….AEaDJ needs an album review section, me finks.

There’s a whole load of great/average/middling/poor albums floating about at the minute, and I’ve been listening to many of them, so I thought I’d do a short 50 word review on a few that have been on heavy rotation round mine of late. Actually not even on high rotation, just felt I had summat to say about them. Some I’ve been sent, some I’ve bought and some I’ve illegally downloaded. There, I said it, let’s not pretend no-one else does it.
You might have noticed, of late I’ve actually tried to write a bit about stuff, rather than just the usual “This doesn’t suck, here’s the download link”. Well yeah, it’s evolution I suppose.

Professor Green – Alive ‘Til I’m Dead

I was a little bit dubious about this record, as the singles have all been very sample-y, but it’s paced out really well, with all the pop bits at the front, the better quality in the middle and more down-tempo introspective bits towards the end. Bought.

RPA & The United Nations Of Sound – United Nations Of Sound

If this record contained 30% less Richard Ashcroft, it wouldn’t be as shit as people make out. Like if he’d made it like a project, rather than an ego trip. There’s still some great songs here, just too much RPA. Which reminds me of pints of bitter. Got sent.

Best Coast – Crazy For You

I love this album, and I just got tickets to see here next week, so I’ll probably be talking about them more and more. It sounds like it was recorded in a toilet, but in a good way. With a doo-wap band in the other cubicle. And an orchestra handing out chewing gum. Illegally downloaded. Then bought.

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

I’ve given this record so much time, 14 listens on the last count, and I still just can’t love it. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, just…..I dunno it’s clearly not coming from the same place as Neon Bible, and I think I liked Win when he was in that place, rather than here. In The Suburbs. With a Volvo. Illegally downloaded.

K Anderson – The Overachiever

At first I thought he sounded like a more grittier Paolo Nutini, but then I thought that’s absolutely ridiculous, what could be more grittier than Paolo Nutini. There’s a line that goes “….No one’s ever going to fuck you like I used”. I can empathise. Last song he dumps the girl cos he prefers gingham. Got sent.

Skream – Outside The Box

After his set at Benicassim, I just had to check this out, and while it’s good, I’m more excited by the stuff that’s coming out with Magnetic Man. Epic Last Song I can confirm is both epic, and the last song on the album. It’s also a fuckin’ great album closer. Illegally downloaded.

The Coral – Butterfly House

Took a while to get into, but it was only after I stuck on their first album, for some reason, that I really got it. It’s warm and inviting, but at the same time is a challenging listen. That’s a pretty wanky thing to say, bascially it hasn’t got any great singles on it, but is still a worthwhile addition to the Corals cannon. Got sent.

MIA – ///Y/

I really just can’t get into this album. The majority of it sounds like a detuned radio, and the melodic bits to it are just flat. I wanted to like it, gave it a good go, but I’m sorry, it’s just not working for me. We should probably see other people now. Bought.

Heinali and Matt Finney – The Lemonade EP

Found myself oddly compelled to this collection. It’s industrial, haunting and shoegazy, but at the same time has a warmth to it that when you consider how it’s put together, is a surprise to discover. Reminds me a bit of UNKLE. First album, ie the good one. Very worthwhile. Got sent.

Les Savy Fav – Root For Ruin

I listened to this record 6 times yesterday. I didn’t think I’d even get to the end at first, but fuckin’ hell it’s brilliant. Best line “…out on the fringe, we get high and unhinged. And the outcasts are in, and the outcasts are in.” Like a more tuneful Pixies and less anthemic Hold Steady. Illegally downloaded. Will being seeing them live, buying t-shirts etc.

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