Experimental Music Love

January 20, 2008

101 Albums You Really Should Own: Part Six

Filed under: Album Reviews,Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 2:30 am

Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express (1977)

I bought this the same day I bought Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A. Luckily, both titles had a clear title on them or otherwise it’d have been hell telling them apart. This is great anyway, in a repetitive, hypnotic, nod your head and be taken away to a beautiful German place sort of way. And pretty damn important too in leading the way in terms of electronic music. Choice cut – Trans-Europe Express.

The La’s – The La’s (1991)

He’s a bit of whacked out loon on the crazy train to spackersville in terms of his perfectionist attitude, but Lee Mavers created something that was pretty near perfect with this superb collection of acoustic lead indie classics. Charming, with just the right amount of melancholy. Choice cut – There She Goes.

The Libertines – Up the Bracket (2002)

Forget any worthless preconceptions concerning Pete Doherty’s latest foray into the celebrity world and the hype that some rather silly fans have taken it upon themselves to bestow in these four lads. This is just a phenomenal punk rock record that gave British music the kick up its pretentious arse it needed. Magical. Choice cut – Time For Heroes.

Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs (1999)

An incredibly passionate, gifted, talented, persistent and prolific artist, Stephin Merrit easily stands amongst Lennon, McCartney, Wilson, Bowie and Waits as one of music’s truely great songwriters. And here’s 69 of them. All about love. And loss, and despair and hope and everything you can think of. There are the occasional misses of course, but as a whole volume, there are few more rewarding listens than this spiffy little collection. Choice cut – The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side.

Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible (1994)

A record of undoubted aggression that voiced a warranted bitterness on many modern ideals to a ferocious punk rock soundtrack that hadn’t been heard in the UK since 1977. Mighty. Choice cut – Faster.

Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)

Still selling around 60,000 in the U.S alone, there is a special aura connected to this album. And its a deserved one. Another one where preconceptions are best left at the door to step inside and enjoy a fantastic arrangement of pop tunes, each a worthy of classic single status. Choice cut – Billie Jean.

Minor Threat – Complete Discography (1989)

3 EPs, an album and a compilation set all in one handy CD that fits very handily into a CD player. Straight edge kings, and masters of the minute long burst of hardcore energy that can’t help but make your heart race, this is as exhilirating, angry and purposeful music gets. But keep doing those drugs and smoking those fags and drinking that gin afterwards mind you. It’s cool. Choice cut – Straight Edge.


Modest Mouse – The Moon and Antarctica (2000)

In many ways, the most forward thinking, progressive, evolutionary, creative and diverse group of people to have picked up instruments, and my most favourite musical artists of all time. And this is the main reason why. So many songs, and so many styles, and so many emotions and so much talent. How can it all fit on one CD? We just don’t know! Choice cut – 3rd Planet (a most spectacular live performance as well).

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)

This is what the Irish should be most proud of, not James Nesbitt. Too good a record to convey in words, so here’s some sounds – When You Sleep (turn your volume up to 11 folks. Seriously).

My Life Story – The Golden Mile (1997)


Unashamedly over the top orchestral pop glory that can’t help but be the most terrificly fun album you could hope to come across. Britpop’s best. Choice cut – Sparkle.


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