Music life in lockdown week 37

This was the start of a weeklong countdown to select #3albums01 as part of Richard Shaw’s Twitter poll and covers from Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December.

Previously covered in my earlier post at the time, this gives an overview of the albums that were in contention to top the poll. You can see in that post how the albums I listened to fared in the poll and where my top 3 ended up in that post.

Monday 1 December

Snow PatrolWhen It’s All Over We Have to Clean Up
JamesPleased to Meet You
FeederEcho Park
MuseOrigin of Symmetry
The FramesFor All the Birds
AshFree All Angels
Therapy?Shameless

Tuesday 2 December

BushGolden State
ToolLateraus
ConvergeJane Doe
Frank Black and the CatholicsDog in the Sand
FugaziThe Argument
The (International) ConspiracyA New Morning
IncubusMorning View
System of a DownToxicity

Wednesday 3 December

GarbageBeautiful Garbage
ElbowAsleep in the Back
EmbraceIf You’ve Never Been
CatatoniaPaper Scissors Stone
Super Furry AnimalsRings Around the World
RadioheadAmnesiac
Manic Street PreachersKnow Your Enemy
The CharlatansWonderland

Thursday 4 December

REMReveal
CakeComfort Eagle
Mark LaneganField Songs
The HivesYour Favourite New Band
The White StripesBlood Red Cells
The D46Twenty
The ShinsOh, Inverted World
Mercury RevAll is Dream
The StrokesIs This It

Friday 5 December

Jimmy Eat WorldBleed American
Rival SchoolsUnited by Fate
American Hi-FiAmerican Hi-Fi
Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club
WeezerThe Green Album
Brand NewYour Favourite Weapon
ThursdayFull Collapse
Depeche ModeExciter
My VitriolFinelines

Music life in lockdown week 32 and 33

This was the start of the two week countdown to select #7albums10s as part of Richard Shaw’s Twitter poll and covers from Monday 26 October to Saturday 7 November.

Previously covered in my earlier post at the time, this gives an overview of the 100 albums that were in contention to top the poll. You can see in that post how the albums I listened to fared in the poll and where my top 7 ended up.

Monday 26 October

I started off the week by researching ten year’s worth of albums. In the meantime and to be subject of a future poll soon I settled for new albums by Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen to get in the mood. It is all going to kick off the next day.

Tuesday 27 October

2010

Arcade FireThe Suburbs
WarpaintThe Fool
FoalsTotal Life Forever
Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubBeat The Devil’s Tattoo
My Chemical RomanceDanger Days
Jimmy Eat WorldInvented
The National High Violet
Rolo TomassiCosmology
Manic Street PreachersPostcards for a Young Man
Bad ReligionThe Dissent of Man

Wednesday 28 October

2011

Death Cab For CutieCodes and Keys
Jane’s AddictionThe Great Escape Artist
Explosions In The SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care
Foo FightersWasting Light
The Decemberists The King is Dead
PJ HarveyLet England Shake
The Black KeysEl Camino
Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
The Twilight SingersDynamite Steps
ASIWYFAGangs

Thursday 29 October

2012

The CultWeapon of Choice
RushClockwork Angels
The Gaslight AnthemHandwritten
Mark Lanegan BandBlues Funeral
Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
SoundgardenKing Animal
Bob MouldSilver Age
Dinosaur Jr.I Bet On Sky
Nada SurfThe Stars Are Indiffernet To Astronomy
And You Will Know Us By Trail of DeadLost Songs

Friday 30 October

2013

Mudhoney Vanishing Point
The National Trouble Will Find Me
Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
Primal ScreamMore Light
Manic Street PreachersRewind The Film
Jetplane LandingDon’t Try
Pearl JamLighting Bolt
ASIWYFAAll Hail Bright Futures
Alice in ChainsThe Devil Put Dinoasurs Here
Clutch Earth Rocker

Monday 2 November

2014

PixiesIndy Cindy
Mark Lanegan BandPhantom Radio
Bob MouldBeauty & Ruin
Real EstateAtlas
WarpaintS/T
The War On DrugsLost In The Dream
Manic Street PreachersFuturology
The Afghan WhigsDo to the Beast
Foo FightersSonic Highways
WeezerEverything Will Be Alright In The End

Tuesday 3 November

2015

Chris CornellHigher Truth
Vercua SaltGhost Notes
Rolo TomassiGrievances
Dinosaur Pile-UpEleven Eleven
Faith No MoreSol Invictus
Sleater Kinney No Cities Left To Love
ClutchPsychic Warfare
Therapy?Disquiet
AshKablammo!
Wolf AliceMy Love is Cool

Wednesday 4 November

2016

Jimmy Eat WorldIntegrity Blues
PixiesHead Carrier
The CultHidden City
Primal ScreamChaosmosis
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Bob MouldPatch The Sky
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
MetallicaHardwired to Self Destruct
Dinoasur Jr.Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not
ThriceTo Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere

Thursday 5 November

2017

Brand NewScience Fiction
RideWeather Diaries
The NationalSleep Well Beast
ASIWYFAThe Endless Shimmering
Quicksand Interiors
Afghan WhigsIn Spades
Foo FightersConcrete and Gold
Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
The Jesus and Mary ChainDamage and Joy
Queens of the Stone AgeVillians

Friday 6 November

2018

The Wood Burning SavagesStability
Therapy?Cleave
AshIslands
Alice In ChainsRainer Fog
Mudhoney Digital Garbage
ClutchBook of Bad Decisions
Buffalo TomQuiet and Peace
Manic Street PreachersResistance if Futile
BellyDove
Rolo TomassiTime Will Die and Love Will Bury It

Saturday 7 November

2019

Jimmy Eat WorldSurviving
The SpecialsEncore
PixiesBeneath the Eyre
Julianna HatfieldWeird
Bob MouldSunshine Rock
Refused War Music
Dinoasuar Pile-UpCelebrity Mansions
Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
FeederTallalah
Sleater KinneyThe Center Won’t Hold

Music life in lockdown week 31

Continuing on the theme of the #3albums series, this week is devoted to the year 2003 for Richard Shaw’s #3albums03 Twitter poll.

The whole week covers 19 – 23 October. I previously covered this in my post #3albums03 Twitter poll which you can read here.

