Tuesday, 17 July 2018

431. The B-52's - The B-52's


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Release Date: 1979
Label: Warner Bros.

New Wave Comedy! I wanted to like this album more than I did. I love 'Love Shack' (which isn't on this album) and I think 'Rock Lobster' (which is) is one of most original compositions this side of Narnia. Unfortunately the kitschness just didn't work for me.

Rating: 6/10

430. The Germs - GI


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Release Date: 1979
Label: Slash

Another unknown punk album which seems to come and go at the blink of an eye. Much like this review.

Rating: 5/10

429. Crusaders - Street Life


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Release Date: 1979
Label: MCA

Quentin Taratino fans may be familiar with the only great song on this album, the opening number (and title track). Unfortunately the rest of the album does not reach those same dizzy heights and ultimately it's a bit of a disappointment.

Rating: 6/10

428. Sister Sledge - We Are Family


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Release Date: 1979
Label: Cotillion

Daughters of Percy, Sister Sledge wowed audiences with their disco-infused soul, and nevermore so than on this album. Written and produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernie Edwards, this is an album that is easy to fall in love with from the first listen. It may not be hip but its definitely good.

Rating: 7/10

427. AC/DC - Highway to Hell


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Release Date: 1979
Label: Atlantic

AC/DC follow a formula of throat-shedding vocals, a guitarist who looks like Jimmy Crankie and a fanatical devotion to the Pope. 'Highway To Hell' is their sixth album and was released two years after 'Street to Sin' and 'Motorway to Madness' topped the charts in Australlia. This was the last album they released before lead-singer Bon Scott died - not that you'd ever have noticed.

Rating: 4/10

Monday, 16 July 2018

426. Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Scream


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Release Date: 1978
Label: Polydor

Arguably the female punk icon, Siouxsie Sioux Banshee was famous before even being signed. By the time record companies came calling, punk had pretty much peaked so the Banshees decided to release, perhaps, the first goth album instead. The title is a give away for a start! A promising debut and hopefully a sign of better things to come.


Rating: 8/10

425. Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music For Airports


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Release Date: 1978
Label: EG

Every time he releases a new album Brian Eno seems to get more experimental. He is also in danger of getting less commercial at the time, and this time he has gone one step too far. Inspired by his love of Heathrow and Gatwick, 'Ambient 1' is the first in a ten-part series of records inspired by transport. 'Ambient 2: Music For Train Stations' is notorious for its chugging rhythms, periodic whistles and occasional station announcements.

Rating: 7/10


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