We love music, and we want you to love it too. In our podcast, we take some of the best known albums and put them to the test. Informed, enthusiastic, perfect if you?re well on your musical journey or merely just starting out, every subject will be put under the M Means Music microscope to be rigorously reviewed by five stringent criteria.
One; moment, where does it fit?
Two; music, what does it sound like?
Three; modern art, what does it look like?
Four; members, who made it?
Five; memory: has time being kind to it?
And it?s all totally based on my opinion. Who am I? My name is Daryl and I?ve got over 40 years in pop music. I?ve sold it, I?ve written about it, released it, talked about it, and I play it in public while waving my arms. M Means Music is cheerful, upbeat, informative, looking at the many twists and turns of popular music. Maybe we are selecting an album because it is celebrating an anniversary; maybe an artist has reached a significant birthday, maybe we just fancy shining a light on an album we love. Do join me!
The Visitors was Abba?s eighth studio album, released at the very end of November 1981. It is a complex record of contrasting emotions, which for years had the weighty honour of being the group?s final album, a downbeat coda to what had been a scintillating decade of pop.
Dusty In Memphis was Dusty Springfield?s fifth studio album, released in the UK in January 1969. It has become one of the most loved albums in popular music, let alone in her career. But like many great albums, its tale is one of many twists and turns.
This is a very special holiday annual edition of M Means Music, to celebrate the release of Norah Jones? first-ever Christmas album, I Dream Of Christmas, released on Blue Note.
Released in May 1980, diana by Diana Ross was the most successful album of her storied solo career. It reasserted her unassailable superiority as, to quote Billboard?s line from 1976, The Female Entertainer of the Century.
This week, we?re talking about an album that defined the 90s for many, and brought an underground scene to the widest possible audience. Nevermind by Nirvana was released in September 1991 and was to change the cultural landscape of the next few years for alternative rock.
Pure Heroine was one of the most influential albums of the 2010s. Released in November 2013, Lorde's debut album got into the US & UK's Top 5 and topped the charts in New Zealand & Australia.
Who?s Next by The Who is one of those albums that routinely inhabit All Time Best Lists. It was much anticipated on its release in August 1971, it was the first brand new long form material from The Who since their ground-breaking double album, Tommy which had been released in May 1969.
This time we are looking at Mary J. Blige?s No More Drama, her fifth album, released in August 2001. Called by Billboard as the ?queen of hip-hop soul,? Mary J Blige had been a star for the best part of a decade by the time she recorded No More Drama.
This time we are talking about Amy Winehouse?s second album Back To Black, which was released in October 2006. Amy Winehouse burnt briefly and brightly in world popular music.
We're diving into what is commonly regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time and a landmark recording - it's Marvin Gaye's What's Going On.