#875 Muse – Absolution

Muse are the acceptable face of hard indie rock; nice boys playing their instruments properly. You could take your mum to one of their concerts. Well, not my mum obviously, but probably your mum. But this isn’t intended as a criticism, they do play their instruments very well, and no matter how ‘hard’ and aggressive … Continue reading #875 Muse – Absolution


#323 Coldplay – Parachutes

Travelling across Asia, Australasia and beyond for two years from 2000-2002 meant that a missed many cultural phenomena that were gripping my home country of the U.K. In particular: the season finale of The X Files, Big Brother, the first few Harry Potter books and Coldplay. Having arrived in Australia in October 2000 to live … Continue reading #323 Coldplay – Parachutes

#654 Natalie Imbruglia – Left Of The Middle

This is a really good pop album. You’d expect it to be, it sold 7 million copies and led to three Grammy nominations. Not merely another Australian soap star trying to cash in on TV fame by recording someone else’s pop songs, Imbruglia can really sing, and has co-writing credit on all but one of … Continue reading #654 Natalie Imbruglia – Left Of The Middle

#1066 Radiohead – Hail To The Thief

Released in 2003, this album was described by critics at the time as ‘a return to form’ and ‘still not as good as OK Computer’. (I made that last quote up, but let's face it, how could anyone top that?) This is certainly a return to more familiar guitar-based territory than their previous two albums … Continue reading #1066 Radiohead – Hail To The Thief

#144 Bjork – Biophilia

Delightful for the randometer to have thrown up two Bjork albums so close together yet residing at opposite ends of her career. Not that she’s showing any signs of stopping soon or even slowing down; I get the feeling Bjork’s only just getting started. This is three albums back, released in 2011, and not merely … Continue reading #144 Bjork – Biophilia

#1281 – Tegan & Sara – So Jealous

Tegan and Sara are two identical twins from Canada. This is their breakthrough album from 2004. Ten years later they were responsible for a strong contender for the catchiest pop song ever, Everything is Awesome for the Lego Movie. A song which, once it’s stuck in your head, will burrow itself into your brain like … Continue reading #1281 – Tegan & Sara – So Jealous