This blog gives a breakdown of what I was listening to each day as I tried to come up with my top 3 albums for 2003. I thought they was a pretty good year music wise and the amount of albums covered, a total of 44 reflected on a good year of music to listen to.

Monday 19 October

The Dandy Warhols – Welcome to the Monkey House

The Postal Service – Give Up

Hot Hot Heat – Make Up the Breakdown

The Shins – Chutes too Narrow

Stellastarr* – Stellastarr*

The Stokes – Room on Fire

Pretty Girls Make Graves – The New Romance

Tuesday 20 October

Jane’s Addiction – Strays

The Distillers – Coral Fang

Metallica – St. Anger

A Perfect Circle – Thirteen Step

Zwan – Mary Star of the Sea

Clutch – Live at the Googoplex

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Take Them On, On Your Own

Rage Against The Machine – Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium

Wednesday 21 October

Cave In – Antenna

Thursday – War all the Time

The Ataris – So long Astoria

AFI – Sing the Sorrow

Hell is for Heroes – The Neon Handshake

Brand New – Deja Entendu

American Hi-Fi – The Art of Losing

Funeral for a Friend – Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation

Thursday 22 October

Jet – Get Born

Snow Patrol – Final Straw

Thrice – The Artist in the Ambulance

The Ravenoettes – Chain Gang of Love

Therapy? – High Anxiety

Jetplane Landing – Once like a Spark

Turn – Forward

The Thrills – So Much for the City

Friday 23 October

Placebo – Sleeping with Ghosts

Biffy Clyro – The Vertigo of Bliss

Elbow – Cast of Thousands

Muse – Absolution

Radiohead – Hail to the Thief

Super Furry Animals – Phantom Power

The White Stripes – Elephant

The Cooper Temple Clause – Kick Up the Fire and Let The Flames Break Loose

The albums that didn’t get played that week were:

Kings of Leon – Youth and Young Manhood

The Blood Brothers – Burn, Piano Island, Burn

Kenesis – Handshakes for Bullets

The Movelife – Fourty Hour Train Back to Penn

Joe Strummer – Streetcore

Radiohead, Muse and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ended up as my top picks for 2003.

Music life in lockdown week 30

A big milestone for my musical journey during lockdown – week 30! Never thought I would still be typing this by October.

The whole week covering 12 to 16 October is totally devoted to the year 1992 which was the subject of a weekly Twitter poll hosted by Richard Shaw with the hashtag #3albums92.

I previously covered this on my previous post #3albums92 Twitter poll which you can read here. This blog just gives the breakdown of what I was listening to each day as I tried to come up with my top 3 albums for that year. Quite a task considering that this was one of my favourite years of music.

It would be easy to just go through your collection and single out what you thought was best. But the whole purpose of listening to a weeks worth of music is to see if something else might get your attention to make the top 3. I must admit before these CDs were played I had an idea what my top 3 were going to be but felt every album played this week deserves a chance to be heard.

Monday 12 October

Extreme – 3 Sides to Every Story

AC/DC – Live

Warrior Soul – Salutations from The Ghetto Nation

Gun – Gallus

Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists

King’s X – King’ X

Tuesday 13 October

Singles soundtrack

The Offspring – Iginition

L7 – Bricks are Heavy

The Lemonheads – It’s a Shame about Ray

Faith No More – Angel Dust

Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction

Wednesday 14 October

Soul Asylum – Grave Dancers Union

Alice in Chains – Jar of Flies/Sap

Therapy? – Nurse

Helmet – Meantime

Mudhoney – Piece of Cake

Buffalo Tom- Let Me Come Over

Thursday 15 October

Bruce Springsteen – Human Touch

Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town

Mother Love Bone – Mother Love Bone

REM – Automatic for the People

Screaming Trees – Sweet Oblivion

Friday 16 October

Sonic Youth – Dirty

Alice in Chains – Dirt

Sugar – Copper Blue

Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine

Nirvana – Incesticide

Sugar, Rage Against the Machine and Alice in Chains emerged as my three favourite albums from 1992. 28 years later these album still stand the test of time.

Music life in lockdown week 29

This is a review of the albums that I have been listening to whilst working from home. Albums listened to for week 29 covers from 5-9 October.

Monday 5 October

I first covered the big four of US trash metal way back at the start of lockdown.  Week 2 they were shaking the foundations of the house with four albums – Anthrax’s Got the Time, Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss and Megadeth’s Rust in PeaceMetallica’s And Justice for All.

Today I though it be great to revisit these bands again with a slight change in the playlist.  Apart from sticking Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss on again which is my favourite Slayer album, I also gave South of Heaven (1988) a spin.  At that point in time I would never have considered listening to Slayer.  There is something about Seasons in the Abyss that makes the album stand out well.

Another album from 1988 – Anthrax’s State of Euphoria broke new mould for the trash era.  They didn’t dress in the traditional metal sense with Bermuda shorts and baseball caps, but they had a love for the genre of horror and comic books which made them look a bit different compared to their peers.  I finally bought this album (the deluxe edition) and I liked it.  Took a long time to get into Anthrax.  They had a love of comics especially 2000AD and Judge Dredd so what was there not to like? 

I have too many Megadeth albums.  I could have just gone for the classics, but Rust in Peace was already touched on.  Also had a Megadeth themed day with the Warchest box set.  This album, Warheads for Foreheads came out last year was a celebration of the bands 35th anniversary and all 35 songs were complied and choose by Dave Mustaine.  This album is more of an anthology instead of being a greatest hits collection.  Songs from both Rust in Peace and Peace Sells feature heavy here with four songs from each album.

Metallica are considered one of the pioneers of the trash genre.  But they have evolved over the years since the Black album (1991).  And Justice of All (1988) was my introduction to the band proper after hearing the single One.  Most Metallica purists don’t rate this album mostly due to not being able to hear the bass.  To be honest when you have a hearing impairment like myself that was kind of lost on me as I just enjoyed the album as it was.

Hardwired…To Self- Destruct was the bands tenth studio album, eight years following Death Magnetic from 2008.  Another attempt to revisit the early days of their career, I think this album is more enjoyable than Death Magnetic and St. Anger (both albums that tried to capture their old sound).  I think it is their best since the Black Album

Prior to the release of Hardwired, Metallica were Record Store Day ambassadors in 2016.  For that year they released a CD Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, France – June 11th, 2003.  This benefit album in aid of Give for France was in honour of the victims of the Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed and another 398 injured across the French capital in November 2015.  It only has 9 tracks on it, but it is a good collection of live songs that they played in the venue.

