#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


#163 Blur – Think Tank

This album plays out like the sound of a band disintegrating in real time. It’s not for nothing that the first track is entitled Ambulance, and the album closes with a ‘hidden track’ and Phil Daniels screaming “Me White Noise” over and over into the void. It’s a fitting end to arguably Blur’s oddest and … Continue reading #163 Blur – Think Tank

#99 The Beatles – Abbey Road

This is the last recorded Beatles album, and by no means their least. Unlike the White Album, recorded the year previously, it’s an album of a band never sounding more together as a band, rather than four musicians (okay maybe 3.5) who just happen to record their pet solo projects in the same studio at … Continue reading #99 The Beatles – Abbey Road

#923 Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals

Ocean Colour Scene are so not cool. It’s become cool to diss them, and that was even at the time of their brief shot of fame shortly after the ridiculous media-manipulated Blur v Oasis battle. I love the fact this this rocked up on the randometer on the 1st day of the new year. Random … Continue reading #923 Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals

#589 Gomez – Bring It On

There were a lot of great indie guitar bands in the 90s. There was a whole resurgence of pop music played on ‘proper’ instruments, perhaps as a reaction to the synth-led 80s. Gomez were one of them. In fact, still are. They’re still occasionally producing albums and have recently toured on the back of the … Continue reading #589 Gomez – Bring It On