11 albums, here we go...
11) The Cribs - The New Fellas
The problem with talking about these lads is that inevitably you have to compare them to the Strokes. Yes, they certainly have that rough, late 70s new-wave punk sound a bit, but they also have a healthy dose of sing-songy melodies, making them a bit more like the Libertines. Ok, that's enough comparisons. What the cribs do well is combine punchy melodies with a rough and tumble sound. It's dirty, fast and exciting. It's indie sounding, but it's also catchy. I'm liking this disc the more i listen to it.
10) Oasis - Don't Believe the Truth
My view on Oasis is that they have a talented songwriter and a unique vocalist, but otherwise they are not great musicians. Every song on "Definitely Maybe" (a great album) is wall to wall guitars, save i think one track. This is the first album where the instrumentation is as good as the songwriting. There's a variety of guitar tones, lots of shakers, keyboards, all that good stuff. As a result, the songs sound extra-sharp, and i listened to this album alot. "Lyla" sounds awesome cranked up and there's plenty of pretty tunes too: "Love like a bomb" for example. The album's best track is probably "The importance of being idle", a great ode to laziness that's close to being the most interesting song Oasis has ever done.
9) Supergrass - Road to Rouen
It's short, only 9 songs and just over 30 minutes long, but none of these songs feel rushed. It's less like their last disc "Life on other Planets" and more like their selftitled album, where song structures were varied, allowing for extended instrumental sections. The result is a breezy, easy-going album. I've heard people say it's good for late-night listening, which is true, but it's not limited to the evening. For example, the creaky accoustic guitar and shuffling McCartney piano of "Low C" is a perfect summer afternoon song. The one drawback to this album- the fact that it's Supergrass that made it. It's not quite as good as the last album, and knowing that, it's hard to really love this record. However, it's still the sound of a great group exploring the sounds of the studio.