Experimental Music Love

January 25, 2008

101 Albums You Really Should Own: Part Nine

Filed under: Album Reviews,Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 8:27 pm

Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks (1977)

Made people care about punk like no other piece of music. Choice cut – Pretty Vacant.

Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends (1968)

One of the greatest songwriters if the alst 50 years and one of the greatest singers too. Elegant all the way through, with that magical S & G air. Choice cut – Mrs Robinson.

Slint – Spiderland (1991)

Visceral shouts and sinister speech along with a musical dynamic that could be so sparse as to conjure up an apocalypse, yet so full and chaotic as to influence a myriad of classic post rock artists. Explosions in the Sky? GY!BE? Mogwai? This was where they began. Choice cut – Nosferatu Man.

Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (1968)

From typical lad rock beginnings, The Small Faces conjured a wonderful slice of the obscure and the imaginative with this first real take on the concept album. The first half shows a band showcasing brilliant late 60s British pop rock, whereas the latter sees the band take on the task of storytellers as Happiness Stan seeks the missing half of the moon. Joyously odd narration from Stanley Unwin sets the tone as this becomes an album that has as much humour as it does spectacular musicianship. Choice cut – Lazy Sunday.

Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993)

Now a shadow of their former selves – with egos, pretention and a whole lot of over ambition getting in the way of quaility songwriting – this was where it all just clicked for Billy Corgan as he created something that took the tired notions of American rock seen in Nirvana, and made them into an album the whole world could appreciate. Choice cut – Today.

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)

The most fascinating, contemplative and rocking punk album America has seen. Far too important to be seen as merely a collection of songs – this changed the dynamics of rock and roll in America, and gave a bible for all those across the world disillusioned with religion, television, their family, their friends, their education and everything else, allowing to let it all go and celebrate something so pure and refined and magnificent. Contains the greatest song ever that is Teenage Riot.

The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (1986)

The Smiths were the perfect band. They revolutionised the sound of British pop, turned lyricism into poetry, represented a disaffected youth like few others, skirted just the right amount of controversy and knew just when to end before the ideas ran out and the fans learnt to ask for more. And they also knew how to create the greatest album Britain has to offer. Choice cut – There is a Light That Never Goes Out.

The Smiths – Hatful of Hollow (1984)

And where it all began. The difference in style is dramatic, but the sheer skill of Marr and Morrissey is all too wonderfully evident. Melodic jangling guitar and lyrics that convey a mind in touch with all in life that matters and writes it so beautifully. Choice cut – How Soon Is Now.

Sparks – Propaganda (1974)

Funtastic. Yeah, I said it. Choice cut – Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth.

Specials – Specials (1979)

The perfect end to punk as ska took over and dominated with classics such as this. Mocks and critcises what needed to be mocked and criticised, always retaining a fabulous energy and a respect for the Jamaican ska greats that paved the way for this effort. Choice cut – Little Bitch.


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