If your experience of Alanis Morissette is limited to her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill (and I’ll admit mine doesn’t go much further than that), you probably instantly associate her name with angsty, keen-tongued songs that make you think you absolutely do not want to dump or be dumped by her.
As I’ve just done my 200th review of the year, I thought now would be a good time to review where I am and where I should be.
Asia is a bit under-represented in my blog so far, so I had a read of Overblown’s list of the Top Ten Japanese Shoegaze Bands for inspiration for my next review, settling on Burrrn, one of the first acts mentioned.
There’s no doubt that Deacon Blue have written some of the best pop songs ever. I’m mentioned before about my habit of watching the Friday night BBC Four re-runs of Top of the Pops on this blog. As they were working their way through late 1988 when ‘Real Gone Kid’ was in the charts, the excitement around that song was palpable. It’s almost like the presenters were saying “now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…”
Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, is an interesting artist. From what I’ve heard (and to her credit) she sounds pretty different from one album to the next. I liked her last album, 2017’s Out in the Storm, which had a bit of an ’80s synth vibe in parts. ‘Hear You’ was a great song in particular, that stayed in my head for weeks.
It’s a shame that over time, …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead’s once awesome name has come to sound a bit post-2000 emo. The turn of the millennium saw bands with names like Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) and The Number Twelve Looks Like You come along, so we got used to ridiculously long, nonsensical band names, and associated a particular kind of music with them.
The challenge is a pretty simple one – over the course of 2020, I want to listen to 366 albums I’ve never heard before.