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ALBUM OF THE WEEK – NAKED AND THE FAMOUS – PASSIVE ME AGGRESSIVE YOU

59 DAYS TO GO

New Zealand’s best band get a great Friday Other Stage gig and going by this, their debut album they will be well worth going and seeing. Recent winners of the NME best new band award, they also played the main stage at Big Day Out this year, so they are definitely on everyone’s radar and should be on your’s.
Passive me Aggressive You Is the album Mgmt should have come up with but didn’t. Does this mean that NAF are just a copy band of Mgmt. The answer to this is no, they have definitely got their own sound , they surely take the best bits of Mgmt but they add the 80’s pop sensibility of New Zealand’s other pop star Ladyhawke.
Passive Me’s obvious hit and best tune is Punching in a Dream, but there are plenty of other great tracks to keep you coming back for more.
Pop Debut of the year? Possibly. Well worth anyone’s hard-earned, go out and listen for yourself.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK – THE STROKES – ANGLES

65 DAYS TO GO
The comeback kids are here, and this album is not to bad. Don’t get to over excited I here you say. Well there are plenty of positives and a few negatives but before I get into that I will give you my personal 2010 recollections of The Strokes.
I hadn’t listens to them for a while but because Is This It was voted best album of the noughties and JC was playing Glasto, I revisited their precious back catalogue, and yes they are a band for the times, but best album of a decade, not likely.
The Strokes headlined Splendour last year so I procured Sydney sideshow tickets before heading off to Glasto.
I was around the JP tent when Julian started so I thought I would drop by, I caught a few tracks but because I was seeing the real thing in less than a month, I buzzed off.
Back in Sydney , wife pregnant, money in short supply decided to off load Strokes tickets, so in the end didn’t really catch much of them during the year.
Anyway back to the album at hand, one of the positives is the awesome start to the record, Machu Picchu and Under Cover of Darkness are vintage Strokes, everything you expect of them, but I suppose nothing new. Then the album takes a violent middle of the road twist, The Cars come to mind, Steely Dan as well, maybe underlining how hard it is to write really good pop songs.
All in all it’s an okay album, not to inspiring but it’s better than say Kings of Leon’s latest and probably Brandon Flowers. Is that the right genre to put The Strokes though, shouldn’t we be comparing them to Yuck and say British Sea Power where they are simply outclassed.
My recommendation save your dosh, listen to on Spotify if you must.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK – BEADY EYE – DIFFERENT GEAR STILL SPEEDING

Liam Gallagher (San Ysidro, CA. 2005.)

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Beady Eye‘s debut album is not that good. It is good to hear Liam singing again, as he ahs a great voice and when not used as an imitation of John Lennon it is Unique and quite simply awesome, apart from that there is not much to recommend about this album.

At its best it is a poor pastiche of Oasis’s worst album’s, lyrically it is a mess, lyrics are not just random words joined together to form sentences, they must have meaning and be interesting.

At it’s worst it is a miserable attempt to sound like his former hero’s.   

This album recently made NME’s top 25 of the first 4 months of the year, and they left out the brilliant soulful British Sea Power a record Liam could only dream of making.

Saying all that I would love to see them Live. 


ALBUM OF THE WEEK – YUCK – YUCK

108 DAYS TO GO

Could this be the British debut of the year. Yuck have steamrolled 2011 with a vibrant rock n roll album worthy of The Arctic Monkeys or The Libertines.
They however have seemed to have missed out on the marketing juggernaut that has been the pathway to success of those bands and bands like Hard Fi and the up coming Vaccines.
Yuck starts out the way all good rock albums should with 2 absolute classic barnstorming tunes and gathers pace from there.
This band are heading for greatness and it is with a sense of excitement that I wait to see if they can translate this album into a great live performance in the John Peel Tent at Glasto.
This is the sort of band that Liam et al should be championing and not half arsed oasis wannabes like Twisted Wheel and well for that matter Beady Eye.
Rock and Roll is alive and well.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK – ESBEN AND THE WITCH – VOILET CRIES

132 DAYS TO GO

Okay, I wrote this out once before, on my crappy work computer, and I lost it all, so I can hardly be bothered to start again, as that review was especially negative.
Basically I slated the album from start to finish, so do I need to include all those snide comments again or could I begrudgingly be kinder this time round.
The answer is no, the album bores me to tears, it’s a second rate attempt at cashing in on The XX bandwagon.
It seems to me this music is for the uninspired, pass me the sick bag.

