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Best Of The North West

"siobhan_h"
 
Strangeways, Here We Come
Strangeways, Here We Come
"This list could not be without them. Probably not their best album, but I still have a soft spot for it."
Republic
Republic
"One of many great Factory exports. Probably the most prolific band on the list - and there are gems on every album."
Closer
Closer
"And this is how they started life."
Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches
Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches
"Not the most respectable band ever, but musically fabulous. And how many bands had the novelty of Bez?"
The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
"The absolute epitome of Madchester. It sounds fresh and beautiful every time."
The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
"Not your average singer-songwriter. Behind Damon Gough's unassuming presence lurks an overwhelming ability to craft, hone and layer his music."
Wonderland
Wonderland
"Britpop pioneers (and the only ones still surviving) pick up the funk where John Squire, not quite daring enough, dropped it, and they run with it."
In Our Gun
In Our Gun
"A lovely little innovative (Mercury Prize-winning) Southport creation."
Definitely Maybe
Definitely Maybe
"Always on the brink of spontaneous combustion, but when they settle down and come out with some of their most anthemic works, it's no wonder they went global."
Love Is Here
Love Is Here
"It's not often you get a band with a frontman who has *this* sort of voice, so let's all just take a moment to appreciate Chorley's Starsailor."
The La's
The La's
"Two-and-a-half minute Merseybeat shanties ahoy! Bouncy, confident and just a great little band."
All Change
All Change
"This album in particular produced some of the best parts of the mid-nineties indie surge. Spot the La's connection."
Music Of The Spheres
Music Of The Spheres
"No, it's not 'the Liam Gallagher trademark swagger' - all credit is actually due to Mr. Brown here. But he has earned it - while he's hardly modest, he really does know his stuff."
Bona Drag
Bona Drag
"Manchester's other (and premier) I-went-solo-and-did-a-damn-good-job export. He's not modest either."
The White Album
The White Album
"Do I need to explain?"
Pleased To Meet You
Pleased To Meet You
"It's guaranteed that you know half of James' songs, you just don't know it yet. An excellent band who, it would appear, just keep getting better."
Urban Hymns
Urban Hymns
"The Verve are almost at Stone Roses-status in terms of one-off brilliance, and with albums like this, quite rightly so. A modern classic."
The Coral
The Coral
"While it is admittedly early days for jangly upstarts The Coral, there's no denying that they all make us feel good."
Human Conditions
Human Conditions
"See number 17. As polished as Ian Brown, almost as bombastic as the songs he left behind with The Verve, and definitely more positive. The boy done good."
Imagine
Imagine
"This north-western lot are certainly good at turning solo. This is simply a beautiful album."