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Brilliant Bands (Pt1)

Neil C Smith "Retro"
 
August & Everything After
August & Everything After
"Classic American rock band. A 'must have' album and their best release to date. Amazing from start to finish. Listen to: Mr Jones, Round Here, Anna Begins, Rain King, A Murder Of One"
Dizzy Up The Girl
Dizzy Up The Girl
"I love this band. A fantastic rock album. Contains the brilliant "Iris". Also buy 'Gutterflower', 'Let Love In' & 'A Boy Named Goo'. Listen to: Iris, Black Balloon, Slide, Bullet Proof"
New Miserable Experience
New Miserable Experience
"Impossible not to like! Such a fresh sounding, cheerful album full of great big summery hooks. Listen to: Hey Jealousy, Mrs Rita, Found Out About You"
Friction Baby
Friction Baby
"Not very well known American band. Such a shame. In my opinion, on a par with the Goo Goo Dolls. Listen to: King of New Orleans, Rewind, Desperately Wanting, Hung the Moon, Speeding Up To Slow Down"
Lost in America
Lost in America
"Brilliant rock/folk/americana. Memorable songs and lyrics. Bill Deasy has such a good voice. (Check out his solo stuff as well.) Listen to: Lost in America, Bound to Be, And I Wanted, Soul Is Human"
Waiting
Waiting
"A melodic rock masterpiece from this talented Irish band. Also buy 'Waves'. Listen to: World Outside, Heaven's Wall, Years Could Go By, Big Decision"
Sound of Lies
Sound of Lies
"My favourite Jayhawks CD. Classic americana. Understated brilliance. Beautiful songs throughout. Also buy 'Smile'. Listen to: Man Who Loved Life, Trouble, Big Star, Dying On A Vine, Bottomless Cup"
Dulcinea
Dulcinea
"There are a fair number of quality rock songs on this album. Also buy the equally brilliant 'Coil'. Listen to: Fly from Heaven, Something's Always Wrong, Crowing, Windmills"
Breach: Special UK Edition
Breach: Special UK Edition
"Jacob (son of Dylan) fronts his own fantastic US rock band. Also buy 'Bringing Down the Horse' + more!. Listen to: Letters From The Wasteland, Sleepwalker, Some Flowers Bloom Dead, Murder 101"
The Golden Hum
The Golden Hum
"Often compared to U2 & REM. I think this band deserves to be regarded so highly. Also buy the magnificent 'Villa Elaine'. Listen to: Glorious #1, Save Me, Impossibility"
The Distance To Here
The Distance To Here
"Worthy survivors of the grunge-rock scene. Loud, melodic, powerful, passionate. Also buy 'Throwing Copper'. Listen to: The Dolphin's Cry, Run To The Water, They Stood Up For Love, We Walk In The Dream"
Yourself Or Someone Like You
Yourself Or Someone Like You
"Classic melodic rock album from late 90's. I don't know anyone who doesn't like this album! Also buy 'Mad Season'. Listen to: Real World, 3am, Push, Damn"
Holiday from You
Holiday from You
"Definitely recommend this album to fans of American rock / Matchbox 20. At least 6/7 great songs on here. Listen to: Last Goodbye, Surrounded, Happily Ever After, Somewhere Out There, Mistake, Dumb"
No Name Face
No Name Face
"Another talented American rock band that should appeal to fans of Matchbox 20. Also buy 'Stanley Climbfall'. Listen to: Hanging by a Moment, Sick Cycle Carousel, Simon, Trying"
Parachutes
Parachutes
"Great UK indie-rock band. Just in case you've been living on the moon for the last 8 years. Also buy 'A Rush of Blood to the Head'. Listen to: Yellow, Shiver, Trouble"
Eyes Open
Eyes Open
"Another great UK indie-rock band. Contains song-of-the-year contender "Chasing Cars". Also buy 'Final Straw' for the song "Run". Listen to: Chasing Cars, You're All I Have, Open Your Eyes"
Hopes and Fears
Hopes and Fears
"Beautiful, heartfelt UK acoustic indie-rock. Like Coldplay & Travis, but with a piano instead. Listen to: Everybody's Changing, Somewhere Only We Know, Bedshaped"
The Man Who
The Man Who
"Wonderful UK acoustic indie-rock. Listen to (on a road trip around Scotland): Why Does It Always Rain On Me, Driftwood, Writing To Reach You, Turn"
Blessid Union of Souls
Blessid Union of Souls
"Wow! US 'coffee-house' rock. Melodic. Uplifting. Also buy 'Walking Off the Buzz'. [N.B. Blessid] Listen to: I Wanna Be There, Scenes from a Coffee House, It's Your Day (Bronson's Song), Humble Star"
Drops Of Jupiter
Drops Of Jupiter
"US rock band. Contains the wonderful "Drops Of Jupiter" and a number of other good songs. Listen to: Drops Of Jupiter, She's On Fire, Respect, Mississippi"
Thrifty Mr Kickstar
Thrifty Mr Kickstar
"A great band, hardly known, and that's a shame. Sounds like the Counting Crows / Gin Blossoms. Worth it for the song "Rain" alone. Listen to: Rain, Nervous, Stay, She Ain't Ready, Heart of This"
Grave Dancers Union
Grave Dancers Union
"Strong US guitar-rock band. Contains the breakthrough single "Runaway Train". Also buy 'Let Your Dim Light Shine'. Listen to: Runaway Train, Without A Trace, Somebody to Shove, Black Gold"
Riverdogs + On Air
Riverdogs + On Air
"Unheard of in the UK. Guitar-driven bluesy AOR/rock classic. What a voice! (Think Whitesnake.) Listen to: Whisper, Spooky, Water From the Moon, Big House"
Recurring Dream: the Very Best of Crowded House
Recurring Dream: the Very Best of Crowded House
"Wonderful Australian band. This 'best of' reminds you of how good they were. Listen to: Fall at Your Feet, Don't Dream It's Over, Weather With You, Better Be Home Soon, Private Universe, Distant Sun"
On The Night
On The Night
"My favourite Dire Straits record and still the BEST LIVE ALBUM I have EVER heard. This actually improves on the original versions. Listen to: Romeo And Juliet, Your Latest Trick, Brothers In Arms"