Episode 11. Review – Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we explore the eleventh album from the legendary English-American pop/rock group Fleetwood Mac. Rumours was conceived during a time of great personal turmoil and emotion mixed with the rampant drug culture of the 1970’s. It quickly skyrocketed to the top of the charts and sold millions of copies within one year, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all-time. Join us as we analyze some of the magic behind this seductive album.

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Episode 10. Review – Yellow Magic Orchestra – Solid State Survivor

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we review Yellow Magic Orchestra’s seminal album Solid State Survivor. We are going to explore the themes and musicality of one of the most influential albums in electronic music. YMO have been credited for influencing the majority of early video game music composers, as well as countless hip hop and electronic acts. Come explore this landmark of synthpop with us!

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Episode 8. Review – XTC – English Settlement

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we conclude this first phase of our XTC extravaganza by reviewing their 1982 double-album English Settlement. Lead songwriter Andy Partridge was growing increasingly tired of the constant pressure on the band and began rebelling against the system that earned them little time to relax and little in their pocket. Armed with a new acoustic guitar, he sought to craft a set of songs that would lead the band in a new “pastoral” direction, seeking to make them difficult to reproduce live, while lyrically tackling topics such as the negative effects of colonialism and the lack of empathy in modern society.

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Episode 6. Review – XTC – Black Sea

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we continue our XTC extravaganza by reviewing the band’s fourth album, Black Sea. With the success of singles from 1979’s Drums and Wires, such as their hit “Making Plans for Nigel,” the band toured at a breakneck pace into 1980. Their label, Virgin Records, gave the band some time off from touring in the summer of that year to record their next album. The result is eleven tracks of rock excellence that noticeably veer away from the band’s New Wave roots. Black Sea would find XTC once again working with producer Steve Lillywhite and engineer Hugh Padgham to expand on the new adventures Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding were taking in their songwriting, while Dave Gregory’s guitar technicality and Terry Chambers’ explosive drums would continue to supply the force behind these powerful songs.

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Episode 5. Review – XTC – Drums and Wires

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we start our journey through the legendary albums of the underrated British rock/pop band XTC. By this point the group had been through a number of name changes since 1972, had released two albums in 1978 on Virgin Records that did modestly well, and were touring extensively to promote them. Within a couple of months keyboardist Barry Andrews would leave the group for other opportunities, setting the stage for Dave Gregory to enter as lead guitarist. The shift in dynamics leads to this powerful collection of songs with early classics written by both Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, features the bombastic drums of Terry Chambers, and is the result of the band’s first collaboration with producer Steve Lillywhite and engineer Hugh Padgham, who would go on to produce some of the biggest albums of the 1980s. Come join us as we discuss the music that would become the group’s first musical landmark.

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Episode 4. Review – John Prine – John Prine

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we will be reviewing John Prine’s self-titled debut album, which critic Robert Christgau marked as “an authentic, rather catchy extension of Nashville and Appalachia.” Artists like Bonnie Raitt and Johnny Cash would cover his songs while others like Roger Waters and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon would count him as a primary influence in their lyrics. Take a listen to our review of one of America’s most endearing songwriters.

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Episode 2. Review – Michael Jackson – Thriller

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we will be reviewing and analyzing the best-selling album of all time, Thriller by Michael Jackson. We are going to take a deep look into the impeccable pop of this remarkable collection of songs which spawned an unfathomable seven hit singles. How did this album catapult a talented child star into a worldwide phenomenon where he would assume the throne as the King of Pop? Will we ever see this kind of massive worldwide success ever again?

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