Swear I'm not Paul: Yesterday I Listened to #3

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Yesterday I Listened to #3

Another installment. I do these when I have a build up. So it should be "Yesterday and the day before I listened to..."


Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

The original and best Bloc Party album. I don't think they'll ever equal it. Especially with the direction they've gone post-'Flux'. Although last year's record was promising. Nothing will beat 'Banquet' though.


Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You

The first half of the new Lily is excellent, especially 'Not Fair', but after that it gets a bit samey. There are loads of clever and witty lyrics though. So on repeated listen, I may love it more.


Alphabeat - Alphabeat

Discontinued by the manufacturer, Amazon claims. That's because I have the original Swedish version of the record. It's more or less the same, but like the new Lily, it weighs heavily towards the front. Glorious pop, which rightly cheered me up on a snowy day!

Angie Aparo - The American
Angie Aparo - The American

I like playing records that are near each other alphabetically. It saves my scroll wheel. Plus I was in a pop mood, so this record fir perfectly. One of my all time favourite albums, it failed to get the noteriety it should have. I recommend it to everyone. It's beautiful. Make some new stuff Angie (well new stuff I can actually get over here!)

Seth Lakeman - Kitty Jay
Seth Lakeman - Kitty Jay

The album with which I fell in love with Seth (I'm a bit out of love after last year's too-poppy record). His best record, filled with haunting tales of Dartmouth. His brother is Cara Dillon's other half, and also plays on Seth's records. So if you like Cara, you should love this.

Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
Uncle Tupelo - No Depression

Before Wilco and Son Volt, there was Uncle Tupelo. Heavily influenced by Gram Parsons, and a heavy influence on Whiskeytown, this is one of the essential alt-country records. It does get a bit samey towards the end, especially on the deluxe edition, but there are some glorious bar-room tunes on here.

3 comments:

GearĂ³id said...

Interesting list, I couldn't ever get into that Seth Lakeman album for some reason.
I do like the Bloc Party album though I would probably go for either Helicopter or So here we are as my favourites.

Haven't been listening to many full albums recently, although I have been really enjoying a free mini-album by a band called Ketch Harbour Wolves. I might throw on the Cut Copy album, "In Ghost Colours" if i want something a bit more upbeat.

Ronan said...

It's my favourite Seth album. Have you listened to the others?

Where can I get that free album? I'd say he'd like the promotion, and I love free music!

GearĂ³id said...

Hi Ronan, I think i listened to one other Seth Lakeman album but i just couldn't get into him. There are moments, but not enough.

As for Ketch Harbour Wolves, the album is available for free as a zip file, either mp3 or FLAC on their website,
http://www.ketchharbourwolves.com/

My brief bit of info is here,
http://adriftondeepwater.blogspot.com/2009/02/mini-review-ketch-harbour-wolves.html