Hammond organs, a striking horn section and Kevin Rowland's utterly unconventional Soul vocals soar this record high into my most played list.
· The Auteurs -- After Murder Park
The group that spearheaded the '90s BritPop movement and quickly jumped ship to write music with far more substance.
After Murder Park is a classic LP recorded by the amazing Steve Albini at Abbey Road Studios. Listen close and you'll hear the ghost of George Harrison vocals in the master mix.
· The Shocking Blue -- At Home
This album is a summit of beauty and love. If you don't know this group or this record, make yourself familiar -- pronto!
· Neil Diamond -- Just for You
The man with the perfect voice and perfect hair records an LP that has ballads brooding with an excellent string vibe and finger-snapping Pop songs that are, uh, perfect.
· Elastica -- Elastica
Ten years ago I never would have thought I'd listen to this record as much as Blur's Parklife or Oasis' Definitely Maybe. If you haven't heard this album in a while, give it a spin and you'll be in for a big treat.
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