CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars’ (1972)

It’s generally accepted that David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ was the peak of his glam rock phase; the album’s extravagant image embodies much of the showmanship now associated with the era and, what’s more, it acted as the platform from which Bowie would launch his futureContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars’ (1972)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ (1971)

Carole King is one of the great songwriters of history, penning countless classics during her career and earning herself a legacy that’s built to last the ages. She is one of America’s most successful 20th century female songwriters, being involved in 118 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and charting 61 times in the UKContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ (1971)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Stone Roses’ ‘The Stone Roses’ (1989)

Released in 1989, The Stone Roses debut was not actually that much of an immediate success; the album peaked at number 19 in the UK album charts and at number 86 in the US Billboard top 200. Where this album gains its stature is from its longevity, and from countless bands the album went onContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Stone Roses’ ‘The Stone Roses’ (1989)”

MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ (2006)

Arctic Monkeys exploded onto the scene with their show-stopping debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’. The record would become as generation-defining as any that came before it and solidify itself as the poster album of the period. British guitar music was already enjoying a renascence curtesy of bands such asContinue reading “MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ (2006)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Oasis’ (What’s the story) Morning Glory? (1995)

Oasis’ ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ was released in the autumn of 1995 and planted the seeds of the band’s legendary status. The album has sold 4.9 million copies in the UK, making it the UK’s fifth best selling album of all time. Famed as much for their infighting as they are for their music,Continue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Oasis’ (What’s the story) Morning Glory? (1995)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Velvet Underground’s ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ (1967)

The Velvet Underground, made up of lead vocalist Lou Reed, John Cale on piano and bass guitar, Sterling Morrison on rhythm guitar and Maureen Tucker on drums, are often cited as one of the most influential acts to ever make music; many critics and music fans view the group as the early pioneers of aContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Velvet Underground’s ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ (1967)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: RAY CHARLES’ RAY CHARLES (1957)

Though perhaps not as soulful as the later additions to his discography, Ray Charles’ debut album is undoubtedly one of the albums that pioneered the genre.  The record’s first singles were released some time before the album was, when acts like Nat King Cole and Charles Brown were dominating the charts. Eventually the market’s screamsContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: RAY CHARLES’ RAY CHARLES (1957)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Beatles’ Abbey Road (1969)

The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, was released in September of 1969 and delivered a last bask in greatness for the band; but they had finished the recording John Lennon had announced his departure. From the various interviews, documentaries and books that have been made since the release from the album, it’s clear thatContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Beatles’ Abbey Road (1969)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: David Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ (1973)

David Bowie’s sixth studio album, released in 1973, was the follow up to 1972’s ground-breaking ‘The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’; an album remembered for its musical brilliance as well as its snappy title. For Aladdin Sane he chose a more pun based title, playing on the phrase ‘aContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: David Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ (1973)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ (1973)

Pink Floyd were well practiced by the time they came to record their ninth LP and, after struggling to find their sound following the departure of their cofounder Syd Barrett, they returned to London’s Abbey Road Studios in the summer of 1972 with a determination to push the boundaries of what was sonically achievable. TheContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ (1973)”