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Urban Hymns -
The Verve

8/10

Urban Hymns contains 4 or 5 top-class bangers, however, much of the album is mundane and it is just a bit too long.

Year

1997

Genre

Best Song

Britpop

Lucky Man

Worst Song

Neon Wilderness

Reviewed By

Danny

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The Age Of Plastic - 
The Buggles

7/10

Enjoyably light with a sleek pop sensibility, The Age Of Plastic has an era-defining sound, but lacks in memorable tunes.

Year

1980

Genre

Best Song

Pop

Elstree

Worst Song

I Love You (Miss Robot)

Reviewed By

Joel

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Mirage - 
Fleetwood Mac

10/10

An incredible album full of wonderful vocals, music and lyrics. It is very difficult to pick a best track however, Gypsy, a song very close to my heart, deserves a shout-out.

Year

1982

Genre

Best Song

Pop Rock

Can't Go Back

Worst Song

Only Over You

Reviewed By

Danny

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Bhangra Pirates -
Red Baraat

4/10

There's some moments of musical inspiration here,  but it mostly gets lost among the messiness of the ill-disciplined song-writing.

Year

2017

Genre

Best Song

Bhangra Fusion

Zindabad

Worst Song

Tunak Tunak Tun

Reviewed By

Joel

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Whatever You Want - 
Status Quo

8/10

It's moronic, derivative, middle-of-the-road, silly, stupid, unoriginal nonsense, and I loved every second of it. Say what you want about The Quo, they really can rock.

Year

1979

Genre

Best Song

Rock

Living On An Island

Worst Song

Breaking Away

Reviewed By

Joel

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Macho Man -
Village People

5/10

Rather silly and fun, and they have a knack for catchy choruses, but nothing special.

Year

1978

Genre

Best Song

Disco

In Hollywood (Everybody Is A Star)

Worst Song

Sodom and Gommorah

Reviewed By

Joel

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Tea For The Tillerman - 
Cat Stevens

10/10

Beauty encapsulated in an album. Stevens' delicate voice is gently soothing. Lyrically, Tea For The Tillerman is open to a wide range of interpretations and invites the listener to ponder life, family and environmentalism.

Year

1970

Genre

Best Song

Folk Rock

Wild World

Worst Song

Hard Headed Woman

Reviewed By

Danny

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Jake Bugg - 
Jake Bugg

9/10

A very solid album. There's little that blew me away here, but equally nothing that bored me or felt unneeded or unnecessary, and it's all fun to listen to

Year

2012

Genre

Best Song

Indie Rock

Broken

Worst Song

Country Song

Reviewed By

Joel

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What'd I Say - 
Ray Charles

10/10

There is not a mediocre song on this album. If I could award Charles 11/10 I would. Simply joyous.

Year

1959

Genre

Best Song

Rhythm and Blues

Tell All The World About You

Worst Song

Jumping In The Morning

Reviewed By

Danny

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Good Old Boys - 
Randy Newman

10/10

Randy Newman's satire is razor sharp, and it's no better than on the provocative opening song Rednecks. His political songs remain tragically relevant and the love ballads are pitch perfect, and both lyrically have so much to offer, and reveal a depth to his artistry.

Year

1974

Genre

Best Song

Piano-Rock

Redneck

Worst Song

Marie

Reviewed By

Joel

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A Song For You - 
The Temptations

10/10

Souly funk or funky soul? Either way, this is up there with the best of them, with many songs reminiscent of what Prince would end up starting his career with.

Year

1975

Genre

Best Song

Soul

Happy People

Worst Song

Firefly

Reviewed By

Joel

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This Is It -
The Strokes

9/10

I always felt indie rock was copying something. Well, now I know what. This album is boisterous and exuberant, with an authentic punk edge, but also an undercurrent of melodic sensibility. 

Year

2001

Genre

Best Song

Indie Rock

Last Nite

Worst Song

Take It Or Leave It

Reviewed By

Joel

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Bingo! - 
The Steve Miller Band

7.5/10

A very fun come-back album. Not groundbreaking by any means, but it's an enjoyable selection of pop rock tunes ably performed by the funkiest Miliband brother.

Year

2010

Genre

Best Song

Pop

Hey Yeah

Worst Song

Ooh Poo Pah Doo

Reviewed By

Joel

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Out Of Time - 
R.E.M.

10/10

A pensive album that magnificently balances the sombre and the uplifting. Out Of Time has a Leonard Cohen-esque quality to it at times as it is surprisingly profound in its lyrics. 

Year

1991

Genre

Best Song

Alternative Rock

Shiny Happy People

Worst Song

Radio  Song

Reviewed By

Danny

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Berry Is On Top - 

Chuck Berry

10/10

This album is distilled fun. If you could isolate the molecules of fun, it would sound like this blisteringly rollicking record.

Year

1959

Genre

Best Song

Rock & Roll

Johnny B. Goode

Worst Song

Hey Pedro

Reviewed By

Joel

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Master Of Reality - 
Black Sabbath

6/10

Arriving to this album with a prejudice against Heavy Metal and Hard Rock I was nervous about listening to The Sabbath. Whilst I hated the vocals of Ozzy Osbourne, instrumentally the album is full  of great riffs and even contains some softer melodies including the beautiful song Solitude.

Year

1971

Genre

Best Song

Heavy Metal

Solitude

Worst Song

Lord Of This World

Reviewed By

Danny

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Back To Black - 
Amy Winehouse

9.5/10

Her powerhouse voice carries all the tracks, but the instrumentation is beautiful too. It feels like authentic soul, rather than a more modern record. Occasionally a couple of the songs feel less interesting, but otherwise it's a true classic.

Year

2006

Genre

Best Song

Neo-Soul

Back to Black

Worst Song

Just Friends

Reviewed By

Joel

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At Last -
Etta James

7/10

Another album that falls prey to "One Great Song Syndrome". At Last is a perfect romantic song, but nothing else is as memorable at that. Her voice is sublime, though.

Year

1960

Genre

Best Song

Blues

At Last

Worst Song

Tough Mary

Reviewed By

Joel

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Wave - 
Patti Smith

5.5/10

I don't really like Smith's voice and I found the punky-vibe a little bit too intense. Nevertheless, lyrically this is a robust album with rousing lyrics especially in the song Dancing Barefoot.

Year

1979

Genre

Best Song

Post-Punk

Dancing Barefoot

Worst Song

Citizen Ship

Reviewed By

Danny

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Toto IV - 
Toto

7/10

An average pop-rock album with one of the best songs of all time.

Year

1982

Genre

Best Song

Pop

Africa

Worst Song

Afraid Of Love

Reviewed By

Danny

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