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2015 In Review: (Jan-Jun)

In 2015 In Review by admin

June Album Charts
1. LEFTFIELD – Alternative Light Source {*9} UK=6
2. FFS – FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks) {*8} UK=17
3. TREMBLING BELLS – The Sovereign Self {*8}
4. NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL – The Monsanto Years {*8} US=21 + UK=24
5. EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – Get To Heaven {*8} UK=7
6. LINDEMANN – Skills In Pills {*8} UK=35
7. MEG BAIRD – Don’t Weigh Down The Light {*8}
8. SUN KIL MOON – Universal Themes {*8} UK=96
9. OF MONSTERS AND MEN – Beneath The Skin {*8} UK=10 + US=3
10. SLAVES – Are You Satisfied? {*8} UK=8
11. Jamie xx – In Colours {*8} UK=3 + US=21
12. TREMONTI – Cauterize {*8} US=40 + UK=23
13. MUSE – Drones {*7} UK=1 + US=1
14. The MEMBRANES – Dark Matter / Dark Energy {*7}
15. KATHRYN WILLIAMS – Hypoxia {*7}
16. SOAK. – Before We Forgot How To Dream {*7} UK=37
17. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful {*7} UK=1 + US=1
18. DAWES – All Your Favourite Bands {*7} US=37
19. SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY and The CONSPIRATORS – Live At The Roxy 25.9.14 {7} UK=57
20. The ORB – Moonbuilding 2703 AD {*7} UK=90
21. WOLF ALICE – My Love Is Cool {*7} UK=2 + US=90
22. MAGNA CARTA – The Fields Of Eden {*7}
23. BLACK – Blind Faith {*7}
23. JOY WILLIAMS – Venus {*7} US=71 + UK=89
24. INDIGO GIRLS – One Lost Day {*7} US=63
25. BARENAKED LADIES – Silverball {*7} US=46
26. RICHARD THOMPSON – Still {*7} UK=10 + US=82
27. RICKIE LEE JONES – The Other Side Of Desire {*7}
28. GIORGIO MORODER – Deja Vu {*6} UK=30 + US=72
29. The DARKNESS – Last Of Our Kind {*6} UK=12
30. SIMPLY RED – Big Love {*6} UK=4
31. JAMES TAYLOR – Before This World {*6} US=1 + UK=4
32. BREAKING BENJAMIN – Dark Before Dawn {*5} US=1 + UK=34
33. The SELECTER – Subculture {*6} UK=54
34. THIRD EYE BLIND – Dopamine {*5} US=13
35. BILL WYMAN – Back To Basics {*4}

bubbling under (as yet)
YOUNG GUNS – Ones And Zeros {*} UK=21
AUGUST BURNS RED – Found In Far Away Places {*} US=9
PETE TOWNSHEND’S CLASSIC QUADROPHENIA {*} UK=32
PARADISE LOST – The Plague Within {*} UK=51
SARAH CRACKNELL – Red Kite {*} UK=49
MADISEN WARD & THE MAMA BEAR – Skeleton Crew {*} UK=50
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY – Manglewood OST {*6}
FREEDY JOHNSTON – Neon Repairman {*7}
CHARLIE GRACIE – Angel On My Shoulder
TESS PARKS And ANTON NEWCOMBE – I Declare Nothing
LOOP – Array 1
HELLOWEEN – My God Given Right
ARMORED SAINT – Win Hands Down
TONY VISCONTI / WOODY WOODMANSEY – The Man Who Sold The World: Live In London
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DELAWARE DESTROYERS – same
EMILY PORTMAN – Coracle
IT HUGS BACK – Slow Wave
ALGIERS – Algiers
GILBERT O’SULLIVAN – Latin Ala G!
DESAPARECIDOS – Payola
SEA OF BEES – Build A Boat To The Sun
GOBLIN REBIRTH

