A Year in 52 Albums – no.45: Symbiosis – Ross and Ali

As the year begins to get colder, folk seems to be the obvious music of choice for me. As a result, I associate some of my favourite albums and tracks with various late-year moments: Bellowhead’s album ‘Hedonism’ for example, always makes me recall the small of bonfires and fireworks; Jim Moray’s ‘Sweet England’ takes me … Continue reading A Year in 52 Albums – no.45: Symbiosis – Ross and Ali

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A Year in 52 Albums – no.44: Into the Great Wide Open – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

I’ve noticed a trend in the albums I’ve written about this year: quite a few have been by artists I’ve known for a long time, and have loved something else in their discography, but never investigated further. This is another of those. I think there must be an enormous chunk of Tom Petty’s output that … Continue reading A Year in 52 Albums – no.44: Into the Great Wide Open – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

A Year in 52 Albums – no.43: Lincoln – They Might Be Giants

I’ve had a line stuck in my head all week. I have kept singing, or at very least humming as quietly as I can while thinking the words “He wants a shoehorn, the kind with teeth.” It’s the kind of thing that happens when I listen to TMBG for a concentrated period. And yes, quiet … Continue reading A Year in 52 Albums – no.43: Lincoln – They Might Be Giants

A Year in 52 Albums: no.42 – Our Love is Here To Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin

As it was the birthdays of both the boys this week, I decided to listen to an album I would happily pass on to them both. That turned out to be a trickier limitation to keep to when you’re thinking of something to share with a 13 year old and a toddler. And then this … Continue reading A Year in 52 Albums: no.42 – Our Love is Here To Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin