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THE LIVING END  "the ending is just the beginning repeating"  cd,  2011:

one of the last 'instore/ not for sale" preview cds I got off my mate Corey back in the day...
Aussie alt-rock band...
fifth album out of six I believe....
some good alt-rock tunes on here, some even border punk/rockabilly in places...
a good band, a good album that I would never have  bought otherwise...

from the album, my favourite track:




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WILLY MASON  "carry on"  cd, 2013:

one of those discount bin buys some time ago...
had never heard of Willy but I liked the album cover, so I took a chance...
glad I did....
alt folky/blues guy from New York, third album....
I hear John cash at times, also Springsteen with his folky type material...
hearing Gordon Lightfoot in places and add the lazy monotone of Ray Davies
from his slower acoustic tracks and you have Willy Mason...
not an immediate like, took a few listens to appreciate this one...
would have no hesitation buying another album o his if I ever saw one somewhere...
well worth a listen IMO...

from the album, my favourite track:



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MYSTERY JETS  "curve of the earth"  cd,   2016:


UK alt/indi band....
sixth album, only one I own....
liked this alt-pop when I listened to it as a new release, enough so, that I purchased it...
big mistake, hate it when that happens, which it inevitably does on occasion....
very little to like on here for me, even the three or four that pass only just have their toes over the line!

one of the singles:



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RAY LAMONTAGNE "ouroboros"  cd,  2016:

American folkie's sixth studio album...
no real folk on here....
guy has an almost whiney quality to his vocals (like Neil Young)...
tracks have that alternative folk sound Neil gets every now and then...
also gets that soft grunge sound Crazy Horse get in their quieter moments also...
a very good album IMO but the critics hated it as it was too far away from his folky roots...
did not know until I was listening to it this time that Jim James from My Morning Jacket produced
and played on the album, so I guess his influence is on it also...
probably worth a listen IMO...

the first single lifted from the album, and my favourite track...
give it a listen...



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JIM JAMES  "eternally even"  cd,  2016:

vocalist for alt rockers My Morning Jacket...
his second solo album...
not as eclectic or as good as his first one (Regions Of Light And Sound Of God) but still okay...
almost jazzy in places, well lets say psychedelic-jazz for want of a better word/phrase...
takes a few listens to appreciate but all of his output does for me...
could grow on me further with time but at the moment I can at least say I like it...

from the album:



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MEN AT WORK "cargo"  vinyl/cd, 1983:

Aussie band's second album...
they released three, I only have the first two...
a good pop album, nothing bad on it at all, but it lacks the killer punch of "who can it be now"
from the first album...
still following their almost novelty type lyrics on this one for the most part, but like "who can it be now"
its the serious ones that are the best...

from the album, the biggest selling single and my favourite:



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THE KILLERS  "wonderful, wonderful"  cd,  2017:

the band's fifth, and fifth I own...
slightly more pop orientated than their other albums, a departure from their
usual alt-rock/pop sounds....
change in departure of sound also reflected the pretty bad sales figures...
I didn't mind, love the band, love Brandon Flowers' vocals etc...
not my favourite of theirs but still a pretty good album IMO

from the album, the lead off single:



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LIAM GALLAGHER  "as you were"  cd,  2017:

Liam's third release since the demise of Oasis,
the first two were under the name Beady Eye, I didn't buy them, hated the sound he getting...
this one is more in line with the sounds I like from him, the Oasis sound.....
the best thing he has done in over twenty years, and that includes the Oasis material he appeared on....
not a bad track in ear-shot,a very good, solid album, would have probably had been my "album of '17" had
it not been for brother Noel's album a couple of weeks later...

from the album, the third single and currently my favourite track off the album:



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KAISER CHIEFS "the future is medieval"  cd,  2011
UK alt-rockers....
fourth studio album of six...
I own three from memory plus a compilation good solid band...
their lowest charting studio album in the UK, peaking at a lowly #10...
three singles released from the album, all three failed also...
album starts off reasonably good, a couple of duds in the mix but okay overall
the singles:
"little shocks"  #179 UK:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt4JGk6pn2U   video
"man on mars"    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfnAzDDBMbk   video
"kinda girl you are"   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VHmc6LEU_o   video

my favourite track from the album:



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FALL OUT BOY  "save rock and roll"  cd, 2013

fifth studio album of seven released (the latest released last week!)....
I own four or five....
top 10 in most countries...
US alt-rock band....
good solid alt rock here...
pretty close to being my favourite of theirs...

from the album, the lead of single, which also happens to be my favourite on it:



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