May 2015 Album Charts
1. PAUL WELLER – Saturns Pattern {*8} UK=2
2. HOT CHIP – Why Make Sense? {*8} UK=13
3. BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE – Power In The Blood {*8}
4. FAITH NO MORE – Sol Invictus {*8} US=15 + UK=6
5. The VACCINES – English Graffiti {*8} UK=2
6. DJANGO DJANGO – Born Under Saturn {*7} UK=15
7. The FALL – Sub-Lingual Tablet {*7} UK=58
8. PALMA VIOLETS – Danger In The Club {*7} UK=25
9. MY MORNING JACKET – The Waterfall {*7} US=11 + UK=42
10.THEA GILMORE – Ghosts & Graffiti {*7} UK=39
11.BRANDON FLOWERS – The Desired Effect {*7} US=17 + UK=1
12.GIANT SAND – Heartbreak Pass {*7}
13.The TALLEST MAN ON EARTH – Dark Bird Is Home {*7} UK=69 + US=67
14.WHITESNAKE – The Purple Album {*7} UK=18 + US=87
15.SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE – At Your Service {*7} US=78
16.SNOOP DOGG – Bush {*7} US=14 + UK=25
17.ASH – Kablammo! {*7} UK=41
18.ADMIRAL FALLOW – Tiny Rewards {*7}
19.MUMFORD & SONS – Wilder Mind {*6} UK=1 + US=1
20.LEONARD COHEN – Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour {*6} US=100 + UK=18
21.NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS – Loin Des Hommes {*6}
22.Eliza CARTHY & Tim Eriksen – Bottle {*6}
23.GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR – Mystery Glue {*6}
24.CINERAMA – Valentina {*6}
25.EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL – The Travelling Kind {*6} US=78 + UK=65
26.MAC McCAUGHAN – Non-Believers
27.The NIGHTINGALES – Mind Over Matter
28.TIR NA NOG – The Dark Dance {*6}
29.ROBB JOHNSON & THE IRREGULARS – Here Goes Nothing {*5}

– bubbling under ready to be reviewed if I’ve time –
TWENTY ONE PILOTS – Blurryface {*?} US=1 + UK=14
The STORY SO FAR – The Story So Far / US=23
SILVERSTEIN – I Am Alive In Everything I Touch / US=33
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA – Multi-Love {*?} UK=44 + US=98
JIM O’ROURKE – Simple Songs
COAL CHAMBER – Rivals {*6} US=82
CHELSEA – Saturday Night Sunday Morning
POP WILL EAT ITSELF – Anti Nasty League
OZRIC TENTACLES – Technicians Of The Sacred
JACCO GARDNER – Hypnophobia
ROSE WINDOWS – Rose Windows
ROISIN MURPHY – Hairless Toys {*7} UK=19
WE ARE THE OCEAN – Ark {*6} UK=73
KISS – Symphony: Alive IV
CATHAL SMYTH – A Comfortable Man {*6} UK=68
MAGNUM – Escape From The Shadow Garden – Live
JOANNA GRUESOME – Peanut Butter
LAU – The Bell That Never Rang
PEATBOG FAERIES – Blackhouse

