Philosophy of the World – The Shaggs

Often cited as one of the worst albums ever recorded. They certainly had a somewhat limited grasp of their respective instruments (the drums being particularly bad) but never has something so wrong sounded so right. I have been obsessed with this album for a couple of weeks now and thought I would play the whole thing tonight. My daughter thought it was hilariously bad and as usual my wife just shook her head and left the room. Once you get past the lack of musical ability there is something oddly beautiful about this album, it is music created by people who have never heard music before. If it was an art-rock experiment critics would be calling it a masterpiece, it is though, an unintentional masterpiece. Zappa loved them apparently, that’s enough for me.
Standout Track: Philosophy of the World
Micro Review: The Sherelles play free jazz

Troubled – The New Creation

After taking a couple of months off from the blog I am back for a while. These albums won’t play themselves.
Imagine if the Velvet Underground were a bunch of extremely conservative, hell fire Christians, this is what they would sound like, and it works as an album. I feel so sorry for Chris Towers (the guitarist in the band), the only way he was ever going to be allowed to do something as sinful as play lead guitar in a band was if his mam was the singer and their neighbour, and fellow church member, the drummer. Songs about The Rapture are not usually my thing, but they make The Rapture sound like fun.
This is no clappy-happy Christian rock band, they would give Sabbath a run for their money in a post-apocalyptic brimstone lyric song-off.
Standout Track; Songs to Sing
Micro Review; If churches had garages, this would be the band playing in it.