Oct 142011
 

Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!

Richard Thompson’s solo debut, Henry the Human Fly, began with a song that contained the line, “Don’t expect the words to ring too sweetly on the ear.” This would become his songwriting credo, as he penned lyrics that were incisive, emotive, and not the least bit sentimental, bringing them home with an equally biting guitar. His wife Linda sang with a powerful clarity, her voice full of aching, mischief, mourning, celebration, or whatever else the song might call for. She’s fully entitled to her equal billing. On their debut release as a couple, 1974’s I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight, Richard and Linda Thompson report what they’ve encountered on a very British Desolation Row, in a musical language that could have been written half a millennium ago or the day after tomorrow. Continue reading »

Jul 012010
 

The impossible has happened: Beck is getting weirder. Yes, it seemed impossible after he buddied up with Danger Mouse or performed marionette dinner-percussion concerts, but the trend is clear. Exhibit A: his Record Club.

For those unfamiliar, Beck began a Record Club in 2009 where he and a bunch of friends got together and covered a classic album beginning to end. The first choice was obvious: the Velvet Underground & Nico. The next album branched a little farther out: Songs of Leonard Cohen. Then came INXS’s Kick, which seemed significantly more left-field than the classic songwriter groove. But the new choice takes the cake. It’s Yanni. Yes, that Yanni.
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