F*cking finally! Last year, last entry. My 30th year was a rollercoaster ride. Highest high, lowest low. I'd rather just have the former but I'm still trying to figure out what I did wrong to end up with the latter. It's a balance issue. F*ck it. Didn't buy a lot of new releases and the few I did haven't had much time to age. Here goes.
e-musikgruppe Lux Ohr - Kometenbahn
Ok, I haven't really listened to this that much yet. I've had it for a while but it's an LP and I've been neglecting my record player a bit as of late. Still it's a safe pick. Any fan of vintage Tangerine Dream and electronic prog can appreciate what Lux Ohr does. Cosmic soundscapes that harken back to the golden days of krautrock.
Megadeth - Super Collider
Dave Mustaine focused more on actual songwriting with Super Collider and what he got back in return was general backlash. I just don't get it. This album is not the usual thrash metal fireworks you've come to expect but the quality is undeniable. "Forget To Remember" is one of the finest songs Mustaine has ever written. Sure there are some so-so cuts early on but especially the second half is amazing with all great songs. Super Collider is much more a follow up to Endgame than Th1rt3en which was more like a compilation album with considerable amounts of reused material. This is also LP length so there is very little fat. I love it, top 5 Megadeth album for me.
Sammal - Sammal
Any fan of Finnish 70's prog should love this band. Maybe not the most complex playing and writing on display here but the sounds and presentation are right out of that era. Above all I thought singers that sound like this were extinct. It sounds so retro it's refreshing. Check out "Kylmää Usvaa", a snapshot of a bygone era.
The Stooges - Ready to Die
Ron Asheton is dead, long live Iggy & The Stooges. That's not a knock on Ron but just when you thought the band was in the ropes, they come back with a vengeance. Just a killer album. There are some not so great songs on here as well but the greatness of "Burn", "Sex and Money", "Job", "Gun" and the title track "Ready To Die" blows their prior release The Weirdness (which I still love very much) out of the water. Just the next year we'd lose Scott Asheton too - may he rock in peace with his brother.
Sudø - Caligula
This three man group with ties to Circle came out of the blue in 2013. Sort of stayed in the blue as well, I haven't heard much of them after the release of this album. It just adds intrigue to this mystic release. Hypnotic and dreamy rhythms, otherworldly melancholy, bluesy krautrock. When the opening track is called "Soul Balsam", you should have some kind of an idea of what to expect.
That wraps up my 30 year retrospective of collected records. Just about all of my CD's have been sold off now. I'm headed on a several month long trip and I'm taking these 150 albums with me in digital form. It's the result of a midlife crisis at 30 so what better soundtrack?
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