Yes – Fragile (1971): Review

Produced by Eddie Offord and Yes Label – Atlantic Released less than a year after its predecessor (“The Yes Album”), “Fragile”, the band’s fourth studio album, would mark the point that brought together what many fans consider to be the “classic” Yes line-up, and a collection that fully explores the integral skills each member possessed.…

The Cult – Dreamtime (1984): Review

Produced by John Brand and Chris Kimsey Label – Beggars Banquet After releasing two previous L.P.’s as the Southern Death Cult and Death Cult, the band shortened their name to The Cult and launched their Goth/Rock “Dreamtime” in 1984. Led by Ian Astbury, a vocalist stylised on Jim Morrison and Native American Theology, with Guitarist…

The Cure – Faith (1981): Review

Produced by The Cure and Mike Hedges Label – Fiction The Cure’s previous effort “Seventeen Seconds” showed a band scaling down their spiky art punk, and developing a more introspective new wave sound, with numerous atmospheric injections and thought inducing soundscapes. If one thought that would be the limit of their self imposed isolationism, then…

The Replacements – Let It Be (1984): Review

Produced by Steve Fjelstad, Peter Jesperson and Paul Westerberg Label – TwinTone “Let It Be”, The Replacements fourth studio collection, came at a time when the band had become increasingly aware that to distance themselves from the hardcore punk scene they had unwillingly been attached to, there needed to be a concentrated shift in output…

Killing Joke – Killing Joke (1980): Review

Produced by Killing Joke Label – E.G. Formed in 1979, Killing Joke were a band of uncompromising confrontation both on and off record. Refusing to entertain the interest from major record labels, notoriously difficult to interview and galvanized by an increasing public paranoia of the growing cold war threat, they delivered deliberately bludgeoning post punk…