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Album review R.E.M. - Accelerate Share What makes Accelerate a great album is not just that it followed the largely unremarkable, humdrum and painfully middle of the road Around The Sun, and followed it by … >>
Track of the Day Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind Share There’s a brilliance and a genius at the heart of the Pet Shop Boys that for whatever reason some people didn’t like to acknowledge. In the music, the art … >>
Album review R.E.M. - Around The Sun Share It's safe to say that Around The Sun is the one R.E.M. album that would be the easiest to lose forever. Once you get past its first single and … >>
Album review R.E.M. - Automatic For The People Share After the introduction of so many slower songs in Green, and the mostly becalmed, acoustic, mandolined Out of Time some observers were expecting R.E.M. to follow-up by turning again, … >>
Tracks of my years The Jam - Beat Surrender Beat Surrender replaces the organ of Town Called Malice with a piano and throws an enormous pile of horns on top. It’s one last hurrah for a band departing, many felt, prematurely. >>
Tracks of my years ABBA - Dancing Queen With its Disco beat and signature ABBA craft, Dancing Queen perfectly captures the fleeting euphoria of the dancefloor - "having the time of your life" - not to mention the misconceptions shared by many out there - "you can dance, you can jive"; it unites everyone, while giving each their own dream. >>
Track of the Day Beats International - Dub Be Good To Me Share “A new decade”, sang The Verve, curiously waiting until it was halfway over before calling it, “the radio plays the sounds we made, and everything seems to feel just … >>
Track of the Day The Specials - Ghost Town Share Practically defining bleakness, in the summer of 1981 "Ghost Town" catalogued a disaffected and angry youth amid depressing and thoroughly depressed surrounds (in the words of Michael Bracewell: "the … >>
Track of the Day Eddy Grant - I Don’t Wanna Dance Share As it's the 60th birthday of the charts today, here's a super-special bonus post. The singles chart was invented by the NME in 1962 when they rang around a … >>
Track of the Day Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone Share For a short time every year you can sweep up any old offcuts you have lying around on the studio floor, use "Christmas" a few times in the lyric … >>
Album review R.E.M. - Monster Share In nature, generally speaking, smaller animals tend to have a higher metabolic rate, and live shorter, more hectic lives than bigger creatures. To put it another way, the light … >>
Album review R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi Share After the fairly uncompromising rock of Monster, on their 1996 album New Adventures in Hi-Fi R.E.M. recaptured some of the variety and creativity of earlier albums. Largely recorded on … >>