I picked up some new albums recently, and I’ll pause here to echo a comment I heard on the radio the other night as I can’t remember what the inside of a record store looks like, especially now I don’t work in the city centre and no longer have the evil geniuses at FOPP fleecing me on a weekly basis. I’m not even sure I’m bothered by this, although there is something satisfying about physically opening a CD, reading the sleevenotes, and extracting the disc from the spindle … but that’s a transistory pleasure at best, after the first few viewings, the cover art and sleeve notes are much of a muchness usually.
For a change, every single album I picked up is pretty damn good and as I’ve not done any review type posts here for AGES (mainly because the competition is of such a high standard) I thought I’d rattle through my thoughts on the following:
- Amy Winehouse
- Mark Ronson – Version
- Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
- Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther
- Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
And no, I hadn’t planned to list them in order of increasing name and title. These things just happen.