#1300 Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die

This is the CD nestling next door but one from the previous randometer pick, Ms Torrini, but is about as far as you can get in contrast sound wise. Like many of my CDs it has been stored in boxes and hidden on shelves for a long time and playing it for this review was … Continue reading #1300 Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die

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#1298 Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman

Emiliana Torrini is an interesting creature. An Icelander with Italian heritage, her first album Love in the Time of Science, was Bjork-like in its electronic trip-hop beats and bleeps. This, her second from 2005, is almost the polar opposite and is purely acoustic. Acoustic, gentle and minimalistic, not unlike Nick Drake’s delicate masterpiece, Pink Moon. … Continue reading #1298 Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman

#501 Florence + the Machine – Lungs

I first saw Florence and her machine in 2008, just after she’d released her first single Kiss With A Fist, and she was supporting MGMT. At that time, MGMT were huge, riding high on the brilliance of their debut album which seemed to capture the mid-noughties insouciance and summer vibe. The audience at that particular … Continue reading #501 Florence + the Machine – Lungs

#1095 R.E.M. – Around The Sun

This is generally regarded to be REM’s worst album (or least best, if you’re feeling generous) and it’s easy to hear why. That said, REM’s least best is usually better than most of the ‘next big thing’ indie pop albums that may be storming the charts, so these things are always relative. Relatively speaking, this … Continue reading #1095 R.E.M. – Around The Sun

#857 Alison Moyet – Singles

Alison Moyet has had several stages to her career, and I’m delighted that she’s still going strong, as evidenced by the fact that one of her more recent albums, Hometime, came up on the randometer back in October. This is her 1995 compilation covering her early 80s classics as one half of Yazoo with Vince … Continue reading #857 Alison Moyet – Singles

#1222 Angus & Julia Stone – A Book Like This

This is nice indie folky pop, with close harmonies and acoustic guitars. It’s the debut record from the Australian brother and sister duo, released in 2007. Sometimes its hard to tell which one is singing on which song, their vocals sound so similar, but Julia often has an (at times annoying) whiny twang akin to … Continue reading #1222 Angus & Julia Stone – A Book Like This