Tuesday 6 October

Today was all about two amazing vocalists who are no longer with us – Jeff Buckley and Chris Cornell and both are connected in many ways.

Grace (1994) was Jeff Buckley’s only album and it is an amazing album.  His vocals are so haunting especially his cover for Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah which only got released in 2008 on iTunes after it was performed by Jason Castro on American Idol.  It would again reappear later in the year for the Christmas no.1 when Alexandra Burke won The X Factor using the same song.  Fans launching a campaign, but it only got to no2.

The connection with Chris Cornell is that after his Jeff’s death a collection of demo recordings and a full-length album he has been reworking was overseen by Chris and his mother.  Chris wrote Wave Goodbye on his first solo album, Euphoria Morning for Jeff.

Jeff did make a visit to Belfast to the Limelight in 1994 and one of the biggest regrets of mine is not having the conviction to go to gigs on my own back then compared to now.  I am sure that was a great show.

When Chris Cornell died on 18/05/2017 it was a real shock.  His suicide hit me harder than Kurt Cobain’s in 1994.  I had just been following the progress of Soundgarden’s latest US tour at the time and was hoping that he would bring the band to Belfast after this first and only solo at the Ulster Hall the previous year.  But it wasn’t to be.

Prior to seeing Chris live for the first time at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in 2012, Songbook (2011) was released as a live album which was his first solo acoustic tour across the USA and Canada earlier that year. The songs recorded during various shows on the tour, and included songs from Cornell’s whole career: solo, SoundgardenAudioslaveTemple of the Dog, as well as covers of Led Zeppelin’s Thank You and John Lennon’s Imagine. This was a fantastic album and he didn’t disappoint the two times I saw him that year in Dublin and the following week in Birmingham before going on to see Pearl Jam in Manchester the next day. Was hoping he would turn up there but he had his own gig that night in Newcastle.

Higher Truth (2015) would be his fourth solo album and also final album. I have a boxset of his that will get played at some point. It is a really beautiful album and it is sad that was his last. He had so much to give to the world of music. Thankfully I got to see Chris live two more times with his only visit to Belfast and also in Glasgow.

Rest in Peace Jeff and Chris.

Wednesday 7 October

It was all about The Specials today.  I first heard them in 1980 when Ghost Town got no.1.  I was still in primary school and what I was listening to then was the likes of Madness, Bad Manners and The Specials.  Although I had more Madness records than The Specials, it is only recently that I have managed to get some of their back catalogue.

Two albums that got the re-release treatment in 2015– Specials (1979) and More Specials (1980). 

Specials features two discs, the original album with a second disc with the Too Much Too Young EP and a BBC In Concert from a performance in 1979.    More Specials is similar with the original album and a second disc called Extra More Specials.  It featured singles, B-sides and rarities.

I probably could have done with not having The Best of the Specials (2008) which I think coincided with their reunion tour.  I had purchased this CD around the time of their visit to Belfast in 2009 when they played St George’s Market.  I was totally blown away by their performance and despite not having heard them in years I recognised the songs.  It was a pretty good gig for a reunion, and I have seen them several times since.

Most bands could happily ride the reunion circuit and not do any more albums but in 2019 the band released Encore, their first album since 1998 and their first with Terry Hall since 1981’s Ghost Town single.  The relevance of what the band had to say in the eighties also applies to the present day taking in issues such as mental health, poverty, racism and austerity.  The album featured a track called Ten Commandments which had guest vocals from Saffiyah Khan who was photographed cheerfully facing down an angry EDL protester in Birmingham wearing a Specials t-shirt.  A record for the times that we live in.

Thursday 8 October

No CDs today mainly because I was listening to music on Spotify which I don’t normal use but for the sake of research and taking part in Richard Shaw’s #3lbums68.  I thought it be fun and try listening to some music from the 1960s.  Only need to pick three albums from 1968 that I think would be my favourite, so I came across six albums by Van Morrison, Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.

I gave local boy; Van Morrison first listen with his Astral Weeks album.  Quite a few people would say that is his best album.  I just wasn’t getting it but maybe I not doing the album justice as I am trying to listen to six albums that I never have had or listened to full before. Spotify probably not the best platform for this.

The same applied to The Beatles.  The White Album is another critics favourite and I will be the first to admit that I never gave the band a chance.  Maybe I need to listen to a best of Beatles album to see if I could like them.  The White Album though is a game changer for the band as they moved further and further away from being a pop band for teenage girls.

The Rolling Stones another band for the sixties that I hadn’t paid too much attention too.   I guess by the time I had heard of them whilst growing up, but didn’t buy any of their albums even during the 1980s.  Anyway, Beggars Banquet was the choice for today.  Quite a lot of songs on this I knew that I like such as Brown Sugar and Paint It Back.  Possibly a contender.

Next up was Jimi HendrixElectric Ladyland was his third and final album before his death in 1970.  The year before I was born.  This a great album and I loved it.  Was definitely going to be a contender for me. Maybe I like this more than the other three albums as it was a more rock album that I like.  He does a great cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower.  This album is not in my collection.  If I ever need to fill a gap on the shelf, I will be buying this. 

An album that shared the same release day as The White Album, The Kinks released The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.  They were on the scene around the time of Merseybeat which was an earlier version of the modern-day Britpop scene.  I liked their style and this album was gaining momentum to be in my top 3.

Last of the 1968 albums was The Doors Waiting for The Sun.  I first remember hearing about them at the time of the 1991 film by Oliver Stone and staring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison.  A friend of mine got the soundtrack to the movie for Christmas and that’s when I first heard them but to be honest I never got back into listening to them again as my own music tastes were evolving around that time of the grunge revolution but The Doors are definitely a band that I would appreciate.

Prior to listening to Waiting for the Sun, I was familiar with most of their songs, but I really liked this album and it was going to be a contender.  I only have two Doors albums in my collection.  I should really expand on this.

My final #3albums68 are: Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland, The Doors Waiting for the Sun and The KinksThe Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society.

