Understated Classics #36: The Coral by The Coral
October 29, 2017
The Coral's debut album bristles with excitement and ideas. However, as with most of the albums in this series there's even more going on under the surface.
Understated Classics #35: Snivilisation by Orbital
September 25, 2017
Orbital's third album takes you to some weird and wonderful places.
Understated Classics #34: Stray by Aztec Camera
October 13, 2016
The next understated classic is "Stray" by Aztec Camera. Released in 1990, it features two hit singles and the cover is my favourite colour: green.
Understated Classics #33: Embrya by Maxwell
July 20, 2016
The next entry in the understated classic series is Embrya by Maxwell, perfect for summer evenings!
Understated Classics #32: "They Were Wrong, So We Drowned" by Liars
October 31, 2015
Hallowe'en seems like the perfect time to write about this witchy concept album.
Understated Classics #31: The White Room by The KLF
July 22, 2015
The next in the understated classic series is The White Room by The KLF. Another one of those albums that actually isn't understated in any way!
Understated Classics #30: Our Aim Is to Satisfy by Red Snapper
April 19, 2015
The thirtieth understated classic is Our Aim Is To Satisfy by Red Snapper, an album of downtempo electronic beauty.
Understated Classics #29: Let It Come Down by Spiritualized
February 22, 2015
This album helped soothe my worried mind in a time of crisis and it never fails to help me out.
Understated Classics #28: The Meadowlands by The Wrens
January 18, 2015
The Meadowlands by The Wrens is number 28 in the understated classics. If you're living life and you really mean it, this is the record for you.
Understated Classics #27: A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
August 19, 2014
See also "Whatever happened to that hat?"
Understated Classics #26: Come On Die Young by Mogwai
July 7, 2014
A review of Come On Die Young by Mogwai as part of my understated classics series of album reviews.
Understated Classics #25: Long Gone Before Daylight by The Cardigans
September 14, 2013
The twenty-fifth entry in my understated classics series of album reviews is Long Gone Before Daylight by The Cardigans.
Understated Classics #24: “Reservoir” by Fanfarlo
June 24, 2013
A record that may well have saved my life.
Understated Classics #23: "Gorgeous" by 808 State
May 23, 2013
Statistically 1 in 23, a number on a list...
Understated Classics #22: "Walking With Thee" by Clinic
March 13, 2013
The twenty second understated classic is the fine sophomore effort from Clinic.
Understated Classics #21: "Woob 2" by Woob
November 21, 2012
Allow me to share a secret with you...
Understated Classics #20: "Folklore" by Nelly Furtado
September 19, 2012
Nelly Furtado's second album is better than you might remember...
Understated Classics #19: "The Dreaming" by Kate Bush
August 15, 2012
The Dreaming by Kate Bush, a kooky curio from the dustier part of her discography, is the nineteenth instalment of my understated classics sequence of album reviews; it is well worth your time.
Understated Classics #18: Fabric 12 mixed by The Amalgamation Of Soundz
June 5, 2012
What?! We’re allowing compilations now? Yes. Why not?
Understated Classics #17: "Nearly God" by Nearly God (Tricky)
April 19, 2012
"Sit back and let it happen / Let us take your time away."
Understated Classics #16: "Ambient 2/The Plateaux Of Mirror" by Howard Budd and Brian Eno
March 21, 2012
A lot of these are ambient albums aren't they?!?
Understated Classics #15: "Début" by Björk
January 23, 2012
I have many happy memories of Björk's first album.
Understated Classics #14: “Clear” by Bomb The Bass
November 7, 2011
"I think it’s time to discuss your philosophy of drug use as it relates to artistic endeavour..."
Understated Classics #13: "U.F.Orb" by The Orb
September 9, 2011
FUN FACT: It was because of the artwork to this album that I repeatedly scrawled onourwayhome onourwayhome onourwayhome on my pencil case at school. I also had a very passable u.f.orb logo drawn on it too.
Understated Classics #12: "Look Sharp!" by Roxette
August 16, 2011
A cassette that I got for my tenth birthday really started off my lifelong love of pop music.
Understated Classics #11: "Second Toughest In The Infants" by Underworld
July 22, 2011
“White car / Blue Mercedes / Happy Shopper / Bouncing Ball”
Understated Classics #10: Tubular Bells II by Mike Oldfield
June 24, 2011
Tubular Bells II is not really understated in any way, but rather a luxurious and underrated update to the original.
Understated Classics #9: Tiger Bay by Saint Etienne
May 6, 2011
Motorik instrumentals, dub reggae, English folk, and balearic pop on Saint Etienne's excellent third album Tiger Bay.
Understated Classics #8: Second Light by Dreadzone
March 17, 2011
"Maybe I was lucky that way".
Understated Classics #7: 100 Broken Windows by Idlewild
January 9, 2011
"You've had bad luck / and I know what it feels like / to have bad luck..."
Understated Classics #6: Arbor Bona Arbor Mala by The Shamen
December 3, 2010
Trees are good, trees are good, trees are bad, trees are bad...
Understated Classics #5: A Weekend In The City by Bloc Party
November 8, 2010
The fifth entry in my understated classics series of album reviews is A Weekend In The City by Bloc Party. Like many bands, Bloc Party use a difficult second album to talk about difficult things.
Understated Classics #4: Substrata by Biosphere
September 11, 2010
The fourth album reviewed in my sequence of understated classics posts is Biosphere's icy masterpiece Substrata.
Understated Classics #3: The Circle & The Square by Red Box
August 17, 2010
The third album in the understated classics series is "The Circle & The Square", the great lost 80s pop record by Red Box.
Understated Classics #2: Sinking by The Aloof
August 12, 2010
The second album in the understated classics series is a moody broody record that wants you to "come on over here and have some fun"...
Understated Classics #1: "Together Alone" by Crowded House
August 3, 2010
This sequence of posts lauds under-celebrated albums. First up: "Together Alone" by Crowded House.