It’s Easter Sunday. I have drunk a glass or two of fizzy wine and eaten at least one creme egg. Let’s do this.
Crowded House – Woodface (New Zealand)
Russell Hope asked, “what about one of the greatest albums of the 90s,” and while I’m more of a Together Alone man, it’s hard to argue with his logic.
Common Holly – When I say to you Black Lightning (Canada)
Well, that Picky Bastards has only gone an dun it again guv’nor and no mistake. Absolutely smashed it, mate. Only a fortnight after introducing me to the music of Agnes Obel they/he come/s up with the goods again. I must remember to steal his hard drive the next time we meet.
Chico Buarque Construção (Brazil)
I’m also starting to look forward to the choices of William Mallin. First Bruno Pernadas and now this. I can’t describe it because I’m rubbish at that sort of thing. Starts off moodier than you might expect, calms down, chills out, gets a bit out of control toward the end. Lovely stuff anyway.
Cornelieus – Point (Japan)
First time recommender Jim Peeeeeeeeeee recommended the recommendation of Cornelius as his recommendation. I don’t know why, because I was a massive fan of Fantasma when it came out, but I had never heard this record before. And while it doesn’t have anything as immediate as New Music Machine on it, it is quite the album.
The Church – Remote Luxury (Australia)
OK, so the rules are, or probably are, or mostly are, kind of, only one selection per person per week. But as Adrian Slatcher had such a stinker yesterday I felt it would be incredibly churlish not to give him another go. I should be rewarded for my bravery really, after what I had to listen to yesterday. Nobody gave The Woolpackers a second chance, did they? So why did I waltz back into the dead zone, eh? I’m just a nice guy, I guess.
Anyway, The Church were actually ok. Good even. Certainly good enough for Adrian to redeem himself in my eyes. Which is nice.
Chaka Demus & Pliers (Jamaica)
There was, I think, a time when Fat Roland was playing this game to win. Not any more. I think last week’s scoring controversy broke him. I think he picked this to try to punish me.
Well, the jokes on him. With the sun shining through the skylight and a glass of wine in my hand, the light reggae stylings of Chaka Demus & Pliers was just what the doctor ordered. Is it a perfect album? No? Is it a great album? No. Is it a fairly patch album with a couple of good bits and a few moments that make you chuckle to yourself? Yes. Yes it is. Sometimes that is enough.
Chalice of Doom – Into Hypnagogia (Jordan)
Nobody suggested this one. I only listened to it because I’m trying to listen to something from as many countries as possible. Chalice of Doom are, apparently, a melodic doom band, whatever that is. I disliked it intently, though I suspect I was supposed to on at least one level. I don’t want to upset any of their fans or anything. It’s just not my cup of tea.
Curtis Mayfield – Curtis (USA)
I had quite a few suggestions for the USA. Two of them, cLOUDDEAD and Cibo Matto spoke to me but were from people (Graham Cox and Jim Peeeeeeeeee) who had already had a choice this week. The rest didn’t quite, err, ring my musical bell. After two bands on the indie/alternative spectrum (Ambulance Ltd and Built to Spill) I was hoping for something a bit different. Hip hop or blues or jazz or bluegrass or country or gospel or soul or funk or what have you.
What I’m basically saying is, I’m on my third glass of wine and I want to listen to Curtis by Curtis Mayfield. So I am going to god damn well listen to god damn fucking Curtis by Curtis fucking Mayfield. You’re not the boss of me, yeah. Yeah? Well maybe I’ll give myself five points. What about that? How do you like them apples?
- Five points to Picky Bastards for the beautiful consistency of it all.
- Four points to Jim Peeeeeeeeeee for reminding me about an old favourite.
- Three points to William Mallin for another great choice.
- Two points to Fat Roland because I need to keep him confused at all times.
- One point for Russell Hope for nearly suggesting the correct Crowded House album.