This album alone makes me glad I am trying this 1000 albums thing
Several classic tracks, can even hear some of the stylings that would show up in The Princess Bride. And Brothers in Arms, just a great tune, also used to great effect in the episode "Two Cathedrals" in The West Wing. Title track far surpasses those that were the big hits. And an early jump into computer animation on Money For Nothing and Sting's I want My MTV are still iconic albeit dated.
Billy Jack and Blue Monday people were the stand outs here for me
Amazing voice but not really my thing. Obviously have heard Hello a million times, everywhere...but liked Send My Love and Million Years Ago more. Paul adds: Great voice, but there's a sameness about the songs that makes it feel tedious by the end.
Paul says: I just don't know where to begin. One of my favourite Elvis albums, with three of my favourite Elvis songs: Accidents Will Happen and What's so Funny (yeah, I know it's a Nick Lowe tune, but like Jeff Buckley singing Hallelujah, it's become the definitive version) and Oliver's Army. Steve Nieve became his George Martin and made Elvis's songs into post-punk treasures.
I am going middle of the road on this (I'd say3.5 but stuck with whole numbers); love a couple of tracks for sure, and I imagine hearing a lot of this live would up the score but there are a few that stick around for too long for my tastes and then there are some that are amazing, succinct and just perfect listening. Still glad to have found tracks like Inner Crisis, Blues for Huey. Part of a Whole and Maesha are all on my recommend list.
Not for me. There were a couple of moments but they were fleeting. They were a band I completely missed the first time around, but this time I wasn’t so lucky.
A big ol' loud album for a Thursday morning. Not sure the Deluxe version is needed but how can you not enjoy Lemmy and Ace of Spades?
Not the album I expected from the cover, but got a couple of tracks I quite liked on there: I've Been Dazed, Living in Denial, Interlude (loving the people) and Solid Ground were all tracks that stood out for me. Light, and Solid Ground both reminded more of folksy type tunes from the 70s that say, 2019.
I Liked it, I know...I know... but I have a weird liking for Randy Newman but it is always better when someone covers his work...but he writes some great songs.
I was, to put it mildly, very disappointed in this album, was expecting something else I guess and this...was not it. And that version of Grapevine, a tuna casserole of a song.
Hey, this one I have heard all the way through, multiple times... and no sense not doing it again! Think back to the first time you heard this and think, Oscar winner working with Pixar.
I mean... you know, named after a Marx Brothers Film...one of my faves and the album is no slouch either.
Middle ground on this one, interesting work, but is it one I would sit back and revisit on my own otherwise? Unlikely...although I liked the ETOH track and the first two tracks - title track Since I Left you and Stay Another Season.
I remember this being released, fairly sure it was played many times where I worked but a good chunk of this still seemed unfamiliar. Supersonic was played everywhere and maybe, because of that, was one of my least favourites on here. Shakermaker and Married With Children are ones I would come back to.
I actually liked a few tracks, especially first couple but then it sort of fell apart for me and became a bit of a slog.
Most of this I quite liked. Especially Union Forever and We're Going to be friends but really disliked Aluminum.
It's Bowie! - First in I am sure a list of. Didn't really care for the cover of Across The Universe, Young Americans and Fame are just standard classics now but I like Win quite a lot as well.
Wasn't ecstatic to see this album, but always liked Beautiful People. There were a couple of other good tracks that I liked as well...but it kept going it seemed a little like an endless slog by last 3 tracks.
Overall I liked this, but honestly I am shocked that a) Nina Simone has only one album in the top 1000, and b) that album is not Pastel Blues. I mean, if only for Sinnerman....or Strange Fruit. I think there are a few albums could be cut from the list and make for this and Pastel Blues. Both albums, recorded in the 60s still resonate and sound fresh today.
Pretty sure I would have had very little of good to say about this when it was first released. I can say in my defence, I would not have understood a thing about the album, or where it came from, but looking back and listening to it now just makes me realize musically how out of touch I was.
Interesting but not my thing...some solid music but this would not be replayed by me anyday soon. But this is exactly the kind of album/education I expected to receive as I go through this list. Nick Cave is much older than I realized and his early efforts are completely unknown to me.
