If only we could go back...
The 90s is by far one of our favourite decades for music, not only because of its rich and diverse span of genres, but also because of the incredible female talent that came out of that time. Here are just a few of the greatest women-led albums of this extraordinary era.
1. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes (1992)
This American redhead's debut album was actually a second attempt which she worked on with her then boyfriend Eric Rosse following the break-up of her band Y Kant Tori Read. It became a tour de force, breaking pop conventions with its acoustic piano and Tori's unusual vocal style, and lyrics that range from the funny to the surreal. It's a sublime commentary on female sexuality and it hasn't aged a day.
Continue reading: 11 Amazing Albums By Female Artists The 90s Brought Us
A soundtrack for rainy days, washed out weekends and being huddled up indoors.
If there’s one thing that fundamentally defines the experience of living in Britain, it’s rain. Specifically, the curious ability to experience all four seasons in a day just by walking to the shops, but also the way in which rain – its absence, its imminence or its recent presence – constitutes such a significant topic of debate for the inhabitants of these dampened isles.
As the temperature drops and the days get shorter in the run-up to Christmas, we’ve listed ten songs about rainy days – but also about the autumn and winter, the cold and the wind, and being wrapped up in the warm as raindrops patter on the window. Some aren’t about weather at all, but simply about having to while away a day huddled in shelter from the elements.
The Doors – ‘Riders On The Storm’
Continue reading: A Rainy Day Playlist - Ten Songs For Wet Weather
It's been over 20 years since the quartet who comprises Garbage released their eponymous debut, a record that got them noticed on both sides of the Atlantic. They are imminently bringing out their sixth album and are heavily promoting it on the live circuit, which currently sees them playing in Europe before heading to North America and then back for European festivals.
After the brooding (but not brilliant) 'Sometimes' provides an atmospheric start, 'Empty' shows Garbage are still capable of producing enjoyably rock anthems, something that littered their early catalogue. With rolling guitars and a big chorus, it's easily digested, while 'Blackout' aims for a similar effect but darker tone. The slow electro approach of 'If I lost You' doesn't suit the band so much, though displays Shirley Manson an apt turn at a more sultry performance, but the added stomp to 'Magnetized' results in a track that shows the pop nous that they've previously shown in the likes of 'Special' and 'When I Grow Up'. 'We Never Tell' takes this even further, with its "ah ah ah" backing vocals, but the momentum is halted as the band again return to sluggish ways on 'Teaching Little Fingers To Play'.
It's ultimately a mixed bag from Garbage, who certainly still have something to offer and in Manson have an alluring focal point. There are as many moments here to be engaged in as there are to lost interest.
Two weeks worth of rain fell in Glasgow on Wednesday night as public transport struggled to cope with the weather as train lines were flooded forcing commuters to make alternate plans to get home. But come hell or high water, Garbage fans descended upon the Barrowlands for the return of their own Shirley Manson and her Wisconsin hailing bandmates.
Continue reading: Garbage, Glasgow Barrowlands 4 July 2012