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Paranoid and Sunburnt by Skunk Anansie

Published July 14, 2019

Paranoid and Sunburnt by Skunk Anansie

I have a vague memory of Skunk Anansie from the 90s but I don’t suppose it was my kind of music back then. I quite enjoyed this album, it’s a strong, proud and emotive rock from a superbly powerful front-woman. It did cross, occasionally, into the realm of being slightly too angry for my tastes, although by the sounds of it she has every right to get a bit shouty.

Hot Fuss by The Killers

Published July 7, 2019

Hot Fuss by The Killers

The Killers rocked their headline set at Glastonbury, so it was an easy pick to listen to one of their albums this week. And boy what an album. This has that amazing thing where there are multiple amazing songs next to each other and I just can’t believe that such greatness exists (tracks 2-5 obviously). But the whole thing works and stands the test of time.

Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

Published June 30, 2019

Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

I really liked the last Bruce album I listened to and although I knew this one was going to be kinda different, I still had hopes it would work out. Ultimately, it wasn’t my favourite. It’s just a bit boring, really, nothing stood out particularly and a couple of the songs were annoying (the miracle one, and the one where he seems to just list many ailments).

Parallel Lines by Blondie

Published May 16, 2019

Parallel Lines by Blondie

I loved this! I know of Blondie’s famous singles but didn’t know much about the albums of the band. This was such a good one. Punk, a bit poppy, rock and of course, a superbly awesome woman helming it all. It was a bit more punk than I was expecting but not so much that it was alienating to me.

Sheer Heart Attack by Queen

Published April 27, 2019

Sheer Heart Attack by Queen

After watching the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, it was only a matter of time before I delved into the Queen archive again. This was a great album, with a handful of famous songs interspersed with more greatness. I liked it better than Night at the Opera, but only because the songs had a similar feel to them throughout, rather than a mish-mash of genres. Could be a new favourite.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John

Published March 25, 2019

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John

Somehow it has been more than three years I’ve been doing this album adventure and I haven’t yet listened to Elton, old or new. This being the first, it has some of the big classics on there, but I have to admit, it being a double album was a little bit long. It’s good, obviously, it’s Elton and his talent is unquestionable, but it did just feel like a lot to get through each time.

Face Value by Phil Collins

Published February 22, 2016

Face Value by Phil Collins

Only knew one song from the album. It was a heck of a lot darker and more experimental than I’d expected. Moody, full of saxophones and that bluesy sound. Good though.

Automatic for the People by R.E.M.

Published February 1, 2016

Automatic for the People by R.E.M.

Loved the singles on this one but found the rest of it a bit less memorable. I know it’s a highly regarded album, and it was good to listen to but I couldn’t name another song on it now.

A Night at the Opera by Queen

Published January 4, 2016

A Night at the Opera by Queen

Beautifully eclectic mix of grungy rock & roll alongside the more poppy pieces, some country influences and more. Crazy but brilliant.