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 LONDON MUSIC

Rock and Pop

Album of the Month

1999 Update

NB This feature has been 'rested'. We hope to bring it back in the near future. For now feel free to surf our 'Awards archive'!

Our pick of the best British releases

DrugstoreJune 1998

Drugstore: White Magic For Lovers

Drugstore's debut album bulldozered its way straight into our all time top ten. Thankfully, their follow up is right up there too. A little more accomplished, a lot more confident, still as amusing as ever.

There has never been a female vocal more poignant, more earthy, more alive than Isabel Monteiro's. The longtime London domiciled Brazilian has something real special. So special that Radiohead's frontman Thom Yorke jumped at the chance to duet with Isabel on the album's big hit El President about murdered Chilean leader, socialist Salvador Allende.

Sober, the band's latest hit is as near to perfect pop as they have thus far dared to go. With an outfit this precious you don't want them to be known only by some fusty old clique. They deserve global domination, now. Rollover Spice, we're checking into the Drugstore.

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May 1998

Garbage: Version 2.0

The sensational Shirley Manson returns with Garbage in this 'puter-friendly titled follow up album.



April 1998

Pulp: This Is Hardcore

Shock me Jarvis. Twist me a new Cocker, cock. Pulp are back...



Bluetones: Return To the Last Chance Saloon
March 1998

The Bluetones: Return To The Last Chance Saloon

Follow up to the cool Expecting To Fly album here R and B, meets country, meets Brit-rock-pop and comes out of the cantina kickin' and screamin' with a new revitalising brew

 

James IhaFebruary 1998

James Iha: Let It Come Down

This is Iha's debut album. But he has a head start on most pop debutantes, as James comes with The Smashing Pumpkins plastered all over his rock CV.

 

Finley QuayeJanuary 1998

Finley Quaye: Maverick A Strike

This blend of reggae, blue note jazz and atmospheric rhythm is the perfect antidote to a year of indie guitar thrashing, whingeing rock icons and "girl power".

 

LondonNet's Album of the Month '97

Our pick of the best current British releases in 1997

Including: Black Grape, Bob Dylan, Portishead, The Verve, Paul Weller, Primal Scream, Radiohead, Chemical Brothers, Blur (Click here for menu)

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