Friday 9 October

Ending the working week with some albums by one of my favourite bands, Feeder.  They are a band that I have been following since 1997 with their debut album, Polythene.  This was the band’s earlier effort and it had a grunge feel to it.  It is a solid debut album. They are the type of band that came onto the scene at the height of Britpop but weren’t in the same leagues as say Oasis or Blur.

Yesterday Went to Soon (1999) enjoyed a decent amount of success including slots on Top of the Pops which helped them with their breakthrough album Echo Park (2001) which lead single Buck Rogers which had a bit of a Pixies influence to it.  Around this time, I had been getting the change to see the band live.  One of the more memorable gigs was their support slot for Stereophonics at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena (now SSE Arena) and they blew them off the stage.  After that gig I had gone of Stereophonics completely.  They were quite dull live compared to the energy that Feeder had. Not very often the support coming out on tops.

Fourth album, Comfort in Sound (2002) came out after the suicide of drummer Jon Lee earlier in the year.  The album was a major commercial success giving the band their first top 10 single Just the Way I’m Feeling.   The follow up Pushing the Senses (2005) got mixed reviews despite commercial success.  Some felt it was going down the Coldplay and Keane route, but I don’t think it was.

In many ways it’s a follow up to the previous album as the band come to terms with the loss of their friend and it feels very uplifting.   The follow up album Silent Cry (2008) became their sixth album and considered their lowest selling album.  But despite the poor sales, they still proved a big draw on the live scene.  The band were moving up the table to bigger venues and then on festival slots too.

I have always enjoyed seeing them live and they put on a great show.  Even managed to see Grant Nicholas do a solo show which was great.  I met the band last year as they were promoting their new album, Tallulah at Belfast HMV with a signing.  I went along to get my copy signed and asked the band if they would like to give me a shout out for my blog.  It was on the spot and probably cheeky on my part, but I wouldn’t have been offended if they said no but they were great sports and read out my hastily put together script for them to read out.  It was a nice plug.

#3albums01 Twitter poll

This week’s Twitter poll hosted by Richard Shaw takes us back to 2001 #3albums01.  I skipped the last one for 1974 because I really didn’t have albums from that year but 2001, what a year.  I have counted 41 albums that made my playlist this week. 

The results are now in and of all the contenders I was listening to last week there was 20 of them in the top 50 with one bubbling under.  I really enjoyed listening to this batch of albums.

Some I wondered why I bothered in the first place which is where Elbow come in.  Have been listening to them recently and for some reason can’t quite figure out why I am not liking it now.

Catatonia’s final album just kind of fell by the wayside in comparison to their previous albums.  I think that was they year they broke up and I saw them for the last time at Scotland’s T in the Park festival that summer. 

But it is all a mixed bunch and this was what I was listening to that year.  It was great going over all the albums, some of them have been no strangers to my daily working from home playlist and quite a few I had forgotten all about.

Winning album was The Strokes Is This It.  And quite a worthy winner of the poll as it is a good album.  The top 3 for me were ToolLateralus which came in 24th place, AshFree All Angels came in at 32nd and my third album was Jimmy Eat WorldBleed American which came in at 23rd.

My Vitriol didn’t make it into the top 50 and were amongst the albums bubbling under.

Those there were definite favourites of mine.  I probably detect a bit of bias for Ash as they were the only Irish band in the top 50 and what an album that was.

My top 41 includes in italics the positions all the albums finished in Richard’s poll.

My top 41 for 2001

1ToolLateralus (24)
2AshFree All Angels (32)
3Jimmy Eat WorldBleed American (29)
4MuseOrigin of Symmetry (23)
5Mark LaneganField Days (32)
6BRMCBRMC (4)
7My VitriolFinelines
8FugaziThe Argument (17)
9Rival SchoolsUnited by Fate
10WeezerThe Green Album (50)
11Therapy?Shameless
12The FramesFor All the Birds
13FeederEcho Park
14JamesPleased to Meet You
15System of a DownToxicity (20)
16The StrokesIs This it (1)
17The White StripesBlood Red Cells (2)
18Frank BlackDog in the Sand
19REMReveal (25)
20ThursdayFull Collapse
21ConvergeJane Doe
22Depeche ModeExciter (47)
23The International Noise ConspiracyA New Morning
24Brand NewYour Favourite Weapon
25The HivesYour Favourite New Band
26Mercury RevAll is Dream (15)
27The ShinsOh, Inverted World (11)
28The CharlatansWonderland (26)
29RadioheadAmnesia (5)
30Manic Street PreachersKnow Your Enemy (36)
31American Hi-FiAmerican Hi-Fi
32Super Furry AnimalsRings Around the World (3)
33GarbageBeautiful Garbage
34Snow PatrolWhen It’s All Over We Have to Clean Up
35IncubusMorning View
36BushGolden State
37The D46Twenty
38CakeComfort Eagle
39CatatoniaPaper Scissors Stone
40EmbraceIf You’ve Never Been
41ElbowAsleep in the Back (11)

Next week’s poll will be going back to 1969. Zero albums in my collection for that year. Looks like it is going to be a visit to Spotify.

Music life in lockdown week 27

This is a review of the albums that I have been listening to whilst working from home. Albums listened to for week 27 covers from 21-25 September.

Monday 21 September

After the mammoth task of listening to a weeks worth of albums from 2005 it was back to basics this week with individual bands but room for one more yearly review 1982 which is much shorter.

Today it was the turn of Smashing Pumpkins. Not quite grunge as they weren’t from Seattle but were from Chicago and achieved mainstream success with their second album Siamese Dream (1993). After Nirvana they were rapidly becoming my new favourite band along with Pearl Jam.

My introduction to the band were from the BBC late night programme Arena which was doing a series of music performances from 1992 in the wake of Nirvana’s mainstream breakthrough of Nevermind. Simply entitled No Nirvana it wasn’t meant as a sly dig at the band but showing the viewers there was so much more music from the States to discover.

This clip of the band performing Rhinoceros from their debut album, Gish (1991) got my attention as well as their contribution to the Singles soundtrack, Drown even though they were not connected to the grunge scene. They also included the track Glynis for the No Alternative compilation album.

