WHAT'S THE STORY?

Back in 1987, a former co-worker (and fellow music geek) and I exchanged top ten album lists at the end of the year. In 1988, we did the same thing, adding a few more reviews and passing them around to friends at work. It's grown since then. I moved the reviews to the web in the early 90s, and started adding graphics in 1996.

In 2005, it struck me just how many of these I've done, so I figured an overall index page would be handy. You can look at a particular year's review, browse by artist, or check out the FAQ. Hope you have fun.

Feel free to drop me a note if you've got any comments.

      -- Owen


ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

Click an album cover to go to that year's review.

2020

2020: Wreckless Abandon

2019 → 2010

2019: Sunshine Rock2018: Hope Downs2017: Is This The Life We Really Want?2016: case/lang/veirs2015: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday2014: Wilko Johnson / Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home2013: Biffy Clyro - Opposites2012: Rush - Clockwork Angels2011: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds2010: Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man

2009 → 2000

2009: Franz Nicolay - Major General2008: Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends2007: Manic Street Preachers - Send Away The Tigers2006: James Dean Bradfield - The Great Western2005: Bob Mould - Body Of Song2004: The Polyphonic Spree - Together We're Heavy2003: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Greendale2002: The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots2001: Manic Street Preachers - Know Your Enemy2000: The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia

1999 → 1990

1999: Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin1998: Eels - Electro-Shock Blues1997: Paul Weller - Heavy Soul1996: Bob Mould - Bob Mould1995: Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?1994: Paul Weller - Wild Wood1993: Pete Townshend - Psychoderelict1992: Roger Waters - Amused To Death1991: Richard Thompson - Rumor And Sigh1990: Lou Reed and John Cale - Songs For Drella

1989 → 1987

1989: Bob Mould - Workbook1988: R.E.M. - Green1987: Marillion - Clutching At Straws


REVIEWS BY ARTIST

DOUGLAS ADAMS

ADULT CINEMA WOODY ALLEN DAVE ALVIN THE ANDERSON COUNCIL BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG ARTHUR BUCK ASIA
( John Wetton obituary ) ATOMIC 7 SYD BARRETT
( Syd Barrett obituary ) BEADY EYE THE BEARS THE BEATLES
( George Harrison obituary ) BECK CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS/THE MAGIC BAND
( Captain Beefheart obituary ) ADRIAN BELEW CHUCK BERRY
( Chuck Berry obituary )

