Rediscover Radiohead – The Bends I've read quite a lot of articles recently as The Bends by Radiohead is 20 years old this year.  It has always been an album that I've loved and it was the one that got me into listening to them as a band in the first place.  I didn't think too much about it (apart from how old it made me feel) until a friend of mine sent me a lovely message this week... >>
Tracks The Beatles – Rain Share Having been reared on 1962-1966 (aka The Red Album), and 1967-1970 (aka The Red Album), I took the path of least resistance and started my own Beatles album collection … >>
Tracks The Sundays – Wild Horses Share Not only was I one day out with my Pulp post yesterday, but I also managed to mess up a pleasing horse-sequence I had lined up. After Saturday's horses … >>
Tracks Supergrass – Pumping on Your Stereo Share With their cheeky kids "n" escapades debut I Should Coco, and the success of "Alright" (a number 2 hit in the summer of 1995), Supergrass have since been often … >>
Divine Comedy Day The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse Share The obvious reference point for the title is the long-forgotten début album Fanfare for the Comic Muse. The truth, as so often is the case with The Divine Comedy, … >>
Divine Comedy Day The Divine Comedy – Absent Friends Share After Regeneration sadly, mystifyingly failed to have the intended impact, Neil Hannon broke up the band, toured with Ben Folds (the two performing extra-special covers of classics such as … >>
Divine Comedy Day The Divine Comedy – Regeneration Share Maybe if just the music had changed... After Fin de Siècle, The Divine Comedy moved from Setanta, their label home for five albums, and joined Parlophone. For Regeneration they … >>
Tracks Morrissey – The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get Share What’s to hate about Morrissey, really? He’s puckish and mischievous, but he’s pretty harmless. When he pops out from his LA home now, it’s usually just to say something … >>
Reviews Morrissey – Your Arsenal Share It’s a curious sensation, reviewing an album I know so well. Normally I find I have to listen about a dozen times to make sure I’ve caught the hooks … >>
Tracks Radiohead – No Surprises Share One of the best sounding albums of the 90s, expanding on the sound of The Bends, and taking Radiohead into galaxies new, leaving Pablo Honey all but a distant … >>
Tracks Graham Coxon – Bittersweet Bundle of Misery Share The second single from the Blur guitarist's fifth and most successful solo album, "Bittersweet Bundle of Misery" is a treasure chest of riffs and pieces that remind you of … >>
Tracks The Sundays – Goodbye Share It's the lovely Harriet Wheeler again. If you don't think she has just the most beautiful voice, you might want to consider booking an appointment with your local ear … >>
Tracks EMF – I Believe I believe, do you? Here’s the Forest of Dean’s finest, the Epsom Mad Funkers, with a song written by future Beyoncé and Florence and The Machine collaborator Ian Dench. >>
Tracks 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 … >>
Tracks 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 … >>