Mr. T. Dale

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Seal ~ Seal
Seal ~ Seal
4.0 out of 5 stars Cutting-edge soul, 15 May 2010
Seal's debut, although a strange choice, was one of the first albums that I turned to on deciding that I wanted to expand my musical horizons. After hearing 'Crazy' on a friend's computer, it prompted me to purchase the album, as well as most of the rest of Seal's discography (which is largely hit and miss).

Seal (1991) is a pop-gem which is both funky and spiritual in equal measure. The obvious highlights are the two big singles, 'Crazy', and the hypnotic 'Killer', and if the latter was true to Seal's dance/house roots, then there is more to come in the form of 'The Beginning' and 'Future Love Paradise'. There is also an innocence to this record, as utopian/peace related… Read more
Parachutes ~ Coldplay
Parachutes ~ Coldplay
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much potential, 30 April 2010
Parachutes is an album that nowadays I listen to infrequently, perhaps due to over indulgence when I was younger, but from time to time I realise its merit. Despite a more mellow channeling of the styles of Radiohead and Jeff Buckley, Parachutes exudes a certain charm in that it couples good, honest songwriting with a true sense of completion as a record.

'Shiver', with its swirling chorus, uses a common theme of singer declaring unrequited love for somebody, as does 'Yellow', and these are two of the album's highlights. The rest of Parachutes is remarkably lo-fi, but contains some admirable songs if the mood suits them, notably the shimmering 'Spies', 'Trouble' and 'We Never… Read more
Asleep in the Back ~ elbow
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 2 April 2010
Isn't it funny how you turn to miserable and morose music when your self-belief starts to dip? Elbow are the type of band to sit you down and instead of telling you to pull yourself together, will pour their collective hearts out, putting your piffling self pity into some kind of context by measuring it against their epic despair. Guy Garvey's tender and sometimes powerful vocals hold up well throughout to demonstrate this, as well as a standard of lyricism which to my mind would be difficult to match.

This is a beautiful album from start to finish, and represents much of the band's finest work. If you are more familiar with the Seldom Seen Kid, this album is more in the style of… Read more