releases for April 2015 Album Charts
1. ALABAMA SHAKES – Sound & Colour {*8} US=1 + UK=6
2. BLUR – The Magic Whip {*8} UK=1 + US=24
3. BILL FAY – Who Is The Sender? {*8}
4. LORD HURON – Strange Trails {*7} US=23
5. THIS IS THE KIT – Bashed Out {*7}
6. HAELSTORM – Into The Wild Life {*7} US=5 + UK=10
7. WIRE – Wire {*7} UK=71
8. STORNOWAY – Bonxie {*7} UK=20
9. VILLAGERS – Darling Arithmetic {*7} UK=27
10. ALL TIME LOW – Future Hearts {*7} US = 2 / UK=1
11. PASSENGER – Whispers II {*7} UK=12
12. The LEISURE SOCIETY – The Fine Art Of Hanging On {*7}
13. EVERCLEAR – Black Is The New Black {*7}
14. BUILT TO SPILL – Untethered Moon {*7} US=96
15. The MOUNTAIN GOATS – Beat The Champ {*7} US=65
16. GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS – A Forest Of Arms {*7}
17. CALEXICO – Edge Of The Sun {*6} UK=37
18. EELS – Royal Albert Hall {*6} UK=40
19. The WOMBATS – Glitterbug {*6} UK=5 + US=91
20. The PROCLAIMERS – Let’s Hear It For The Dogs {*6} UK=26
21. MARTIN GORE (MG) – MG {*6} UK=50
22. TODD RUNDGREN – Global {*6}
23. STEVE VAI – Stillness In Motion: Vai Live In L.A. {*6}
24. BRIAN WILSON – No Pier Pressure {*5} US=28 / UK=25
25. 10,000 MANIACS – Twice Told Tales {*5}
(April) bubbling under – ready for review
The JESUS AND MARY CHAIN – Barrowlands Live / THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS – Glean {*?} US=67 / DRENGE – Undertow {*?} UK=14 / DWIGHT YOAKAM – Second Hand Heart {*} US=18 / PASSION PIT – Kindred {*?} US=23 / AMBER RUN – 5am {*?} UK=36 / AS IT IS – Never Happy Ever After {*} UK=39 / The RESIDENTS – Shadowland / The RAVEONETTES – Pretty In Black / BETH HART – Better Than Home {*} UK=33 / LULU – Making Life Rhyme {*?} UK=35 / YOUNG FATHERS – White Men Are Black Men Too {*?} UK=41 / EAST INDIA YOUTH – Culture Of Volume {*?} UK=50 / 10 YEARS – From Birth To Burial {*?} US=66 / TURBOWOLF – Two Hands {*?} UK=70 / BACHMAN – Heavy Blues / The BLOW MONKEYS – If Not Now, When? / The LILAC TIME – No Sad Songs / POISON IDEA – Confuse And Conquer / JOSH ROUSE – The Embers Of Time / ACCEPT – Objection Overruled / LOOPER – Offgrid: Offline / TOM RUSSELL – The Rose Of Roscrae / STEALING SHEEP – Not Real / DUSTIN KENSRUE – Carry The Fix / DEATH – New / SQUAREPUSHER – Damogen Furies / BLUES TRAVELER – Blow Up The Moon / BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE – Musique de Film Imagine (soundtrack) / RAEKWON – International Luxurious Art UK=60 / BILLY COBHAM – Reflekted Journey / JACKIE OATES – The Spyglass & The Herringbone / EMILY BARKER – The Toerag Sessions

