From the opening track “Laura,” the Scissor Sisters’ debut album announced itself as a mix of 1970s David Bowie and Elton John mixed with modern song compositions, with entertaining tracks like “Take Your Mama” and the legendary cover of “Comfortably Numb” contributing to a distinctly unique sonic experience that sounds both old and new at once.
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One of the most aggressive, confrontational albums imaginable, PJ Harvey’s second studio album sounds like it was recorded inside an extraordinarily needy, angry and heartbroken mind screaming at itself, with a series of powerhouse tracks like “Highway 61 Revisited” and “50ft Queenie,” not to mention the raw title song, that leave you emotionally drained.
Rihanna’s fifth studio album is a consistently thumping and entertaining hit-single machine, not as unified or compelling as 2009′s underrated “Rated R” but instead focusing on entertaining melodies resulting in a fun, catchy and repeatable pop album with a typically strong vocal delivery from the popstar herself.
At once lovely, haunting, mournful and playful, Mylene Farmer’s second studio album reinforced the refrained, enigmatic persona she had crafted with her ten-minute, artistic “Libertine” and “Tristana” music videos from her debut album, doubling-down on the Farmerian themes of the beauty and triumph of mortality, making for one of the most distinctive pop blockbuster albums ever recorded.
For those of you that have known me for a while, you know that music is a very important part of my life. Spending three years building an awesome worldwide community of music lovers at Whyd only solidified my need to share and talk about music. 1,188 more words
Richard’s assignment for me this week was Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot from 2002. An album that had somehow passed me by. I was already disappointed in Wilco when I realised they weren’t anything to do with the legendary cancer dodging guitar god Wilko Johnson from Dr Feelgood. 845 more words