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 0Posted on Jan 22nd | re: The 10 Best Black Crowes Songs (24 comments)

“Sting Me”, “She Talks to Angels” and “Kickin’ My Heart Around” are all in my Top 10. I love “Sting Me” just as much as “Remedy”

 +3Posted on Jan 7th | re: Lana Del Rey Already Has 10 Songs For Next Album Honeymoon (12 comments)

Ultraviolence is awesome– a stunning fuck-you to her critics. It’s the sound of LDR basically saying, I don’t care if you people think I’m a fake, a poor singer, a crappy lyricist or overhyped– I’m just going to carry on doing things exactly the way I want, but even better. It’s perfectly produced, at least half of it’s a massive earworm and there is no one remotely like her making music right now. So what’s the beef? New album? Bring it on.

 +1Posted on Dec 2nd, 2014 | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (531 comments)

Interpol? Also, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’ “Gone Girl” is the best soundtrack since, er … Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’ “The Social Network”.

 -5Posted on Dec 2nd, 2014 | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (531 comments)

You missed out Taylor Swift!

 +2Posted on Nov 11th, 2014 | re: Premature Evaluation: Foo Fighters Sonic Highways (50 comments)

There are great songs all over the first three albums but much of the rest of Foo Fighters to me (including this) sounds like the absolute antithesis of the rock underground Dave Grohl actually came from– just hairy-bollocked “real man” “proper rock” music. When they excel– an impassioned vocal over a great melody like Times Like These, or reflective songs like Miracle and Walking after You– they are fantastic. I don’t mind Butch Vig (post-Nirvana) and his shiny surfaces– they work fine for a lot of big-balls rock songs without making them sound too commercial. But there are just way too many Nickelback-y MOR drivetime FF songs like this already.

 +2Posted on Sep 1st, 2014 | re: Definitely Maybe Turns 20 (53 comments)

I am SO glad someone has finally said that about Wonderwall. Oasis wrote a hundred songs better than that one. I just don’t get it. And DM is way more consistent than Morning Glory for sure– the way the momentum is sustained through the album is fantastic, it just never lets up until right at the end.

 +3Posted on Aug 29th, 2014 | re: Definitely Maybe Turns 20 (53 comments)

Yann, I agree wholeheartedly with 90% of what you say but the working class didn’t become “repressed” during Thatcher’s reign and even less so in Blair’s. True enough that the manufacturing industries were radically depleted, but a key tenet of Thatcherism was that anyone who had entrepreneurial spirit and the ambition to succeed was encouraged to realise their dream, regardless of background. And the Gallaghers bought into that ethos as much as anyone. As a result the “working class” in its traditional sense, even the class system as a whole, is now something of an anachronistic concept in our country– like so many other things the lines have blurred– you only need to look at the regeneration of our once most depressed cities (including Manchester) for proof. However complacent they became in later years, I’ll always take my hat off to the Gallaghers (and their backing band) for this debut which as a 22-year-old in 1994 was pretty much the most thrilling record I’d ever heard, and remains so to this day.

She sounds a bit like the singer from Blonde Redhead. Being tortured with a hot poker.

 +2Posted on Jul 3rd, 2014 | re: The 10 Best Gorillaz Songs (73 comments)

Does nobody else love Stylo? Maybe it’s just me, but that would be in my Top 3.

 0Posted on Jun 19th, 2014 | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far (253 comments)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah– Only Run.