‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast‘ was released in 2000 and went on to win the Mercury Music Prize that year. It still holds up now as one of my favourite albums. It changed how I think about music.
I discovered the album when I saw the video to Disillusion on MTV2 late at night (when MTV still played music).
Music was mostly guitar centred at that point, but Damon Gough had instrumentation and arrangements that were totally beyond that. As a sixteen year old school boy my main love at that time was Britpop. I just hadn’t heard songs quite like that.
The opening track ‘The Shining’ is as good a track-one-side-one I can think of. Elegant and sad. Each track is unique, but it flows together so well. Even the songs I felt were skip tracks are now engrained in me.