Experimental Music Love

January 21, 2008

101 Albums You Really Should Own: Part Seven

Filed under: Album Reviews,Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 12:14 am

N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton (1988)

 

Dealing with the harsh realities of poor, black America without ever having the feeling of this idea being glamorised to any extent. Profane and profound. Choice cut – Express Yourself.







Nancy and Lee – Nancy and Lee (1968)

The space cowboy and Frank’s lass come together for a pyschedelic run through of a few old standards and rather special new duets. From the maudlin ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’ to the engimatically resounding ‘Some Velvet Morning’, there’s an eerie sensitivity to this whole thing that allows this album to linger rather long in the recesses of your mind. Choice cut – Some Velvet Morning.





 


Nas – Illmatic (1994)

The hip hop legend’s solo debut, this is a masteclass in the art of rap vocals combined with intelligent lyrics that sought to condemn the often heard problems of urban poverty. Only 19 when recorded, Nas shows a maturity and talent far beyond any of his peers, in turn becoming the biggest hip hop influence of the 90s. Choice cut – N.Y. State of Mind.







The National – Alligator (2005)

In many ways, what music had been leading up to. The pinnacle of subtle melody and twisted poetry, as Berninger’s dark tales of very real characters come to life over the most gorgeous blend of sparkling guitar and heady rhythm. Immaculate, and the third greatest record ever made. Choice cut – All the Wine.







Neil Young – After the Gold Rush (1970)

His old acoustic has never sounded better, and his distinctive tones take this classic of the folk world to majestic standards. Devestatingly open and honest, with never a doubt in the loving sincerity of a superb songwriter. Choice cut – After the Gold Rush.




Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)

I’ll keep this short – the greatest work of art mankind has ever created. Choice cut – Two Headed Boy.





New Order – Power, Corruption, Lies (1983)

Few bands could cope with the death of their inspirationaly front man, but luckily for people with ears, the rest of Joy Division grouped together to become a similarly influential, forward thinking band who could produce inspired moments of delicate, synthesised beauty such as this. Choice cut – Your Silent Face.





New Pornographers – Twin Cinemas (2005)

Canada’s most fantastically talented purveyor of dreamlike pop goodness. Something to make you dance, to make you laugh, to make you think or whatever. Modern music needs a band like the New Pornos to keep everyone smiling. Choice cut – Bleeding Heart Show (it’s better than Hey Jude. No, really.)





Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part (2001)

He has the flappiest hands I’ve ever seen. Choice cut – Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow.




Nick Drake – Bryter Layter (1970)

His second full length, and with some help from John Cale, this is a fragile take on a fragile life that never quite soars, but still sweeps you along anyway. Choice cut – Northern Sky.

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