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Brass Band - 
The Hot 8 Brass Band

3.5/10

Quite frankly there's no need for this cacophonous album to be 75 minutes long. It completely overstays its welcome, especially as this sort of music makes most sense in a live setting.

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Year

2007

Genre

Best Song

Brass Band

E Flat Blues

Worst Song

Sexual Healing

Reviewed By

Joel

Days Like This -
Van Morrison

10/10

Simply beautiful, encompassing a wide range of styles, all of which work to make this more than the sum of its parts.

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Year

1995

Genre

Best Song

Folk Rock

Perfect Fit

Worst Song

Melancholia

Reviewed By

Joel

Original Pirate Material - 
The Streets

4/10

Mike Skinner comes across like Danny Dyer with a philosophy degree, but a closer listen revealed a satirical and lyrical depth to this album. Musically, however, I didn't like it.

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Year

2002

Genre

Best Song

Garage

Don't Mug Yourself

Worst Song

Geezers Need Excitement

Reviewed By

Joel

Transformer - 
Lou Reed

8/10

Provocative and bleak, Reed's album is full of powerful songs.

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Year

1972

Genre

Best Song

Glam Rock

Walk On The Wild Side

Worst Song

New York Telephone Conversation

Reviewed By

Danny

I'm Nearly Famous -
Cliff Richard

6.5/10

This album thrives during its high-octane, high energy tracks - unfortunately they are rare and the album is instead filled with slower ballads which are unromantic, unconvincing and desperate.

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Year

1976

Genre

Best Song

Pop Rock

You've Got to Give Me All Your Lovin'

Worst Song

Miss You Nights

Reviewed By

Danny

Born To Run - 

Bruce Springsteen

10/10

Uplifting lyrics telling stories of survival and love, accompanied by powerful piano-rock - what's not to like about this album?

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Year

1975

Genre

Best Song

Heartland Rock

Thunder Road

Worst Song

Night

Reviewed By

Danny

Charleston, SC, 1966 - Darius Rucker

6/10

There's something about the sound of modern country that makes me switch off, but Darius Rucker just about got me to appreciate what he's doing. Just about.

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Year

2010

Genre

Best Song

Country

Southern State Of Mind

Worst Song

We All Fall Down

Reviewed By

Joel

Tenacious D - 
Tenacious D

3.5/10

I really hated this album. The songs are often filled with puerile humour as Jack Black parodies a metal band. Musically unpleasant and at times annoying.

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Year

2001

Genre

Best Song

Comedy Rock

Tribute

Worst Song

Explosivo

Reviewed By

Danny

Parklife - 
Blur

8.5/10

Buoyant, punk-ish and even psychedelic at moments, this album brilliantly paints a vivid picture of Britain in the 90s full of wry popular culture references. 

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Year

1994

Genre

Best Song

Britpop

Parklife

Worst Song

Bank Holiday

Reviewed By

Danny

American Pie - 

Don McLean

8/10

American Pie is a bona fide classic, and while the rest of the album isn't quite as good, it has plenty of memorable tunes with interesting lyrics.

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Year

1971

Genre

Best Song

Folk Rock

American Pie

Worst Song

Empty Chairs

Reviewed By

Joel

"Heroes" - 

David Bowie

9/10

An album split in two, with the second half of the album being a selection of ambient tracks in which Bowie seamlessly blends sounds from East Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East. An admirable artistic endeavour that impressed me more than I enjoyed it.

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Year

1977

Genre

Best Song

Art Rock

"Heroes"

Worst Song

Joe The Lion

Reviewed By

Danny

Praise & Blame -

Tom Jones

8/10

This album is a bit different to Jones' more poppy work for which he is renowned , however, he demonstrates that his incredible voice is perhaps even more suited to this genre. 

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Year

2010

Genre

Best Song

Gospel Rock

Strange Things

Worst Song

Didn't It Rain

Reviewed By

Danny

Sunmachine -

Dario G

7/10

Despite being repetitive and stupidly long, I can't deny there's some catchy, fun songs here.

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Year

1998

Genre

Best Song

Trance

Sunmachine

Worst Song

Malaway

Reviewed By

Joel

Elton John -

Elton John 

10/10

This album is full of lesser-known songs that are of similar high quality to his hits. I haven't been able to get Border Song Take Me To The Pilot  out of my head since I first gave this a listen.

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Year

1970

Genre

Best Song

Soft Rock

Your Song

Worst Song

First Episode At Hienton

Reviewed By

Danny

Who Knows Where Time Goes -
Judy Collins

5/10

There's nothing really wrong with this album, but there's also nothing really right about it either. It's 40 minutes of mid-tempo folk that to me was completely forgettable.

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Year

1968

Genre

Best Song

Folk

Someday Soon

Worst Song

My Father

Reviewed By

Joel

Synchronicity - 

The Police 

7.5/10

Sting's voice is not exactly to my taste but I admire the versatility and the variety of the album. However, I wish I could un-hear the abomination of a song  Mother, a truly awful auditory experience.

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Year

1983

Genre

Best Song

New Wave

Every Breath You Take

Worst Song

Mother

Reviewed By

Danny

American IV: The Man Comes Around - 
Johnny Cash

9/10 (& a hug)

Whilst I am not affording Cash a full 10/10,  listening to the album made me desperately want to console the singer and give him a hug. A truly sombre album full of wonderful covers. 

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Year

2002

Genre

Best Song

Country

Personal Jesus

Worst Song

Give My Love To Rose

Reviewed By

Danny

For Ever - 

Jungle

9.5/10

A wonderful album that blends lofi and dance music style to create a really great mood. I enjoyed the funky inflections throughout, however, the album slightly runs out of steam by its penultimate track.

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Year

2018

Genre

Best Song

Neo-soul

Casio

Worst Song

(More and More) It Ain't Easy

Reviewed By

Danny

2001 -

Dr Dre

5/10

I fully admit this is not a genre of music I generally like, but there's a fair few songs I liked here, it's just way too long, and the lyrics are often puerile and misogynistic.

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Year

1999

Genre

Best Song

Gangsta Rap

The Next Episode

Worst Song

Fuck You

Reviewed By

Joel

Weezer - 

Weezer

5/10

Nerdy and unconvincing as punk-rockers, Weezer's album is at its best quite catchy, whilst at its worst is somewhere in between boring and annoying. An album that left me feeling shortchanged, not just for its length, but also because they sound like a poor man's Green Day and I previously had high hopes having already heard Island In The Sun

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Year

2001

Genre

Best Song

Alternative Rock

Island In The Sun

Worst Song

Simple Pages

Reviewed By

Danny

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