Best of March 2015 album releases
1. RYLEY WALKER – Primrose Green {*9}
2. STEVEN WILSON – Hand. Cannot. Erase {*8} UK=13 + US=39
3. COURTNEY BARNETT – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit {*8} US=20/UK=16
4. SUFJAN STEVENS – Carrie & Lowell {*9} US=10+UK=6
5. BJORK – Vulnicura (re-cd) {*8} UK=14/US=63
6. GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR – Asunder Sweet And Other Distress {*8} UK=37
7. The MONOCHROME SET – Spaces Everywhere {*8}
8. MARC ALMOND – The Velvet Trail {*8} UK=62
9. The PRODIGY – The Day Is My Enemy {*7} UK=1
10. LAURA MARLING – Short Movie {*7} UK=7
11. SEASICK STEVE – Sonic Soul Surfer {*7} UK=4
12. MODEST MOUSE – Strangers To Ourselves {*7} US=3/UK=28
13. The CRIBS – For All My Sisters {*7} UK=9
14. NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – Chasing Yesterday {*7} UK=1 + US=35
15. NIGHTWISH – Endless Form Most Beautiful {*7} UK=12 + US=34
16. OF MONTREAL – Aureate Gloom {*7}
17. STEVE HACKETT – Wolflight {*7} UK=31
18. The STAVES – If I Was {*7} UK=14
19. JAMES BLACKSHAW – Summoning Suns {*7}
20. MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS – Froot {*7} UK=10/US=8
21. JAMES BAY – Chaos And The Calm {*7} UK=1/US=15
22. RON SEXSMITH – Carousel One {*7}
23. The REZILLOS – Zero {*7}
24. SWERVEDRIVER – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You {*7}
25. JOE BONAMASSA – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks {*7} US=35/UK=27
26. WHILE SHE SLEEPS – Brainwashed {*7} UK=29
27. MATTHEW E. WHITE – Fresh Blood {*7} UK=41
28. TOBIAS JESSO JR. – Goon {*7} US=96 / UK=45
29. LIGHTNING BOLT – Fantasy Empire {*7}
30. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – Kintsugi {*6} US=8 + UK=28
–. VAN HALEN – Live Tokyo Dome In Concert {*6} US=20 / UK=74
–. GUN – Frantic {*7} UK=50
–. FAIRPORT CONVENTION – Myths And Heroes {*7}
–. TOM PAXTON – Redemption Road {*7}
–. THERAPY? – Disquiet {*7}
–. JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION – Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 {*7}
–. BILL WELLS & AIDAN MOFFAT – The Most Important Place In The World {*7}
–. PAUL HARTNOLL – 8:58 {*?} UK=72
–. THE THE – Hyena {*6}
–. SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS – Blaster
–. GANG OF FOUR – What Happens Next {*6}
–. WILL BUTLER – Policy {*6}
–. ROBIN TROWER – Something’s About To Change {*6}
–. VANILLA FUDGE – Spirit Of ’67 {*6}
–. BLANCMANGE – Semi-Detached {*6}
–. JIMMY SOMERVILLE – Homage {*6}
–. MARK KNOPFLER – Tracker {*6} UK=3/US=14
–. VAN MORRISON – Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue {*6} UK=5/US=23
–. PHIL MANZANERA – The Sound Of Blue {*6}
–. BOZ SCAGGS – Hell To Pay {*6} US=52
–. EUROPE – War Of Kings {*6} UK=50
–. MADONNA – Rebel Heart {*6} US=2 + UK=2
–. TOTO – Toto XIV {*5} US=98/UK=43
–. RINGO STARR – Postcards From Paradise {*6} US=99
–. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Madness {*5} US=13/UK=26
–. CIRCA WAVES – Young Chasers {*?} UK=10
–. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – Day Of The Dead {*5} UK=34
–. WE ARE HARLOT – We Are Harlot {*?} UK=58
–. HUDSON TAYLOR – Singing For Strangers {*?} UK=24

– others that could and probably will go higher later –
The SONICS – This Is The Sonics / FAWN SPOTS – From Safer Place / The GO! TEAM – The Scene Between / HOUNDMOUTH – Little Neon Limelight / The GENTLE STORM – The Diary / MABEL GREER’S TOYSHOP – New Way Of Life / 23 SKIDOO – Beyond Time / The NEAL MORSE BAND – The Grand Experiment / PAT TRAVERS – Retro Rocket / JESSE MALIN – New York Before The War / PRONG – Songs From The Black Hole / MOTHER’S FINEST – Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beast / DAN REED – Transmission / SYSTEM 7 & MIRROR SYSTEM – N And X / FRANCIS MacDONALD – Music For String Quartet, Piano & Celeste / BELLA HARDY – With The Dawn

