Modern records sound rubbish - NOT THESE THOUGH

A Listmania! list by Sick Mouthy (Exeter, Devon)
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Roots & Crowns
1.  Roots & Crowns by Califone
The list author says:
  "Something between country and postrock, Califone combine electronics with slide guitars (and bells and whistles) - exquisitely mixed with loads of space and amazing realism, plus good songs!"
10.58   Used & New from: 5.83
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Destruction Of Small Ideas
2.  The Destruction Of Small Ideas by 65daysofstatic
The list author says:
  "Their last record was an over-compressed mush, which is a shame cos they're excellent.  This is a near-masterpiece though; amazingly dynamic like postrock ought to be."
Used & New from: 7.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Through The Windowpane
3.  Through The Windowpane by Guillemots
The list author says:
  "Guillemots chuck loads of instruments into the mix (typewriters! bells!) but do it sympathetically. Just listen to Sao Paulo; Fyfe knows sticking a record on a good stereo and floating away is great!"
5.20   Used & New from: 0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Wind In The Wires
4.  Wind In The Wires by Patrick Wolf
The list author says:
  "Disarmingly intimate and emotive set of songs for ukulele, piano, sampler, horse shoes, viola and feedback.  His new one is terrific, but this is just so... beautiful, and stark."
7.06   Used & New from: 2.10
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Eureka
5.  Eureka by Jim O'Rourke
The list author says:
  "Almost everything he touches turns to sonic gold, from Sonic Youth to Wilco to Joanna Newsom to his own solo stuff.  This gets a mention cos of the amazing strings."
11.93   Used & New from: 6.66
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

He Poos Clouds
6.  He Poos Clouds by Final Fantasy
The list author says:
  "Owen knows the value of good headphones; the textures and timbres on this record are amazing, and the melodies are just as good.  The lyrics?  Bonkers!  He's a star."
13.59   Used & New from: 5.15
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Trials Of Van Occupanther
7.  The Trials Of Van Occupanther by Midlake
The list author says:
  "Old fashioned production style suits the concept song-suite here - all about living in the hills in the 1890s - but it's far from backwards.  Absolutely wonderful melodies and harmonies, too."
6.62   Used & New from: 1.88
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

The Power Out
8.  The Power Out by Electrelane
The list author says:
  "Any Electrelane album would do, because they all sound amazing, but this one just about wins out for two reasons - 1; Steve Albini, 2; the choir!"
11.60   Used & New from: 1.22
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Drift
9.  The Drift by Scott Walker
The list author says:
  "Staggeringly, frighteningly realistic and dynamic.  The quiet bits lull you so far in that the loud bits scare the hell out of you.  He's an odd sort, Scott, punching a side of pork for percussion."
14.27   Used & New from: 4.89
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Codename: Dustsucker
10.  Codename: Dustsucker by Bark Psychosis
The list author says:
  "Terrific soundscapes that defy genre from one of the best producers / engineers working today."
Used & New from: 5.50
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Strange Bird
11.  Strange Bird by Augie March
The list author says:
  "These guys are great - a literate but boozy barband with amazing arrangements, and all recorded absolutely beautifully. Any of their albums is a winner."
40.14   Used & New from: 5.46

The Violet Hour
12.  The Violet Hour by Clientele
The list author says:
  "Hazy, heavily-reverbed sixties London guitar pop, recorded cheaply but with care; not strictly hi-fi per se, but alluring and evocative and beautiful."
Used & New from: 5.83
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Vaya
13.  Vaya by At the Drive-In
The list author says:
  "Those weaned on the Ross Robinson sludhe ot Relationship Of Command may be shocked by the sparseness and detail of this, never mind the blistering dynamics and defined guitars. Awesome."
27.64   Used & New from: 3.70
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Working For A Nuclear Free City
14.  Working For A Nuclear Free City by Working for a Nuclear Free City
The list author says:
  "Vague and cheap-sounding at first, this is actually really involving and moreish; the fuzz is a psychedelic tool for these bass-happy and eclectic Northerners."
5.31   Used & New from: 0.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Texas Jerusalem Crossroad
15.  The Texas Jerusalem Crossroad by Lift to Experience
The list author says:
  "Possibly the most amazing guitar sound of the decade, and one of the best voices, too; minimal but EXPANSIVE, this swells to fill the Texas sky."
7.79   Used & New from: 1.17
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Super Roots 7
16.  Super Roots 7 by Boredoms
The list author says:
  "Technically a few years old, but re-released, this is how to do a 20-minute, repetetive, hypnotic drone - with loads of detail and realness amongst the unreality."
14.58   Used & New from: 1.59
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Young Liars
17.  Young Liars by TV on the Radio
The list author says:
  "The last album pushed things a little too loud and lost some of the compellingly frazzled edges which makes TVotR's drone & groove aesthetic so compelling, but this debut EP has it all."
8.32   Used & New from: 2.43
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Lontano
18.  Lontano by Tomasz Stanko
The list author says:
  "Cheating, as this is jazz and not rock/pop/alt. Anything on ECM will sound amazing, because the label know their audience. This is bafflingly real."
15.03   Used & New from: 6.25
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

'sno Angel Like You
19.  'sno Angel Like You by Howe Gelb
The list author says:
  "Those voices, those drums, that guitar - alt.country meets gospel in Canada. An amazingly warm recording, considering the sleeve!"
19.50   Used & New from: 8.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Talker
20.  Talker by U.S. Maple
The list author says:
  "The most bizarre and crazily detailed guitar sound I've ever heard; sort of a modern-day Beefheart's Magic Band. Lots of mumbling, off-kilter rhythms and disorienting riffs."
13.06   Used & New from: 6.95

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Last updated: 29/07/2007
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