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are album covers from four of my favourite musicians. Select their names to go straight to their home pages.
You might have heard of Brian Eno because he
was in Roxy Music, or because in the late 70s and early 80s he made four albums that contained some of
the most beautiful melodies of the last five hundred years. You might know him because he wrote the theme
tune for the Arena television programme, or because he produced David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2. Then
again, you may never have heard of Brian Eno.
Paul Morley, The Thing Is... An Interview, Channel 4, 1992.
How much heartbreak can you take? Where others apply
pathos with a trowel, Red House Painters commandeer a fleet of industrial diggers to do the job . . .
very, very quietly. The overall effect is a little precious, genuinely haunting and really,
really astonishing. Play in the dark and pretend to be 17, sensitive and significantly fucked up
John Mulvey, NME, 19/9/1992
PJ Harvey's music reaches out to many people. Its raw
honesty is no respecter of gender. It sounds vulnerable and brutal, tender and strong. Her voice resonates
with both a troubled youthfulness and the experience of years. The music - a sparky, nervy cross
of folk, jazzy textures and rock power - helps in this. She can cut to the quick.
Sally Margaret Joy and Everett True, Melody Maker, 11/4/1992
. . . some grizzled old drunk is singing the rawest, most
gin-sodden, menacing love songs in my ear, and enticing me further and further down some mythical
alleyway, where a knife to the throat is as likely as a kiss to the neck. Or both.
Everett True, Melody Maker, 5/9/1992