Art Rock

blue starblue starempty starempty starempty star

One of the more divisive entries in the Can discography, 1975's Landed is a weird and fascinating chapter in the krautrock legends' discography. While it featured the band's most high tech recording to date, the material was confusing and disjointed enough to sound almost like a different band. The telekinetic funk and raw experimentalism of earlier albums was stretched, moving more into some bizarre take on pop songs. Still, the album closes with a lengthy and unsettling sound collage, and the more structured moments are still Can through and through, just from a stranger angle than some fans would ever be ready for.

- Fred Thomas

John Martyn

On the Cobbles

June 15, 2004

British Folk

blue starblue starblue starblue starempty star

John Martyn's first album of new material after his right leg was amputated features highlights like the free-and-easy love song "One for the Road" and the wistful "Back to Marseilles." Paul Weller appears on "Under My Wing,” and Mavis Staples on Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene." Martyn’s voice is central, slipping and slurring like a tenor horn, while fashioning beautiful lines. That's nowhere more apparent than on key tracks "Ghosts" and "My Creator." 

- Chris Nickson