This sort of reinforces my point of the double album...(a few exceptions) but usually an amazing album and in this case I think 3 sides back in the day, but oddly, for me, the first album, first side is a slog, and then it gets better and better before winding down a bit again.
It's not Doolittle. There was a lot to like but The Happening...that just feels like another seed towards Kim Deal leaving the band
Nico was a fascinating mess of a person who would not fit with todays world. Don't share her views...she died in a sad and depressing manner...but...she was not right about one thing. That flute does not belong on this album. And if she had been able to get Maureen Tucker on drums for a couple of tracks this album might hold up more as a listening experience and less as a time piece. However, Chelsea Girls, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams and These Days still end up on my list that listen and revisit some days.
Enjoyed this much more thoroughly than The Happy Birthday early days...From the first track was more into this.
There were a couple of tracks I didn't mind but overall a long trek...a single album would have sufficed for me...it wasn't bad, it wasn't great...reminded me a lot of CSNY, without the extra initials.
Sort of on the fence this one, wasn't against it, but wouldn't revisit.
I liked it, an album that feels like The Beatles meet Bowie which is a pretty good mix. Features the classic Bang a Gong but other tracks like Mambo Sun, Monolith and then Cosmic Dancer that just linger in my noggin.
This is one of those things that was always there... never considered myself a Prince fan and yet lots of tracks have wheedled into my life. And those first three, come on...1999, Little Red Corvette and Delirious (which I only recalled from a Cheech and Chong film) are all classics. so maybe I am just an avid listener if not a fan.
Never heard of this album or band before...but man there are some crazy tracks here...If I ever had a budget could see using some of these in a film. Fists of Love and Kerosene being two off the top of my head.
Really liked this album ...from Title track, to Hotel Room, The Ocean, Tonight and Last Orders...A couple of these tracks feel throwback enough that Tarantino would try to hip them up in Pulp Fiction 2: The Pulpening
Damn, this album holds up...honestly didn't think it would but still pretty amazing.
Never thought of myself as someone who liked Prodigy and yet I remember listening to several of these tracks fairly often in the 90s and still liked them today...so going middle of the road as there were a few here that went on forever like Narayan but Firestarter, Smack My Bitch Up, Diesel, Climbatize and Breathe are all solid tracks. I would go 3.5 but this is solid stars and 4 seems a little too strong for me
Giving this a fairly safe 3 stars and thought it would be great as bkg music in a film but as for me listening to it over and over, unlikely.
This is something I will be listening to again, adding to my collection. I knew a couple of tracks, most obviously the cover of Mrs. Robinson which apparently wasn't even on the original release. Did not know Julianna Hatfield was part of this as well. Always loved the album Become What You Are by her...so this is just a nice add on.
Musically I thought it was ok, tolerable...lyrically etc. I kinda felt, this guy sounds like a douchenozzle high on his own supply. Then I looked up mr. Jaykay and found the internet seemed to agree with this assessment. It is rare and lofty air when you can transmit your assholishness through the medium, so for that he gets two stars.
Light Cranberries, nice, melodic and great background music to just let time pass. This sounds like a bit backhanded compliment but it isn't meant to be
I am really torn on this... so influential, and for short periods, amazing, but phew, listening to it straight through was kinda tough... so going middle of the road on the score with a 3.
A strong start, some good tracks, but a couple overstay their welcome...however, loved, loved Something 4 the weekend, although it reminds me of something I can't put my finger on...I want to say Polyphonic Spree's Light and Day, which came 8 year later so maybe they heard this track.
I mean...it's Revolver. Possibly my favourite of all The Beatles Work. Although I do endlessly love Abbey Road Medley.
This...was shocking to me. So good...really expected it to not be my kind of listen. But definitely was, and will be again at some point.
I listened to it, I liked it...but I think I like the story behind the work more than the performance itself?
Another one I would have completely ignored when it came out. Again, not exactly my thing but overall I liked it, like torch songs at a bar...not sure I would be rushing back but this seems to be filled with the kind of songs that would be used in films and yet not seeing any films listed on Wiki for it.
