- Billy Bragg — Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards
Well, since getting hold of "Must I Paint You A Picture?", the new three-disc retrospective this week, I've been making my family suffer this, so now it's your turn. Muahahaha!
- Tori Amos - Father Lucifer
- Sleater-Kinney - Lions & Tigers
- Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer — Redemption Song
Every so often, I pull out "Boys For Pele" and realise that I don't listen to it often enough. Then I forget about it for another six months. Just call me Dory. Anyway, this came up through random playing the other day, and is recommended for the Sgt. Pepper-like flourish that occurs at 1:59.
One of the bonus tracks from the limited edition release of "One Beat" from last year (I donated a copy to Schoolkids Records in Chapel Hill this May as I had two). A cute baby song which doesn't make you reach for the volume control.
Is it just me, or is "Johnny Cash — Unearthed" a really inappropriate title for the current box set? Joe Strummer's solo version of this, on the posthumous "Streetcore" album is affecting, but this is something else…
Best of 2003: Beyoncé Knowles & Jay-Z — Crazy In Love
One of the most talked-about singles of the year, so pretty much everything that can be said has already been put to paper (or active LCD pixels in this case). All I'll add is that in 2043, this track is going to be as popular as (Love Is Like A) Heatwave and Dancing In The Street. Yes, it's that good. Shame the rest of the album wasn't up to much, but then nobody really remembers the albums that Martha Reeves and The Vandellas released either, do they?