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Zooropa by U2

Published March 13, 2022

Zooropa by U2

This album is the epitome of hit or mmiss. There are a good few songs on there, although none of those humungous essential U2 hits. I really, really love Numb, it’s one of my OG U2 favourites. And Some Days is a great track too. But the problem with this album is that it really doesn’t fit together. The transition between Numb and the next song Lemon (some kind of disco number) is really jarring. And at the end, we suddenly jump to old school slow and meandering country with the wonder that is Johnny Cash. Getting Johnny Cash on your album should be a highlight but actually I sort of wish it wasn’t there. So mixed feelings from start to finish.

Tim McGraw by Tim McGraw

Published February 27, 2022

Tim McGraw by Tim McGraw

I was taking a bit of a risk here because whilst I enjoy country music a lot more than I ever would have anticipated I would, it’s really modern country that floats my boat and not so much the old traditional stuff. But Tim McGraw is such an icon that I wanted to go back to the start of his career, rather than just cherry pick albums.

Music Box by Mariah Carey

Published October 31, 2021

Music Box by Mariah Carey

This is a really good album, featuring Mariah’s incredible vocals all the way through. I don’t always enjoy it when she goes piercingly high, but you can’t fault the range. Couple of great songs on here, the cover of Without You, and of course Hero. The problem with the latter song is that it comes second on the track list, directly after Dreamlover - and it’s a really odd juxtaposition. But having said that, where would the song fit in the album anyway? It’s such a good one (and great to really belt out while you’re driving) but not one that blends well with others.

Get a Grip by Aerosmith

Published January 30, 2021

Get a Grip by Aerosmith

It’s a surprise to me that I haven’t listened to an Aerosmith album in the five years I’ve been doing this album adventure, but hey, with music there’s always more to discover! There are a couple of high profile songs on here, particualrly Cryin’ and Crazy, but the whole thing works together as a great rock album. I don’t know if it grabbed me and set the world alight but this is a really good, solid, rock album and I’m interesting in listening to more!

Always and Forever by Eternal

Published November 23, 2019

Always and Forever by Eternal

This debut album from Eternal plunges you straight into the 90s and it’s wonderful. There are a few stand out tracks on there, particularly Just a Step from Heaven, alongside a couple of well-done covers, but mostly it’s just those great pre-millennium pop beats.

Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow

Published May 4, 2019

Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow

I really liked this album. I didn’t know I was a Sheryl fan but I knew more of the songs than I thought I did. It’s quite hard to pin down the genre, it’s definitely country but it feels like a cross-over, like Shania but far less poppy. It’s more like country-rock, but even then that doesn’t quite fit. I don’t know but whatever it is, I liked it and it’ll be one I can listen to over and again.

Debut by Björk

Published March 7, 2016

Debut by Björk

Was scared of listening to this one, because, you know, Björk. But I actually loved it. Great instruments, a real ear for the sound of things, and some fun lyrics too. Violently happy, after all.