JELLO BIAFRA BIFFY CLYRO BIG COUNTRY
( Stuart Adamson obituary ) BIG STAR
( Alex Chilton obituary ) BIG STAR'S THIRD LEWIS BLACK BLACK RIVERS BLOWOFF ERIC BOGOSIAN THE BONZO DOG BAND
( Neil Innes obituary ) DAVID BOWIE
( David Bowie obituary ) BOWLING FOR SOUP JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD BROKEN BELLS LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM / CHRISTINE MCVIE BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD KATE BUSH JOHN CALE CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN CASE/LANG/VEIRS CAST NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS CHEECH & CHONG ALEX CHILTON
( Alex Chilton obituary ) THE CHURCH ERIC CLAPTON THE CLASH COLDPLAY THE COOLIES GAZ COOMBES ELVIS COSTELLO BARNS COURTNEY CRACKER CREAM ROGER DALTREY THE DANDY WARHOLS DAYS BETWEEN STATIONS THE DIRTY KNOBS JOHN DOE DOVES DREAD ZEPPELIN E EELS ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER JOHN ENTWISTLE
( John Entwistle obituary ) THE EVERLASTING YEAH FAIRPORT CONVENTION BIBI FARBER FILTHY FRIENDS CRAIG FINN FISH FITZ & THE TANTRUMS FIVE GRAND STEREO THE FLAMING LIPS FLEETWOOD MAC FOO FIGHTERS FRANZ FERDINAND FRENCH, FRITH, KAISER, THOMPSON FOXBORO HOT TUBS BRUCE FOXTON THE FUTUREHEADS PETER GABRIEL LIAM GALLAGHER NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM BENJAMIN GIBBARD DAVID GILMOUR JIMI GOODWIN THE GRAYS GREEN DAY THE GUTTER TWINS PETRA HADEN GLEN HANSARD HARD-FI GEORGE HARRISON
( George Harrison obituary ) HARVEY DANGER GRANT HART NONA HENDRYX & GARY LUCAS BILL HICKS JOE HISAISHI ROBYN HITCHCOCK ROBYN HITCHCOCK / ANDY PARTRIDGE THE HOLD STEADY JULIA HOLTER JOHN LEE HOOKER THE HOTRATS ERIC IDLE NEIL INNES
( Neil Innes obituary ) JACK'S MANNEQUIN THE JAM JEFFERSON AIRPLANE JET ELTON JOHN ROBERT JOHNSON WILKO JOHNSON / ROGER DALTREY JÓNSI
  • Go (2010)
HENRY KAISER MIKE KENEALLY KING CRIMSON THE LA'S RAY LAMONTAGNE DENIS LEARY TOM LEHRER JENS LENKMAN LIGHTSHIPS RICHARD LLOYD JEFF LYNNE LONG BRANCH STEVE LOUIS LOVE THE MAGIC BAND THE MAGNETIC NORTH MAN OR ASTRO-MAN? MANIC STREET PREACHERS MARILLION JOHNNY MARR PAUL McCARTNEY MIDNIGHT OIL MIKE MILLS & ROBERT MCDUFFIE THE MINUTEMEN THE MOCK TURTLES THE MODERN LOVERS THE MONKEES KEITH MOON VAN MORRISON BOB MOULD THE MOVE MUDCRUTCH NEGATIVLAND THE NEMATOADS MARTIN NEWELL FRANZ NICOLAY RANDY NEWMAN THE NO WTO COMBO OASIS OCEAN COLOUR SCENE MIKE OLDFIELD P. HUX JIMMY PAGE & ROBERT PLANT GRAHAM PARKER ANDY PARTRIDGE TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
( Tom Petty obituary ) PHONO-COMB
( Reid Diamond obituary ) PINK FLOYD
( Syd Barrett obituary ) PLUNDERPHONICS THE POLYPHONIC SPREE PRETENDERS DON PYLE & ANDREW ZEALLEY QUEEN R.E.M.
( R.E.M. breakup ) THE RACONTEURS RAMONES RADIOHEAD LOU REED
( Lou Reed obituary ) CARL REINER AND MEL BROOKS AMY RIGBY ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER RUSH
( Neil Peart obituary ) THE RUTLES
( Neil Innes obituary ) MIKE SCOTT SCRAWL THE SEAHORSES SEMISONIC SHADOWY MEN ON A SHADOWY PLANET
( Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet breakup )
( Reid Diamond obituary ) THE SHINS FRANK SIDEBOTTOM
( Chris Sievey obituary ) SIGUR RÓS SIMIAN PATTI SMITH THE SMITHEREENS THE SOFT BOYS SPIN 1NE 2WO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN SQUID VICIOUS THE SQUIRRELS STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS STEELY DAN STEREOPHONICS ANDY M. STEWART & MANUS LUNNY THE STRYPES THE STYLE COUNCIL SUGAR SUNDAY ALL OVER THE WORLD SUPER FURRY ANIMALS SUPERGRASS MATTHEW SWEET SYD ARTHUR DAVID SYLVIAN & ROBERT FRIPP LARRY TAYLOR TC&I TEENAGE FANCLUB TELEVISION TEMPLES 10,000 MANIACS BENMONT TENCH MORIS TEPPER THE THIRD MIND THOMPSON HUNTER S. THOMPSON RICHARD THOMPSON RICHARD AND LINDA THOMPSON TINTED WINDOWS PETE TOWNSHEND TRANS TRAVELING WILBURYS
( Tom Petty obituary ) TRAVIS KT TUNSTALL THE TWILIGHT SINGERS U2 ULTRAVOX MIDGE URE VALLEY LODGE STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN LAURA VEIRS THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
( Lou Reed obituary ) TOM VERLAINE THE VINES WAGS & ELLIOTT TOM WAITS THE WATERBOYS ROGER WATERS WAVEWALKERS PAUL WELLER JOHN WETTON
( John Wetton obituary ) THE WHITE STRIPES THE WHO
( John Entwistle obituary ) REVEREND BILLY C. WIRTZ X XTC YES NEIL YOUNG DWEEZIL ZAPPA FRANK ZAPPA
( Frank Zappa obituary ) WARREN ZEVON
( Warren Zevon obituary ) (VARIOUS ARTISTS)