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Hounds of Love by Kate Bush

Published December 18, 2022

Hounds of Love by Kate Bush

This has to be the album of the year in terms of classic songs being brought back into the modern consciousness - thanks Stranger Things. It had to be the one I closed the year on. Kicking off with Running Up That Hill is a brave move as it is an absolute tune, but the rest does stand up. The album is in two halves - purposely - with the first being a collection of great songs and singles. The second half is a bit more of an experimental work, a woman falling through the ice and experiencing… something. I was less enamoured with that but actually considering it’s a bit out there, I liked it.

No Jacket Required by Phil Collins

Published February 6, 2022

No Jacket Required by Phil Collins

After watching Phil Collins’ starring role in Buster, it seemed about time to do another album from the man himself. Of this album, I knew Sussudio and One More Night (a song that I love even if it sounds really outdated now), so the rest of it was a bit of an adventure. I quite liked it. Phil seems to be one of those artists that it’s cool not to like, but I can’t see anything wrong with this album - a collection of nice, solid 80s pop songs with a couple of stand-outs. What’s not to like?

Knee Deep in the Hoopla by Starship

Published October 17, 2021

Knee Deep in the Hoopla by Starship

I don’t know why but I suddenly got it into my head I wanted to listen to Starship, and after a lengthy conversation about which version of the band to listen to (Jeffersons, Airships, Starships, oh my), I disregarded it all and just went for this one. I actually really loved it. It’s not smart or clever, but it’s solid 80s pop that sounds exactly of the time it comes from. We Built This City is a favourite and has been stuck in my head ever since I listened to it, but all of it has a similar and fun sound.