Posts Tagged: Albums


Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle

I’ve finally got round to listening to Laura Marling’s latest album.  Better late than never eh?

What an amazing thing of beauty it is too.  First listen and I was rapt.  I was listening in the bath which always enhances an album of this nature and thought I was listening to the longest opening track of all time.  Turns out it’s a suite of songs, or a song cycle, or something like that, so they all merge into one.  Anyway it’s wonderful: beguiling lyrics, weird open tunings, a few effects, and lots of other subtle production trickery, all conspire to make some lovely music.  Apparently she’s relocated to Los Angeles now, the Allmusic review suggests this might be to help create that Laurel Canyon vibe.  Who knows?  Either way you really should let this little beauty into your life, then again you’ve probably already done that.


Steve Mason - Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time

Steve Mason Monkey Minds

This is great, bordering - in parts - on genius.

A kaleidoscopic mixture of indie, pop, gospel, funk, country, folk, dub, spoken word, hip hop and samples (I love samples) including some Portuguese F1 commentary about Senna. It is one of the best things he has done since the early Beta Band stuff. Highly recommended.


nigeyb's best 50 albums of 2012

Through the wonders of a splendid website called Album Of The Year,  I now reveal…

nigeyb’s best 50 albums of 2012

If you can’t be bothered to click nigeyb’s best 50 albums of 2012 then my favourite album of 2012 is…

1. Dexys - One Day I’m Going To Soar  

I’m a longtime Dexys admirer. All four albums are firm favourites. The debut is one of the most vital and powerful albums ever; the Celtic-soul of the second is wonderful; ‘Don’t Stand Me Down’ is full of beauty and strength; and - after a wait of almost thirty years -‘One Day I’m Going To Soar’ is my favourite album of 2012, and fits right in with the consistent quality of the Dexys’ back catalogue. Kevin Rowland is one of the most honest and brave performers out there. He puts it all out in the open - emotions, mistakes, and his deepest thoughts and insecurities. I sometimes marvel that someone like Kevin managed to achieve such mass appeal. Great to have him back - even better that he’s produced such an amazing album to mark Dexys’ return.

And the rest of the top ten goes like this…

2. Bill Fay - Life Is People

3. Beach House - Bloom

4. Public Image Ltd. This is PiL

5. The North Sea Scrolls - The North Sea Scrolls

6. Patti Smith - Banga

7. Moon Duo - Circles

8. Grizzly Bear - Shields

9. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth

10. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave


Go-Kart Mozart Are On the Hot Dog Streets

GKM Hot DogGKM - Hot Dog

Yes indeed.  Entertaining review of the new GKM here and finally released on 25th June 2012.

The whole thing is up for preview on a few sites. Sounds to me like it might well be the best Go Kart Mozart album yet.

Love this by the way…

There is a playlist, which reveals that On the Hot Dog Streets was made under the influence of both Wiley’s Avalanche Music 1 and Thing, a flop 1972 novelty single by Edwina Biglet and the Miglets. 

And there is a list of potential band names for anyone inspired by the album itself and “thinking of having a go”: Doughnut Corporation, Female Rejection, Unlikely Pub, Bing Bong Crosby.

Lawrence….We need him more that he needs us.



Public Image Ltd. - This Is PiL

This Is PiL

So what do you think of it?

I’m impressed - far more than I ever thought possible. 

A really coherent album that I can’t stop listening to. The band are on great form with the sort of worldy, funky, propulsive sound that always works brilliantly at festivals. Shame there’s no Glastonbury this year. PiL would have been an obvious headliner (though I’m not sure Johnny would have signed up for it).

John sounds impassioned. Howling, singing, crooning, wailing for all he’s worth. He means it man. 

The lyrics are personal and intriguing. 

It’s very accessible but also seems to have depth and substance. I love it. 

Their forthcoming Brighton gig, which I’d previously regarded a bit of an obligation and mainly an exercise in nostalgia, is now something I feel genuinely excited about. 

I’m amazed that Johnny and co have pulled this out of the bag. It’s great.


My best albums of 2011

So having confirmed there’s nothing else coming out in 2011 that I think is likely to influence my decision, here is my top ten albums of 2011 (and a few honourable mentions underneath):

1. Luke Haines - Nine And A Half Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970s And Early ’80s

Unquestionably my favourite album of 2011. This review does it full justice.


Luke Haines celebrates scooping nigeyb’s album of year award

2. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two 

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful - upbeat Beasties magic. I’m a massive fan and this is right up to their usual standard.  Great to have them back


Beastie Boys celebrate their runners up placing in nigeyb’s album of the year top ten

3. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

Worthy Merc Prize winner and how often can we say that?

4. Steve Mason and Dennis Bovell - Ghosts Outside 

Dubbed up versh of Steve’s last album and yet works in its own right. Dubtastic.

5. Art Brut - Brilliant! Tragic!

I’m not sure they’ll ever top their wonderful debut but I’m glad they’re out there doing there thang and, well, it’s Art Brut innit? Went to a brilliant gig by them too.

6. King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine 

A wonderful folky, ambienty marvel.

7. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

2011 has been the year that I’ve properly woken up to the genius of Mogwai. Their set at End Of The Road will live long in my memory. “You’re Lionel Richie” is the song title of the year - and it lives up to the title’s promise too.

8. The Unthanks - Last 

Folky loveliness. Again. Magical. Again.

9. The Waterboys - An Appointment with Mr Yeats 

Never thought they’d top Fisherman’s Blues? Think again. OK, maybe it doesn’t top FB but it’s very, very good.

10. Half Man Half Biscuit - 90 Bisodol (Crimond)

Another excellent release from one of Britain’s most underrated bands. Yet more of their insight, wit and imagination. Half Man Half Biscuit say say more about the absurdities, frustrations and mundanities of life in modern Britain than any other band I know. 

Other stuff I like includes the 2011 albums by The Fall, June Tabor & Oysterband, British Sea Power, Jonathan Wilson, Metronomy, The Vaccines, Wooden Shjips, Fleet Foxes, The Human League, Blancmange, The Walkmen, The Phoenix Foundation, Tom Waits, Wild Beasts, Sarabeth Tucek, Woods, Hollie Cook, The Black Keys, Magazine, Moon Duo, Laura Marling, Wooden Shjips, Fujiya & Miyagi, The Rapture, War On Drugs, YACHT, Suuns, The Field - and a few I’ve probably forgotten.

What about you?

My favourite tunes of 2011 are here.