The Who – Tommy and The Who Sell Out I was obsessed with Tommy for a very long time but don’t mention the movie to me. It tainted my perception of the album for a while. It wasn’t the Tommy of my imagination, so much so that I had to have a break from listening to the album to recalibrate! If you want to see a Ken Russell movie, check out his remarkable The Devils instead.
The Who Sell Out is another gem of an album with its evocative replication of 60s Pirate Radio. Turns out that Baked Beans and deodorant are excellent subject matter for Rock albums. Who knew? The Who knew. That’s who.
Ihsahn – Eremita Looking through some of my old posts I was reminded of this 2012 release. I enjoyed going back to it but, although it’s excellent, I can’t say it’s captured my imagination the way its predecessor After did.
Richard Thompson – Dream Attic A recent purchase – the one that tipped me over my music budget in January! Luckily it was worth every penny and commanded most of my listening time this week. Among the Gorse, Among the Grey is already a firm favourite.
Anathema – Weather Systems Like Ihsahn’s Eremita, this is another 2012 release that was a slightly disappointing follow-up. I absolutely adored the previous We’re Here Because We’re Here but this album, while a companion release in style, just refuses to gel with me like that album did.
Paradise Lost – S/T This 2005 album saw the band reconnect with their Metal roots although there were still welcome traces of their “Depeche Mode” phase. I was won over by them on the subsequent tour and they’ve been one of the key bands in my life ever since.
Ian Hunter – Welcome to the Club A very special live album: the rockers are euphoric, the ballads are heartbreaking and it has a superb cover of Sonny Bono’s Laugh At Me. Highly recommended.
SONG OF THE WEEK It has to be 1921 from Tommy as it haunted me all week. I had to learn how to play it on guitar just to exorcise it from my brain. Although I could have stuck the movie on instead.