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Use Your Illusion II by Guns N' Roses

Published September 25, 2022

Use Your Illusion II by Guns N' Roses

I was all set to move on to a different band this week but Mr C quite rightly pointed out that Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 were back to back releases and should be listened as such. So I had to postpone the original choice and get this one going. It was good, oddly I think I preferred the first one to this one, although I understand the majority of critics and fans think otherwise. This does have the super famous Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, though, and that counts for a lot.

Use Your Illusion I by Guns N' Roses

Published September 18, 2022

Use Your Illusion I by Guns N' Roses

This has been on the list for a while but after watching the latest Thor movie, there was no choice but to dip into the Guns n’ Roses back catalogue. I was nervous about this, I’ll be honest, it’s a long album and a classic, but I needn’t have worried. It is long and I have to say ending with a 10 minute song isn’t going to put you in my good books, but actually it’s a great album. On the second listen, I was really getting into and enjoying the journey. Nothing to be nervous about!

Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience by P.M. Dawn

Published August 21, 2022

Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience by P.M. Dawn

All that conversation led to picking this album this week, and even then it wasn’t easy. The Apple Music version had Set Adrift missing so I had to cobble together my own Frankenstein style playlist. Anyway, when I finally got it all together, the album was great. It’s hip hop but a more gentle style, not so much angst and anger but just skipping along nicely. I loved it!

We Can't Dance by Genesis

Published April 10, 2022

We Can't Dance by Genesis

It’s hard for me to describe this album without sounding like I didn’t like it… but I did. It’s a great Genesis album and a great vehicle for Phil Collins - particularly as some of the songs sound like they have come straight off a Phil Collins album. I generally enjoyed the album, and Jesus He Knows Me gets stuck in my head far too easily, but the thing about it is, it’s so long! Well over an hour, with several of the songs nearing the 10 minute mark. One you could get away with but more than that and I start to get annoyed. But I liked it, honest!

Joyride by Roxette

Published February 13, 2022

Joyride by Roxette

This is such a good week for music for me - Bastille rocking the dreamlike modern life, Roxette just blasting their way through the 1990s in great pop&rock form. Starting an album with Joyride is a risk because it’s such a good song but the rest of the album absolutely lives up to it. I don’t know that the songs were particularly identifiable by themselves, but as a whole it was a great ride. The only problem I had was the one song that sounds just like It Must Have Been Love, but hey, you can’t really rip off yourself!

Dangerous by Michael Jackson

Published November 28, 2021

Dangerous by Michael Jackson

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to any MJ but it takes only a moment to be plunged right back into the heart of his genius. This album is stacked full of little tweaks and accents and MJ vocals and 90s sounds and it’s just great from start to finish. I thought the album would suffer for having Black or White on it, which is arguably his greatest song, and really an incredible number. But because it is towards the middle, you’ve got plenty of time to get invested before the greatness happens.

CooleyHighHarmony by Boyz II Men

Published October 3, 2021

CooleyHighHarmony by Boyz II Men

You know what you’re getting with a Boyz II Men album, and this was their debut, showcasing those great vocals, wonderful synchronicity, and amazing rhythm, all the way through. Apparently the album initially shipped without End of the Road on it but it was added in later re-releases, so I listened to it without. Even without that most famous of songs, it’s still a really solid album.

Rush Street by Richard Marx

Published May 30, 2021

Rush Street by Richard Marx

I only first became aware of Richard Marx through the age-old debate over Hazard, but gradually I’ve really come to like his various works. A more recent Christmas song worked its way into my heart, and I’ve listened to a previous album that went down quite well. This one, with the aforementioned controversial song, also was far better than I’d expected! You have to go into it expecting some dated music, in fact it sounds very 80s despite being released in the early 90s, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As long as you like solid 80s pop, you’ll like this.

Achtung Baby by U2

Published December 20, 2020

Achtung Baby by U2

Thankfully, it’s brilliant. It probably has a bit of a benefit from following on the slow-pace chill-fest of Taylor’s latest album, but even without that, it’s just good soft rock. One is genuinely one of the greatest songs ever, but even with that it doesn’t overshadow everything around it - they all stand up.

Mama Said by Lenny Kravitz

Published November 21, 2020

Mama Said by Lenny Kravitz

I knew a couple of these songs before listening to the album but I think my Lenny Kravitz knowledge was pretty poor. I quite enjoyed it as a collection of songs but I do think it was lacking some cohesion - the styles and genres seemed to jump around quite a lot and you were never quite sure what was coming next.