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.
The next entry in the understated classic series is Embrya by Maxwell, perfect for summer evenings!
Hallowe’en seems like the perfect time to write about this witchy concept album.
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!
The thirtieth understated classic is Our Aim Is To Satisfy by Red Snapper, an album of downtempo electronic beauty.
This album helped soothe my worried mind in a time of crisis and it never fails to help me out.
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.
See also “Whatever happened to that hat?”
A review of Come On Die Young by Mogwai as part of my understated classics series of album reviews.
The twenty-fifth entry in my understated classics series of album reviews is Long Gone Before Daylight by The Cardigans.
A record that may well have saved my life.
Statistically 1 in 23, a number on a list…
The twenty second understated classic is the fine sophomore effort from Clinic.
Allow me to share a secret with you…
Nelly Furtado’s second album is better than you might remember…
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 ...
What?! We’re allowing compilations now? Yes. Why not?
“Sit back and let it happen / Let us take your time away.”
A lot of these are ambient albums aren’t they?!?
I have many happy memories of Björk’s first album.
“I think it’s time to discuss your philosophy of drug use as it relates to artistic endeavour…”
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 h...
A cassette that I got for my tenth birthday really started off my lifelong love of pop music.
“White car / Blue Mercedes / Happy Shopper / Bouncing Ball”
Tubular Bells II is not really understated in any way, but rather a luxurious and underrated update to the original.
Motorik instrumentals, dub reggae, English folk, and balearic pop on Saint Etienne’s excellent third album Tiger Bay.
“Maybe I was lucky that way”.
“You’ve had bad luck / and I know what it feels like / to have bad luck…”
Trees are good, trees are good, trees are bad, trees are bad…
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...
The fourth album reviewed in my sequence of understated classics posts is Biosphere’s icy masterpiece Substrata.
The third album in the understated classics series is “The Circle & The Square”, the great lost 80s pop record by Red Box.
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”…
This sequence of posts lauds under-celebrated albums. First up: “Together Alone” by Crowded House.