#691 Jethro Tull – Aqualung

This is 35 years and musical worlds away from Joanna Newsom in terms of casual listening, but not so far in practice. A classical instrument played by the lead singer (Ian Anderson’s flute to Newsom’s harp), a folkish background, and a complex, intellectual set of lyrics; here, a fierce yet articulate deconstruction of Christianity. This … Continue reading #691 Jethro Tull – Aqualung

#755 Led Zeppelin – IV

Oh my lordy. Epic. Majestic. Essential. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I heard this – 13, 14, 15? But it fair blew my mind. I had it first on cassette, copied from a friend of my brother’s. It introduced me to the world of blues, as well as pure rock and … Continue reading #755 Led Zeppelin – IV

#1217 Elliott Smith – Figure 8

Elliott Smith was a troubled troubadour who nowadays may be most well known for his unconventional death in 2003. He stabbed himself in the heart, that takes some doing, however suicidal one might feel. (Or did he?) The signs of angst and depression were there long before, although this album, his last, is arguably his … Continue reading #1217 Elliott Smith – Figure 8

#415 Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde

This is a masterpiece, there’s no two ways about it. Arguably Dylan’s greatest, the triumphant trumpet fanfare of the triumvirate of Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and then Blonde on Blonde. This is a sprawling, inventive, surreal, rocking, witty, erudite and generous double album. To open with the stoned cold brilliance Rainy … Continue reading #415 Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde