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The History of The Albums – n° 346

The Nocturnes, composed by Frederic Chopin and performed by Arthur Rubinstein is one of the most famous albums in classical music, yet one can only think that beyond the fabulous content of this work, classical music of this type and the LP format do not go very well together. This episode will therefore be dedicated to the analysis of this album but more widely to the status of classical music in the history of albums. If you are familiar with my ... read more
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Ancient Dreams In a Modern Land is not only a return to form for Marina, but on top of that it has surprised itself positively on several occasions. If we don't necessarily find the prowess of the beginnings, on the other hand we quickly forget Love+Fear.

We feel the Welsh singer-songwriter Marina reinvigorated, as some important things that were cruelly missing on her previous and disappointing album Love + Fear. First of all, this hint of madness, as well as this contagious energy as ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 345

Although according to me, Albert King does not enter the 10 most important bluesmen of the history, but at least in the top 20, one cannot dispute on the other hand the influence which it had, its atypical signature in particular by the "bending", and especially the fact that it was one of the most popular artists of the kind Blues. What is rather surprising when one thinks about it, it is that Albert King is originating from the second ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 344

The feat realized in 1967 by the Texan trio Red Krayloa/Red Crayloa demeures one of the most significant underground symbol of the Rock music. However, apart from a few famous critics, this innovative masterpiece remains very little represented, even evoked in books or in the rankings of must-have albums. Let's just say that it is an unforgivable mistake. Red Krayloa were visionaries, main actors of the Avant-Garde who have the merit to be still ... read more
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Jubilee captures the essence of delightful Chamber Pop and heartfelt Indie Pop and makes it graceful. Zauner is a master at bringing emotions to life or making them speak when they seem deeply buried, volatile in contrast.

Sometimes the choices we make explain a lot. Take for example the one I made today, which is to write about Japanese Breakfast, when Wolf Alice is releasing a new and highly anticipated album. Not because Jubilee is inherently better, because I don't know yet, but I'm ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 343

[I also recommend you to read my previous review on Duke Ellington - Money Jungle, in order to better understand the context and this one]. Undeniably passionate, this monument of music named Duke Ellington has crossed the history of Jazz, as if he had been there from the beginning to the end of the last but one revolutionary area. To imagine what this means, consider that Duke Ellington died of cancer at the age of 75 in 1974, with exactly 50 years ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 341

June 1967, dear journal,

If the main concept of History of The Albums is to be believed, Sgt Pepper's would make a great final chapter for this series, not because it is the best album of all time (because it isn't), but because it is the definition of the term "studio album format" par excellence. The glory of Sgt Pepper's is explained beyond its extraordinary musical content by the symbols it gives off. For this reason, it enjoys an ... read more
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The idea of finding Sweet Trip again was becoming endless, like a bottle in the sea. The album A Tiny House In Secret Speeches Polar Equals sounded like a mirage that we didn't want to believe, but it is real, a chance for us passionate. With some nuances, the new adventure is really fantastic, like a dream that only the Sweet Trip architects can offer us.

Hailing from San Francisco, the famous duo hadn't given us any news for about 11 years, except for a few postcards from archives dug up, ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 341

May 1967, dear diary, the day the world discovered one of the greatest Guitar Hero

While there are so many things to tell, from the crucial information to the most insignificant anecdote, it's crazy how much one faces a blank sheet of paper when writing about Jimi Hendrix, as if paralyzed by the legend he embodies. Honestly, I didn't know where to start and then I said to myself: "beyond the divine reputation he has as a guitarist, what does ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 340

April 1967, dear diary,

We are only a few months away from one of the most symbolic movements of the year known as "Summer of Love", the most important counter-culture event that will change the world forever, both socially and humanly, much like Woodstock did. One of the major bands of this event will be there, to support other phenomenon of San Francisco, Country Joe & The Fish who have just released their first album Electric ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 339

March 1967, dear diary, it's time for me to share one of the R&B treasures of this delightful year.

Legend has it that in Mississippi and Tennessee, one of the most wonderful voices in soul music resonated through Toshiba 3 Way transistors, car stereos, and on live stages in the American South. This beautiful, rocky, ultra-penetrating voice was capable of making you tremble with emotion, so much so that the shivers would invade your entire body ... read more
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Although not really very original, Scaled and Icy is an interesting "concept album" which leans on the isolation of the current pandemic but while being oriented as a window of exit towards the future and the optimism. On the other hand, Twenty One Pilots falls in their own way several times, without managing to bounce back properly, wiping the high step that Trench imposed.

Formed in Columbus in 2009 by Tyler Joseph, first as a trio and then as a duo since 2011 with the arrival of ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 338

How can one be considered as one of the greatest geniuses in the history of jazz, but still be neglected? We may think that it is paradoxical, even impossible, yet this is exactly what Thelonious Monk represents in my eyes, the ugly duckling of the pantheon of the « high farmyard » of Jazz. History has its reasons that we can't explain, while there are some who are touched by grace, others unfortunately never had this chance. ... read more
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Dr.EV4L is a nightmare in augmented reality in which you are imprisoned and of which only the glow of the twilight holds you in hope. For the occasion Young Nudy has densified his brutality of his interpretation to torture his guests and tame the slightest instrumental, in order to prepare his own meal.

Born in Atlanta, Young Nudy is one of the shadow rappers whose talent is not yet fully appreciated. Obsessed with horror movies and the archetypal gangster with a heart of stone, the young ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 337

Sunday morning,

Once upon a time there was the story of the greatest irony of all time in music, known as The Velvet Underground. A bohemian group of avant-garde artists and thinkers that no one calculated at the time, really no one. Over time, they went from being a group of enlightened artists to one of the most important and influential bands in the history of music, not by a simple change of heart or by a click, they always had it in them but ... read more
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St Vincent has the art and the way to offer an absolutely touching and very personal work but she invites you to be fully part of it, as if you were in flesh and blood propelled in deeply buried memories.

There are those who have only written a few pages or a few chapters without ever managing to keep that spark alive, and then there are those who can be counted on the fingers of one hand who go on and on without losing a grain of favour. We can for example refer to St Vincent, one of the ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 336

[I recommend you read my previous review on Aretha Franklin - episode 167 on "Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo", to better understand her life and this one].The exercise of paying tribute to a legend such as Aretha Franklin is something that is underestimated. Not because of a lack of information, on the contrary, but because it's hard to find the right words and not to repeat yourself. Imagine that we are talking about a precocious child ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 335

In the last three years of the late 1960s, jazz experienced a rather special period that can be described as an intermediate and reconstruction period for the genre. If we base ourselves, for example, solely on releases (and not recording dates), the year 1967 illustrates for the first time the concretisation of the "Pop Rock" genre as a whole, and the demotion of the Jazz genre to the background. That is to say, Jazz had largely crushed ... read more
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The History of The Albums – n° 334

The history of Baroque Pop is fascinating as it still holds a significant place in our contemporary vision, either in its original form or in its Chamber Pop offspring. Let's stop for a second and mention some key examples: Weyes Blood with Titanic Rising, Sufjan Stevens - Illinois, Arcade Fire - Funeral or Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness, albums you probably know very well. The Baroque Pop genre takes its name from the Baroque period of ... read more
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To say that there are before and after Bright Green Field is perhaps a little too hasty, yet the Brighton natives have offered us an absolutely brilliant experience from start to finish that will be remembered for years to come. They knew how to revisit through the anguish of the world, with the help of a modern signature absolutely personal

For two years now, the underground scene in the United Kingdom has been rising up among the most promising, as the standard of the future. Among the ... read more
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