#301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

This is Manu Chao’s second solo album, but my first. I came across him from attending WOMAD festival in 2002, the summer after my girlfriend and I returned from our two-year round-the-world trip and were trying to recapture the freedom and joie de vivre by buying a campervan. Definitely a good move at a music … Continue reading #301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

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#1072 Radiohead – Amnesiac

I was on the other side of the world travelling in Indonesia when Radiohead released Kid A, which was kind of annoying, having waited 3 years for a follow up from my favourite contemporary band to then miss all the hoo-hah. It wasn’t until I arrived in Australia and Amnesia was released 6 months later … Continue reading #1072 Radiohead – Amnesiac

#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

#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

#566 George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (Chailly & Bollani)

Rhapsody in Blue is without doubt one of the defining classical works of the 20th century, and possibly the defining work of American classical music. It was as ground-breaking as the Rite of Spring, albeit in different ways, and although it caused no riots at its premiere there were plenty of detractors from this self-proclaimed … Continue reading #566 George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (Chailly & Bollani)

#1114 R.E.M. – Eponymous

Eponymous is essentially a singles collection from R.E.M.’s first five albums for I.R.S. Fortunately, it doesn’t come across as a contractual arrangement, or a desperate attempt by the record company to grab more royalties, but a worthy and worthwhile addition to R.E.M.’s back catalogue. I used to own this on cassette, with this particular vinyl … Continue reading #1114 R.E.M. – Eponymous