Second Canadian singer in 2 days which is nice, and this was an album that was everywhere when it came out. Listening to it now, not sure if it's familiarity but from my viewpoint it still holds up really well. Not my go to for listening but massively influential and I get why it's on the list.
A couple of noteworthy tracks kick this album off big time and then, there's a sameness to it all that makes this a bit of a slog.
I always preferred Live Through This and still have it on CD, this one, not so much but Celebrity Skin is a good track
Maybe it's because so much time has passed, but a lot of this now sounds like a parody of the thing it most likely originated. I liked the opening track or two but also became a lot of the same thing over time to me.
I like a lot of The Flaming Lips but I always find it is selective listening. I usually don't want to listen to the whole album all in one go. Race for the Prize opens the album strongly but it's awhile before I get one of their tracks that I have always liked, Waitin' For A Superman.
I know of Mars Volta, gun to my head, can't name a thing of theirs. So when I saw prog rock and concept album was fairly excited. In the end, not something I am going to be rushing back to, interesting, but not Yes or King Crimson...This might have hit me differently if I heard it in my teens but now. not so much.
Every time I hear this album it takes me back to grade 10, Environmental science class and a guy who brought his brother's tape in and would sing along to it. Never heard anything like it before, left a huge impression on me. And so many classic tracks on this.
The first time I heard I don't Wanna Grow up, loved that track then I saw the video and was sold. Tom Waits may not have that conventional voice but he is the guy who makes every weird note just a little more awesome, every word, and oddity is his own thing. I don't have anyone to really compare him to...but awesome album.
Imagine being able to release three albums in one year, and on one album you have Bad Moon Rising and Green River and you still had hit singles on the other 2 albums...hard to wrap your head around in todays music world. CCR is something you can just listen to... there's something about them that seems to hit the right mood somehow every time, happy, sad, angry, the songs seem to work regardless.
A couple of classic tracks but a little inconsistent. Still Annie Lennox's voice is one of my favourite ones out there.
The weirdest damn cheery album I have heard in awhile.
Did not know about this album, quite liked it and will be giving it a second listen. A little darker, Beach Boys comes through a little bit at parts but a good listen.
An iconic album and one that was part of the soundtrack to the 80's. Even if I dismissed Hot For Teacher, Jump, and Panama, I'll Wait is still amazing and 3 stars on its own.
It was definitely in the timeline of what I should have been into but never really got into Sonic Youth. I pushed myself through the whole album and still think, just not for me.
My initial reaction was ugh, Black Crowes, then listening to the album and realizing how many tracks I recall, almost verbatim, hard to deny this album was played pretty much everywhere when it came out and some tracks stand the test of time it seems
I tried...honestly I did, the one star I am giving goes to the mix and to me for being able to recall the Ms. Jackson track but overall this really didn't do a thing for me, at the time or now.
I enjoyed this a lot more than Protection. So that's a thing...
This just plays like a soundtrack in my head...after a few rough albums this one has several tracks added to my list not including Trainspotting which was already under the obvious soundtrack list...
I am not a hug Stones fan, having said that...even if you remove the two tracks that have been burned into your existence, Brown Sugar and Wild Horses...You still have Can't You Hear Me Knocking (personal fave), Bitch, and Moonlight Mile. Impressive album.
A real bare bones garage band type feel to this...At one point it started to wear me down and then the last few tracks White Girl, When Oour Love Passed Out on the Couch and Year 1 got me back in.
Perfect put it on and listen while you work type music...or to just sort of zone out to.
I was surprised by this album several times thinking I only knew Owner of a Lonely Heart...and then Roundabout and Long Distance Runaround played... Noice. Turns out I am not as musically illiterate as I expected here.
So long, so very long...but I enjoyed it more than Stankonia. But so long.
I only know the hit by PJ Harvey and always liked it...and there were elements throughout that kind of grabbed me but for the most part it became background music... I don't think I am the audience for this one.
I liked it...wasn't sure what to expect but reminded me of Vince Guaraldi and his music for Peanuts specials...turns out Hancock did Fat Albert specials. I learned a thing!
