#875 Muse – Absolution

Muse are the acceptable face of hard indie rock; nice boys playing their instruments properly. You could take your mum to one of their concerts. Well, not my mum obviously, but probably your mum. But this isn’t intended as a criticism, they do play their instruments very well, and no matter how ‘hard’ and aggressive … Continue reading #875 Muse – Absolution

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#1138 Santana – Greatest Hits

My introduction to Santana was via his 1999 ‘comeback’ album Supernatural, which was playing absolutely everywhere when I was doing a 2 year round-the-world trip. And I mean everywhere – every Goan beach café, every Bangkok internet hangout, every Malaysian cheap hotel, even the Singaporean taxis (although the first taxi I got into after arriving … Continue reading #1138 Santana – Greatest Hits

#939 Pavement – Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement

I came to Pavement late via their 1999 Terror Twilight album which turned out to be their last, followed ten years later by this compilation covering their slanted and enchanted history from 1989 to 1999. Clearly that marks me out as not being a true fan, merely passing through, and subject to the same amount … Continue reading #939 Pavement – Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement

#267 Anna Calvi – Hunter

Calvi’s third album, which came out 5 months ago (the only ‘new’ music I bought last year) doesn’t break any new ground from her previous two, but is a natural consolidation of what she does best: intense atmospherics, dramatic, almost operatic at times, vocals, and storming guitar licks. There’s a gothic melodrama to her music, … Continue reading #267 Anna Calvi – Hunter

#1518 The White Stripes – Elephant

There was a lot of hoo-hah around The White Stripes at the fin de siècle, and they seemed to encompass our collective cultural consciousness of millennium-fuelled paranoia and petulance, knowingness and naïveté with a raw au naturel back to basic blues. I was a bit slow on the uptake (never having been one to ride … Continue reading #1518 The White Stripes – Elephant

#670 Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights

A claustrophobic wash of chiming guitars, a brooding and moody rhythm section, a melancholic white male vocalist. Check, check, and check. It’s Joy Division by numbers. Except it’s not really. It’s an easy and obvious comparison, and one that was thrown at Interpol a lot for this, their debut album from 2002. You don’t have … Continue reading #670 Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights