The Beatles – Revolver


The Beatles are a very special band who made a lot of great music, and Revolver is one of the shining examples of this. The record is considered to be one of their first ventures out into the weird and wonderful World of music. After spending so many years playing upbeat love songs with a basic structure, the band decided to take themselves into a complete different direct with this one.  Obviously listening back it’s easy to overlook all of the innovative musicality of it , but when you sit down and consider that this album was released back in 1966 you should be quick to realize that this was well ahead of its time. So what made this album so great?

The Album

This album was released 1966, yes, when England won the world cup so a good year for football as well as music. Considering they only released Rubber Soul only a year before this it’s incredible to think they managed to create this in only one year . Having taken LSD in 1965, this had an influence on their ,musical direction and songwriting, working undoubtedly in their favour. Of course LSD was not the sole reason for this album being what it is, but it’s hard to argue that it had no influence on it at all. George really came out in this album as he had three of his own songs in there, and I think he done himself justice, showcasing what he was capable of doing given the creative space as a songwriter.

So why this album over every other Beatles album? I think it’s because it’s the one that always sticks out in my mind whenever I think of The Beatles, immediately I think of Revolver. I’m a big fan of when The Beatles started to lean to the stranger side, and really experimented with their music (backward guitars etc.), but they also kept a bit of the material they had in their previous albums.

By this I mean you have songs like ‘Tomorrow never knows‘, ‘I’m only sleeping‘ and ‘Love You Too’, but as well as these you have songs with more melody, more simple but brilliant songs like ‘Cry for no-one‘ (Which I think is one of the most underrated Beatles songs) and ‘Here There and Everywhere‘. So this album is really versatile in that sense, with the type of songs that are on there.

Then you have the classic riff of ‘Taxman‘ featuring, which I think is one of the best riffs there will ever be, it’s pure genius, and the best thing about it is that it isn’t really complex. George plays it in such a way he makes a bland riff really exciting, combining that with the treble sound it really sticks. You also have the classic riff off ‘And Your Bird Can Sing‘, I can hear it in my head now, so I think I will put the video on here.


As well as all the brilliant music pieces in this album, the vocals on the album are incredible. I personally think John Lennon’s voice is second to none, not a brilliant singer but his voice has just got the right amount of huskyness(no huskyness is not a word) in it.

Yellow Submarine‘ features on the album, whenever I hear this song on it’s own, out the blue It just makes me think of infant school, I’m sure we did something with the song there and it’s scarred me for the rest  of time. But when you put that song in the mix with all of these, I accept it because it’s a sort of break from it all and you can have a nice sing along. If you get into that song Ringo’s got another lovely little number called ‘Octopus’ Garden‘, which doesn’t get as much credit as it should. However with Ringo featuring like this, you can hear that each of the guys had their hand in it.

Finally this brings me to the simple brilliant (I hate using this cliche) ‘Eleanor Rigby’. I learnt this on guitar, it is the most simple song to play, and at the same time gives you a lot of pleasure. This one of my favorite songs on the album along with ‘I’m only sleeping‘ and ‘Taxman‘.

Overall 10.o

I don’t think you can get much better than this album, it was way ahead of it’s time, you listen to it now, still sounds fresh. For all the brilliant elements in this album, the riffs, vocal, drums, everything there’s not a thing they do wrong. One critacism…there isn’t one.


Words by Alex Wise @AJWise

Oasis – Definitely Maybe – 20-04-2012 – AW

Thought I'd put this one because I thought it looked pretty cool.


After yesterday I was going to review one of the Arctic Monkeys albums, because the song ‘electricity’ inspired me, but I didn’t have a clue which one to do so I just left it. If  you want me to review an Arctic Monkeys album, just let me know and I’ll do as soon as possible (when I get chance). So, I just grabbed an album at random and it was this one.  REMEMBER I GOT INTO THIS SORT A MUSIC A BIT LATE, I GOT INTO THIS MUSIC WHEN I WAS 16. So yeah, this was the first Oasis album that I brought (see, sounds better now you know I got into this music a bit late) I brought it on the strength of my mate saying ‘It’s fucking brilliant’, and that’s all I needed for me to buy the album.