A lot of tracks here that are good listening but also not what I think of when The Boss. One of the few Bruce albums I already owned but this made me sit and listen to it which is what is needed for an album like this...
I can't put my finger on this album about why it seems like something so familiar but it does. Listened to the whole thing in one sitting and didn't have to pause it, or skip a track, etc. Added the first track to a playlist..."Greetings to the New Brunette". Overall, just liked it.
I have my own little system of rating out here...everyone gets one star anyway...but influence, innovation, and just pure entertainment or listening pleasure all come into play...and if an album has more than 3 tracks that I add to a playlist (or already had) it's going to end up in that rarified air of 5 stars. This is one of those albums.
Stevie Wonder is just one of those musicians for me ... don't own a single album, know a pile of his music and it's almost like it has been just there always...so listening to some of these tracks, especially something like Living in the City and not sure why but hearing how relevant and strong that track is just shocked me. And Higher Ground is a classic.
I had higher expectations going into this album...expecting a poppy turned psychedelic album all mish mashed together...it is there...and Groovin' is one of those songs everyone knows, but overall not a lot for me to go back and revisit.
I wanted to like this so much more...it sounds great but it just doesn't have anything that brings me back to listen to again.
I had never listened to this before...obviously have heard one or two of them before but context is everything.
Was really enjoying this album and kept thinking why don't I know this...I think it was because when I heard the name I thought he was a teen angst type singer songwriter... man, that was my bad preconception that kept me from listening to a really good album...
I liked the first track but it never quite fell into place for me...
For Pump It Up and Radio, Radio alone I would be 4 stars, have always been on my playlists, I want to say 3.5 for the album but I can't so I rounded up to 4.
I did not know this album, I did know "How can you mend a broken heart?" and there are a lot of strong harmonies here, but damn if Fallon and Timberlake don't mess with my head every time Barry and Robin solo.
From the art design, to the sound, and the cover of the Stones Satisfaction and the reminder of gut Feeling being used in Wes Anderson's (shocking!) The Life Aquatic, just a lot to enjoy here.
I was introduced to Aphex Twin back in the 90s through Videoflicks...always a good background soundtrack while working. I think it was all just a mish mash of tracks via the music drive we listened to as I can't recall every hearing a single album in its entirety.
it's a great sounding album...and easy to listen to but sort of not quite in my re-visit range.
There's a lot here but being greedy I wanted more...Muse is always one of those interesting bands that I know their hits but have never sat and listened to a full album...bad on me.
I found this very boring...sorry Cee-Lo... you were boring.
First album that made me aware of White Stripes with Seven Nation Army and Hardest Button to Button but also quite liked In the Cold, Cold night.
The soundtrack for an as-of-yet unwritten swamp film noir.
I knew nothing about this album, can not recall ever hearing the name Shuggie Otis...one would think I remember that name. Quite liked the title track Inspiration Information, Strawberry Letter 23 seemed vaguely familiar, Aht Uh Mi hed and Happy House were also ones that really snagged my attention.
Really was not what I was expecting...like palatable cross between metal and punk...but was expecting a lot more raunchy underbelly punk...
Don't like this song? Don't worry a new one will be here in about a minute and a half...seriously, 28 songs, 41 minutes long...Brevity is the soul of Guided Voices it seems.
After listening to the I Against I album of Bad Brains, this is what I had expected that to sound like, fast, solid, aggressive and pretty good.
Put it on while working and was just something that zipped by...may have to revisit this one...but for now a 3.5.
This is a crazy fun little album...way out of my listening range back in 1992, but thoroughly enjoyed it...just goofy and fun.
Have always loved this album back to high school and using Worms in one our first videos...
Grew up with the greatest hits albums in the basement. Listening to this was a surprise. Like the ABBA "sound" is there, but the hooks and lightness are not. Not sure if they knew it would be a final album for 35+ years but it feels like they knew they were done at that time.