February 2015 Best of Album Reviews + Chart Nos. (so far…)
1. PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – The Race For Space {*8} UK=11
2. FATHER JOHN MISTY – I Love You, Honeybear {*8} US=17 + UK=14
3. The POP GROUP – Citizen Zombie {*8}
4. DUTCH UNCLES – O Shudder {*8}
5. The UNTHANKS – Mount The Air {*8} UK=26
6. DOMINIC WAXING LYRICAL – Woodland Casual {*8}
7. The LONE BELLOW – Then Came The Morning {*8} US=44
8. IDLEWILD – Everything Ever Written {*8} UK=20
9. BRAINTICKET – Past Present & Future {*7}
10. STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES – Terraplane {*7} US=39 + UK=30
11. JOSE GONZALEZ – Vestiges & Craws {*7} UK=49 + US=72
12. IMAGINE DRAGONS – Smoke + Mirrors {*7} US=1 + UK=1
13. SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE – Hexadic {*7}
14. SIR RICHARD BISHOP – Tangier Sessions {*7}
15. JACK SAVORETTI – Written In Scars {*7} UK=13
16. UK SUBS – Yellow Leader {*7}
17. THUNDER – Wonder Days {*7} UK=9
18. CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS – Let It Reign {*6} UK=47
19. VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR – Merlin Atmos: Live Performances 2013 {*6}
20. TEN YEARS AFTER – The Name Remains The Same {*6}
21. MAN – Reanimated Memories {*6}
22. BLACK STAR RIDERS – The Killer Instinct {*6} UK=13
23. ROB ZOMBIE – Spookshow International Live {*6}
24. MARK LANEGAN BAND – A Thousand Miles Of Midnight: Phantom Radio Remixes {*6}
25. TEXAS – Texas 25 {*6} UK=5
26. SCORPIONS – Return To Forever {*6} UK=31 + US=65 (Aug2015)
27. UFO – A Conspiracy Of Stars {*6} UK=50
28. STEVE ASHLEY – This Little Game {*6}
29. LUKE HAINES – Adventures In Dementia (mini-set) {*6}
30. BOB DYLAN – Shadows In The Night {*5} US=7 + UK=1
31. KATE PIERSON – Guitar And Microphones {*5}
32. The SUBWAYS – The Subways {*5} UK=45
33. CRYING LION – The Golden Boat {*5}
34. KODALINE – Coming Up For Air {*4} UK=4

others from February on their way (within time)
PEACE – Happy People {*6} UK=12 / BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Holding All The Roses {*?} US=29 + UK=17 / JULIANA HATFIELD THREE – Whatever, My Love / PHOSPHORESCENT – Live At The Music Hall / DARREN HAYMAN – Chants For Socialists / KID ROCK – First Kiss {*?} US=2 + UK=52 / POP STAPLES – Don’t Lose This / CAT’S EYES – The Duke Of Burgundy / ATARI TEENAGE RIOT – Reset / ALL THAT REMAINS – Order Of Things / LONELY ROBOT – Please Come Home / RICK SPRINGFIELD – Stripped Down / DAN DEACON – Gliss Riffer / ALIEN ANT FARM – Always And Forever / STEVE GUNN & THE BLACK TWIG PICKERS – Sensual Hire / KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN – Tomorrow Will Follow Today / FALSE LIGHTS – Salvor

January 2015: Best Of Album Reviews + Chart Nos.
1. PANDA BEAR – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper {*10} US=34 + UK=49
2. BELLE AND SEBASTIAN – Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance {*8} UK=9 + US=28
3. SLEATER-KINNEY – No Cities To Love {*8} US=18 + UK=27
4. The DECEMBERISTS – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World {*8} US=7 + UK=13
5. VIET CONG – Viet Cong {*8}
6. VENOM – From The Very Depths {*8}
7. The CHARLATANS – Modern Nature {*8} UK=7
8. The WATERBOYS – Modern Blues {*8} UK=14
9. JESSICA PRATT – On Your Own Love Again {*8}
10. MAGMA – Slag Tanz (mini) {*7}
11. NAPALM DEATH – Apex Predator – Easy Meat {*7}
12. ALASDAIR ROBERTS – Alasdair Roberts {*7}
13. GAZ COOMBES – Matador {*7} UK=18
14. MARILYN MANSON – The Pale Emperor {*7} US=8 + UK=16
15. KING CRIMSON – Live At The Orpheum {*7}
16. ENTER SHIKARI – The Mindsweep {*6} UK=6
17. PAPA ROACH – F.E.A.R. {*6} US=10 + UK=13
18. CHRIS SPEDDING – Joyland {*6}
19. FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND – Chapter And Verse {*5} UK=46
20. FALL OUT BOY – American Beauty / American Psycho {*5} US=1 + UK=2
nd. BJORK – Vulnicura UK=11 + US=20
mini. APHEX TWIN – Computer Controlled Acoustic Pt.2 EP {*6} UK=36