The double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was released in 1995 and the following year they were due to play both Belfast and Dublin. I had my ticket for the Belfast gig where they were due to play at the Ulster Hall. The bands Dublin show at the Point Depot was cancelled during the set when a huge crush at the front of the stage lead to the death, a seventeen-year-old fan named Bernadette O’Brien.

The concert ended early and the following night’s performance in Belfast was cancelled out of respect for her. I had heard the news of this tragedy and the internet was really in its infancy at the time when you were on dial-up internet trying to get the news. I was gutted at missing the chance to see them live but understood that some things were more important and the death of a young fan makes you step back and reflect a bit.

The other albums featured here include Pisces Iscariot (1994) which was only released in the USA. I was over in America that year and picked it up there. This is a great album and one I played quite regularly. Rotten Apples (2001) featured an untitled track prior to the band breaking up. I had witnessed this happen when I got my first chance to see them at London’s Wembley Arena in November 2000.

Earphoria (2002) was the first CD release of the bands video soundtrack Vieuphoria. This CD includes clips from promo tv shows, outtakes, demos and live versions. Definitely not for the casual listener. For that you got for Rotten Apples but it is interesting enough collection.

Tuesday 22 September

Going for something a wee bit different today with Joy Division and New Order. Both bands I knew of growing up but was too young to appreciate them at the time. By the mid-90s grunge had imploded and I found myself looking back to the bands that I didn’t listen to first time round.

Permanent: Joy Division 1995 is exactly what the title of the CD is. This compilation album features tracks from their two albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer as well as other tracks previously released on the compilations Substance and Still. It is a really good collection of tracks and definitely recommended.

I knew the history of the band with the death of Ian Curtis and from the ashes of Joy Division came New Order. I was familiar with some of their songs during my teenage years like Blue Monday and True Faith but never had any of their albums.

Substance 1987 compiles all of the band’s singles at that point in their 12-inch versions, along with their respective B-side tracks. This album is definitely a good companion to Permanent by Joy Division.

Both bands heavily influenced a lot of bands that I like and by the 2000s you could hear that influence coming through in bands like Interpol and Editors.

Wednesday 23 September

The one band I have been wanting to listen to during lockdown, Tool got their chance today. I was missing one of their albums that I managed to pick up recently but the one that is eluding me at the moment, Fear Inoclum (2019) was because it was quite expensive for a CD. Last time I looked in HMV it was nearly £80! Have paid roughly that amount on vinyl but on CD I am holding out for a single CD release if at all possible.

Tool formed in 1990 and Undertow (1993) was the first album I bought and it is the one album that I can’t listen to in full. By the time the CD hits track 9, the 10th is where I normally turn it off. Disgustipate finishes with sounds of crickets chirping can be heard for 7 minutes and 5 seconds at 13:50 a hidden message plays while the crickets continue until the end.) Definitely not easy listening!

Ænima  from 1996 sees the band explore progressive rock territory previously and are conceptually innovative with every minute detail of their art, which sets them apart from most bands from that era. Again not easy listening at all.

Lateralus (2001) in contrast to the band’s earlier material, which has often been labelled as alternative metal but the band were becoming more like a metal version of Radiohead. At 79 mintues long this album literally takes your breath away.

The band came to Ireland as part of Ozzfest in 2001. Ozzy was not able to perform as he took ill which lead to Tool replacing him as headliners. I think I would rather have seen them indoors rather than outdoors. It was a strange feeling because while everybody was watching them I don’t think they quite got what was going on as Maynard James Keenan had his back to the crowd the whole time.

10,000 Days (2006) spawned three top 10 rock singles: Vicarious, The Pot and Jambi. It would be the bands last release for more than a decade; the band would not release their next studio album, Fear Inoculum in 2019. I can’t see Tool ever releasing a best of album as to appreciate the works that they have done you need to experience the album in its entirety to appreciate them. One day I am going to get Fear Incolum at some point!

Thursday 24 September

Not an extensive playlist for #3albums82 as I didn’t have that many. Could have easily gone onto Spotify and picked a weeks worth of albums that I don’t have. Maybe I should have them but in 1982 I wasn’t listening to any of the music that I have selected here. I was only 11 years old that year, just about to attend secondary school and my musically knowledge wasn’t very good just liking what you heard on Top of the Pops or the radio.

However as you get older your tastes widen a bit and for the four bands selected here this is what happened to me.

First pick was possibly the last best album by The Clash. Combat Rock was the following up to 1980s triple album  Sandinista!. I can vaguely remember hearing Rock the Casbah on Top of the Pops. By the year 2000 I had found myself starting to listen to the band and bought all restored and remastered editions apart from their last album, Cut The Crap.

After listening to it, Combat Rock was a frontrunner for the final 3. Three to go and only two are going to make it.

Second choice was Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. An album that took me a long while to get. Finally got my hands on it in boxset form which had a collection of Springsteen’s studio output right up to Born In the USA. That was the album that got me into his music and I was familiar with quite a lot of the songs from this album as I had the Live 1975-85 boxset which I played to death during my teens. Surely this should be a contender for me with two to go.

Rush were another band I was late getting into to thanks to a friend who leant me their albums in 1990. Rush came my new favourite band and Signals was one of the first albums I bought after getting into them. My vinyl copy is still intact but I managed to get it on CD. A fantastic album which fits in with the time it was released. Rush were starting incorporate keyboards to their sound. In fact most of the 1980s the band released most of their records with this new sound but would soon return to their more rock roots during the 1990s. A strong contender for a slot here.

Finally it was the turn of Simple Minds. When I was at secondary school most of the guys in my class were listening to them. I opted for U2 but for some reason at the time didn’t quite appreciate them even though they shared a friendship with U2. As usual I left it late getting into them, 1989 when they released Belfast Child before the album Street Fighting Years came out and that year also was my first ever gig and it was to see Simple Minds in the Kings Hall.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) was the band’s fifth album and I have all their albums around that period in boxset form. A really great album and again thanks to the live release, Live in the City of Light quite a few tracks on it feature on New Gold Dream. Makes me wonder what the teenage me would have thought of it had I been listening at the time.

The verdict in no particular order – The Clash, Rush and Simple Minds were my three picks. Bruce just narrowly missed out. The 1982 Top 50 Twitter poll had Simple Minds at no.1, The Clash at no.5 and Rush came in at no.39. Should have picked Bruce. He came in at no.4 and that would have been 3 albums in the top 10. Oh well, it could have been worst if I had more albums from that year.

