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2003 – Get Born – Jet

Basic, no-frills, bar-room rock ‘n’ roll. Probably because that’s what The Rogues had been peddling (albeit with an Irish twist) for ten years now, I was instantly blown away when I heard the opening guitar riff kick in on Jet’s … Continue reading

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2002 РUp The Bracket РThe Libertines 

To use the vernacular, the drums and bass are as tight as a duck’s arse. Which is good because everything else on “Up The Bracket” by The Libertines is so loose it’s constantly on the verge of falling apart. From … Continue reading

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2001 – Is This It – The Strokes

James was growing up. Having been in the nursery at Rawmarsh Ashwood Road because it was nearer for Auntie Mo to take and pick him him up, we took the decision to move him to a school that was nearer … Continue reading

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2000 – The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs

I’ve no idea where I first heard about “69 Love Songs” by The Magnetic Fields, probably the New Musical Express, but I’m so glad I decided to get it. What could have been a chore, listening to sixty nine songs … Continue reading

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1999 – Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band – The Mountain

From the opening drawl of, “M..I..C..K..E..Y..M..O..You gotta put your hat on boy. Alright, you wanna be in the band, better put your hat on…” I knew I’d found it, that new ‘something’ I’d been looking for – bluegrass music. It … Continue reading

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1998 – Mercury Rev, Sparklehorse, Embrace, Massive Attack

It could have been the perception of circumstances, but for me, there didn’t seem to be any one really significant album this year.¬† There were some brilliant, glittering songs by some great artists, but again, not a whole album that … Continue reading

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1997 – Shine – The Space Brothers

I did buy a few albums this year; the soporific but beautiful “Curtains” by Tindersticks, the eclectic “Bring There” by Wilco and “When The Boatman Calls” by the consistently brilliant Nick Cave, containing “Into My Arms”, surely one of the … Continue reading

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