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Historic Album Reviews

I am gradually building up my reviews of historic albums from America to U2

 

The Music Years

Albums reviewed by years from 1963 until the present day.

 

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A list of concerts and gigs I have attended over the years with reviews when I can remember what they were like.

 

Music Writing

My music writing - both published and unpublished.

 

Here and Now

Details of Eastern Evening News Here and Now columns I was involved in.

 

2009 Album Reviews

Major 2009 albums reviewed and rated.

 

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My favourite tracks from 2010 compiled as a playlist.

 

 

 

 

 

The Music Years - 2006

The following albums were released in 2006 and have been reviewed thanks to the following legal music sites:

 

Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther - 7.5

Roscoe/ Bandits/ Head Home/ Van Occupanther/ Young Bride/ Branches/ In This Camp/ We Gathered in Spring/ It Covers the Hillsides/ Chasing After Deer/ You Never Arrived.

A deliciously tuneful piece of Americana as Midlake go commercial without losing any of their originality. There is such a good feeling to this album that it sends one scurrying to find comparisons. And the musical influences shriek out. There's more than a passing nod to the west coast harmonies of the likes of Crosby, Stills and Nash and even more of a nod to Fleetwood Mac in the beautiful harmonies. This group of Texans certainly know how to soft rock and this album is up there with Fleet Foxes as one of the best of the last few years. It never gets dull and there's a plethora of beautiful melodies, backed by some fine instrumental backing. There's also a rather sparse stripped down feel to it. At times it is so beautiful that it almost hurts.