Superb. Continuingly interesting and a joy to listen to.
Absolutely elctricifying album. Loved the driving bass and viscerally sneering vocals.
Wanted to like it, but tbh it just faded into the background despite repeated listens. Nice enough, but no overall standout tracks.
Think I love this. Didn't realise this was who "Girlfriend" came from. Sophisticated pop.
So good. Early post-rock, vocally reminiscent of the LOUD-quiet-LOUD technique of The Pixes. Lyrically dark, touching on depression, alienation and abandonment. Hard to pick standouts, but loved Breadcrumb Trail; Don, Aman; and Good Morning, Captain. Breathtaking album that spawned a thousand others.
An old favourite I still regularly listen to, the arrangements for strings and choir elevate this album beyond Jason Pierce’s previous work with Spaceman 3 and the earlier Spiritualized albums. Hard to be objective about this album as it informed/(s) so much of my musical taste, but I particularly love the repeating bass refrain on “I think I’m in love”, the juxtaposition of the lost, plaintive lyrics on “All of My thoughts” against the chaos of the music, the emotive use strings on “Broken Heart” and the tentative steps towards acceptance and even hope on “Cool Waves”.
I struggled with this album, despite multiple listens. It's hard to separate this from Neil's other solo work, against which it stacks up poorly. Some standout tracks, like Revolution Blues or title track On The Beech have the scale I remember from Harvest, but others, like See the Sky About to Rain, sound like a airport-hotel lounge-act going through the motions.
Elevator music. The original elevator music, but still elevator music.
Strong start, Gossip Folks had some absolutely filthy beats, but faded towards the end. Whilst good to hear a woman's voice against the background of pervasive misogyny in hip hop, the album wasn't as strong as I'd hoped.
First time listening to any Led Zeplin albums and the opening tracks were more British blues rock than I was expecting. Dazed and Confused, and Communication Breakdown were on the heavier end and better for it. Interesting first album, with some great vocals and guitar, but not the revolution I thought it might be. Looking forward to their later albums
Hauntingly beautiful. Austere yet warmly human.
The classics were ok, but got pretty bored after that.
Pleasant enough jazz
Less of an afro-beat flavour than some of his other work
Some great tracks on here like "Sign O the Times" and 'I could never take the place of your man". I think perhaps the album is over long, and some of the production is a bit off but a corker nonetheless.
A poet and musician. Amazing album by one of the greats.
Stones going back to their bluesy roots. Loved the obvious singles and Jigsaw is fantastic.
By turns casually exuberant to beautiful melancholy to majestic, musically this album soars. Guy Garvey’s mellifluous vocals and the wryly observed humanity of the lyrics link the songs back into the familiar. The two together create something quite special, with intimate, relatable songs underscored by emotionally fulfilling music. Superb.
Whilst a fun enough listen, I ultimately found all the bombast rather empty and unsatisfying.
A delightful slice of Americana
Sounds very dated now, but enjoyed this album. Hard Times is a classic, Rock Box signposts their later famous collaboration, and It's Like That is just great.
Really enjoyed this. Some tracks very reminiscent of Talking Heads.
The beats, flow and storytelling on this are exceptional. The misogyny and puerile attitude to sex is a little harder to swallow, if not particularly unexpected. Loved the flow on Gimme The Loot, the guest vocal by Method Man on The What and the honesty on Suicidal Thoughts.
Not for me thanks
Not my favourite Pink Floyd album. Breathe was the standout track for me
Not a huge fan of West coast pop punk, but this was a fun album
Alt-folk? Baroque pop? Who knows. Love this album; it’s full of sweetly light tracks offset by more urgent ones, darker in tone. Varied in arrangement and accompaniment, all 18 tracks hold the attention and showcase Damon Gough’s talent as composer and multi-instrumentalist. Completed, the album sits fully as a single statement, testament to the value of the long play format.
Really enjoyed this, can't believe I missed it when it came out.
The soundtrack to a thousand tedious dinner parties. "More flan Miriam?"
Bit of a mixed bag this album, with only some tracks, e.g. Thrill Of It All and Out Of The Blue, hitting the feeling of corrupted glamour I was expecting. Most of the rest of the album was less interesting and missed something to temper the baroque excess.
Some classics, goes on a bit
Superb. Didn't realise how many of the Smashing Pumpkins tracks I knew are from this album
I've never been angry at a record just for existing before, yet here we are. This is a album so banal it's offensive. One star because I can't give zero.
Fantastic, every song a highlight
A bunch of very talented musicians combining to make a thing that's somehow less than the sum of its parts.
Americana with southern roots. Hints of trad and Dixie jazz from the brass and southern rock in.the guitar. Dr John light. Bit too god-y in places for me.
Sounds so dated and hasn't aged well at all.
Great album, with a really lovely energy
Beck you big beautiful weirdo. Musically and tonally quite varied, this sets out the palate for much of his later work, albeit perhaps with less focus on any one particular style that occurs in subsequent records. It's a really enjoyable listen that never quite settles, keeping it continually interesting.
Glam rock as it should be.
Not Orbital's best album, but a corker nonetheless. Stand out track for me was Are We Here
Lived this album. Varied yet stylistically consistent, it was engaging was from beginning to end
Dull album by a shitty human being
Some really great tracks on this, probably a bit long
Great Chicago blues
Technically gifted saccharine pop that was ultimately rather unsatisfying. Interesting only in the sense of showing how far they traveled.
Landmark psychedelic rock album.
Not my favourite album by the scream, and very much of its time, but still sounds great.
A beautiful, enchanting album
Quality 80s tunes
Looses a point because Morrissey's gone all fash
A complex work that will reward many re listens
The single is a classic, the rest of the album is not
Just realised where most of my favourite bands of the past 30 years were getting their inspiration from. Amazing album.
Looses some of the intimacy of the studio albums
Dull. Sounds like adverts.