Oasis were the first rock/rock ‘n’ roll/britpop group that I got into, again on the strength of my mate telling me ‘they’re fucking brilliant’. I thought it was a good place to start because I think they’re probably one of the best bands that there’s ever been, I think a lot of people like to steer away from this because they’re not as complex, or they ripped off the Beatles slightly, I personally don’t mind I still think they’re a great band, that had this attitude and an image that you couldn’t help but admire.

Discovering Definitely Maybe

Listening to this album was like me watching Aston Villa winning the league, it was a joy. I think all of the songs on their just carry that attitude with it, whether it’s because of the way Liam is singing it or whether it’s the way the guitar sounds, it sounds good. Obviously you’ve got the classics on their with ‘Live forever’, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Rock and Roll Star’ but the songs around it which are rather underrated with ‘bring it on down’, which is amazing to listen to when it’s blaring out the speaker, with the bass coming out. Also with ‘Slide Away’, I think this song really goes under the radar, when it talk to people about Oasis songs a lot of the time ‘Slide Away’ doesn’t get mentioned, and when it does get mentioned it get’s a bit of a mixed reaction, which I think is mental because I think it’s one of the best songs on there. The album ends on ‘Married with Children’, which I think shows Noel wit, because he is quite funny, watch his interviews. Learning this song was probably one of the best things I’ve ever done because it winds my girlfriend up.

Digsys Dinner

I thought this song should get it’s own paragraph because I think it’s brilliant, obviously the song isn’t serious, Noel’s a clever man, he knows what he’s writing, anything that he writes doesn’t go unnoticed he knows what he’s doing. I remember going through a phase of listening to this song because I just liked the guitar parts in it, and the chord progression. I didn’t learn the lyrics for a while, but when I did, I pissed myself. Learnt it on guitar and everything just to sing it around the house to wind my mom up.


Overall 8.5

An album that will probably stand the test of time, whenever people talk about britpop or Madchester this band, this album will be mentioned immediately. For a debut album, it ain’t bad.

Songs to download/get/listen too/whatever

-Live forever

-Cigarettes and Alcohol

-Slide Away

All the rest of them.

The Smiths – ” The Queen is Dead” Record Review


No recent shit come out, well there probably is but I’m too lazy to find and listen to it, so I thought I’d do something quite close to my heart and to a lot of peoples hearts, I know this because I think it’s one of the most loved indie albums of all time, and it should be. Just start by saying, if you haven’t listen to it, please do you’re missing out it’s beautiful,smart and funny from start to finish and really don’t think there will be anything like this ever again, so go on treat yourself.

Finding out, learning to love

I was introduced to The Smiths by a mate from college, and he said ‘They invented indie music, you’ve got to listen to these”, and it wasn’t until then I got a real understanding of what Indie music was. I remember getting home that day and starting listening to them, as soon as I listened to them I fell in love with them, the lyrics, the riffs, and how unique it was. I think it was that, they made me want more, how unique they were, the sound of the guitar the singing everything just sets them apart from every other fuckin’ band, I loved finding out about them and indulging myself into them. Every song I listened to I’d be listening out for clever witty lyrics and the classic riffs that Johnny composed. I tried to learn the riffs on guitar, way too hard gave up immediately.

Finally Listening to the Album

I think I listened to their whole back catalog in about a month, so I listened to all the songs but not the album, because I didn’t know which song belonged to which album. So in the worst way you could listen to an album, I created a playlist on youtube and listened to it that way. I regret it now, because it deserved a lot better, the only way you could listen to the album for the first in the most respectful way would be to have it playing on vinyl, with candles around the room, listening to it  on your own and devote yourself to the album for the time it’s playing, it’s the only respectful way. Having heard all the sons before, I was singing along to them, but they’re such a strong set of songs.

The Album

Morrisey is known for his lyrical genius and this just proves it really, with the witty lyrics of ‘Frankly Mr Shankly’ and ‘Vicar in a Tutu’ (that sounds funny) to the painful lyrics of ‘I know it’s over’ and the beautiful ones of ‘There is a light that never goes out’. Another thing I really like about this album is that all of them aren’t hits, by that I mean they couldn’t all be singles which works really well. You’ve got the classics which will forever stick in your mind with ‘The boy with a thorn in his side’ and ‘bigmouth strikes again’, but you have the soft padding of ‘Cemetery gates’ and ‘Never had no one ever’. It’s amazing how Morrisey’s lyrics go so well with Marr’s guitar parts, it’s as if it was meant to happen, they suit each other so well.



