Tag: 96

Slowdive – Souvlaki

Slowdive – Souvlaki       Jack Rabid: ‘Though not as big and swirling as Just for a Day, there’s more of an attempt to put advanced song structure and melody in place rather than just craft infinitely appealing, occasionally thunderous mood music. Everything is simplified, as if Brian Eno’s presence on two songs — […]

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Fiona Apple – Tidal

Fiona Apple – Tidal       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Fiona Apple demonstrates considerable talent on her debut album, Tidal, but it is unformed, unfocused talent. Her voice is surprisingly rich and supple for a teenager, and her jazzy, sophisticated piano playing also belies her age. Given the right material, such talents could have flourished, […]

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Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust?

Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust?       Who Can You Trust? is the first album by the band Morcheeba. It was released in 1996 on China Records. Stylistically, the album is by far the band’s most trip hop oriented release, consisting of languid, looping grooves, using mostly Rhodes piano, electric guitar and scratching. […]

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Arab Strap – The Weekend Never Starts Round Here

      Ned Raggett: ‘The Strap’s first album continues the initial splash made by the quirky groove of “The First Big Weekend,” which is included here with thirteen other songs. Moffat’s technique of undersinging/speaking his lyrics at points, combined with the lack of a lyric sheet, does mean that his vaunted dissections of modern […]

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Faithless – Reverence

 Faithless – Reverence       Amy Hanson: ‘Maxi Jazz, the maestro behind Faithless, is well titled as “the grand oral disseminator.” The tales he spins make this album a manifesto, religious experience, sexual escapade, and 24-hour rave all rolled up into one tightly constructed package. As Jazz explored hip-hop through the 1980s and his […]

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Robert Miles – Dreamland

Robert Miles – Dreamland    Jose F. Promis: ‘Italian pianist turned DJ Robert Miles scored a massive international hit with his wonderful, dreamy dance cut “Children” (one of the 1990s biggest and best dance hits) from his debut album Dreamland. The album at times sounds as if it were one continuous song (or set of […]

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Pendragon – The Masquerade Overture

Pendragon – The Masquerade Overture Prognut from Progarchives: ‘Modern Symphonic Progressive Rock as it’s best. This is the ONE to get if you are new to Pendragon. Their best to date. From the beautiful pastoral “Paintbox”, to the Symphonic “Shadow” into the neo-prog “Master of Illusion”. The musicianship is just fantastic. Nick Barrett gives enough […]

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Jamiroquai – Travelling Without Moving

Jamiroquai – Travelling Without Moving Travelling Without Moving is the third studio album released by British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai, released on 1996. The album features the international hit single “Virtual Insanity”. The album has a more diverse sound than previous albums, with more instrumental tracks, a greater influence and evident in songs, such as […]

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St Germain – Boulevard

St Germain – Boulevard       Boulevard is an album by French DJ Ludovic Navarre, released under the stage name St. Germain. It was originally released in the UK on July 28, 1995, but was later released in the USA March 26, 2002. The album is more dance music-oriented and relaxing compared to his […]

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Buddy Holly – Greatest Hits

Buddy Holly – Greatest Hits AMG Review: MCA remastered 18 of Buddy Holly’s best-known songs for 1996’s Greatest Hits album. While the sound is fine, it isn’t markedly better than that on From the Original Master Tapes, which also boasted a more complete track selection. Nevertheless, Greatest Hits is one of the most thorough single-disc collections […]

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Shakira – Pies Descalzos

      Jose F. Promis: ‘Shakira’s 1996 debut album, Pies Descalzos set the stage for one of the international community’s most celebrated and exciting stars. The album took a while to gain momentum, but once it did, the young chanteuse ascended to dizzying commercial heights that were only magnified with her more electrifying later […]

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The High Llamas – Hawaii

The High Llamas – Hawaii AMG Review: Sean O’Hagan has a gift for orchestral pop, creating lush soundscapes that are awash with sonic detail. He clearly owes a lot to Brian Wilson, and Hawaii, the High Llamas’ third album, falls somewhere between Pet Sounds and SMiLE. Sonically, the rich, orchestrated production is reminiscent of the former, […]

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Eddie Higgins – Portrait in Black and White

Eddie Higgins – Portrait in Black and White       Dave Nathan: ‘Eddie Higgins is a quiet musician. His playing is never flamboyant and never exceeds the boundaries of good taste. The music coming out of his piano is reflective, exuding a feeling of relaxation, contemplation, and intimate beauty. This is not to say […]

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Cat Power – Myra Lee

Cat Power – Myra Lee AMG Review: The 1996 album Myra Lee presents a more diverse and fully developed version of Cat Power’s music, ranging from the winding, acoustic menace of “Enough” to the sinewy rock of “We All Die.” Introspective epics like “Great Expectations,” “Faces,” and “Wealthy Man” use churning tempos and spiraling guitars […]

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Sophia – Fixed Water

Sophia – Fixed Water Sophia is an indie rock band consisting of Robin Proper-Sheppard, former member of The God Machine, and the Sophia collective, a group of musicians who collaborate with Sophia. “Oh My Love” from People are like Seasons became an indie hit in several countries. After the release of the final The God […]

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Astrud Gilberto – Jazz ‘Round Midnight

Astrud Gilberto – Jazz ‘Round Midnight AMG Review: More thematically-programmed than many of Verve’s compilations, the Jazz ‘Round Midnight series focuses on the quiet, romantic side of the label’s artists. Astrud Gilberto is a perfect match for this series. Her simultaneously childlike and alluring voice defines the quiet, romantic elements of the bossa nova style […]

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Eddie Cochran – The Best Of

Eddie Cochran – The Best Of “Although Eddie Cochran was only 21 when he died, he left a lasting mark as a rock and roll pioneer. Cochran zeroed in on teenage angst and desire with such classics as “C’mon Everybody,” “Something Else,” “Twenty Flight Rock” and “Summertime Blues.” A flashy stage dresser with a tough-sounding […]

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Tori Amos – Boys For Pele

 Tori Amos – Boys For Pele Boys for Pele is the third studio album by American singer and song-writer Tori Amos. Preceded by the first single, “Caught a Lite Sneeze”, by three weeks, the album was released on 22 January 1996, in the United Kingdom and on 23 January in the United States. Despite the […]

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Everything But the Girl – Walking Wounded

Everything But the Girl – Walking Wounded Walking Wounded is a 1996 album by Everything but the Girl, their ninth studio release. It is their highest charting album to date, reaching number 4 in the UK and number 37 in the U.S. Everything But the Girl – Walking Wounded was the first album in which […]

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The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon

The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon is the third studio album by The Cardigans. It features the international single “Lovefool”. It was first released on August 12, 1996 and later internationally on September 9, 1996. The album was a major breakthrough for the band, both […]

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