#1300 Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die

This is the CD nestling next door but one from the previous randometer pick, Ms Torrini, but is about as far as you can get in contrast sound wise. Like many of my CDs it has been stored in boxes and hidden on shelves for a long time and playing it for this review was … Continue reading #1300 Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die

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#1298 Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman

Emiliana Torrini is an interesting creature. An Icelander with Italian heritage, her first album Love in the Time of Science, was Bjork-like in its electronic trip-hop beats and bleeps. This, her second from 2005, is almost the polar opposite and is purely acoustic. Acoustic, gentle and minimalistic, not unlike Nick Drake’s delicate masterpiece, Pink Moon. … Continue reading #1298 Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman

#441 Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges – Back To Back & Side By Side

This is another of my Grumpa’s records, a Verve Special Performance (or Very Special Price) like the double-sided Oscar Peterson LP that came up on the randometer a few weeks ago. This double repackages two albums that Ellington (pianist and band-master extraordinaire) and Hodges (alto-sax icon) collaborated on together, firstly Back to Back, and then … Continue reading #441 Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges – Back To Back & Side By Side

#301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

This is Manu Chao’s second solo album, but my first. I came across him from attending WOMAD festival in 2002, the summer after my girlfriend and I returned from our two-year round-the-world trip and were trying to recapture the freedom and joie de vivre by buying a campervan. Definitely a good move at a music … Continue reading #301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

#501 Florence + the Machine – Lungs

I first saw Florence and her machine in 2008, just after she’d released her first single Kiss With A Fist, and she was supporting MGMT. At that time, MGMT were huge, riding high on the brilliance of their debut album which seemed to capture the mid-noughties insouciance and summer vibe. The audience at that particular … Continue reading #501 Florence + the Machine – Lungs