Experimental Music Love

January 11, 2008

101 Albums You Really Should Own: Part Two

Filed under: Album Reviews,Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 8:58 pm
    Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
    Scotland’s amost accomplished and praised music doers, and this perfectly demonstrates their subtle bittersweet melodies that have made them so many fans throughout the world. Hopefully bleak in a way to make your head nod. Choice cut – If You’re Feeling Sinister.

          Billy Bragg – Talking With the Taxman About Poetry (1986)
          Britain’s most defiant singer/songwriter, and one with politics as clever as his chord progressions. Folk punk with a point.
          Choice cut – Help Save the Youth of America.

                Billie Holiday – The Essential Billie Holiday (2002)
                Everything you could ever want by one of the most important women music’s ever been lucky to have. Amidst the torment and the struggle that fills much of her work, there’s still a beauty and hope underlying everything she’s ever done such is the wonder of that crackly, gorgeous voice. Choice cut – Strange Fruit.

                      Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children (1998)
                      Seemingly a bunch of blips and blops at first, Music Has the Right to Children is the most human electronica album there’s ever been. There’s just something special about those fuzzy keyboards and hypnotic drumbeats that allows this album to be let into your life and never let out. And their Scottish! Choice cut – Roygbiv.

                            Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966)
                            Took folk music to a new level. Choice cut – I Want You.

                                  Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
                                  Like a Rolling Stone.

                                        Bob Marley – Legend (1984)
                                        Far more than a musician, Marley was, and is, a hero to all those who value peace and tolerance. This is his most valued collection, with all his moods and values abundant in lyrics that dealt with issues rarely dealt with before. Choice cut – Redemption Song.

                                              Bonnie Prince Billy – I See A Darkness (1999)
                                              An often troubling album with its often harsh, dark content and sparseness of instrumentation, but one no less lacking in an emotional grip drawn in through Oldham’s magnificently creaky voice and rampant guitar and piano. Choice cut – I See A Darkness.

                                                    Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)
                                                    When Conor Oberst matured into the finest singer/songwriter of his generation, and became the spokesman for a confused, embittered world troubled with the problems of modern society and who’s in control. Choice cut – Poison Oak.

                                                          Buddy Holly – 20 Golden Greats (1978)
                                                          One of rock and roll’s most charming pioneers. These are his 20 best works, and show a maturity far beyond his young years, and a certain knack for creating some hip, groovy tunes. Choice cut – Peggy Sue.

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