#248 Jeff Buckley – Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk

In some ways this album is just as astonishing as his debut and only studio album, Grace, It demonstrates his ongoing development as an artist, his perfectionism as well as his creative spontaneity. Its compilation was overseen by his mother and record label, and released almost a year to the day of his tragic death … Continue reading #248 Jeff Buckley – Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk

#439 Electrelane – The Power Out

If the Velvet Underground has been an all-female band hailing from Brighton, singing songs in English, French, Spanish and German on subject matter ranging from Nietzsche to Radclyffe Hall to Siegfried Sassoon then they would have sounded pretty much like this. Music-wise this album is not quite so eclectic as the lyrical content, with a … Continue reading #439 Electrelane – The Power Out

#549 Gang Of Four – A Brief History of the Twentieth Century

 If it’s post-punk political funk you want, it doesn’t get any better than this. Gang of Four, named after China’s Gang of Four of the Cultural Revolution in the late 60s-70s, wear their political left-learnings on their sleeve, their song lyrics dealing with the destructive failings of capitalism (Capital (It Fails Us Now) and To … Continue reading #549 Gang Of Four – A Brief History of the Twentieth Century

#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

#56 The Avalanches – Wildflower

There were 16 years between The Avalanches debut masterpiece, Since I Left You, and this follow up released in 2016. I’d love to be able to say it was worth the wait, but as fun and self-assured this is as a summery slightly psychedelic sample-based danceable album, they were probably best to have left Since … Continue reading #56 The Avalanches – Wildflower