30-11-06

Dido - "Life For Rent"

 
Life For Rent album cover
 
Dido picture

Dido Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong was born on the 25th of December and you can hear (and see...) that she's an angel. She seems to have had her share of the fin-de-siècle allright and created one of the truly most splendid pop albums of the new millennium with it up till now. Her seven year relationship ended and her father died and understandably she put her "life for rent" for a while. Daughter of an Irish publisher and a French poet mother she fuses the best of Romanic and Germanic culture and you must be deaf if you don't hear this unique richness. She has the most gorgeous of voices you will ever stumble upon and it was written in the stars that she wouldn't forever just accompany her brother Rollo on his tours with Faithless, but make something distinctively of her own. This album will stand the test of time. Just watch it.

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27-11-06

Jesus & Mary Chain - "Psychocandy"

 

Psychocandy album cover
jmc

"Psychocandy" is the perfectly evident title for the first album of the first band that managed to fuse sweet candy pop melodies in a distorted psychic way. I first heard the record when I was in my late teens, visiting the least awkward and disgusting chap of the bunch of sell-out techno loving soccer team members I had to cope with every Wednesday and Sunday morning, solely out of love for the soccer game itself, please note. I remember clearly he had a messy room with LP's lying all over the place and an old grammophone player on top of it. I was taken ablast by the album, we listened to it together from the first note till the last without saying a word. I hopped on my bike to the nearest shop to get a K7 tape (as I grew up in a remote village without decent record shops) and got back to the house of this less and less awkward and disgusting soccer chap to tape the vinyl gem. Boy what a day that was. I played it often since, and always played it loud. As anyone should.

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21-11-06

Morning Runner - "Wilderness Is Paradise Now"

 
Morning Runner album cover
Morning Runner band picture

Best 2006 album if you ask me. And finally a British album that does not sound like The Clash, Bloc Party or Franz Ferdinand. "Burning Benches" can even compete for best ballad of the decade, and I'm not kidding. Catchy and melancholic, Morning Runner starts where the likes of Coldplay, Elbow and Starsailor start, but they take the piece to their own and distinct level. The power and energy is meant to strengthen the tracks, not to hide the weaknesses, 'cuz there ain't any. I remember I was hesitating to buy it in the record shop Spring 2006, because it wasn't exactly love at first sight. But thank God I made the right choice. "It's Not Like Everyone's My Friend". But Morning Runner sure is.


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