Content tagged 'Alternative'
101 (Album of the Day)
Depeche Mode wrapped up their MUSIC FOR THE MASSES tour with a triumphant concert at Pasadena's Rose Bowl in June 1988, and fortunately tapes (and filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker's cameras) were rolling to capture it all. The resulting double album, entitled 101 (this was the 101st performance of the tour), shows the U.K. synth-pop quartet to be as captivating on stage as in the studio, with terrific versions of such hits as “Blasphemous Rumors,” “A Question of Lust” and “Everything Counts.” The masses do their part for the music as well, as the 60,000-plus sold-out crowd cheer the band on, adding energy and emotion to every song. Depeche Mode's 101 was released last month on 180-gram vinyl, and a spin on the turntable will put you into the audience as one of the defining bands of the 1980s hits a career watershed.
Never For Ever (Album of the Day)
"We must tell our hearts that it is 'never for ever,' and be happy that it's like that,” noted Kate Bush of the joyous and sorrowful songs of her third studio album, NEVER FOR EVER. The first release co-produced by the U.K. artist shows Bush broadening her signature sound with some effectively deployed synthesizers and drum machines as well as a richer variety of arrangements. The 11 originals – including U.K. Top 20 singles “Breathing,” “Army Dreamers” and the classic “Babooshka” - give influences from literature and film thoughtful new spins and wonderfully theatrical vocal performances. NEVER FOR EVER became the first album by a female solo artist to top the British chart (entering at No.1) on this day in 1980, and it confirmed Kate Bush's status as one of the decade's most distinctive singer-songwriters.
World Without End (Album of the Day)
Frequently compared to Echo and the Bunnymen, The Mighty Lemon Drops added more than a drop of jangle-pop to the Bunnymen's blend of post-punk and neo-psych, but to judge from the outstanding WORLD WITHOUT END, the Wolverhampton, U.K. quartet needn't stand in anyone's shadow. Produced by Tim Palmer, the Sire set brims with Rickenbackers, strong melodies and melancholy lyrics on ten originals including “In Everything You Do,” “Closer To You” and “Inside Out” (which is as catchy a song as anything released in 1988). Insistent and memorable throughout, WORLD WITHOUT END ranks among The Mighty Lemon Drops' mightiest.
Love Bites (Special Edition) (Album of the Day)
Forty years ago today, Buzzcocks made their concert debut; that the U.K. quartet were just as impressive in the studio as onstage is amply borne out on LOVE BITES. Produced by the great Martin Rushent, the 1978 collection arrived in stores just six months after their first album, but the group's supply of classics was by no means depleted: “Real World,” “Just Lust” and the immortal “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)” reveal Steve Shelley to be a songwriter of the first order. The two-disc Special Edition of this superb set features a bumper crop of bonus tracks including demos, live recordings and John Peel sessions. With an instrumental attack as propulsive and catchy as any Ramones album, LOVE BITES will sink its teeth deep into punk fans.