Friday 25 September

Arctic Monkeys got to round off the working week and it has been a while since I listened to the band. Really got taken in with the hype generated by NME at the time when they released I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor which made it to no.1 in the UK. A real banger of a tune and their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006) is a solid debut. I remember the first time they came to Belfast and played the Limelight. It was another Oasis moment and nobody wanted to go. You know what happens after that. They get bigger.

I caught the band on the NME tour that came to Belfast for the first time. Maximo Park were the headliners with Arctic Monkeys second on the bill. That was the one and only time I’ve seen them and it was a really weird gig as quite a lot of people were leaving after their set and not sticking around for the headliners.

Favourite Worst Nightmare quickly followed up a year later and was just as good as the first album. My biggest fear was is album no.3 going to spell the end of my interest in the band. Too many bands I had been listened to by the time they got to the third album my interest had waned – notably bands include Oasis and Stereophonics and quite possibly Travis.

Third album Humbug (2009) was produced by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme so I don’t think I was going to be disappointed with it. A great album you really wonder what they are going to come up with next.

Suck It and See (2011) and AM (2013) were the last albums I bought by the band. I never got round to getting their most recent album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018). Both Suck It and See and AM are great records. Josh Homme even turns up on AM for guest vocals. A good combination between the two bands.

Another week of music enjoyed and for the next blog I am doing something different – tapes. Remember those? You will have to wait for the next instalment of Music Life in Lockdown.

Music life in lockdown week 26

This is a review of the albums that I have been listening to whilst working from home. Albums listened to for week 25 covers from 14-19 September. All albums feature on @RichardS7370 #3albums2005.

Monday 14 September

Starting off the new working week all dedicate to the year 2005. By the end of the week I will be picking my top 3 albums from that year. So throughout the week we will go through the contenders. Some albums have featured before, others getting played for first time in ages.

The contenders on Monday were – Calla, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Mould, Arcade Fire, Audioslave and Death Cab for Cutie.

First up was Calla who to be honest I cannot for the life of me remember how or why I picked this album, Collisons. Described as post-rock and I was listening to some of that at the time but this album just passes me by. One of those ones you buy and then think what was buying that for?

Bruce Springsteen is no stranger to the blog, in fact Devils & Dust featured back in week 25 if you want to catch up on the review here.

Being a fan of both Sugar and Husker Du, there is always a place for Bob Mould. By Bob’s sixth solo album he was returning to his rock roots after trying his band on electronic music.

Body of Song contained much of the electronic influence of its predecessor Modulate, but Mould’s trademark guitar work, which had been buried in the former album’s mix, was brought back to the forefront which was a welcome return to form.

Audioslave’s second album Out of Exile is a favourite of mine. I like this one better than their debut as the band finally find their feet. When you have the 3 former members of Rage Against The Machine and Chris Cornell from Soundgarden on vocals, you were always going to get the comparisons with their previous bands.

Even in concert, they deliberately choose not to play songs from the previous bands but choose cover versions as way of finding their feet. Notably cover versions I have heard seeing them live included The White Stripes 7 Nation Army and The Clash’s White Riot. Weirdly enough the last time I saw the band at the Oxegen festival in County Kildare, they did play Killing In The Name much to the delight of the crowd but I fond it a bit odd seeing Chris Cornell trying to rap like Zach de la Rocha.

I think may have caused a bit of controversy when compiling this list by including Arcade Fire’s debut album, Funeral on the playlist. I really thought it was released in 2005 as it seemed to have topped most polls that year. When I went onto Google to research the albums, the UK release date was given as 2005. It was released in the USA and Canada in 2004. Oh well that eliminated that from the contenders for #3albums05.

Rounding off the day was Death Cab for Cutie. Plans received generally positive reviews and picks up where 2003’s Transatlanticism left off. The album produced three singles and was nominated for Grammy in 2006.

Tuesday 15 September

Today’s contenders were Elbow, The Cribs, Foo Fighters, Depeche Mode, Feeder and Idlewild.

Elbow were considered of the favourites for the poll but after listening to Leaders of the Free World I was nearly scrambling for the off switch. Maybe it was just me or maybe after not listening to them for so long I kind of forgot what they sounded like. This was their third album and I have most of their catalogue but don’t think I will be revisiting soon. Change my mind!

Next up was NME favourites, The Cribs whose second album The New Fellas was came in at 11th place in their albums of the year. It’s a good album but not in my top 10. The same magazine even declared the song Hey Scenesters! was named one of the “Greatest Indie Anthems Ever”.

High praise indeed. I might revisit this band at some point to give them another go.

Idlewild featured here on two separate lockdown playlists. Today, their fourth album Warnings/Promises gets a chance to be a contender. This album is a departure from the sound of their earlier material, blending contemporary folk influences with melodic rock. There isn’t anything that’s instantly catchy like previous singles When I Argue I See Shapes or You Held the World in Your Arms. I think this would be best described as their last best album.

Pushing the Senses was Feeder’s fifth album and was quite similar to Comfort in Sound. Many critics saw the band becoming like Coldplay or Keane but I don’t think they are. It did really well in the end of year polls and even Grant Nicholas was annoyed about the Coldplay comparisons. Just because you add a bit of piano doesn’t turn a band into Coldplay. While the album is not a real rocker like previous albums I still think this is a good album.

Depeche Mode’s Playing The Angel was their eleventh album and a favourite of mine after Violator. The album is a classic blend of synth-pop beats, heavy guitar riffs and dark lyrics. Probably not an album for putting on during a party but its a great album and a definite for my top 3. We will see how the rest of the week goes.

I have been a fan of Foo Fighters from the very start and In Your Honor for album number five, saw the band releasing a double album of heavy rock songs on one disc and mellower acoustic songs on the second disc. A decision by Dave Grohl to do a diverse blend of songs. The album featured some high profile guest stars such as John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Norah Jones, and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age). It’s a good album and doing the acoustic stuff shows the band can strip it back while still being able to rock.

Wednesday 16 September

Midweek on the countdown to picking 3 albums for 2005. Today’s contenders included Kaiser Chiefs, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Nine Black Alps, Maximo Park and Nada Surf.

