THE BEST ALBUMS OF
1. R.E.M.: Around The Sun
2. George Michael: Patience
3. Keane: Hopes And Fears
4. Air: Talkie Walkie
5. Blue Foundation: Sweep Of Days
6. U2: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
7. Duran Duran: Astronaut
8. Phoenix: Alphabetical
9. Lambchop: Aw C'mon No You C'mon
10. Jem: Finally Woken
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1. R.E.M.: Around The Sun
2. Avril Lavigne: Under My Skin
3. Marillion: Marbles
4. Keane: Hopes And Fears
5. Saybia: These Are The Days
6. Maria Mena: Mellow
7. Beth Hart: Leave The Light On
8. Lambchop: Aw C'mon, No You C'mon
9. George Michael: Patience
10. Air: Talkie Walkie
1. Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse
2. Grant Lee Phillips: Virginia Creeper
3. R.E.M.: Around The Sun
4. P.J. Harvey : Uh Huh Her
5. Iron & Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days
6. Joy Zipper : American Whip
7. U2: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
8. Seafood : As The Cry Flows
9. American Music Club: Love Songs For Patriots
10. Beth Hart: Leave The Light On
THE HOT LIST as of
July 11th 2004
- 16 quick recommendations for the
summer (and beyond...)
Sisters: "Scissor Sisters". These crazy Americans combine
everything from Bee Gees and early Elton John to Pink Floyd in a hugely entertaining
cocktail. Highly recommended for summer listening.
"No Roots". I guess you can say more of the same from Faithless, but they do it
so well and manage to combine trance and hip-hop better than anyone else. I was actually
not in a Faithless kind of mood at the moment, but when I heard the album I had to have
it. So will you...
Bone". The ex-James frontman's second solo album with a fine
set of songs that grow on you more and more each time you listen. The way it should be...
"Russian Doll". Yet another arty pop album from VI - now with a more commercial
sound...Go for it if you like this.
Club: "Music Machine". Probably the most synth-based '80's
influenced album you'll find this year. These Swedes have been listening to a lot of stuff
from the early part of the decade.
The Dandy Warhols have released a double album
with b-sides and rarities. The album can only be bought via their official website www.dandywarhols.com.
"In Exile Deo". She may have settled into a more mature and mainstream sound but
her girlie voice still dominates and the teenage angst shines through.
"You Are The Quarry". Who would have thought he had such a strong album left in
him. A return to form and a welcome return on the music scene to someone who actually has
something to say and does it with impact and style.
The Cure: "Cure". These old guys are
back, more relevant than ever now that you really start to see their influence on much of
the indie music scene. This is not their best album but still far good enough to wrestle
Translation soundtrack. Oozes big city and loneliness and is a great
example of how a soundtrack album can stand on its own without the film.
Charlatans: "Up At The Lake". Strong new effort from these
die-hard Brit rockers whose best weapon is the consistent quality of their recordings.
"Best Kept Secrets 1996-2004". Trip-hopping melancholy at its best.
Lavigne: "Under My Skin". The punk is growing up. Still with the
same sulky attitude but with a more mature set of songs. At lot of hits on this one too...
Padilla. The man behind the Café Del Mar series of chilling Ibiza
compilations should not be forgotten in summer time. You still won't find better music to
fit your holiday in the hot water under blue skies.
"Colours". Old album from 1997 but still pretty cool today with trip-hopping
beats and guests like Tracey Thorn.
- Kelli Ali: "Psychic Cat". Second
album from my favourite little indie indian. Melodic sex. More info on www.kelliali.com.
THE HOT AND NOT LIST as of April 29th 2004
"When It Falls". Chill-out of the finest calibre from this Brit version of Air.
"Chutes Too Narrow". Nice little indie pop album from these upcoming US fellows
who'll surely never make it really big but receive lots of critical acclaim.
"A Thousand Last Chances". Swedish indie rockers return with a fine third album
following the same path of country and western indie they do so well.
Browne: "The Very Best Of". If you were ever intrigued by the
musical universe of master singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, this is the compilation album
to run out and get. I did.
Danish James Bond rockers Swan Lee's second album happens to be rather good and
should be available internationally (or at least in Scandinavia). It's worth checking out
if you like melodic and atmospheric pop.
After A LOT of listening to the Gorillaz debut album, it has finally sunk in and become quite a
treasured little pearl in my collection.
