#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

#412 Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home

This is an astonishing album, and one that moves away from Dylan’s folk and talkin’ blues roots. Not only is he pushing his own musical boundaries (and famously those of his audience when he first performed this album at the Newport Folk Festival) his lyrical powers are on fire here. It’s an album of two … Continue reading #412 Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home

#504 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

This may well be the most perfect pop/soft rock album ever. It’s an album very much of its time (1977) but it also transcends time and place. This was Fleetwood Mac’s 12th album, they’d already been around for 10 years, transitioning from their Peter Green-led original blues-rock British outfit into the softer, smoother, more singalongable … Continue reading #504 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours