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A raucous, powerful emotional journey. Rasping vocals over folk punk guitars and sensibilities. Very enjoyable.

Essential Track - Tell Me A Story
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The boys do not miss a step here despite the huge upheaval they have experienced. Exactly what you would expect with a bouncy lead single and a whole host of poignant moments sprinkled across the drug riddled beats.

Essential Track - Lifted
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This is my first time listening to an Aerosmith album in its entirety and it was pretty good. Some of the lyrics are ridiculous but the band rock hard and the delivery is earnest and it's just a fun cock rock album.

Essential track - Sweet Emotion
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I was at university when this LP was released and it should have been right in my sweet spot at the time. I was listening to a lot of bands of this ilk and a fair bit of Lou Reed too, but this just never clicked for me and revisiting it in my late 30s, nothing much has changed. Other than a couple of standout moments this album is a little insipid.

Essential Track - Last Nite
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For my money one of the most influential albums of the last thirty years.

I remember reading an interview with Massive Attack in the late 90s when the album came out. They said, "Are we a fucking punk band yet?" I don't know why but the sentiment, the aggression of the question pulled me in. I hadn't heard any Massive Attack at that point in my life and I went right out that weekend and bought the CD. The disc was bright orange by the way and really contrasted with the artwork.

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Well that was an odd listen. Some of Neil's well known and lesser known hits played together with over the top production on the backing vocals and weird animal noises dubbed over the top of most of the tracks. I'm not sure why this mostly works, but it does. Maybe I'm just a total fanboy (I am).

Neil and the band sound energised and well into this and that passion really comes across.

Essential Track - Hippie Dream
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Another live Neil release to pore over from his golden age. It's as good as you might have hoped even if Neil's voice seems a little below par, especially on After The Goldrush. The Stray Gators are tight and also loose where needed but fail to capture the restlessness of a Mighty Horse record.

Essential Track - Don't Be Denied
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Wow. What a voice ol' Terry had. Just discovered this today on the way to work and it's powerful and vulnerable at the same time. I can imagine if his heyday was the 80s he'd be banging out tunes a la Whitesnake or Foreigner, but as this was the late 60s there is a Dylan cover, beautiful power ballads and some rockier numbers that really hit the spot.

Excellent.

Essential track - July
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82
This album starts off brilliantly with and out of this world good opening three tracks and a very good fourth. The rest of the LP then kind of tails off and although the songs are by no means bad, they wilt in the shade of their career high predecessors. For me the biggest issue with this LP is the running order. If this was shuffled around a little, this could have been much more coherent.

Essential track - Where the Streets Have No Name
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Straightforward indie LP with enough twists, turns and surprises to keep the reader interested.

Essential track - This House is on Fire
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74
Very Grizzly Bear feel to this LP for me, pretty harmonies and soft almost Sufjan style vocals in places when matched with psychedelic folky sounds just works doesn't it. Nothing to reinvent the wheel, but who doesn't love a good ol' wheel huh? Other than hedgehogs.

Essential Track - Night Light
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87
Like if Bjork fronted a baroque opera musical written by Bauhaus. Excellent.

Essential Track - Ugly and Vengeful
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Other than the singles this was my first time properly listening to The Weeknd and to be honest I'm very very underwhelmed. Musically this album has some interesting moments and it's clear some thought has gone into it but lyrically it's like the remnants of a tissue found in a teenage boys bedroom.

Disappointed because there is a huge amount of potential here to make something really good but this is a swing and a pretty big miss for me, other than a couple of tracks.

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A really eclectic, dark and at times sinister LP that also has some fantastic melodic moments. This is my first taste of Bauhaus. It will not be my last.

Essential Task - All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
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Piano led jazz LP that straddles the line between the beauty of classical music and the sass and energy of jazz.

Essential Track - Stella By Starlight
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Some industrial sounds coupled with some drum and bass and post apocalyptic soundscapes combine to create an interesting and challenging LP that I have no doubt will show deeper layers and meaning upon further listens.

Essential Track - Self Immolation
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This takes me back.An excellent, wistful, melancholic dream world of twangly guitars and ethereal vocals combine to make a surprisingly excellent LP. Howling Bells are still looking to match their work here and have come close, but this is the best place to start and stay a while.

Essential track - Setting Sun
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The most recent Howling Bells album is not too bad.

Essential track - How Can I Make It OK?
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Not as good as Bat Out of Hell, obvio, but still a fun rolicking meaty Metloaf yelly special. Silly, bombastic but fun.

Essential Track - Objects in the Rear View Window May Appear Closer Than They Are
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A jingly jangly guitar album that is pleasant enough without having anything that leaps up and demands to be listened to again and again.

Essential track - Burned Off.
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