#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

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#923 Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals

Ocean Colour Scene are so not cool. It’s become cool to diss them, and that was even at the time of their brief shot of fame shortly after the ridiculous media-manipulated Blur v Oasis battle. I love the fact this this rocked up on the randometer on the 1st day of the new year. Random … Continue reading #923 Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals

#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

#41 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

Arcade Fire’s second album, and arguably their best, shot them into the stadium sphere of general public consciousness for the first time. It’s an immense album in several ways, the sound and production significantly grander in scale then the first, plus it takes a widescreen view of the world tackling subjects such as the church, … Continue reading #41 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

#1329 KT Tunstall – Eye To The Telescope

This is a bright bouncing bonnie debut, one that drips confidence and displays a new talent. Tunstall comes across strong as a young but accomplished musician, and a serious songwriter. I, like many others no doubt, first came across her performing Black Horse And The Cherry Tree on Later with Jools Holland, where she played … Continue reading #1329 KT Tunstall – Eye To The Telescope