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Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
"The soundtrack to volcanoes erupting in slow motion and glaciers in fast-forward. This is ambient music for a rock audience; itís handfuls of riffs are repeated lulling you into hypnosis"
Crocodiles [Expanded & Remastered]
Crocodiles [Expanded & Remastered]
"The exact mid-point between moody post-punk and post-punk goes pop. A great debut."
Heaven Up Here [Expanded & Remastered]
Heaven Up Here [Expanded & Remastered]
"The far moodier sequel, but with the far better songs. A more ambitious, epic sounding record."
Porcupine (Expanded & Remastered)
Porcupine (Expanded & Remastered)
"They just got better and better. Their songwriting here is more creative and clever, carrying an edgy anxiety with it."
Ocean Rain
Ocean Rain
"Anxiety gives way to beauty. Shining, beautifully orchestrated guitar pop."
Beautiful Freak
Beautiful Freak
"Miserable lyrics juxtaposed with only slightly troubled music. Their first and one of their best."
Hombre Lobo
Hombre Lobo
"Almost Fleetwood Mac-ish soft-rock thatís one part hopeless romantic and two parts sexual frustration. Shows you don't have to try and sound different to write great songs."
The Seldom Seen Kid
The Seldom Seen Kid
"Even though it's their commercial peak, it's also probably their best. It's where the great ideas on the other albums were fully realised."
Either/Or
Either/Or
"His creative peak; the fact that it's recorded on a lo-fi tape recorder just adds to the intimacy which is at times chilling. An intensely private and brilliantly written record."
XO
XO
"Out of the basement, into the studio, and it turns out that he's just as good at writing melancholy pop music as he is at harrowing confessions."
Figure 8
Figure 8
"ĎEither/Orí tried to exorcise Smithís demons but ĎFigure 8í made a futile attempt at covering them up. Though it was a commercial failure, it soon gained a huge following and deservedly so."
Lambent Material
Lambent Material
"Eluviumís debut breathes new life into ambient. Never before has the genre sounded so earthy; like the cave-painting-esque cover art, it feels like this has been around for centuries. (Avoid Zerethis)"
An Accidental Memory In the Case of Death
An Accidental Memory In the Case of Death
"Seven riff-based almost neo-classical solo piano pieces. Together it's like a perfect film score to one of the best films never made; plus it carries far too much emotional weight to be dinner music."
When I Live by the Garden and the Sea
When I Live by the Garden and the Sea
"This EP bridges the gap between his earthy ambient and his mournful piano. The effect is breathtaking."
Copia
Copia
"Continuing from 'When I Live...', these awe-inspiring soundscapes sound tailor made to soundtrack the most significant moments in your life without detracting from personal experience."
My Aim Is True
My Aim Is True
"If Buddy Holly had lived longer, looked the same and got a bit angrier, it might be almost as good as this brilliant brilliant debut."
This Year's Model
This Year's Model
"Tighter and more focused; less rock n roll, more crafty smart-rock."
Armed Forces
Armed Forces
"His shot at regular guitar pop with great results."
Imperial Bedroom
Imperial Bedroom
"Probably his most accomplished, every part of this sounds like it's been slaved over."
Seven Days of Falling
Seven Days of Falling
"Probably the best jazz record for decades; experimental without compromising melody or structure."
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
"Five achingly beautiful, soaring soundscapes saturated with the levels of emotion usually associated with watching a loved oneís ashes being shot into space."
All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
"Redefining "epic" for the 21st century once again, for 45 minutes, your heart is this bandís glove-puppet."
Glorious And Dressed To Kill
Glorious And Dressed To Kill
"I know it's not music per se, but I couldn't go without mentioning him. Probably the greatest British stand-up ever and these are his two best shows. Shame his latest hasn't been too great."