#168 Bombay Bicycle Club – I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose

Brilliant name for a band, although disappointingly, they sing neither about Bombay nor Bicycles in this, their 2009 debut album. I love the opening, with its wash of guitars on the instrumental intro Emergency Contraception Blues, which runs straight into Lamplight and Jack Steadman’s unusual (distinctive/unpleasant?) voice. There’s nothing radically new or different on here, … Continue reading #168 Bombay Bicycle Club – I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose


#340 The Coral – The Invisible Invasion

This is The Coral’s fourth album and it sounds pretty similar to Nos 1-3, although nothing has yet to beat their debut (imho) for its sheer exuberance and bring-it-on quirky charm. I get a cinematic sense of menace from some of the tracks on this album, which I rather like (being into that sort of … Continue reading #340 The Coral – The Invisible Invasion

#636 Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix In The West

I first heard this record when I borrowed it from Norwich City Library (the one that burnt down) when I discovered Hendrix at the age of 15 or 16 and tried to get my hands on anything I could to hear more of his amazing playing. I recorded it onto tape cassette, as you do … Continue reading #636 Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix In The West

#631 The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

Arguably one of the most creatively dynamic, musically mould-breaking, and multi-genre influencing debut rock albums of all time. I bought my LP copy when I was about 15 or 16 from the much-loved and much-missed Andy’s Records in Norwich. My slice of vinyl is the 1980 German stereo reissue of the UK release. Not to … Continue reading #631 The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

#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

#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