#780 Madonna – Ray of Light

This is the singer’s seventh album, appearing after quite a gap in which she treaded water for a while releasing a compilation of ballads and the Evita soundtrack. It’s not the first where she self-consciously reinvents herself, borrowing and remoulding in her own image musical and cultural trends of the time (see also: Vogue from … Continue reading #780 Madonna – Ray of Light

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#832 Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion

I had assumed that this was Mika’s debut, but apparently not, its just his first major label release and the point of entry with the general public. Coming as it did, soon after the disco camp niche carved out by the Scissor Sisters, it landed well with a British public in 2007 keen for optimism … Continue reading #832 Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion

#781 Madonna – The Immaculate Collection

I’m not a massive Madonna fan, or even a medium-sized one, but I don’t think anyone can profess to love popular music without recognising her importance and gender and genre-busting influence. She’s the 4th most commercially successful music artist ever (behind The Beatles, Elvis and Jackson) and is far and away the most successful female … Continue reading #781 Madonna – The Immaculate Collection

#1374 Various Artists – Electric: The Very Best of Electronic, New Wave & Synth

This is the second of a two CD 1980s electro-synth pop compilation, or Level 2 as they like to call it. The first one has already popped up on the randometer a few months back. Its much the same as the first, a brilliant 2 CD, 40 song selection of the toppest of the poppest … Continue reading #1374 Various Artists – Electric: The Very Best of Electronic, New Wave & Synth

#510 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome

Crash! Bang! Wallop! Frankie Goes To Hollywood (the name taken from a newspaper headline about Frank Sinatra) burst onto the British pop scene in an explosion of glitter and leather. A debut number one album. Three consecutive number one singles, an iconic T-shirt marketing campaign, a uniquely memorably moment of broadcasting history when their debut … Continue reading #510 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome