SJCTurntable

The Final Note
(SJCTurntable)

UK

Recent Ratings

Coldplay - X&Y
Coldplay
X&Y
88
May 4

Pinned Review

SJCTurntable -
44
Emerging from Los Angeles, Motley Crue always felt like a pastiche of a heavy metal rock group. Yes, one can admire the raw energy of this their debut album, but obvious flaws were also on display, such as the fact Nikki Sixx, which he later admitted, had no idea of how to play the bass. Sixx also later admitted that he didn’t rate Vince Neil much as a vocalist when he first heard him, but admired his ability to work the stage. Neil’s vocal isn’t as raw as one would associate ... read more

Recent Reviews

SJCTurntable -
82
The signs were there from as early as the release of his 2012 single, ‘Language’, and further signposted by the trio of singles released prior to the launch of this debut album. Porter Robinson has broadened his horizons from club anthems and festival favourites to encompass electronic ambience tracks akin to the likes of Sigur Ros, as well as taking electronica into new and interesting territory. The comparison with the Icelandic trio is closest on the opening single, ‘Sea of ... read more
SJCTurntable -
80
Another accomplished album from the soul artist whose voice so much represents the melding of the vocal harmonies of his mentor, Sam Cooke, and the raw heart and soul of James Brown. Though many argue that this album closely compares to Womack’s debut, this reviewer feels that on this album he demonstrates some of his best songwriting and that therefore this album should be regarded amongst his best. In terms of the latter, standout tracks include opener and under-appreciated lead single, ... read more
SJCTurntable -
41
The career-changing success of the previous year’s ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ coincided with the artist’s desire to experiment with his songwriting, and thus, upon the release of this next studio album, the sudden gear shift from his virtuoso guitar-led compositions to this collection of softer piano ballads proved far less commercially successful. Though the titular single would become his biggest hit to date, it has more cheese than Welsh Rarebit. Many of the seven ... read more
SJCTurntable -
88
Hardly banal as one famous review dismissed it, one feels that this album, though rich with highlight tracks, lacks ‘something’ compared to its predecessors, as if it was over-thought. Certainly, this appears the case when one learns that around sixty songs were written, and more than 50 ditched in the preparation for release. It is atmospheric, sounding at times as if it was produced as a soundtrack, as opposed to a studio album, no more so than on opener, ‘Square One’ ... read more
SJCTurntable -
67
A much more mature effort than his debut, this follow-up album sees Branan occupy distinct musical territory in line with the ethos behind it of encompassing a collection of random tracks rather than a cohesive album. Thus, we move from the big band sound supporting the addictive ‘Mohammed Ali’, to the unadulterated rock and roll of ‘The Prettiest Waitress in Memphis’. Aside from these two highlights, there is the aching percussion and piano of ‘Love Song ... read more

Shoutbox

Mar 20, 2021
It's interesting looking back to see what you've reviewed. It looks like you've got a few rotating artists at a time you're digging into (Pink Floyd, The Jesus and Mary Chain, U2, etc.) rather than marathoning a specific artist. Anything guide you on which artists you are looking at over time, or do you just go with what feels fun at the time?

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