#1088 Radiohead – Pablo Honey

I remember clearly when I first heard Creep, Radiohead’s breakthrough single, the millstone around their neck ever since, and the undisputed highlight from this, their 1993 debut album. It was in the kitchen of the first student house I shared at university in Leicester. There should be a plaque on the wall outside, for whilst … Continue reading #1088 Radiohead – Pablo Honey

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#1205 Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002)

Patti Smith, the punk poet laureate; there’s no one else quite like her. She stands alone yet has influenced many: from PJ Harvey to Peaches. Rock and Roll and women in rock wouldn’t be the same without her. This compilation is as idiosyncratic as she is, covering a generous 30 songs over 2 CDs and … Continue reading #1205 Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002)

#322 Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head

This album kicks off with banging drums and crashing cymbals and is a clear announcement that they mean business. As in the ‘lets sell shit-loads of records’ business. It’s a significant step up from their debut Parachutes. The opener Politik is a good example of what has become typical of the Coldplay playbook: chiming repetitive … Continue reading #322 Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head

#1100 R.E.M. – Fables Of The Reconstruction

R.E.M’s third album, and a world away from Around The Sun. If it wasn’t for Stipe’s vocals you wouldn’t recognise them as the same band. Clearly, this is a far better album than the latter, but I’m not a massive fan of R.E.M. in their jangly Southern country folk rock days. It’s their forte of … Continue reading #1100 R.E.M. – Fables Of The Reconstruction

#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