- PAUL MCCARTNEY: CHAOS AND CONFUSION IN THE BACKYARD: 2005: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My favorite Paul album of the 21st Century. Paul brings in Nigel Godrich Radiohead’s producer at the suggestion of Sir George Martin- and Godrich challenges him, tells him he really isn’t a fan of his recent work etc- when Paul is challenged he usually delivers. Godrich was also blunt with Paul about the songs he was writing not allowing him to sing songs he didn’t like. When you are Paul McCartney how often do you get criticism like that? Favorites on this album-Fine Line, Jenny Wren, At Your Mercy, Friends To Go, Follow Me and This Never Happened Before.
- THE TALKING HEADS: FEAR OF MUSIC: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Talking Heads 3rd album and third in three years. Produced by the great Brian Eno. My favorite Heads album- favorites on this- Life During Wartime, Cities, Heaven and I Zimbra. Love the crazy rhythms on this album David could be singing anything and this would be a great sounding album.
- SHERYL CROW: THE VERY BEST OF SHERYL CROW: 2003: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Has all her big songs up until 2003- 17 songs on the album. Her hits started to dry up around this period. I don’t know about her country stuff I kind of quit listening around this time. Favorite Crow songs-All I Wanna Do, Soak Up The Sun, Steve McQueen, If It Makes You Happy, Everyday Is A Winding Road and My Favorite Mistake.
- PETER GABRIEL: PETER GABRIEL I [CAR}: 1977: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I’ve never been a Genesis fan- Gabriel or post-Gabriel but I am a fan of Gabriel’s work especially his early solo work up until the turn of the century before he quit making albums on a regular basis. This is his first solo album and it contains his greatest -and my favorite Gabriel song- Solsbury Hill. Other favorites- Modern Love, Slowburn and Here Comes The Flood. The albums would get better in the future but this was a pretty solid debut.
- OASIS: DEFINITELY MAYBE: 1994: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The great debut album. Love the first few Oasis albums- the best stuff coming out in the mid 90’s. The album went to #1 in the UK but America was kind of late to the game- it peaked at #58 on the album charts here. I had long quit watching the Hot 100 Billboard singles charts by this time its incredible that Oasis only had 1 hit song in America during their career. If they had come along earlier they would have had dozens. Favorite songs on this album- Rock ‘n Roll Star, Live Forever, Up In The Sky, Supersonic, Shakermaker, Cigarettes and Alcohol and Slide Away- yep pretty much everything.
- OASIS:[WHAT’S THE STORY] MORNING GLORY: 1995: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I think I like Definitely Maybe just a shade better but the sophomore album is just as good. Their best and my favorite Oasis song is on here their only American hit- Wonderwall. Other favorites- Roll With It, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Some Might Say, Morning Glory and Champagne Supernova. The first two Oasis albums without question would make my Top 10 albums of the 1990’s list.