Photo is of the Car Park Stage at Laneway Festival, just before Stornoway were to play.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK – KANYE WEST – MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY

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164 DAYS TO GO

Kanye West seems to be the man. The critics are raving about this new album, so finally cementing his place back at the head of the hip hop brigade after that infamous outburst against Taylor Swift. Did anyone just think that maybe the man was right ? or at least had a point.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy starts off with Dark Fantasy where he name checks Kings of Leon, and in a way Kanye West is the Kings of Leon of Hip Hop.

It’s a star studded event as is usual with most of these Moguls of Hip Hop, Gorgeous the second track features Kid Cudi and Raekwon and like its title is Gorgeous, in fact it is hard for the album to live up to the start with these 2 songs setting a strong start.

However it does and must be in the list of hip hop albums you must buy before you die list.

There is a lot of swearing and a lot of the n word but it is all done pretty well. I recommend you have a listen to this it may surprise you or you maybe one of the ones already who knows it.  

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK – LAURA MARLING – I SPEAK BECAUSE I CAN

Cover of "I Speak Because I Can"

Cover of I Speak Because I Can

192 DAYS TO GO

Sorry about the last weeks blog less glastoblogger, I have been Xmas Partying and then feeling like crap the next day, it started on Wednesday with our work managers Xmas Party, to start with we went out Sailing and then we got on the piss, and it was actual Sailing, Gibbing, tacking all that stuff and since then I have had a sore body and sore head. Anyway, less about that and more about Laura Marling.

At Glastonbury we saw Laura play a couple of songs at the BBC Introducing stage, and it was a bit average, pretty girl, immense voice and all that but I didn’t think, fuck me better buy her albums.

But you know what its like at the end of the year there are pretty much no albums to go out and get and as she is scoring big time in the end of year critics reviews I thought it was about time I listened to I Speak Because I Can.

Laura Marling is a pretty cool chick, this album is a definite 4 star record, every song is immersive, it wants you to play it again and again, and you are rewarded time and time again with every listen.

So if you have put off buying Laura and you have loved Mumford, Bicycle and Stornoway then you better go out and get it.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK – THESE NEW PURITANS – HIDDEN

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Well it was the NME No 1 album of the year, so I thought I better buy it listen to it and review it for those of you out there like me who hadn’t before. I have only had 2 listens so I hope my review won’t come back and bite me in the bum , but I don’t like it. I had purchased We Want War before Glastonbury so I could decide on whether or not to see them and decided against it. After listening to the album I am still happy with my decision.
I pity the NME, their decision, also this week they looked back at their last 35 albums of the year decisions and there are some pretty odd ones there. No Radiohead, No Sex Pistols amongst others. Even last year The XX and Florence were beaten by the Horrors. One of the best fiasco’s was Franz Ferdinand album of the year but then couldn’t get in the top 100 albums of the decade.
I will not be able to fit These New Puritans in my top ten this year.

Back to the album, its okay, just nothing special, in a year where they have been some great albums.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK – JENNY AND JOHNNY – I’M HAVING FUN NOW

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Jenny and Johnny first started working together in Los Angeles in 2005, after being introduced by Conor Oberst. That was back in 2006 and since then they have worked on each others solo albums. Now they have produced their own together.

I’m having fun now, is a brilliant piece of work, musically it reminds me of early REM when they were in a country mode. That’s not to say this is a Country record it certainly has the feel but it also has a pop sensibility. The start of the record sounds like an ode to summer ( sorry you in England ) and listening to this is pure joy.

As you listen again and again you realize the pure lyrical genius that is going on here.

Take a chance and buy Jenny and Johnny you won’t regret it, I am sure they will be playing a festival near you soon.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK – BIFFY CLYRO – ONLY REVOLUTIONS

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214 DAYS TO GO

Biffy Clyro, not really heard any of their old stuff, but don’t they sound like the Foo Fighters. Is that a bad thing to say, I know they have a massive Scottish following, but hey so did The Proclaimers.

Biffy were one of this years surprise guests on the Park Stage, so I suppose Emily Eavis is a fan. Also fans were our Scottish Neighbors at Glastonbury. I won’t mention names but one of the young ladies had taken things to a stalker like level and seen Biffy about a million times. It wasn’t a million but the number was so staggering a huge intake of breath was heard in the John Peel area when we heard the number.

What about the album I hear you say, how good is it, should we buy it. Well in most parts it does sound like a Foo fighters album but occasionally they reach higher heights and sound like, well , Biffy Clyro I suppose.

Bubbles is a great song, one of the best of the year and God and Satan is pretty cool to. Hey its only 4.99 on itunes including a load of video’s so probably its worth a listen.

I am going to go see them live next month in a 800 capacity venue, so will report back about their live show. They are over here supporting Muse and are playing a one-off. I haven’t been to the venue so it’s going to be pretty great.

Hard Rock night here I come.