#248 Jeff Buckley – Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk

In some ways this album is just as astonishing as his debut and only studio album, Grace, It demonstrates his ongoing development as an artist, his perfectionism as well as his creative spontaneity. Its compilation was overseen by his mother and record label, and released almost a year to the day of his tragic death … Continue reading #248 Jeff Buckley – Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk

#439 Electrelane – The Power Out

If the Velvet Underground has been an all-female band hailing from Brighton, singing songs in English, French, Spanish and German on subject matter ranging from Nietzsche to Radclyffe Hall to Siegfried Sassoon then they would have sounded pretty much like this. Music-wise this album is not quite so eclectic as the lyrical content, with a … Continue reading #439 Electrelane – The Power Out

#952 Ooberman – Carried Away

“Ooberman were a rather good psychedelic indie folk pop band active from 1998 to 2006.” This is the description in the ‘About’ section on the band’s FaceBook page. An accurate one-line summary. Ooberman were really rather good and I adored their first album, The Magic Treehouse and the track Shorley Wall, first heard in 1998 … Continue reading #952 Ooberman – Carried Away

#725 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

This has been perfect lockdown listening. Joy Division are masters of channelling isolation, despair, loneliness and a general sense of discombobulation. I’ve been feeling a bit discombobulated recently and listening to this certainly helped. It didn’t alleviate it, but it solidified it somehow, made it more tangible and that’s almost as good in these shapeshifting … Continue reading #725 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

#430 Elbow – Leaders Of The Free World

This is Elbow’s third album, where they start to find their feet. After their electronica-leaning debut Asleep in the Back, and the rockier ‘like Coldplay but better’ Cast Of Thousands, this one is rooted in a more emotional, and political, place. Guy Garvey is a great lyricist and a heartfelt, authentic singer. I particularly love … Continue reading #430 Elbow – Leaders Of The Free World