This is my favorite Smiths album, it’s a close one but this wins, purely because I love every song on here. Just on some of the other albums, they’re songs that just haven’t hit me as much as these did. I know I’ve said this throughout this post but I will say it again, it’s beautiful all the way through with really powerful songs. As I look at the back of the case now, there’s just not one song I dislike. This is definitely one I will have to get on vinyl, because CD is just not good enough.Just appreciate that The Smiths created this album, and gave it too the world






Pulp – Different Class – 12/04/2012 – AW

When I went on holiday, I grabbed some CD’s (horrible, but it’s the only thing I can play in my car, if I could play vinyl’s in my car, I’d play em’. No actually I wouldn’t too risky, don’t wanna scratch em’ better off in there separate bags all clean and in good condition). Iv’e never really given Pulp a chance, obviously I’ve heard the obvious ones like Common people, Disco 2000 and that but I’ve never listened to one of their albums. I should of listened to one by now I know, but I didn’t grow up listening to this music I only got into this sort of music in 2008-2009 time so I was miles behind so I’ve had to catch up.  Anyway, the album was in the 3 for £10 section so I thought ‘fuck it, put it in the car listen to it, if it’s good keep it, if it’s shit throw it away”. I knew it was going to be quite good because I’ve read reviews on it, so I already knew the songs I should listen to and the songs that weren’t so strong.


Got in the car, My girlfriend wanted to listen to something else, so I waited like a gentle man for my turn, however if I wasn’t driving I would of put on immediately regardless of what she wanted on. The album got put on at the tail end of the journey, the last hour, I was falling asleep at the wheel, bored out my head and then Pulp got put on, and It was like a laughing drug got injected into me.  I wasn’t laughing because it was so shit it was laughable, but the lyrics were hilarious. My girlfriend was reading her book, taking no notice of the music really and she just kept looking at me pissing myself at the lyrics. Here are some of the funniest lyrics on there:-

“i can’t help it, i was dragged up
my favourite parks are car parks
grass is something you smoke
birds are something you shag
take your year in provence 
and stick it up your ass.”

“I’d Give My Whole Life To See It, Just You, Stood There, Only In Your Underwear”

And you want to phone your mother and say “Mother, I can never come home again 
‘Cause I seem to have left an important part of my brain somewhere 
Somewhere in a field in Hampshire”.

“Rent a flat above a shop Cut your hair and get a job Smoke some fags and play some pool Pretend you never went to school”

There’s loads more, just listen to the album and you’ll find yourself laughing on your own thinking to yourself “yeah that’s funny that”.  I think it’s on of those albums that still has a lot to offer even though I’ve listened to it about 10 times, I’m still left thinking “I haven’t drained this for everything that its’ got, one more listen”, and not a lot of albums really do that. It’s different to a lot of the stuff I listen to because it’s not really heavy on guitars, and drums it’s more focused on the lyrics and being very catchy, which I really liked.

The future for me and Pulp

This is definitely going to spur on a big Pulp phase, basically me listening to the whole of Pulps back catalogue, if you have any songs you suggest I should listen to, please tell me.


Overall: 8.5

Songs to listen too

“common people”, “Disco 2000”, “sorted for E’s and Wizz”, “something changed” and “Underwear”



The Libertines – Up the bracket

Yes, this album came out a while back, 9 years back, seems a really long time so much has happened concerning Pete and Carl and their relationship since then. They both went off and made new bands (not so much Carl, as he still had Gary Powell on drums), they both had their solo albums, they re-united and raised all hopes of their devoting fans (including me) and then said they won’t be getting back together any time soon and upset all their devoting fans again (again including me). Although all this has happened I don’t think this should stop me reviewing what I think is one of the perfect albums out there today and not many albums can really top it.

Pete Doherty is a big Tony Hancock fan, and this is where the albums name came from because it was one of Tony Hancocks phrases he used to use and is slang for ‘Punch in the throat’. I don’t know if it was a coincidence (most definitely not), but the phrase also means to snort a line of cocaine. I think it was a coincidence as I don’t think these boys touched that stuff, or did they? Anyways lets have a look at the album.


