#1118 Josh Ritter – Hello Starling

I don’t know much about Josh Ritter, this is the only album of his that I own. And I don’t recall what prompted me to buy it. It could be from a CD compilation that a friend of mine put together which he called ‘Americana’. I don’t know what’s happened to that CD, I probably … Continue reading #1118 Josh Ritter – Hello Starling

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#731 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin arrived with a crash landing, much like the Hindenburg zeppelin that inspired their name and features on the cover of their 1969 debut. One of the first supergroups, formed from the ashes of the Yardbirds and the burgeoning Band of Joy, they planted a massive kick up the arse of British blues-rock and … Continue reading #731 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

#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

#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