I have never been a huge fan of Van Morrison maybe because some of these tracks were just forced upon me through my surroundings...but Moondance always seems like a parody to me since it gets played so much...but overall the album is still pretty light and easy listening. It's not Van's fault...or maybe it is. Either way, I get it...solid album.
Peaches En Regalia alone gets 5 stars...I'd go 3.5 and almost 4 on this album but I am not sure I would come back and listen again so holding in the 3 star range.
A sound I am familiar with but surprising and not a band I recall but apparently was on the Singles soundtrack so must have heard them at one point. Quite liked it ...added a few tracks to my growing playlist - Sworn and Broken and Traveler were my personal picks
This is another gem I doubt I would ever have heard of or found on my own...this is the kind of album you can put on in the background on a rainy day, read your book and just have this on a loop for a few hours....
Timed well enough as I am watching the original The Man Who Fell To Earth. Never heard of this album and quite liked a few tracks like Where Are Now and I'd Rather Be High
The only Radiohead album I own, so obviously not a hardcore fan but this was the one for me. The Hitchhiker's Guide nods don't hurt, including the title track, Paranoid Android. Then on its own Karma Police is one I have listened and added to on multiple playlists. It never got better than this for me with them.
I grew up with the Blues Brothers and thought don't they just sound so damn good, and then you go back and listen to the originals, those that inspired them...Live, B.B. King...well, damn.
When it first started I thought there was a problem with the file, and then it got better, but not really. It's odd, I like some electronica type stuff, but this just didn't hit for me.
I mean... come on... Classic songs by Ella Fitzgerald, easy to listen to over and over.
Have always loved this album, even if they are on pot Mrs. Miller. I still love Bridge Over Troubled Water more but probably why I always listen to the greatest hits album as you get the best of both worlds. Bookends, America, Old Friends, but Save the Life of My Child always seems abrupt...nothing wrong with it but it's like a sharp slap after the nice intro from the title track. And Voices of Old People (no pun intended) has not aged well as a thematic piece. But America has always been one of those crazy magical tracks I listen to over and over and for that alone I would go 4 stars.
I want to say 2.5 /3 ish on this... I have never been big on UB40...but always loved English Beat...maybe I am too frivolous for UB40 who always has something to say.
I was excited to hear this one, as it went on and on, that excitement faded. I liked the Octopus song though.
Don't listen to my review on this one, I give all of their albums 5 stars pretty much. Even bad Doors (Soft Parade) is good for me...but this, and their first album basically kicks off and ends the history of the band perfectly. So many great tracks and several oddities that has made this one I listen to over and over.
As I was listening I was like I know this...why do I know this? And then "This Corrosion" hit and I looked it up, The World's End with Simon Pegg. I think I looked them up when the film came up...must have checked out a few tracks as it seemed very familiar but at the same time I know I didn't listen to this when it came out...which considering musically what I was into at the time is a tad surprising.
I tried, and it was nice, but not my thing...feels like music to listen to in a tent on a rainy camping trip before you think maybe I should burn my hand to feel alive.
I have seen the film and always loved the theme song, but listening to the music on its own is an experience unto itself. Much love for this one.
Wikipedia says I am a fool for not having listened to this earlier in my life, perhaps that is correct, while it wasn't my cup of tea, a few elements lingered with me...but overall...just not cool enough to get this one.
I really didn't get this one...I listened to it, lots of weird and oddness and some fun stuff...but ya...it seemed like a bit of a fever dream.
I don't know how to give this thing any then less than 5 stars...it's been there forever, still sounds great, is tied into countless teen memories... I can totally understand why some would say overwrought, cheesy etc...but part of that is what makes this great...it's operatic, over the top and memorable.
Not something I would normally listen to, but you put it on in the background and it just blows by...
Didn't really have anything against it, always love that bluesy sound, but also wasn't the one I would come running back to.
This may sound cruel but it sounds like the end of every early 80s rom-com credit. Another one of these albums that is just not my taste.
