#259 Kate Bush – The Kick Inside

Kate Bush is Prog. Progressive pop, art rock, whatever you want to call it, she has pushed the envelope of popular music, turned it inside out, filed it away in the drawer for several years, and then blown everyone away again with her prescience and presence. Much has been said about her debut, released one … Continue reading #259 Kate Bush – The Kick Inside

#624 Guillemots – Through The Window Pane

Intelligent chamber pop for the noughties. This is the Guillemots’ (or gUiLLeMoTs as they style themselves) debut full-length album, and it’s rather lovely. It contains the standout tracks from their earlier EP From the Cliffs, Trains to Brazil and Made-Up Lovesong #43 which they also released as singles, the latter seeing their best chart placing … Continue reading #624 Guillemots – Through The Window Pane

#130 Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap

This is a great album, and for many (including myself) their entry point into the distinctive, delightful and deceptively dark world of Belle & Sebastian. It’s not necessarily a significant leap forward from their debut Tigermilk but it appeared around the same time that word of mouth had spread sufficiently for them to be namechecked … Continue reading #130 Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap

#952 Ooberman – Carried Away

“Ooberman were a rather good psychedelic indie folk pop band active from 1998 to 2006.” This is the description in the ‘About’ section on the band’s FaceBook page. An accurate one-line summary. Ooberman were really rather good and I adored their first album, The Magic Treehouse and the track Shorley Wall, first heard in 1998 … Continue reading #952 Ooberman – Carried Away

#834 Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell

The pop-epic that is Bat Out Of Hell somehow passed me by. You’d think I’d been avoiding it deliberately given that it’s one of the greatest selling albums of all time. In the UK it’s never been out of the charts, behind only Rumours and Dark Side of the Moon for longevity. But my ownership … Continue reading #834 Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell

#889 Alison Moyet – The Turn

The original Adele, Ms Moyet has a fantastic voice – soulful, bluesy, a powerful female voice always sung in her local vernacular rather than adopting an Americanised twang like many of her British and Irish contemporaries. This album, her 7th, is not forging any new ground but then neither would you expect or want it … Continue reading #889 Alison Moyet – The Turn

#94 The Beach Boys – The SMiLE Sessions

The Beach Boys’ SMiLE, intended as their follow-up to Pet Sounds, but abandoned in 1967, achieved iconic status as the most infamous unreleased album ever. That is, until Brian Wilson re-recorded his own version, released in 2004. That record popped up on my randometer back in October 2018. There were of course multiple bootlegged versions … Continue reading #94 The Beach Boys – The SMiLE Sessions

#712 Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy

This is classic Elton. Mid-Seventies, full of bravado and bombast yet graced with enough humility and empathy to genuinely move the listener. It’s a concept album of sorts, an autobiographical storytelling in song of the rags to riches rise of John and Taupin as songsmiths extraordinaire. By 1975 he had released nine studio albums, a … Continue reading #712 Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy