in epic versions of Child in Time and Lazy and you've got well over half the album! This is such a great live album that I ended up digging out the CD version which gave me Black Knight and Speed King and a storming version of Lucille. They don't make rock bands like this anymore.
I had never listened to this before but I'm very glad I did. Her voice and the musical arrangements are superb. I could hear echoes of Motown and Atlantic soul on there too. This is an artist I'll be looking into more, and an album I shall certainly be playing again.
Lovely stuff. Even a decent Beatles' cover.
I'm not a fan of jazz fusion. My expectations were low but they weren't exceeded. To be fair, Birdland is joyous, but to my ears the rest of it sounded like the soundtrack to 70s soft porn, all played in the key of Kenny G.
Loved the music. Hated the vocals.
Great stuff. Not something I'd listen to just anytime, but a perfect album for, say, a Sunday morning.
Overall this is a fantastic album, but in my opinion it's one side too long. There are many so-so double albums which could have been outstanding single albums if the filler had been left out. With this that doesn't quite hold true, because in order to make it a single you'd have to throw away some good stuff along with the filler. If you could have a three-sided LP then this would be a great contender. If I never hear Jamaica Jerk-Off again I wouldn't be sad about it, and it's be a much better start to the album if it kicked off straight into Love Lies Bleeding. It's still a masterpiece, but it loses a star for the unnecessary filler.
I wouldn't call myself a Cohen fan by any stretch of the imagination, being more familiar with his songs as performed by other artists. I bought this album on the strength of the use of the title track as the theme for the Black Earth Rising TV series, but in the end the whole album captivated me. In places Cohen sounds old and frail, but that only adds rather than detracts. It reflects on his past life and offers advice to those he leaves behind. It's an outstanding album to sign off with, his Blackstar.
I like Nile Rogers, but endless variations of his disco guitar riff become a little tiresome after a while. The songs are all nice enough, but a couple go on as if they were 12" singles - fine if I want to listen to an extended version but such things do not belong on a standard album in my opinion. There is a little variety, so it's not all disco, and it's like a Chic album only better. Those overly long songs, though, have made it a three-star rather than four-star album.
Beautifully crafted and ethereal, but to my ears tough going.
I know this is a much revered album but it really does nothing for me; the only way it would move me is towards the OFF button. I'm a trumpeter myself, so I can appreciate Davis' tone and the technicality of his playing, but this kind of jazz is too deconstructed and disjointed to my ears. Pharoah's Dance sounded like a 20 minute warm-up. To me people like Louis Armstrong and King Oliver are better exponents of the art; jazz from the 20s through to the era of swing is wonderful. This, to me, is not.
Nice, laid back listening with lovely bossa nova arrangements. Perfect for a Sunday morning.
What can I say that hasn't been said? Overhyped? Possibly. Over-familiar? Definitely. Over-played? Never.
80s Poodle-hair rock, but at the better end of the spectrum. Marvellous.
Not my kind of thing at all. Accordion Latin Jazz is fairly low on my list of things to listen to. That said, the musicianship was great, and I enjoyed it more than I expected.
A fine collection of songs.