Jane Says was a Camp Wahanowin staple for every Cafe D'Fwago performance. But honestly I have always listened to Ritual de lo Habitual a whole lot more.
ya, 5 stars. Done. When you're a Doors fan, you're a doors fan for life - Bruce McCullouch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROJjDWQPSw4
Damn, I don't think I have ever listened to an album by the Who all the way straight through, this was impressive... Baba O'Reilly, Behind Blue Eyes, Won't Get Fooled Again and I always kinda like Getting in Tune ...I know most of these but I know I have never sat and listened to them like this. Impressive stuff.
This album captures live (as amply evidenced in Willow Weep For Me) what one expects from the mythical world of Chicago Jazz. I'm not sure I want to put this in constant rotation but it makes one wish they were there .
I always like this sound, although it also brings to mind Gilda Radner playing Candy Slice, punk rocker... and I kinda weirdly love their cover of I Heard it Through the Grapevine.
I completely ignored this album when it came out. I was fairly clueless when it came to the shifts in music happening, and the fact that it's 2022 and I am listening to it now shows not a lot has changed, I can still be fairly clueless when it comes to music. But listening to it, this album resonates over time...hasn't lost it's power but still, just too many Ya boyyyyeee's on several tracks... but nothing is perfect.
I am glad I listened to it, I think I kinda get it. I can hear how influential this is but this will not be in my regular rotation, but I did enjoy a large chunk of Autobahn but 22:47 ...you would think we should all like some slice of it.
My introduction was the Pulp Fiction soundtrack back in the day, maybe I heard Dusty before...but no recollection of it and Son of a Preacher Man is just ingrained in me now, but I will always prefer the muppets cover of The Windmills of Your Mind
This is another 3.5 album for me that ends up with a 4 on here due to the rating system. The Passenger and Lust for Life are classics...Success is bit of fun too...Tonight is an interesting one as well
I am going to say, shocked how much I enjoyed this. I'd say 3.5 stars but can't do half and 3 felt too low. So, Four stars... but know it's a 3.5.
The only way to listen to "I want you to want me", a great live album and one of my favourite Cheap Trick tunes of all time Surrender...but I still prefer the record version of that one.
I have owned this album on cassette and on CD...but honestly haven't listened to it in years. I always loved Lion and the Cobra and this follow up got overplayed (understandably) to her Prince cover Nothing Compares 2 U (before text speak, Prince was streets ahead) but listening to it again after all this time, that voice is a powerhouse, and looking back she was right to tear up that picture of the pope.
I tried on this one but it really wasn't hitting me until I got to Shut The Door, you know, the last song on the album...that one I really liked and added to a playlist earning it the 2 stars for me.
Really got into Can You Heal Us - Holy Man, and Holy Man 2...the rest of the album isn't bad either ...
Epic is Epic, always has been...and the whole mess of styles going on here are interesting but my first hand knowledge of Faith No More comes from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey...so you know...not the greatest sounding board for them here...
I was always a hardcore massive fan of OMD...how big you say? Well I'll tell ya...I owned the best of album. Nothing more true of a fan than one who owns the best of album right? But seriously...Joan of Arc and Souvenir...great stuff...that with Enola Gay (not on this one sadly, but it is on the best of) are great tracks...also The Beginning and the End... almost makes you wistful for the 80's...but there is something about their sound that just grabs me. Part nostalgia and part ...sad joy.
Listened to this one over and over when it first came out. Still quite enjoy listening to it.
All of these tracks on one album, astounding...and then there's Ooby Dooby,...well they can't all be gems...but even that is harmless enough. One of those rare kinds of albums where you just keep recognizing song after song.
It's all cool and funky but with only 4 tracks over 45 minutes it is not a pop in and out of type listen...also, Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic keeps making me think Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious...every time....
American Girl is just one of those classics...and the rest of the album is pretty solid too...Tom Petty is one of those guys, I know a lot of his work, but I don't think I have ever owned a single thing the man has put out...a little odd, but there it is.
I got this album as a gift back in the day it came out, never heard of them...and then a couple of years later was shocked to hear the soundtrack for About a Boy was being composed by Badly Drawn Boy...and both are excellent.
I don't have to listen to this one yet again, but I will. 5 Stars. Blindly, Easily, 5 stars. A must listen.
