Tag: Chamber Pop

1998, Music

The Good Will Out (1998) by Embrace

I am listening to this record for the third time, and about to talk about it on my music anniversaries podcast, and I’m wondering why the hell I bothered. I don’t like it, nobody requested it and it isn’t really a big deal, is it?

1968, Music

Bookends (1968) by Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel were one of the groups I listened to more than most when I was in my childhood/tween oldies phase. I want to blame that for why I have such a hard time with them as an adult but I think it’s mostly because I find Paul Simon to be perhaps the most …

1998, Music

Mark Hollis (1998)

Given how world-changing the final Talk Talk albums were, I guess we could be forgiven that Holli’s solo debut (and only record to this point) would somehow also be world-changing. I think there’s a natural desire for us to believe that artistic innovators will always be innovative, and always to the degree that they were …

1997, Music

Urban Hymns (1997) by The Verve

I have made no bones about my dislike of Oasis, a band nearly everyone else seems to love (or at least enjoy). I don’t like their songwriter’s songs, I don’t like their sound and I find their biggest hit to be poorly produced. So what the hell am I supposed to do when I have …

1997, Music

Homogenic (1997) by Bjork

It’s been a while since I sat down and listened to all the Bjork records I own at once time so you should really take what I say with a grain of salt because, maybe if I had done that recently, I wouldn’t be so damn blown away by this record. But, without having listened …

2014, Music

Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Vol. 2 – Swallow Me Whole (2014) by Rabbit Rabbit

This second collection of a year of “one song a month” is considerably more accessible and poppier than the last set. The songs are hookier, the production cleaner/more contemporary (featuring electronic beats on a lot of the tracks), and everything is less weird. (So much more accessible I told my brother about them.) There are …

2013, Music

Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Vol. 1 (2013) by Rabbit Rabbit

Rabbit Rabbit is a duo (sometimes augmented) of two of the members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, perhaps the best avant rock band of the early 21st century. Rabbit Rabbit Radio is their “song a month” internet “radio” service and this disc collects the first 11. This band is considerably less unhinged, considerably less over-the-top, and …

2011, Music

Let England Shake (2011) by PJ Harvey

Harvey continues her new chamber direction, this time with help from Mick Harvey, which is exciting. Harvey helps to add a new dimension on this record that was missing from the last – this is, I guess, a little more closer to rock than that last record, though that could be a decision PJ and …

2007, Music

White Chalk (2007) by PJ Harvey

The (lady) balls that it takes to make such a drastic about face in one’s sound is absolutely incredible. I am blown away.I have no idea when she made this change, to be honest, as I haven’t heard anything she made (beyond one song) between the mid nineties and this release, but this is crazy.Not …

2010, Music

Scratch My Back (2010) by Peter Gabriel

When I was young, I had a problem with interpretive music; for my idealistic self it suggested a lack of creativity, a lack of artistic will, or something like that. (I definitely had a bit of an obsession with the idea of The Artist as a True Individual or some shit.) Over the years my …

2013, Music

Push the Sky Away (2013) by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

I greeted Grinderman with a fair amount of joy. Though it certainly seemed a little as if they band was trying to relive the past glories of the Birthday Party, enough of it felt different to let myself go with the renouncing of decades of personal musical history.