“You’ll never pass beyond the gate if you don’t hear my warning”: Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006)

Americana: "contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. While acoustic instruments are often present and vital, Americana also often … Continue reading “You’ll never pass beyond the gate if you don’t hear my warning”: Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006)

“Out of the engine came a flame with a name. It burned up my mind and it made me insane”: Masters Of Reality – Masters of Reality (1988)

Another largely overlooked album here.  This one being Masters Of Reality's self-titled debut.  Often referred to as The Blue Garden on account of John Leamy's painting, it's an alternative rock masterpiece and one of my absolute favourites (so much so that I paid £36 for a CD copy once upon a time!).  Like Burning Tree's … Continue reading “Out of the engine came a flame with a name. It burned up my mind and it made me insane”: Masters Of Reality – Masters of Reality (1988)

“Staring at the stars wondering what it’d be like to get to go that far”: Burning Tree – Burning Tree (1990)

I picked this one up recently cause it was £4.99 on Discogs and I've been looking to add this long forgotten album to my record collection.  It's strange when you listen to albums like this.  Y'know, the type that are largely ignored and become forgotten until, in 2121, the Indiana Jones of record digging uncovers it … Continue reading “Staring at the stars wondering what it’d be like to get to go that far”: Burning Tree – Burning Tree (1990)

“I found the simple life ain’t so simple”: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

Van Halen are a band that I never paid any attention to.  Overlooked them completely, to be quite honest.  I knew Jump and part of me even liked it, but it was no more than a novelty really.  Big keyboards and guitars, flourescent lights, cocaine smiles and long hair.  That was my opinion on that … Continue reading “I found the simple life ain’t so simple”: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

“Prehistoric phenomenon”: Headless Kross – Volumes (2015)

I never much liked metal or any of the prefixes, suffixes, genres or sub-genres.  Especially the stuff with the screaming.  Lordy, that's always been a bit too much for me.  However, despite my dislike of metal, I started to really dig the whole 'doom' thing about ten years ago after discovering the awesome sounds of … Continue reading “Prehistoric phenomenon”: Headless Kross – Volumes (2015)

“Save us, Jesus, save us”: The Doors – Strange Days (1967)

I didn't really dig The Doors when I first heard them.  I remember giving them a cursory listen as a 'grunge' soaked teenager and I was all "eh? say what?"  All that jazzy rock nonsense just didn't resonate with me.  I didn't want disillusionment and angst shrouded in poetic mystery!  I wanted it enveloped in … Continue reading “Save us, Jesus, save us”: The Doors – Strange Days (1967)

“What a guy, what a fool am I, to think my breaking heart could kid the moon”: Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours (1955)

Among the cassettes and LPs my old man owned was a Frank Sinatra compilation.  A double cassette thing spanning a fair chunk of his career.  One of those with his portrait (not my father's, but Sinatra's).  That cassette is where my interest in Sinatra came from.  Many years later I bought a CD compilation of … Continue reading “What a guy, what a fool am I, to think my breaking heart could kid the moon”: Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours (1955)

“Who set you free? Believing that you just weren’t trying hard enough?”: Richard Buckner – Surrounded (2013)

I first heard Richard Buckner in 1999.  A friend had given me a loan of Bloomed.  An album he hadn't actually bought.  See, what happened, he explained, was that he'd bought a Peter Bruntnell album.  However, at some point after handing that CD to the dude at the till and the dude handing him a bag … Continue reading “Who set you free? Believing that you just weren’t trying hard enough?”: Richard Buckner – Surrounded (2013)