This is the kind of album I was expecting to find out here a little more, something that seems like I should know it, has a sound that kind of resonates with me and yet I am completely unaware of.
I grew up surrounded by jean jackets with Eddie patches of all sorts of variations...I would listen with my friends but Iron Maiden has never really been my thing...don't know why, they seem to have everything right there for me but for some reason it never really resonates with my. I get it I guess, but just not my jam.
My takeaway is, listen to too much Van Morrison and it begins to have a bit of an overstaying sameness to it.
A classic. One of those must listen to albums, and since you likely know several of the tracks, your work is half done!
Never heard of this before...this would be an amazing bar band to hear for sure, but as an overall revisiting listening experience...not so sure on that one. 2.5 starts (although it looks like 2)
Yup...this is my thing, always loved this album. Nico and Velvet Underground... Sunday Morning, I'm Waiting For The Man, Venus in Furs and Heroin...and There She Goes Again, maybe's its the hippy trippy side of me but I love this album, from cover design, history, Nico being like a female Leonard Cohen, not sounding right but somehow is for these songs. (Sidenote: Massive Leonard Cohen fan so that's not a dig).
I liked it. Not all of it...but I liked it. And while the only track I knew was No Woman, No Cry (not even the version I am familiar with), I quite liked Lively Up Yourself, natty Dread and Bend Down Low, just kind of a nice flow to the whole thing.
After all the controversy and the headlines of this artist I never really paid attention to Amy Winehouse. Apparently this was a quote from her about this album... Some things on this album make me go to a little place that's fucking bitter. I've never heard the album from start to finish. I don't have it in my house. Well, the marketing was fucked, the promotion was terrible. Everything was a shambles. It's frustrating, because you work with so many idiots—but they're nice idiots. So you can't be like, "You're an idiot." They know that they're idiots". Not sure if she is right here, because if this was an album made by idiots, those idiots did a pretty damn good job.
One of those bands and albums I never listened to growing up intentionally and felt I rarely had to due to the amount of airplay they would get.... only a few I have never heard before and one, Teach Your Children, I did not care for, but the rest of this album is excellent. and the first time I ever heard Our House was on Cheers... and still remember it to this day because of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkES9UuZyRo
This is going to be one of those rare times where I massively disagree with my my co-hort in my reviewing group here. Have a totally different view than you Paul...absolutely love this album from the first moment I heard it. One of the few good things to come out of my time at CMN/CEN magazine...hearing this album for the first time.
A lot more raw than I was expecting, not a cheerful listen but still worthwhile...but not one I would be revisit time and time again, if only for my own mental well being.
I am not sure this album would resonate like it did at the time and I am bringing my old biases to it, but was always a bit of a fan...and I still enjoy hearing it...almost all of it.
Solid and unknown to me, but tracks like Dreamin' had me scratching my head, but worth listening to were She's Fresh, It's Nasty using Tom Tom Club's Genius of Love which is just burned in my brain overtime, Scorpio and The Message....but Dreamin' and You Are seem to be from a different album.
I remember not being interested in this album when it came...sat down and put on the first track "Everything in It's Right Place" and thought what was wrong with me? AND then, I listened to the rest of the album...I stand by my original sentiment. I love OK Computer, but this...nope.
I really wanted to like this more than I did...Did not like Here He Comes, but quite liked Energy Fools The Magician and King's Lead Hat, and back when you flipped an album the tonal change might have been more expected, or less abrupt...but it feels uneven all in a row like this...
I have heard sooooo much of this album over time and never listened to the whole thing at once. Quite a different experience... Crosstown Traffic, a classic. I thought I knew Voodoo Chile but not clocking in at this length of time. Little Miss Strange is kind of a fun awesome song but sound like something that would have been from 10-15 years earlier. You can reduce this whole thing to one song though and still get 5 stars, Hendrix's cover of Dylan's All Along the Watchtower is the kind of creation everyone would love to be able to put their name on.
I am a person who barely knows Black Sabbath, I know who they are, I heard them around me growing up...didn't own anything from them but when I hear Changes, I know the tune... This is an album that starts big, stays big...and is one of the more fun listens to I have had recently. And then you read the wiki about the cocaine used and think... They were THAT functional on coke? Jeebus.
