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Shock of the new - music to be excited about

EJC "emmadeshabille"
 
The Return of The Durutti Column
The Return of The Durutti Column
"My favourite Durutti Column album only by virtue of being the first I heard. Hypnotic, simple, heartbreaking and very beautiful. 'Beginning' could be an unused track from Hal Hartley's 'Trust'."
The Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty/Splendour of Fear
The Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty/Splendour of Fear
"Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty - slow drums, jangling guitars and wistful vocals. Songs for awkward/quirky loner days in a sultry summer or majestic winter."
All Saints
All Saints
"Under-rated bowie masterpieces. Life-affirming and strange in turn but timeless nonetheless. Ladies and gentlemen, we are now floating in space.."
Bubbles
Bubbles
"Music this enthusiastic/upbeat has to be from the late sixties. Bubblebum, singalong and highly melodic, and shows an affecting appreciation of the simple things."
Comic Strip
Comic Strip
"Great introduction to France's national treasure (if not the world's). Pop works of art; funky, sexy, crazy..basically what everyone should be listening to!"
L'Histoire de Melody Nelson
L'Histoire de Melody Nelson
"Gainsbourg in a darker mood ; concept album centred around muse Melodie Nelson/ Jane Birkin. Operatic and classical in feel, yet seems new and wholly original. Very kinky!"
Songs of Innocence and Despair
Songs of Innocence and Despair
"Honest and moving, reminds you of the pure excitement of listening to and singing pop songs. 'Saturday night' bangs in my head and heart when I run to catch the bus. Space Oddity is superb."
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
"Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge; virtually expresses every emotion experienced in a lifetime. Profoundly human."
Spotlight on
Spotlight on
"Discovered this and 'Exclusively Talentmaker' recently. Lo-fi but in a somewhat nostalgic and sweet way.  Optigan was a truly wierd and wonderful invention."
Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Songs Of Leonard Cohen
"Sad delicate songs of longing and regret. Almost like old sea shanties or songs that time has forgot. Gorgeous."
Tilt
Tilt
"When I first heard this album I was quite disturbed by its rawness and explicitness of feeling. Then I found myself wanting to listen to it again and again for the same reason."