Howlin’ Wolf-The Howlin’ Wolf Album (1969)

My Rating: 80% (B+)

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Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Spoonful
  2. Tail Dragger
  3. Smokestack Lightning
  4. Moanin’ At Midnight
  5. Built For Comfort
  6. The Red Rooster
  7. Evil
  8. Down In The Bottom
  9. Three Houndred Pounds of Joy
  10. Back Door Man

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Eating BBQ and drinking whiskey during a hot summers day.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s hilarious, I’m assuming this is the inspiration for The Black Keys album Brothers.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

It’s great to have on the go, but don’t really wanna mellow out to this one.

Final Thoughts:

You can’t think of blues without thinking of Howlin’ Wolf; a truly innovative and influential artist that was as cool as they come. The Howlin’ Wolf Album does a great job at showcasing his talents, and no song is too grating or disappointing. But the problem with most Blues albums of the time is that after a few tracks it just kind of sounds the same. It’s to be expected, and he keeps enough originality for it not to become a huge pain, but a little more diversity could’ve made this a true gem. Still a good listen nonetheless.

The Human League-Dare (1981)

My Rating: 80% (B+)

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Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Things Dreams Are Made Of
  2. Open Your Heart
  3. The Sound Of The Crowd
  4. Darkness
  5. Do Or Die
  6. Get Carter
  7. I Am The Law
  8. Seconds
  9. Love Action (I Believe In Love)
  10. Don’t You Want Mett

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for easily danceable electronic from the 80’s.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious. It’s weird. I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Already own it on vinyl and it’s a lot of fun.

Final Thoughts:

The Human League is so much fun, but more than that they are political and heartbreaking as well (check out Seconds off this album). Dare is a great introduction to this band, it’s so 80’s sounding in the best possible way. Like somebody singing over Sega Genesis soundeffects (especially Do or Die) Dare has enough substance and interesting beats to make this album worth your time.

Honeycut-The Day I Turned To Glass (2006)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

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Average Rating: 88%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Day I Turned to Glass
  2. Tough Kid
  3. Shadows
  4. Butter Room
  5. Dysfunctional
  6. Dark Days, White Lines
  7. Polaroid Lullaby
  8. Silky
  9. Aluminum City
  10. Crowded Avenue
  11. Exodus Honey
  12. Fallen to Greed

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling like an uplifting funk/electronic album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Classic. Love the electronic look to it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh, you know I do.

Final Thoughts:

Honeycut was an exciting find for me, I loved Quannum Projects growing up and seeing that they primarily release Hip-Hop/Rap albums I was surprised to see a Funk/Electronic group being introduced, I’m so glad I checked em out!

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