Kaiser Chief’s debut album Employment took its inspirations from the Britpop and new wave movements, 1970s-era punk rock and Beach Boys-esque West Coast music. At the time I really liked this and seeing them in the Limelight was my Oasis moment, ie getting to see a band play a small venue before they get huge. After this the band did get huge.

Another debut album from that year came from Maximo Park who released A Certain Trigger. Also another band that you picked up after reading about them in NME. They headlined the NME new bands tour and Arctic Monkeys were on the same bill. After they finished their set lots of people left. I have never been to a gig seeing people leave before the headliners come on. Bizzare!

Still on the theme of debut albums, Nine Black Alps debut Everything Is was an album that took you back to the grunge era. You could tell that the band were definitely fans of Nirvana. A really good album and I enjoyed it.

I was late getting into The National. The first album I heard was Boxer and naturally you go backwards to find their earlier works and I came across Alligator which was their third album. This is a great album and it features the song Mr November which the band designed and sold a t-shirt featuring Obama’s image above the words “Mr. November” referencing the closing track of the album and the month of the U.S. presidential election.

Nada Surf formed back in the 1990s and have released nine albums. The Weight is a Gift was their fourth album and I picked this one up at one of their shows in Belfast a few years ago. I like their style and the Coldplay comparisons are a bit unfair. These guys do rock live.

Leaving the heavyweights until the end with Nine Inch Nails and their fourth album, With Teeth. At this stage the album was pushing for being a strong contender for the top 3. Dave Grohl even pops up this album along with future band member Atticus Ross. Three singles were released from the album – The Hand That Feeds, Only and Every Day Is Exactly The Same. This was another candidate for the top 3. Still got two more days to go through.

Thursday 17 September

Six more albums to go through today and its a real mixed bag with Paramore, Sons and Daughters, System of a Down, Queens of the Stone Age, Sleater Kinney and The Subways.

So a bit of pop punk with Paramore and their debut album All We Know Is Falling to start the day. Not an album that was going to set the world on fire but I gave it a go and it wasn’t that bad.

Scottish band Sons and Daughters second album The Repulsion Box got a listen for the first time in ages. I can’t remember what lead to the purchase of this album. Most likely a recommendation from NME at the time.

Another band picked up from NME was The Subways. The cover mounted CDs were good ways to pick up new bands to like. Their debut album Young for Eternity was really good featuring the singles 1am, Oh Yeah and Rock and Roll Queen.

I first came across Sleater Kinney back in 2000 with their fifh album All Hands on the Bad One. Don’t know what happened but kind of forgot all about them until their reunion in 2014 with the release of The Center Won’t Hold and I got to see the band play at Dublin’s Vicar Street so needed to get a few more of their albums to get up to speed! The Woods was album no.7 and a really good record. Will it be enough to squeeze into the top 3?

System of a Down released two albums in 2005, today we have Mezmerize which is quite a short album by them. It only clocks just over 36 minutes of music. My first reaction to a band releasing two albums in one year lead me to think back when I purchased Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 by Guns ‘N’Roses back in 1990.

Mezmerize and Hypnotize (left that until Friday to play) both debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, making the band one of the few to achieve this with two albums in the same year. Hypnotize would be the bands last album before going on a four-year hiatus in 2006, and the band didn’t release new music for more than a decade, until late 2020 when they unexpectedly released two new songs which I haven’t had a chance to hear yet.

I am a big fan of Queens of The Stone Age and Lullabies to Parlayze was the bands fourth album which was released around the time of my birthday. This was the first album they done after Nick Oliveri was fired from the band. Mark Lanegan and Josh Homme being the only members from the previous album Songs for the Deaf to play on this one along with new members Joey Castillo on drums (Dave Grohl wasn’t available) and guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen. Live favourite Little Sister and Burn the Witch feature on this album. This should be a contender for the top 3 unless another album is going to sneak in. We shall see.

Friday 18 September

The week is coming to an end and the last batch of contenders are ready to roll. System of a Down, The White Stripes, And You Will Know Us By Trail of Dead, Teenage Fanclub, Thrice and Weezer.

System of a Down get their second and last album, Hypnotize played today. I think it was a good idea splitting the albums down over the two days. Looking back I don’t rate either of these two albums as good as their first two.

I suspect The White Stripes are white hot favourites (pun intended) with Get Behind Me Satan. While I liked the album it wasn’t going to be in my top 3. Now two albums are certs, it is a question of who is going to get third place.

Weezer’s fifth album was a real return to form boosted by the hit single Beverly Hills. It’s a decent album but not as good as their first two albums. Thrice on the other hand went a bit experimental with their fourth album Vheissu. Parts of it recalled the post-hardcore stylings of At the Drive-In, with Radiohead-esque atmospheric transition and some mid tempo arrangements with the loud/quiet dynamic of Thursday and Deftones.

Teenage Fanclub have been seasoned regulars during lockdown and that is testament to what a great band they are. So good even Kurt Cobain loved them back at the start. Man-Made was their eighth album. A really good album but not quite good enough to clinch the last spot available for #3albums05.

That honour was going to And You Will Know Us By Trail of Dead (Trail of Dead in shorter form after this) who released their forth album Worlds Apart. Just thinking I had been listening to Trail of Dead previously on 4 September but looking back at that post, I forgot all about Worlds Apart in that review, so this is the delayed verdict on the album that made me pick it for my top 3 of 2005.

Worlds Apart is an album that just grabs your attention immediately. From the quiet piano riff, to chants, drums and screams, this album feels like you have been in the ring in a heavy weight fight. A worthy selection for #3albums50.

The verdict – well I was wrong about The White Stripes. They came in at no.15. The album that won was Sufijan Stevens with Illionis. Thirteen of the albums that I had in my contenders did make it into the top 50. My picks – Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode tied at no.33. My last pick Trail of Dead was bubbling under. Damn! Could have went for Queens of the Stone Age in the end but picking your favourite is not about the popularity of the album or artist it is more about what that album means to you and for me I thought it was a decent shout.

Next blog for week 27 will be back to normal with selected bands and maybe just one best of year.

#7albums10s Twitter poll

Last week we had two very important polls – the US Presidential race and Richard Shaw’s #7albums10s.

There was no postal votes and recounts, although it took a lot longer to find out out who won and it was by Sunday evening, that David Bowie’s final album before he died, Blackstar came out on top with 398 points and a clear winner.

