This is no ordinary album review section, this is a game and it has rules. They are as follows:
Mr C and I have one album choice each per week for 50 weeks of the year. The remaining two weeks are used to ponder best ofs and top fives and other annual round-ups.
I can only select an album that has been released within the current year or the previous one, and I am usually tracking current releases where I can.
Mr C has the rest of musical history to choose from. So when a new year rolls over, all the albums I didn’t get to as part of my remit suddenly fall into his playground instead.
What makes an album? Well, yes exactly.
We’re going for the following: Must be an album and not an EP, mixtape, or playlist. (It is getting increasingly hard to distinguish between some of these.) Must not be a greatest hits. The point of this game in the first place was to prove that an album is a distinct finely-crafted body of work. Mustn’t be an album full of covers. Couple of covers here and there are okay but I’m looking at you Weezer. An album of collaborations is fine, as long as they’re not all covers, Tom Jones.