"DJ Kicks" should be worth checking out if you're an electronica freak. While
you're at it, give French poppers Phoenix's new offering
"Alphabetical" a spin too. Their first was a hoot!
The expanded deluxe releases of the
great Fleetwood Mac albums from the
mid-seventies should be worth your while if you don't already own them.
Eels. I highly recommend the universe of this fairly
introspective indie band where substance seems to be a given on their albums.
Ignorance and slight irritation a couple of years ago have grown to pure respect and
admiration. Damn Em, I'm down with you!
Look out for a new Tears For Fears album
"Everybody Loves A Happy Ending", just around the corner.
Also, Morrissey is on
the way with what will surely be another serving of bittersweet pop.
Although this is a purely Danish
release, I just wanted to mention Tue West
who's made the Danish album of the year. Brilliant stuff!!
Andre signing a new record deal. Like the worst kinds of bugs, just when
you thought they'd disappeared from the face of the earth, they come creaping back into
your life even more annoying.
Jones: "Feels Like Home". I really do not want to knock Norah
Jones because I have great respect for the way she's become a success for her music alone
and not so much else. But frankly, this is a rather boring affair leaving me craving for
There's a new Blondie album out. I haven't heard it but I can't help
thinking that Debbie Harry has simply gotten too old to play the vamp. I mean, do YOU
think YOUR grandma is sexy???
Does anyone really wanna listen to Janet Jackson moaning her way through 80 minutes on her
new cd? I certainly don't - tits or no tits!!
The Top Gun of aggressive female pop, Anastacia, has a frightening new album out. Overkill
production and that grinding voice scares me a little...
- George Michael:
"Patience". A good month after its release I can happily say that the latest
George Michael album largely meets expectations. I would probably have preferred a few
more up-beat tracks but the album is a fine mix of cool and classy dance songs and the
superior ballads he's world famous for. What can I say - he still does it so much better
than everybody else.
THE HOT AND NOT LIST as of February 22nd 2004
Some of the albums that
have positively flavoured the first part of 2004 for me:
"Talkie Walkie". A brilliant return to style for Air. This is how we got to know
them in the first place and what they do best. Spacy sounds and fine melodies. Give it up
for the French!
Cafe Del Mar: Best Of. This collection of the finest from
the Cafe Del Mar phenomenon is just exotic holiday chill-out music at its best. In fact,
if you're into electronica, you probably have no excuse for not getting this album.
"Gabin". Very soulful set of electronic pearls and one of the best electronica
albums the last five years.
"Tigermouth". Indie pop when it's done juuuuuuuuuust right! This is also on the top 10 list for 2003.
" Between Darkness And Wonder". They've lightened up a bit and thereby gotten a
little less depressing to listen to. So this is where I board the train.
"Trading Snakeoil For Wolftickets". The way was paved by his chilling and
haunting cover of Tears For Fears' "Mad World" from the movie "Donnie
Darko". This is the album to follow.
Armada: "Lovebox". Funky beats and soul in a flaming cocktail.
"Beautiful Sky". This is German (part Welsh) pop-rock which doesn't actually
suck big time and make you wanna laugh. There's some real quality in here. Very U2
"Black Cherry". Sex and synths.
"Talkin' Talk". Norwegian blend of pop and light funk. Very effective and
"Vehicles & Animals". Another stab at indie excellence from England. With
George Michael: "Amazing". This single
from his March album "Patience" promises a whole lot and shows that even though
he's not the most productive artist on earth, whenever he releases new stuff, the world
must stop and listen and embarrasment be handed out to those who thought they had now
found the right pop formula. This formula is still kept by George Michael.
Some of the things that
just make you think: people, live your own lives instead of wasting time on this!
Spears. I've stopped keeping track of the bimbo's accelerating attempts to
hold on to popularity. Of all the Madonna wannabes out there, her skull must surely have
the largest echo if you shouted in her ears!
The mean just-don't-give-a-shit bitch act was always a little over the top and only partly
believable. And now that's she's dribbled herself into a corner with that, she'd better
start praying that the world doesn't tire of this.
reality shows....is it not getting just a little bit out of hand? I mean,
Jessica Simpson is definitely not adding credibility to her career by coming across as the
most stupid blonde artist in music today. No, Jessica, Buffalo Wings are not made from
The outrage caused in the US from the Janet Jackson's Super Bowl stunt. Honestly, don't you
people have better and more important things to do?