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Understated Classics #34: Stray by Aztec Camera

Stray artwork remixed

The next understated classic is “Stray” by Aztec Camera. Released in 1990, it features two hit singles and the cover’s my favourite colour: green.

Understated Classics #33: Embrya by Maxwell

Cover image made from the cover of Embrya by Maxwell

The next entry in the understated classic series is Embrya by Maxwell, perfect for summer evenings!

Understated Classics #32: They Were Wrong, So We Drowned by Liars

The 32nd Understated Classic is a halloween special, Liars’ concept album about witches “They Were Wrong, So We Drowned”.

Understated Classics #31: The White Room by The KLF

Cover image for understated classics post about the white room by the klf

The next in the understated classic series is The White Room by The KLF. Another one of those albums that actually isn’t understated in any way!

Understated Classics #30: Our Aim Is to Satisfy by Red Snapper

The thirtieth understated classic is Our Aim Is To Satisfy by Red Snapper, an album of downtempo electronic beauty.

Understated Classics #29: Let It Come Down by Spiritualized

Hero image for UC29 Let It Come Down by Spiritualized

Let It Come Down by Spiritualized is the 29th entry in my understated classics series. It’s an album that never fails to make me feel better when I’m down.

Understated Classics #28: The Meadowlands by The Wrens

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The Meadowlands by The Wrens is number 28 in the understated classics. If you’re living life and you really mean it, this is the record for you.

Understated Classics #27: A Ghost Is Born by Wilco

Hero image for understated classics 27, comprising the many covers of a ghost is born by wilco

See also “Whatever happened to that hat?”

Understated Classics #26: Come On Die Young by Mogwai

A review of Come On Die Young by Mogwai as part of my understated classics series of album reviews.

Playlist #13: “Understated Classics 13-25”

A playlist with one song from each of my understated classics posts from number 25 to 13 (the tracks work better in reverse order).

Understated Classics #25: Long Gone Before Daylight by The Cardigans

Close crop of cover of Long Gone Before Daylight by The Cardigans

The twenty-fifth entry in my understated classics series of album reviews is Long Gone Before Daylight by The Cardigans.

Understated Classics #24: “Reservoir” by Fanfarlo

A record that may well have saved my life.

Understated Classics #23: “Gorgeous” by 808 State

Statistically 1 in 23, a number on a list…

Understated Classics #22: “Walking With Thee” by Clinic

The twenty second understated classic is the fine sophomore effort from Clinic.

Understated Classics #21: “Woob 2” by Woob

Allow me to share a secret with you…

Understated Classics #20: “Folklore” by Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado’s second album is better than you might remember…

Understated Classics #19: “The Dreaming” by Kate Bush

Cover of The Dreaming by Kate Bush

The Dreaming by Kate Bush, a kooky curio from the dustier part of her discography, is the nineteenth instalment of my understated classics sequence of album reviews; it is well worth your time.

Understated Classics #18: Fabric 12 mixed by The Amalgamation Of Soundz

What? We’re allowing compilations now? Yes. Why not? A good mix is as much an artistic statement as a full-blown single artist album. It takes a lot of skill to get from A to B, and keep everything on the boil in between.

Understated Classics #17: “Nearly God” by Nearly God (Tricky)

“Sit back and let it happen / Let us take your time away.”

Understated Classics #16: “Ambient 2/The Plateaux Of Mirror” by Howard Budd and Brian Eno

A lot of these are ambient albums aren’t they?!?