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Revisiting old albums

nimrod

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dirty - sonic youth
30 years old today - great album
100%, drunken butterfly, wish fulfilment, youth against fascism amongst the tracks

 

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Jamiroquai – Emergency on Planet Earth

This album takes me back. An old friend of mine, who I have sadly lost touch with absolutely loved this album, and it was certainly a big part in our soundtrack to summer 1993.
It seems to be an album that I forget about, but in many summers spot, put on and enjoy for a couple of weeks, then gets forgotten again, or not listened to again for a while.
It’s quite a holistic album, it has it’s themes and links, threads weaved through the album, linking tracks together.
The acid jazz vibe is nice, funky without being overstated, and the brass and strings add depth. It’s very soulful, and earnest.
Indeed, it feels like an exceptionally organic album, feeling quite free and easy.
Blow your mind is still an absolute classic too.
Stands the test of time. Which is nice, as a number of other jamiroquai albums sounded better on first hearing, yet in my opinion haven’t dated as well.
 

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The fast show Jeremy Kwee sketch takes the piss hugely and spot on as well
 

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My only exposure to Jamiroquai to this point has been that the Game Grumps love them.

Guess this is a good enough excuse to give 'em a spin.
 

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Ministry – Psalm 69 The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs

Jesus Built My Hotrod, and NWO especially were staples of my youth. The development of what has become known as Industrial music was, at the time, phenomenally exciting, clashing cultures and sonics in some brilliant, and also sometimes terrible ways.
However it lead to some exciting times for music at the time.
Unsure why I ceased listening to this, I think a lot of albums I love fit into a particular time of my life where I listen to them incessantly, but I move on quite a lot, discovering something new. I seem to recall a mate introduced me to NOW, and I got the album based on that.
You have to be in the mood to listen to this album. Elements of it can be tortuous, as it is admittedly dark in nature, as well as appearance. So it is a good album for parties, night time listening, or bizarrely sunny days in a car going pretty fast.
 

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The Strokes – Is This It

Coming out of new York in 2001, the strokes were the next big thing, gonna be huge etc.
I did love this album at the time – the cd was a leaving gift from colleagues at a previous place of work (I was glad to be leaving there tbh).
The album is short, punchy, quite to the point.
However, it’s also very samey. There’s little variety, and in a way it’s a bit like the status quo joke, it’s the same 3 chords played in a slightly different order.
It’s not bad, but in a way I feel the label bland is worse tbh. It’s ok, but feels a bit like a fast food version of music, ok while on, but then feels a bit instantly forgettable.
The singles are the definite high points, and if you’ve heard them, the album won’t astound you, or be anything new or electric.
 

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The Strokes – Is This It

Coming out of new York in 2001, the strokes were the next big thing, gonna be huge etc.
I did love this album at the time – the cd was a leaving gift from colleagues at a previous place of work (I was glad to be leaving there tbh).
The album is short, punchy, quite to the point.
However, it’s also very samey. There’s little variety, and in a way it’s a bit like the status quo joke, it’s the same 3 chords played in a slightly different order.
It’s not bad, but in a way I feel the label bland is worse tbh. It’s ok, but feels a bit like a fast food version of music, ok while on, but then feels a bit instantly forgettable.
The singles are the definite high points, and if you’ve heard them, the album won’t astound you, or be anything new or electric.

Hard to Explain was the pick of that album for me.
 

Newbridge Wolf

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Nice to hear someone else not totally won over by this album. I think I had this when it came out but didn't think too much of it at the time and there was certainly better stuff around that I was listening to, although I did like the singles.

Fast forward 20 years and its near constant inclusion in every top 20 album compilations I see (also lauded as best debut album ) made me give it another go to see if I was missing anything first time round (This is certainly not an unknown phenomena)

I mean its decent enough in places but like you I guess its just a bit to samey for me
 

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The Strokes – Is This It

Coming out of new York in 2001, the strokes were the next big thing, gonna be huge etc.
I did love this album at the time – the cd was a leaving gift from colleagues at a previous place of work (I was glad to be leaving there tbh).
The album is short, punchy, quite to the point.
However, it’s also very samey. There’s little variety, and in a way it’s a bit like the status quo joke, it’s the same 3 chords played in a slightly different order.
It’s not bad, but in a way I feel the label bland is worse tbh. It’s ok, but feels a bit like a fast food version of music, ok while on, but then feels a bit instantly forgettable.
The singles are the definite high points, and if you’ve heard them, the album won’t astound you, or be anything new or electric.
I listened to it loads at the time, put it on a few weeks ago and other than the singles it didn't really grab me. Still good to reminisce and at the time the change from boring UK music with them and the White Stripes was fantastic
 
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