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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Mu­sic Re­views - Iain Shed­den

THANKS to all those who re­sponded to last week’s list of my top 10 favourite al­bum cov­ers — all of them from a gen­er­a­tion ago — and for sug­gest­ing others that hold a place in the mem­ory for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons. In­ter­est­ingly, many of them came from that same era of the 1960s and 70s, al­though they were spread across many gen­res, from jazz to folk and ev­ery­thing be­tween. One wouldn’t want to give the im­pres­sion that the al­bum cover as an artis­tic en­tity didn’t make it into the 21st cen­tury, so to that end this week I’m pre­sent­ing my favourite Aus­tralian al­bum cov­ers of the past 13 years. It took a lot of whit­tling down with­out us­ing cri­te­ria such as ‘‘best use of an am­per­sand in the ti­tle’’ or ‘‘best male solo artist look­ing as if he just lost his car keys’’ (a large enough cat­e­gory in it­self), but here is what I ar­rived at. Feel free to let me know what your own favourite is from this pe­riod and why you chose it. 1. 360 (2012) 2. Sil­ver­chair (2002) 3. CW Stonek­ing (2008) 4. The Jez­abels (2012) 5. —Pow­derfin­ger (2001) 6. Sarah Blasko (2012) 7. The Pre­sets (2008) 8. Base­ment Birds (2010) 9. Kasey Cham­bers and Shane Ni­chol­son (2008) 10. The Drones 2006) WHILE we’re on the topic of lists, SD was pleased, nay de­lighted, to re­ceive in the mail this week an in­trigu­ing lit­tle tome called

an Amer­i­can pub­li­ca­tion by met­al­heads Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenk­ins. The pic­to­rial pot­ted his­tory of silly heavy met­al­ness in­cludes pred­i­ca­ble items such as the top 20 heavy metal bass play­ers (No 1 Geezer But­ler from Black Sab­bath) and the 25 (there must be more of them) best drum­mers (Dave Lom­bardo from Slayer). My par­tic­u­lar favourites, how­ever, fea­ture a feast of heav­ier than heavy tal­ent. Not sur­pris­ingly, the win­ner of the top 10 metal bands with the word ‘‘death’’ in their name went to . . . Death. Best of all is the cat­e­gory of best 15 metal al­bum cov­ers fea­tur­ing goats. Yes, goats. I would have gone for Belphe­gor’s

in the top spot my­self, but that only made it to No 13. The au­thors went for Bathory’s self-ti­tled al­bum. Well done to them for their golden goat.

Fall­ing & Fly­ing

360’s

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