I don't hate this but don't particularly love it either...It feels like a disjointed soundtrack to a non-existant film...and then reading further about it, almost seems like that was the intent...so getting an extra star for succeeding in the goal...but I don't think I would love this movie either....
This is a weird one...it feels so familiar, it almost feels like so many brit songs from the 90s, a little blur, a little oasis sounding, but just...not...but also sounds like a fun album that would make these guys a great band to have playing live in a small venue.
I'm on the fence, middle of the road, kinda unsure on this one so straight up 2.5 stars...well 3... like I like the sound, I like the vibe...but ALMOST nothing reaaaaally grabs me as something to hold onto here and revisit. But how many times have I listened to Sunny Afternoon and it still just works. I also kinda' liked Party Line. The other tracks kinda blend into one another...I know, I'm a heathen.
It's live, It's french, it's apparently quite influential but aside from Amsterdam, even musically it kinda seems like a parody...maybe more of its time. But I did like Amsterdam.
If I were to say to a musician for a film, give me that generic 60s folk rock sound, this is exactly it. I should like it more than I do , but I kinda don't. I did like Pleasant Street but the rest is just not landing with me.
I don't hate this...but I don't love it. The lyrics are ok...the music seems, off...and it took a few songs for me to put my finger on this vibe... Tracks like Sigourney Weaver, Silver Platter, Chicken Bones...and then it hit me, it's like when The Muppets cover a rock song...it's fine...but it's just off, you know? This guy is like a Muppet folk singer and even the spite or anger in some of the songs come off kind off weak. Having said that, still love The Muppets.
Not for me. Simple as that. Tried it, Broccoli to my ears.
Another album I really wanted to like more than I do... Life's What You Make It obviously a crowd pleaser and Time It's Time is interesting if not long...but overall this was really the listen I had hoped it would be... that's the problem of wanting more It's My Life type songs.
A little torn here, not the biggest Rod Stewart fan...but I do like Gasoline Alley, Lady Day...and the cover of Dylan's Only a Hobo but You're My Girl feels like it wants to be on a different album.
There nothing here that stands out in the way of Oh I have heard this before, or oh how memorable...but it is insanely easy listening and great background comfort music while you work, relax or just want something nice to break up the sounds of life.
Have no idea about this early step in Punk, It's fun...but it's not quite there...like a high school band doing punk...rough and loud, with one off beat cover...but fun. 2.5 stars
I don't hate the Smashing Pumpkins but I was not the biggest supporter either...there are some great tracks and if this album was smushed down into one, or smashed down into one album if you will...This would be one of the greats of all times. (I know some already think that.)
Toss out the stories, the legend, the abysmal behaviour and lifestyle of Rotten... This is a loud, fast, exciting album even but modern standards and is still the platinum standard for any aspiring punk band.
As I listened to this I thought it's good but something was nagging in the back of my brain and it was on "Heatwave" that it hit me, if the singer had more power and range like Peter Gabriel these songs would have a little less 'sameness' to them...like, all good, nice sound, and the lead singer's voice is nice but there seems to be no pushing past a same singing range.
I always enjoy this group, and yet...never bought a single thing they put out. In hindsight that is really bizarre...thought by Americana I would have at least had jumped on the bandwagon and bought that one...so maybe I am a closeted fan?
La Grange is sooooo damn good that it accounts for most of these starts.
Wow...How have I not listened to this album before! I know Nightclubbing via Trainspotting...but I did not know Iggy recorded China Girl before Bowie...I will always prefer Bowies version but this was pretty cool...the album is a really slick and almost modern surprise, holds up amazingly well.
I am very thankful I wasn't a teenager when this came out...I would have been an insufferable hippy... but I do love Simon and Garfunkel...and some of these songs hold up so well to me... Scarborough Fair, Homeward Bound, 59th Street Bridge, For Emily, but Silent Night is more like a timepiece ... some tracks are a little folksy too, Cloudy, is almost an afterthought of a song... but these two, when singing together...still have a magical sound together.