Kaiser Chiefs – Employment (Epic 2017 #137)

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Kaiser Chiefs – Employment (2005)

The Kaiser Chief’s debut studio album, released in March 2005 on B-Unique Records. Employment takes its inspirations from the Britpop and new wave movements, 1970s-era punk rock and Beach Boys-esque West Coast music.

The album originally charted at number three in the UK Albums Chart on 13 March 2005, but charted at number two almost a year after its release, due to the band’s success at the Brit Awards. Employment went on to become the fourth best-selling album in the United Kingdom that year

Jethro Tull – Aqualung (Epic 2017 #129)

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Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971)

Aqualung was Jethro Tull’s fourth studio album. Released in 1971, its success signalled a turning point in the band’s career, who went on to become a major radio and touring act.

Recorded at Island Records’ studio in London, it was their first album with John Evan as a full-time member, their first with new bassist Jeffrey Hammond and last album featuring Clive Bunker on drums. Something of a departure from the band’s previous work, the album features more acoustic material than previous releases; and—inspired by photographs of homeless people on the Thames Embankment taken by singer Ian Anderson’s wife Jennie, contains a number of recurring themes, addressing religion along with Anderson’s own personal experiences.

Aqualung has sold more than seven million times over and is thus Jethro Tull’s best selling album. The album was generally well-received critically, and has been included on several music magazine “best of” lists. It also spawned two singles, “Hymn 43” and “Locomotive Breath”

INXS – Kick (Epic 2017 #119)

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INXS – Kick (1987)

Kick is the sixth studio album by the Australian rock band INXS, released in 1987 by WEA in Australia, Atlantic Records in the United States and Phonogram Records in the United Kingdom on Audio CD, Compact Cassette and Gramophone record. As the band’s most successful studio album, it is certified six times platinum by the RIAA, and spawned four US top 10 singles, “New Sensation”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, “Devil Inside” and “Need You Tonight”, the last of which reached the top of the Billboard singles charts. At the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, the band took home five Moonmen for the “Need You Tonight”/”Mediate” video.

The album was produced by Chris Thomas and recorded by David Nicholas in Sydney, Australia, and in Paris, France. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Air Studios in London.

Incubus – Morning View (Epic 2017 #117)

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Incubus – Morning View (2001)

Incubus released this, their fourth studio album, on October 23, 2001 through Epic Records. A companion DVD, The Morning View Sessions, was released on May 29, 2002. Morning View was the last Incubus album to feature bassist Alex Katunich.

With the album producing the popular singles “Wish You Were Here” and “Nice to Know You,” Morning View generally achieved critical praise and went double-platinum, making it the band’s highest selling album.

I am Kloot – Gods and Monsters (Epic 2017 #115)

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I am Kloot – Gods and Monsters (2005)

This was the third album from I Am Kloot, released on April 11 2005. It reached No. 74 in the UK.

The semi-autobiographical lead single from this album “Over My Shoulder”, about relationships ending, was featured occasionally on MTV. Lead singer Bramwell refers to the “Night and Day” club in Manchester where he used to work and where I Am Kloot got their first break.

The track “Avenue of Hope” featured in the closing credits of the Danny Boyle film Sunshine in 2007. The cover art is by poster artist Jay Ryan.