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Odelay by Beck

Published March 27, 2022

Odelay by Beck

Oof, what is this album? This was in our minds because in Pam & Tommy, Mötley Crüe were annoyed when they got bumped for Beck, so why not follow up a week of listening to their album with a week of listening to his? I do wish I hadn’t. It’s not bad stuff, really, but it’s all mixed up and completely all over the place. One minute you’re listening to singer/songwriter warbling, the next you’re in some hardcore hip-hop that wouldn’t be out of place on an album out of Compton. It was jarring and ended up just being annoying… especially that last track, seriously, dude.

Blue by LeAnn Rimes

Published April 3, 2021

Blue by LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes’s debut album is an incredible work to thrust the teenager into the limelight, what a voice she has! It’s some traditional country, not quite reaching the pop-country heights of Shania Twain in the 90s, but plenty of good stuff on there. Also some slightly less good stuff - the Cattle Call song is not my cup of tea. The only real problem with the album though is that despite having a genuinely beautiful voice, at this stage, you know the singer doesn’t have the experience or emotional weight behind the vocals to back up the power of the songs. But that’ll come.

The Score by Fugees

Published September 20, 2019

The Score by Fugees

We all know Fugees are epic and this album is a classic but somehow I’d never actually listened to the full thing. I loved the music, but some of the bits and bobs around the songs weren’t quite my cup of tea. I’m always grumpy about clips and talking and radio and stuff, and there was a little too much of that for me. BUT, how can you argue with an album that has Ready or Not and Killing Me Softly on it?

Placebo by Placebo

Published September 7, 2019

Placebo by Placebo

I was expecting this to be more of a rock/punk album, all guitars and shouting, but actually it was a bit more muso than that. There was a lot of drumming, lots of musical interludes, and a variety of vocals - singing, shouting, talking, all sorts.

Alisha Rules the World by Alisha's Attic

Published July 20, 2019

Alisha Rules the World by Alisha's Attic

I don’t specifically remember listening to this album before but it all felt very familiar and it was wonderful. Obviously the two main songs stand out, Indestructible is a particular favourite but the rest of them all have that soft floating but fun pop feel that makes a distinctive vibe the stretches through the full album.

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.

Backstreet Boys by Backstreet Boys

Published June 23, 2019

Backstreet Boys by Backstreet Boys

Naturally, I know all the words to all the songs off by heart which makes them super fun to listen and sing along to. It’s a bit of a difficult one to score because I’m so close to this album that it is naturally a five, but really, objectively, there are some less-than-stellar songs on there.

Falling Into You by Céline Dion

Published June 1, 2019

Falling Into You by Céline Dion

I was a bit nervous about this one, anything that’s a bit punky or aggressive represents a challenge for me. But I actually liked it. I think I maybe didn’t take it in as much as I should have so this is one I will listen to again in future just to make sure.