XTC - Chips From The Chocolate Fireball - Ughr, I guess it accurately represents the Nuggets psychedelic era (which I never liked) atmospheric psychedelic effects to cover deficiency in songwriting. Psychedelia only works when done by immaculate pop craftsman like The Beatles IMO. I'm not entire convince that the people behind XTC are
XTC Black Sea - I had brief hopes of a really good album with the first two songs of Respectable Street, Generals and Majors with some solid pop hooks there. Then the album degenerate in tuneless semi-talking riff based music (only Sgt. Rock out side the first two songs are decent). I don't really get the appeal of XTC outside Skylarking (the only album of them I like) to be honest. Travels in nihilon is absolutely awful as well.
Sparks - Woofer in tweeter clothing 1969 Demoes - Similar criticism to the previous XTC album. One of the weakest Sparks album from a hooks and melodies point of view of their career (only Ingmar Bergman is worst in that regards) even though the sounds and the arrangement is amazing. However there is enough songwriting substance for it to be a decent likeable but disappointing album (I particular like Join the firm and Jane Church). Weak Hex 9 rating for me but weaker than every Sparks album barring Interior Design, Pulling Rabbits and Ingmar Bergman.
Weezer Pinkerton - Great tuneful songs with some degree of emotional weight to it. I'll give it a Hex B. Can't be rated higher though as I had this thought running in my head "does every song must have grungy powerchords in it". While all the songs are different, all the songs sound the same in terms of production/arrangement. Favourite highlight oh the album is the falsetto 'This happen to me twice before" in the chorus of Why Bother. God I love well done falsetto.
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti - An album with barely enough material for a single album stretched to a double album. The album sounds great but the songwriting isn't there. They really should stick with plagiarism and covers. CD 1 is pretty good, CD 2 is pretty terrible and overall a mediocre album.
Unrest - Perfect Teeth - This made the Music Babble Top 300 list and I listened to it the first time. Can anyone shed some light what exactly is good about this album as it's a complete mystery and baffling. Sounds like tuneless, energyless, repetitive music to me and I can't conceive how anyone could see anything positive about it.
Elvis Costello - Kings Of America - Yeah some decent music here. Although my issues with this folk/singersongwriter genre as they put too much on emphasis on lyrics and because of this the verses go too long to express whatever they wanted to express. All of the songs should be half as long as it should be. Side A is pretty good, Side B less so. Probably a weak Hex 9.
Emerson Lake Palmer - Pictures at an exhibition - Hah. Trashy fun of seeing a band defiling a classic but doing it in an enjoyable way. Probably a guilty pleasure but I got kicks out of it. Hex 9
Roy Wood - Boulders - Probably the best "new" album I listened to (new means album I'm not familiar with rather than new in terms of time it was released). I heard the album before long time ago but that was when I was for more adverse towards rootsy type music. Now it really clicks and it's album full of excellent well-crafted pop songs with some interesting twist and turns. They sort of remind me of Split Enz art rock take on rootsy music. My favourite song is Rock Down Low especially the usage of the cello.
Adam And The Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier - The first two songs starts off well. The rest of the album sucks though with tuneless repetitive music that seems to over-emphasise drumming.
Steve hackett - The Night Siren - Decent I guess but I get the feeling that Hackett is kinda coasting a bit. After Wolflight and this album that are both solid but unremarkable album. I'm not entirely sure Hackett has it in him to produce a great album again. Which is fair enough considering how long his career is but I think the late career renaissance is towards it end now. HEx 9
Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody - Solid album but I just get the feeling it's a weaker version of Terror. Hex 9
Gene Clark - White Light - I honestly can't remember much of this but it just seems mediocre rootsy music (probably explaining my lack of memory behind the songs).