I must admit Bowie has definitely been one of those artists that I never really warmed to growing up. Too young to appreciate the Ziggy Stardust era, vaguely remember him a bit more during the 80s, particularly doing a duet with Mick Jagger and also his side project, Tin Machine. Maybe this is a chance to try something a bit different. There were loads of albums that caught my eye on the overall list so definitely keen to branch out a bit more and give somebody else a chance.

For the seven albums that I picked, only five of them polled. The albums that didn’t make it onto the list were Queens of the Stone Age Like Clockwork and Wolf Alice My Love is Cool.

So for the last two weeks I have been listening to my top 10 for each year of the 2010s. Taking in quite a lot – 100 albums and having to pick 7 of them for the poll. Quite a hard task considering what I was listening to.

Of all the albums listened to quite a few on my list made it into the poll. The five albums that made it for me are in bold. Final placings in Richard’s poll are in italics.

2010

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2), The National – High Violet (3)

2011

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (7), Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (38), The Black Keys – El Camino (44), Arctic Monkeys – Suck it and See (58), The Decemberists – The Kings Is Dead (69)

2012

Bob Mould – Silver Age (66), Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball (144), Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral (165)

2013

The National – Trouble Will Find Me (22), Primal Scream – More Light (177)

2014

The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream (6), Manic Street Preachers – Futurology (95)

2015

No album polled

2016

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (8), Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression (55)

2017

Ride – Weather Diaries (25), The National – Sleep Well Beast (73), The Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy (95)

2018

Alice in Chains – Rainer Fog (177)

2019

Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars (38)

None of the albums I listened to the 2015 made it in the poll. Was a bit surprised as I thought maybe Faith No More’s comeback album, Sol Invictus would have been up there. I was definitely biased for the local bands – ASIWYA had 3 albums, Therapy? and Ash both had 2 albums each, Jetplane Landing and The Wood Burning Savages had 1 album each. A pretty good decade of albums for Northern Irish acts.

Below is a list of the contenders from 2010 to 2019.

#3albums03 Twitter poll

After last weekends poll, I was quite pleased that my three choices polled pretty well on the #3albums93 with my favourite album, Copper Blue by Sugar taking second place.

This weeks Twitter poll hosted by Richard Shaw takes us back to 2003 and after reviewing last weeks results it was down to doing some research. How many albums did I have from that year and who was going to be favourite?

At time of research I picked out about 39 albums from 2003 and forgot about four of them. Seemed to have missed Kings of Leon which I have. Other absentees included The Blood Brothers, The Movielife and Kinesis – all released albums that year that I have and totally forgot about.

One album that I didn’t have was Joe Strummer’s Streetcore which I just purchased this weekend. So that brought the 39 albums up to 44.

Usual favourites of mine released albums in 2003 – Radiohead, Muse, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Metallica , Therapy?, Placebo and Jane’s Addiction to name put a few. Snow Patrol would final hit the big time with Final Straw which was my first listen to that in years. I had kind of gone after they released the follow up, Eyes Open.

Between NME and Kerrang both magazines were championing new bands and I usually like to dip in and try something new. From NME it was Hot Hot Heat, Jet, Stellstarr*, The Shins, Kings of Leon and The Strokes. While Kerrang were going for new bands like Hell is For Heroes, Thrice, Thursday, AFI and The Distillers.

There was quite a good variety there. Some albums I really liked and some I didn’t which you will see from the top 44 later on the page.

I think from offset I had an idea who was going to be in the top 3. Radiohead definitely with Hail To The Thief which is a great album. Absolution by Muse was another of my favourite albums that year. So who was going to claim third spot?

It was going to be between The White Stripes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Both released really great albums so I ended up going for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club who polled at 34th place and resulted in only having two of my choices in the top 10 – Radiohead came second and Muse were ninth . The White Stripes Elephant was the winner for that year.

After listening to all the contenders last week the most disappointing albums ended up being the ones by Elbow and The Dandy Warhols, closely followed by Hot Hot Heat. Overall I really enjoyed revisiting 2003 and the albums that I listened to. Below is my top 44, not quite a top 50 but close enough. My top 44 includes in italics the positions all the albums finished in Richard’s poll.

My top 44 for 2003

1RadioheadHail to the Thief (2)
2MuseAbsolution (9)
3Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubTake Them On, On Your Own (34)
4Jetplane LandingOnce Like A Spark
5Rage Against The MachineLive at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
6Jane’s AddictionStrays
7PlaceboSleeping With Ghosts (50)
8The AtarisSo Long, Astoria
9Therapy?High Anxiety
10Snow PatrolFinal Straw (50)
11The White StripesElephant (1)
12MetallicaSt. Anger
13Pretty Girls Make GravesThe New Romance
14Brand NewDeja Entendu
15Cave InAntenna
16A Perfect CircleThirteeth Step
17Biffy ClyroThe Vertigo of Bliss
18Hell Is For HeroesThe Neon Handshake
19Clutch Live at the Googolplex
20The DistillersCoral Fang
21American Hi-FiThe Art of Losing
22The ShinsChutes Too Narrow (8)
23ZwanMary Star of the Sea
24Stellastarr*Stellastarr*
25Super Furry AnimalsPhantom Power (14)
26ThriceThe Artist In The Ambulance
27ThursdayWar All The Time
28Funeral For a FriendCasually Dressed and Deep in Conversation
29TurnForward
30Joe StrummerStreetcore (20)
31Kings of LeonYouth and Young Manhood (4)
32The Blood BrothersBurn Piano Island, Burn
33KinesisHandshakes for Bullets
34The MovielifeFourty Hour Train Back to Penn
35JetGet Born
36The Cooper Temple ClauseKick Up The Fire and Let The Flames Break Loose
37The Postal ServiceGive Up (23)
38The RaveonettesChain Gang of Love
39AFISing for Sorrow
40The StokesRoom On Fire (10)
41The ThrillsSo Much For The City (38)
42Hot Hot HeatMake Up The Breakdown
43ElbowCast of Thousands (16)
44The Dandy Warhols Welcome To The Monkey House

Well, that was fun! Next poll is going to be the best albums from the 2010’s so have two weeks to get the research done and start going through the collection again.