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10 Surprising Records That Influenced My Taste In Music

There’s a “thing” doing the rounds on social media when someone asks you to “choose 10 albums that influenced your taste in music – one album per day for 10 consecutive days; no explanations, just album covers”. A nomination is quite flattering as you can share with the world your own sublime choices, however, after …

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Music Lovers Of The World Unite… In A-Z Order Of Course

A Curates Egg The great German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, once wrote: “Without music, life would be a mistake”. He is, of course, absolutely correct. Then again, he’d never heard a Whigfield record… I always intended for The Acoustic Egg Box blog to be about my love of music (and books, films and the creative arts in general). I …

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The REAL Reason Why Springsteen’s “Western Stars” Is So Great

I adore Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen; I love his music and I respect him immensely as a person. However, in choosing “Western Stars” as my album of the year, I now have a problem… how to review it! You see, I’m just a “normal” fan and Bruce is one of the few artists whose obsessive followers …

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2019 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 30 Albums Of The Year

I know, I know, it’s virtually the end of January 2020 and I’m only just publishing my review of 2019. I could invent many excuses for its lateness, but in truth, I’ve just been too drunk and too lazy. So, for the two of you who have been patiently waiting for this nonsense, please accept …

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2018 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year

In an annual tradition rapidly taking on as much importance as the Queen’s Christmas Message, remembering to remove the plastic bag containing the turkey giblets, and avoiding Mrs Brown and her Boys until they’ve all been imprisoned on a remote Scottish island without any form of communication, I bring you the first instalment of The …

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2017 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year (Part Two: 10-1)

So here we are then, the ten best albums of 2017 as decided by the sole judging panel that is The Acoustic Egg Box. It was great to see new acts like Bette Smith and Childhood releasing music that bodes well for their future success, an outfit as hard-working and talented as Stone Foundation FINALLY …

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2017 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year (Part One: 20-11)

And so, without further ado and after many hours of turmoil, sleepless nights and long conversations with myself, I present for your delectation (and dismay no doubt), the first half of this year’s prestigious Acoustic Egg Box Album’s Of The Year for 2017. I’ve based the chart on nothing more than my own exceptionally good taste …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul Of A Woman (Daptone Records)

Formed in 2001, the American funk and soul label, Daptone  Records is, in terms of both recording methods and quality of output, the nearest we now have to classic Stax or Motown. So, when in the space of little over a year, the label lost not only their two biggest stars but two giants of the …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bette Smith – Jetlagger (Big Legal Mess Records)

It still gives me a huge buzz when I discover a previously unheard artist, especially when they’ve got a voice and personality as big and bold as New York’s sensational new soul singer, Bette Smith.  Ms Smith was born and raised in the tough Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant and, when you watch the video for …

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Clientele – Music For The Age Of Miracles (Tapete Records)

For the uninitiated, The Clientele are a London-based British band from deepest, darkest Hampshire who specialise in a superior and unique brand of intelligent, literary dream-pop.  They released “The Violet Hour”, the first of their (now) seven superb albums in 2002, but, despite huge critical acclaim, have never gained the commercial success in the UK …

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