Unexpectedly Soulful Albums

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Johnny Kash

Just A Radge
Been revisiting 'The Defamation of Strickland Banks' by Plan B lately, Id forgotten how good it is. Remember being blown away at the time by an artist releasing an absolute corker of a soul album like that having previously released fairly typical UK hip hop/grime of that era.

The other one is Back to Black, again following some really quite average stuff from the Winehouse who then comes up with that.

Lastly - Eamon - Golden Rail Motel. Yes and I hear you scoff, it is the F.UR.B. gadgie from years ago. Whilst not on the level of the 2 above IMO, its actually decent and most unexpected. Would sound great on vinyl.
 

Greenmachine

Aulder Than The Internet This Radge
Loved both Amy Winehouse albums, but Back to Black is a classic.
 
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Two Headed Boy

Well-Known Radge
Strange Times by The Chameleons always stood out to me amongst the great indie/post-punk albums of the 80s by being particularly sincere in its emotional depth.

When other bands of the era were being arch (The Smiths, Felt, The The...) or using doom laden metaphor (The Cure, Killing Joke, Sisters of Mercy...), The Chameleons had a genuine soulfulness to them despite using a lot of the same musical tropes.

 
Fuck me I am lost in this thread. Who? Oh aye I saw them at the Isle of Wight in 1970.
This is the business though. It can be a long slog to fame, however Val my pal did it the hard way. Soulful personified. Quality. Genius. RIP.



BIG G
 

moathibby

Legendary Radge
The Style Council-Our Favourite Shop -ok the hints were there in the Jam,but anyone thinking this would be like Eton Rifles II would be taken back by the soulfullness of this album.
 

Johnny Kash

Just A Radge
Thread starter
Strange Times by The Chameleons always stood out to me amongst the great indie/post-punk albums of the 80s by being particularly sincere in its emotional depth.

When other bands of the era were being arch (The Smiths, Felt, The The...) or using doom laden metaphor (The Cure, Killing Joke, Sisters of Mercy...), The Chameleons had a genuine soulfulness to them despite using a lot of the same musical tropes.

very much underrated, The Chameleons. Tears is right up there with my standout tunes from the 80s
 

Archie

Well-Known Radge
I think the most surprising one for me is Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd. Coming out at the height of prog rock you might expect if to be all earnest musicianship, key changes and banal lyrics. But no - It's actually gospel infused with fantastic female vocals and is still really uplifting. Eclipse is one of the finest songs to close an album you can imagine. And It's soulful.
 

Two Headed Boy

Well-Known Radge
very much underrated, The Chameleons. Tears is right up there with my standout tunes from the 80s
Indeed! They're playing the Oran Mor in Glasgow in Feb. Got my tickets already. I was much too young to have seen them first time round so looking forward to it.
 
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