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
I’m not a huge Cocteau Twins fan, which is probably an error. That’s not to say I don’t like them, I like this very much, but I don’t know much of their output beyond this classic album. I first heard the Cocteau Twins because their Pitch The Baby track was included in a sampler cassette … Continue reading #318 Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas
I confess I’ve probably only listened to this a couple of times since I bought it. Shame on me, since it’s really rather good, when you’re in the mood for this sort of thing. I remember he was everywhere in the UK around 2007-08, although Steve (as I’m sure he’s just known to his friends) … Continue reading #1142 Seasick Steve – I Started Out With Nothin and I Still Got Most of it Left