Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Three Wise Discs


In a Festive Special we'll be taking on Three Christmas Themed Albums and asking our virtually assembled round table to give us some critical perspective on them.


Recording is scheduled for Saturday 5th December 2020 @ 11 am
You must register before taking part


Email: TAC@kingofthebuttons.co.uk




Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Reviews for 'Is this Desire?' by PJ Harvey



I’ve been aware of Polly Harvey for a long time, but not what you would call a ‘fan’. The early indie guitar driven songs were not for me and her vocal style didn’t drag me in. So this album was my first chance to sit down and immerse myself into the Polly Harvey world. Thankfully, the guitar led stuff appears to have been spread out and more of the songs in the collection were rooted in electronica with beats behind simple vocals. Where the guitars turn up those are a hard listen for me. There is no ‘hit single’ amongst these tunes. There are elements of the trip-hop scene from Bristol popping up every now and then, which I did enjoy. The lyrics are mainly brooding questions about the nature of human relationships and the consequences of expressing desire. Best tunes, ’The Wind’, ’The River’ and ‘Is This Desire?’

-Marek


There is something watery about PJ Harvey's music of this era. Beneath the surface, however, something deadly lurks. If I was looking for a soundtrack to the modern reboot of the adventures of Ulysses, I would use Is This Desire to accompany the scene with the sirens. Undulating, deep baselines, haunting melodies, and the ever present threat of a watery death at the hands of desire, list and greed, Is This Desire is like a Greek tragedy for our modern world.

-Matthew


I love Polly Jean. No really, I mean ‘love’ her. Everything about this angst-ridden raven in the early and mid 1990’s had me smitten... until, that is, the release of this album. A toned down (perceivably depressive) PJ spilt out her guts and I did not like it. No guitar driven ‘Dress’, ‘Sheela Na Gig’ or ‘50 Foot Queenie’ here sadly but pared down keyboard and experimental tunes. I guess ‘Down by the Water’ from the preceding ‘To Bring You My Love’ was a warning sign of the direction future releases could take and here was a new woman clearly articulating some of her life’s issues and problems. That said, she cites this album as her best work. Fortunately, for me at least, the roller coaster of her labours picked up again straight away with the Mercury Prize winning Stories from the City. It is a familiar pattern I’ve often found in Polly’s work; a subsequent nosedive to White Calk before escalating to new heights again with her latter albums. If nothing else she keeps you on your tones this thing of beauty.

-Ciaran



Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Getting Ready...

 

We're getting ready for our next virtual roundtable recording 

on Friday 4th September 2020 @ 6pm.

We'll be discussing 'Is this Desire?' by PJ Harvey (1998)

If you're interested in joining us you can register at:

TAC@kingofthebuttons.co.uk


Sunday, 19 July 2020

The Album Club Condensed!


As we try and work out a few tech problems we thought you might like to know that Album Club regular Marek takes to the air with James Sandy on Tuesday 21st July at 7 pm on Switch Radio as part of The Unseen Swerve. The album in question this time around is 1978's The Man by Barry White.

Tune in for what we're dubbing 'The Album Club Condensed'.

I'm afraid I can't let you do that...


We're having a few technical issues with our 'usual' 
Album Club set up at the moment. 

For the next couple of weeks 
we'll be focusing on options and fixing 'HAL'.