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Noel Gallagher - Who Built The Moon? (2017)

It was time for a change of direction and Gallagher successfully delivers it on Who Built the Moon?, his third ‘solo’ studio album, released on 24 November 2017.   Gallagher himself noted the need for a new direction in a recent interview “I don’t know how far I can take [my usual approach] anymore. You can do songs [that...

Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970)

Let’s put ourselves in the moment. It’s 1970, and everything is full of colour and hippie cheer, everyone wanted to go to San Francisco with a flower in their hair, the recently created festivals were all overflowing with world peace and love, hallucinogens and psychedelia...when suddenly four guys appear on the scene from Birmingham with...

The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man (1965)

It was a completely iconic and influential debut. The Byrds were a group of folk singers (Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, and Gene Clark) who had gone nuts after seeing the movie A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles. Together they would blend the music of the Fab Four with Bob Dylan lyrics creating in this attempt what would became known as folk rock....

Bob Seger - I Knew You When (2017)

It’s been almost 40 years since Old Time Rock and Roll became the soundtrack for a generation of Americans, and its legendary author Bob Seger was their ‘pied piper. His new release I Knew You When, in November of this year, shows he still hones his craft in much the same way, although he’s a little older now, he hasn’t lost his...

Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black (2017)

If All I Was Was Black is the third collaboration between the legendary soul/gospel singer Mavis Staples and the leader of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy. It is the first time that Tweedy has taken responsibility for composing all the material (although on three of the tracks with the help of Staples herself), but it seems clear that he has done it with...

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

At the end of April 1967, with Sgt. Pepper's recently finished but not yet released, Paul McCartney had an idea for a new Beatles project, a film that focused on the coach journeys that they made as children in the north of England, the ‘mystery trips’ in which the destiny was unknown. It is clear that it being 1967, and with LSD...

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland (1968)

Electric Ladyland was the definite explotion of Jimi Hendrix, the moment when he realised that his talent couldn’t be contained in the three minute songs format his producer (and discoverer) Chas Chandler, wanted to keep. The recording of this record was an orgy of creativity, splashed with drugs and invited guests, recorded in the wee hours of...

Metallica - Master of Puppets (1986)

Metallica was like a gift from heaven for the world of metal, a kind of bastard child of the riffs of Black Sabbath and the speed of Motörhead. The mastery of playing in the compact way of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Cliff Burton on Master of Puppets is, quite simply, brutal. If Ride the Lightning was the record on which they...

Morrissey - Low In High School (2017)

Morrissey's eleventh full length solo album, Low in High School delivers a series of snarling, anti-establishment driven alternative rock songs, typical of the former Smiths’ frontman.    Released on 17 November, the album art for this LP makes the content of the record obvious, with a young boy standing...

James Gang - Rides Again (1970)

One particular genre that had American bands playing catch-up to the Brits in the late 60s  was hard rock. While the English were putting out monsters like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, American ‘equivalents’ amounted to the likes of Bloodrock and Grand Funk Railroad. Part of the problem was a misunderstanding of what hard rock was, a) a...

Robert Plant - Carry Fire (2017)

Robert Plant is one of the greats of rock that is aging with dignity and class, knowing that his voice is no longer for singing Whole Lotta Love or Immigrant Song, he  has found a way to adapt to it with the expertise that has always been with him. Delighted with his new tone and search for the roots, without forgetting to look at the future,...

R.E.M. - Automatic For The People (1992)

R.E.M.’s eighth album came when the boys from Athens became global rock stars on the heels of their success with Out of Time. But instead of following that vein they decided to make a more somber, intimate record. A record on which the ballads play a major role and the lovely voice of Michael Stipe is especially brilliant. It is the least direct...

Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine (1992)

In 1992, when the debut album of Rage Against The Machine appeared, the world saw that rap and metal mixed perfectly, as they had seen a couple of years earlier with Public Enemy and Anthrax. Furthermore, throw in the fact that Tom Morello took the electric guitar sound a step further, just as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen had done before,...

Cream - Disraeli Gears (1967)

In July of 1966 Eric Clapton left John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, when he was replaced by the great Peter Green, and hooked up with the 2 musicians who, like him, had been named the  best on their instruments by an English music magazine, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. The name they chose showed that the `power trio’ were full of...

Annie Clark / St. Vincent - Masseduction (2017)

It is not easy to get a handle on Annie Clark, aka St Vincent.   On this occasion, Clark has again taken another leap into the dark with her new album, Masseduction, released on 13th October. Specifically, for example, she has thrown her long-time fans a curveball by largely eschewing guitars for drum machines, pianos and synths....

Ringo Starr - Give More Love (2017)

Ringo Starr is back with friends and his All Starrs on his latest effort Give More Love, released in September of this year. It is his 19th studio record since the Beatles broke up, something quite extraordinary since he was considered the least of the Fab Four to get anywhere after the split. Often derided as talentless and juvenile, he certainly...

George Harrison - Cloud Nine (1987)

Cloud Nine represented the return of George Harrison after the early 80s’ period in which he had released the weakest albums of his career. He had semi-retired because he was tired of the bad reviews that Gone Troppo had received and bitter about John Lennon’s death in December 1980. By the time this album appeared Harrison had gone five...

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (1970)

Cosmo’s Factory was the 5th record released in 2 years by Creedence. But instead of being logically exhausted, it was a moment of glory for the band. John Fogerty returns as the main man, composing all the original songs on the record, providing one of the most gravely voices in rock history, and being the lead guitarist. As he once declared in...

Van Morrison - Roll With The Punches (2017)

Born in 1945, a shipyard worker’s son, raised listening to country, blues, and gospel, a young Van Morrison was a traveling musician at 13 playing the guitar and sax in several bands until he formed Them in 1964. And now 53 years later, with 37 albums on the shelf, 2 Grammy Awards, an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (‘93), Knighted...