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Best Of A Bad Bunch- "This Note's For You"

It is pretty rare for an artist to have a sustained career without at least one barren period with a lack of commercial success, critical or fan acclaim. Some may only have one golden moment, and then struggle to hit the heights ever again. That doesn't mean that all they produce in those "lost" years is without merit. I'm going to look at some of my favourite songs from these lesser known or ill regarded periods, starting with a man who has had more than one period of both acclaimed and berated music, Neil Young.

I'm not considering his "Ditch Trilogy" as a barren period as "Time Fades Away", "On The Beach" and "Tonight's The Night" rank amongst his finest work even if they fell a long way from the commercial heights of "Harvest". 

More thoughts on "On The Beach" here.

More on "Tonight's The Night" here.

Instead I'm turning to Neil lost decade, the Geffen wilderness that was the 1980s.

Best of 2018 Redux - Lake Street Dive

A short series of posts looking at the albums that either arrived too late, or I discovered through other peoples 'best of' lists, that I feel warrant discussion in the 'Best Of 2018'.

Next up,

Free Yourself Up by Lake Street Dive



I have to thank Jeff Fielder from the excellent "Great Albums Podcast" for bringing this gem to my attention in his best of 2018 rundown.

On the show in which this is discussed they played the track "Shame, Shame, Shame" and described it as being what Fleetwood Mac might have sounded like if Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham hadn't joined in late 1974. I can see where they're coming from in relation to the aforementioned track, but there is so much more to this band.


A veritable smorgasbord of styles between which the band adeptly switch from song to song, sometimes even within the song. From the soulful, funky rock of opener "Baby Don't Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts" through the vocal showcase of &quo…

Best Of 2018 - Redux Springsteen On Broadway Review

A short series of posts looking at the albums that either arrived too late, or I discovered through other peoples 'best of' lists, that I feel warrant discussion in the 'Best Of 2018'.

Next up,

Springsteen On Broadway

This double CD came along in December as the complete soundtrack to the Netflix recording of the Broadway show. 

I had managed to avoid any spoilers about the show, other than picking up the general vibe that it was good. It was therefore a surprise that it was unlike any other Springsteen album, indeed a show and not a concert. More monologue than songs it is nonetheless a fascinating document and a must listen/watch for any music fan.

Using some of the material from his autobiography to take us on a journey through his life in word and song with sincerity and good humour, this is an enjoyable ride. Are any of the versions of songs here the definitive versions? Not really, but that is not the point. The unique format is the selling point. If you want classic …

Best Of 2018- Redux featuring Bonny Doon

A short series of posts looking at the albums that either arrived too late, or I discovered through other peoples 'best of' lists, that I feel warrant discussion in the 'Best Of 2018'.

First up,
"Long Wave" by Bonny Doon
I have to thank Jimmy Lonetti from Minneapolis for highlighting this gem as his album of 2018  on the Rockin' The Suburbs podcast. Co-host Patrick Foster described them as tending toward Teenage Fanclub, which obviously got my full attention.

Indeed there are some tracks here that have the feel of something that could have been on "Thirteen" by Bellshill's finest, "Try To Be" and "Take Me Away" in particular.  

This album is far more than that though. It is a veritable smorgasbord of indie rock influences thrown together in a pastoral mix of gently twisting guitar riffs and harmonised vocals.

From the "A Lotta Things" which feels like it could have come straight from the 1997 alternative rock masterpi…