#808 Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily

I was vaguely aware of the 10,000 Maniacs – you couldn’t forget a band with a name like that - but knew little of their output expect the single Like The Weather from their 1987 album, so when I first heard one of the tracks from this album and discovered it was the same vocalist, … Continue reading #808 Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily

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#1222 Angus & Julia Stone – A Book Like This

This is nice indie folky pop, with close harmonies and acoustic guitars. It’s the debut record from the Australian brother and sister duo, released in 2007. Sometimes its hard to tell which one is singing on which song, their vocals sound so similar, but Julia often has an (at times annoying) whiny twang akin to … Continue reading #1222 Angus & Julia Stone – A Book Like This

#1382 Various Artists – Fill Your Head With Rock

This double album compilation is a sequel to the CBS Rock Machine compilations, which I first discovered in my Aunt’s record collection when I lived with her in Scotland for a while before starting university. That was a formative time in so many respects, and the gradual exploration of her fair-sized record collection was a … Continue reading #1382 Various Artists – Fill Your Head With Rock

#1329 KT Tunstall – Eye To The Telescope

This is a bright bouncing bonnie debut, one that drips confidence and displays a new talent. Tunstall comes across strong as a young but accomplished musician, and a serious songwriter. I, like many others no doubt, first came across her performing Black Horse And The Cherry Tree on Later with Jools Holland, where she played … Continue reading #1329 KT Tunstall – Eye To The Telescope

#1114 R.E.M. – Eponymous

Eponymous is essentially a singles collection from R.E.M.’s first five albums for I.R.S. Fortunately, it doesn’t come across as a contractual arrangement, or a desperate attempt by the record company to grab more royalties, but a worthy and worthwhile addition to R.E.M.’s back catalogue. I used to own this on cassette, with this particular vinyl … Continue reading #1114 R.E.M. – Eponymous