‘Vertigo’ for those who didn’t know is a type of dizziness, basically that means you feel like your moving when your standing still. It can cause vomiting, nausea that type of stuff. I wanted to mention that just in case nobody knew, now you do know you can put it in the song and will help you ‘get it’. Anyways the song. It’s a great opener because it straight away makes you hear what your in for the rest of the album. Whats the song got? a catchy riff, scratchy guitars, beautiful lyrics, loud drums, hint of attitude and a voice that could sing an owl to sleep at night. So it’s got everything, it doesn’t throw you straight in at the deep end, but it does gently walk you in to the pool after you’ve just been dipping your toes in the water.

2.Death on the stairs

Like the ‘vertigo’ and many of the Libertines songs, another brilliant but simple riff. The riff doesn’t overdo it, sometimes bands can do that and have to many notes, but the Libs liked to keep it simple but pure brilliance. On this song is where you hear Pete’s voice for the first time alone on the album, and what a beautiful sound it is as he softly sings out the words ‘monkey asked the mouse before,if she loved anybody more than he’, which is a line that always sticks in my mind. What I love about this songs is that they had Carl sing first and then Pete, so you go both in that song. A lot of people are torn between libertines songs because they prefer Pete’s voice to Carl’s or the other way round. In this song, both parties are happy. A catchy song that I will never get tired of hearing.


The first song on the album which was purely sung by Pete, which for me makes it special, gives it that extra edge and attitude. Is it the way he sings it? my girlfriend asks, yes, yes it is. The way he screams down the microphone as if he will never get to sing again, the way that in the song he steps away from the mic because I assume he was that into the song, when he sings he sounds desperate I find it amazing he can put that emotion into his singing. He sings ‘the horse is brown’  both words ‘horse’ and ‘brown’ is slang for heroin, so clearly the song is about drugs, which gives that extra danger about it. The song starts fast, ends fast but it ends just a sudden halt. There’s no climax really, you expect it to go on and carry but it just stops. Brilliant.

4.Time for heroes

If you don’t know this song, where have you been? do you listen to music? and if you don’t like the song, I would consider cutting your brain out and investing in another one until you do like it because it’s one of the best songs ever made. It’s got youth and attitude written all over it, the song just makes you want to get up and go bonkers. Pete wrote the song based on the London Mayday riots, as you hear the first words of the first line ‘did you see the….’, are perfect, and the way it’s sung, as if he’s totally out of it. Personally I think this expresses Pete’s best poetry that he’s done. Although it doesn’t rhyme, or he doesn’t use the most glamorous words it still is very powerful. I love how he says that they will die in a class of our own, like even if we’re not good enough for the posh kids we’ll die doing our own thing. Looking at the guitar side of the song, I think this was one of the best solo’s that Mr.Barat ever composed, it was fast, went well with the song and quite hard to master, as I decided to try it and it didn’t go to well.

5.Boys in the band

The start of this song for me beats, any start of any song. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m biased towards the libs or because I haven’t listened to every song in the world. But It just is for me, having Pete’s and Carl’s guitars like shouting back at each other. You have that riff that’s like a kid blowing raspberry and then the other guitar getting gradually getting more angrier with the other one, and then it just bursts into a big fight. Also when they were doing the song at  Reading & Leeds and Pete and Carl were facing towards Gary on drums, you could just feel the energy, they were all pumping each other up. Quite clearly the songs about groupies with the title being ‘boys in the band’ and the lyrics also stating things that they think about the groupies, and that they ‘all get them out for the boys in the band’. The energy and the pace that comes off the song because of the screeching guitars and the drums having that beat is just the libertines all over, again to me it says youth, fun, living fast  and that’s what they wanted from their songs, just pure aggression.  I’m very fond of this song, it’s easily one of my favourite Libs songs.

6.Radio america

Then they slow it down, right down, but the quality doesn’t stop. Pete’s poetry really blossoms in this because everything is slowed down and the guitars are quite soothing and easy listening. He wants to take his love to his girl, but how far will he go to give her that love she deserves. There is a part of the song where Carl’s head hits one of  the symbols of the drum, it’s towards the end listen out for it. Not a song you would expect from the libs, something you would exactly expect off Pete. None the less, just an easy listening tune.

