This is American folk rock from Texas signed to the British label Bella Union, and Midlake make the kind of soft light-indie song-led rock you’d expect from a band signed to Bella Union. That’s not meant to sound disparaging, I own and listen to much of their catalogue output. This is extremely comforting music, effortlessly … Continue reading #830 Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther
This album is often considered to be ‘lesser’ than the rest of Cave’s recent oeuvre. I don’t think so. I much prefer it to Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! and think it’s rather underrated and contains not only some great individual songs, but as an album appears to be a junction box of the various fuses Nick … Continue reading #298 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Nocturama
Six exclamation marks Nick! Really? Six! Well if there was ever a man who could get away with flouting grammatical conventions, it's Nick Cave. This, remarkably, is his 14th studio album with the Bad Seeds. That of course doesn't include the five as part of The Birthday Party and Boys Next Door, the two as … Continue reading #292 Nick Cave – Dig, Lazarus Dig!!!
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
This is the sound of the apocalypse. The album opens with the tolling of bells, leading us into the eye of the storm, with an onslaught of guitars and drums heralding the end times. No Words/No Thoughts roars with a dark nihilistic energy. I love it. Swans were a new band for me when I … Continue reading #1266 Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
This ‘American Recordings’ series of albums, masterminded by producer Rick Rubin, explores a wide range of covers and classics during Johnny Cash’s autumnal years, and was hugely successful, both critically and commercially. I was a bit late to the party and bought this one on its release solely on the strengths of his incredible and … Continue reading #288 Johnny Cash – American IV : The Man Comes Around
Oh my goodness. This album on cassette was one of the first albums jointly owned by my brother and I in our pre-teen years. I have no idea where we got it from; its possible, but unlikely that our parents owned it, or more likely acquired it, but it was the ONLY music, other than … Continue reading #896 Olivia Newton-John – Greatest Hits