Florence And The Machine – Lungs

The distinct and powerful voice of Florence Welch helped propel Florence And The Machine’s 2009 debut, Lungs, to number 2 on the UK album charts.  But it’s that voice combined with complex musical arrangements that make this album really grab your ear.  Not to mention, it is one of the best stereo mixes I have heard in recent years.

Some of the songs have sharp contrasts between the music and lyrics, drawing the listener in with upbeat chords and melodies and then slamming them in the face with lyrics about darker topics, like domestic violence.  

Absolutely brilliant! 

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

The Rolling Stones released Sticky Fingers in 1971. It was their first album on their own Rolling Stones record label.  The album cover was designed by pop artist Andy Warhol and featured a real working zipper.

The album garnered multiple hits for the band and is considered by many to be their best album.

The The – Infected

Some bands aren’t really bands at all, but really just one person with amazing talent. The The was really just Matt Johnson…until “they” became so popular that a proper touring band had to be put together in the late ’80s.

I have to admit, I did not like this record the first time I listened to it. The next time I gave it a chance, months later, I was like “WTF was I NOT hearing???”  

One of my all time favorite albums now. 

Lesson learned:  NEVER write off an album after just one listen.

The Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

In the 80s, The Cure established themselves as a mainstay, and one of the most popular groups in alternative rock. The double LP, “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me,” was panned by many critics, but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the Cure’s most successful albums.

According to Robert Smith, the album almost failed to happen as there was a fire in the building where he had all the as yet unrecorded lyrics written down. He actually went into the burning building to retrieve the them so they would not be lost forever.

Steven Wilson – Hand.Cannot.Erase.

You would think that in today’s “connected” world it would be impossible for someone to disappear without a trace, without anyone noticing for years. That’s what happened with Joyce Carol Vincent, who died of natural causes, in her London apartment, in 2003. She wasn’t discovered until 2006.

Her story became the inspiration for the songs on Steven Wilson’s 2015 Grammy nominated album, “Hand.Cannot.Erase.”
Beautifully powerful, yet in the same realm, hauntingly sad.

A modern masterpiece.

Nightmares… And Other Tales From the Vinyl Jungle

And other tales from…well, you know where.

The J. Geils Band always considered Detroit to be a second home. Probably because Detroit audiences loved their combination of rock, blues, funk, And soul. Not to mention we love to party – and their ain’t no party like a J. Geils party.

I saw them at Pine Knob, in the days before sound curfews, and they did seven encores before the venue cut the power to the stage (partypoopers).

…hmmmm…maybe that’s why they have sound curfews now.