widg‧et /ˈwɪdʒɪt/ [wij-it] -noun: Pointless ramblings from the New Forest. Obviously complete & utter Rubbish. Why must I contibute to all this endless talk about me? My self-indulgent knees, spilling themselves all over the internet. Obviously i am Jon and his hair, I AM HIM!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

5-4-3-2-1 (five)

As the NME publishes its own albums of the year and gets it spectacularly wrong (again) by naming Arctic shitting Monkeys as the best of the bunch, here are my own personal pop picks, and therefore, the truth.

Giant Drag
Hearts & Unicorns

This is one of those records that in the olden days you might have thought had been played at the wrong speed, or the vinyl was warped, or even the tape in the cassette was stretched to buggery. But no, after a couple of minutes your ears adjust and realise that it is supposed to sound like that.

Every so often the air is startlingly punctuated by barmy and unintelligible sounds erupting from mad Miss Annie Hardy's mouth. The music looks around, wondering why everyone is staring, open-mouthed, and then starts up again as though nothing out of the ordinary just occurred.

The titles of the tracks, such as 'Kevin is Gay' or 'You Fuck Like My Dad' (obviously stolen from the black-hearted, Irish girl group B*Witched) may give a small insight into the inner workings of the minds of those involved. The lyrics are mostly downright twisted, full of emotion and dark humour.

The entire length of the album, there is always something niggling at the back of your senses, a feeling that something is almost amiss. If it wasn't for this slightly sinister undercurrent this would still be a strong collection of songs. Killer tunes that are a little rough around the edges, but the growing sense of unease and, yes, excitement elevates it into a listening experience worthy of its place in this years greatest aural achievements.

And unlike some silly people I am very much fond of the bonus track cover of 'Wicked Game'. Much better than Mr. Isaac's yodelling original.


Blogger Andy said...

You mean you are going to make everyone wait until we find out what the difinitive #1 is?

6:11 pm

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10:15 pm

Blogger AlphIANo said...

Yes of course we are, otherwise the chart show would be 15 seconds long (and admittedly much better), but still. Patience, Hockey-San.

I'm actually regretting slightly blowing my also-rans wad so soon as lately I'm loving this album, and it probably would have made it in the Top 5.


5:17 am


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