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Essentials A-Z: F

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Liege And Lief
Liege And Lief
"English Folk with capital E and F, Fairport Convention took the pastoral mythology and mundaneness of a long-gone England and made this LP of wonderfully atmospheric and superbly crafted folk-rock."
This Nations Saving Grace
This Nations Saving Grace
"Slimy, snarling and sneering Mark E Smith and co's greatest effort."
You've Come A Long Way, Baby
You've Come A Long Way, Baby
"Big-beat dance's most consistent moment which still sounds endlessly creative and still effortlessly danceable."
Crazy Rhythms
Crazy Rhythms
"Plenty of people who have never even heard of The Feelies have been influenced by them. Still sounds fresh and different as ever; stripped back, anxious nerd-rock with genuinely crazy rhythms."
The Reminder
The Reminder
"Folkish, smooth pop music which is both artistically rewarding and original."
Zombie
Zombie
"An extended protest song against the Nigerian military who promptly decided to kill his mum. Talk about suffering for great art; and great, funky, frenetic, jazzy brilliant art it is."
Tidal
Tidal
"A muscular confessional jazz-pop record from a criminally underrated singer/songwriter."
When the Pawn...
When the Pawn...
"This one's great too... despite the slightly creepy smile... and the title which originally held the record for the longest ever."
The End Of History
The End Of History
"A man who looks like a pixie peering out from under a toadstall but who's earthy sitting-back-against-a-tree music could even make Ross Kemp weak at the knees."
Fromohio
Fromohio
"D Boon from the Minutemen died. Then this happened. This was good too. More guitar poppy than guitar rocky but still really well written and addictive."
The Soft Bulletin
The Soft Bulletin
"Pain made a sonically thrilling sensual experience with a human soul to back it up. A weirdly beautiful anomaly."
Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
"A blend of American and English folk-rock, Beach Boys vocal harmonies and misty reverbs with songs so emotionally affecting Simon Cowell is destined to pick one of them to ruin for the next X Factor."
Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
"Constantly overshadowed by Rumours but it's so good and still puts all other AOR to shame."
Rumours
Rumours
"It's not even over rated and works on so many levels; all brilliant songs aside, all the couples in the band were breaking up, resulting in a record steeped in subtext."
Tusk
Tusk
"Somehow, this is my favourite Fleetwood Mac album. The sound has far more sonic and emotional depth, and despite a 20-track length, it never sinks below brilliant. A daring, far less commercial sequel"
Lungs
Lungs
"Shut up she's excellent."
The Colour And The Shape
The Colour And The Shape
"Their most definitive and exciting."
Rounds
Rounds
"Halfway between natural and artificial; a machine invaded by plantlife; electronica with a weird earthy force behind it."
No Pussyfooting (2 CD)
No Pussyfooting (2 CD)
"Two 20-minute tracks of brain-melting space-scape; its the sound of Jupiter and Saturn reaching a simultaneous orgasm."
Tarot Sport
Tarot Sport
"A noisy trancey trip through cyberspace that can still rock any stadium."
Lifeforms
Lifeforms
"The criminally under-rated 'Lifeforms' is an ambient house classic; a meticulously detailed and absorbing wilderness soundscape."