7. Up the bracket

The yelp and scream of Pete at the start of the song just before he shouts ‘get out of it’. The start of that song sums up the whole song, just pure attitude. The song I think is about Pete getting followed by these two gentlemen that would like some information off him, an he didn’t want to divulge this information so he gave them the ‘v’ ( Basically he swore at em’). Having done that, he gets chased up the stairs and met by some people who know those other two gentlemen (blokes). So in that sense it’s a good story telling, obviously not as good ad Dylan, but you couldn’t really have a Dylan song and show aggression,too many words. Having those references about giving him the ‘v’ and naming streets in London makes the song incredibly British, which is a great thing as not a lot of artists manage to do that today. Overall it really is an amazing, from start to finish just none stop anger and raw energy that you only get from a few songs.

8. Tell the king

The daunting start to the song with those guitars making you feel like somebody is coming after you, and the way Carl whispers ‘got a little secret for ya’ you feel like his personally telling you something, just a secret between you and him. Go on tell us Carl. The song for me is about journalists, and no matter what you say or do or how successful you are they can make a mockery of you, they can pick the tiniest thing and make it a worldwide problem. ‘Tell it to your king, go on and tell him everything you know’, great line, saying ‘go on tell the guy who’s going to publish this, tell the world. We don’t even know what your on about’. Without that meaning I don’t think the song could’ve been that great. As you listen to the guitar you feel like your falling through a hole and you can’t do anything.

9. The boy who looked at Jonny

This song I believe to about the lead singer of razorlight Johnny Borrell, I believe he used to play bass for them for while, and lived with them, didn’t get on. He’s arrogant, unless he just portrays to be arrogant but inside his loving soul, who’s just confused and doesn’t know what to do. Great song, with a great little chorus, even your Mom could sing to it if she wanted, unless she already does, in that case your Nan can. I also like the way way Pete shouts down the microphone, you get a sens he really means it when he’s singing it, that gives it that punk affect the libs are known to have.

10. Begging

As the song fades in, you seem to think your in for a quiet one as your mom takes her fingers out her ears. But then suddenly jumps back into the rush and the pace of the rest of the album. I think this song is under rated, as I’ve  found myself and my friends skipping it as we hear the start of the song. When I think,why is it under rated and I look at the song as a whole there’s nothing that’s really lacking. Carl’s singing is immaculate, it’s loud, gets the blood pumping and is well structured. Perhaps it’s because Pete doesn’t pop up in it or maybe it’s because the hook line isn’t too catchy, regardless to those points it’s a good tune. As the song comes to a climax the guitars screech and made me feel as if I was in a whirlwind, got me quite frightened.

11. The good old days

One of the finest lyrical compositions by Pedro and Carlos as this is just a lyrical masterpiece, fair enough you may not hear them sing it so clearly (if not find out) but how they sing it gives it a real feel to it. I’ve seen a few tattoos of these lyrics on people, and I’m sure some people actually live by them. As I sit hear and listen to the song as it’s getting dark outside it has a daunting affect on me, as Pete and Carl’s guitars give me the shivers once again. Having that affect on you it doesn’t lose the pace or the scratchiness of the guitars. A song that is not only heard, but felt.

12. I get along

The best song to have at the end of an album? Well stop asking because here’s you answer, an amazing song and gift to the world “I get along”. Should the Libs have ended the album with a slower song? no, because it wouldn’t have been this one and that would be wrong. The drums at the start make you feel as if the album is starting all over again, and your getting a load of songs coming up. The way Mr.Barat expresses the words “fuck ’em” in this song, just sum up the whole album because those words carry so much attitude. It’s cliche to say that ‘the album leaves you wanting more’, but this actually does because the album starts with an impact of a earthquake that’s hit 5.3 on the Richter scale. So a few house have been knocked down, your corner shops gone, along with your shed and you’ve lost your dog. By the end of the album it’s hit 9.0 on the Richter scale and whole world is split in two and the apocalyptic horsemen have stolen your grandparents, it’s all gone mad. A perfect album, thank you.

Songs to download: The whole thing, seriously.