Feature - Educating Omand


Due to her, somewhat lack, of musical education, this year Steve Taylor-Bryant has set Susan Omand a review challenge...

Our immortal Scottish, Bach listening, Van Gogh loving, Earl Grey swilling, Queen of popular culture has a gap in her musical upbringing. She stopped listening to new music around 1990 (not 1890 as first thought) deciding for herself (how dare she) that nothing would ever top the Bay City Rollers, or something, to be honest I’d stopped listening to her around 1990 as well. So I decided that something must be done about this. She’s right in a way, a lot of music released in the 1990’s and early 2000’s was utter tosh, but like every generation there was some elements of musical genius released that Susan just hasn’t even heard of. To help me in my evil intent/ability to educate I needed a man steeped in that generation of music, a man that knows his Nu Metal from his Skater Punk, a man who doesn’t care what people say about him, a giant of the twisted idea. Yes, I turned to Madius Comics nutcase in Chief Mr Robin Jones for help. This man has listened to every song and album ever released and his Spotify playlists are nearly as long as his FBI charge sheet but together we’ve settled on 18 albums that we think Susan should immerse herself in for her own personal betterment, obviously not our own personal fun. Susan will try as many as she can, I’m sure you will hear her subtle Scottish accent screaming something you can’t understand but translates as “I don’t like this, what is it? Can I deep fry something?” And we will sit back and laugh/grade her exams.

The 18 19 we have chosen for our Educating Omand series are...

Blink 182 – Enema of the State (read the review here)

Audioslave – Audioslave (read the review here)

Avril Lavigne – Let Go (read the review here)

Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (read the review here)

Avenged Sevenfold – Waking the Fallen (read the review here)

Bush – Sixteen Stone (read the review here)

Killswitch Engage – As Daylight Dies (read the review here)

Faith No More – Angel Dust (read the review here)

System of a Down – Toxicity  (read the review here)

Slipknot – Welcome to our Neighbourhood (read the review here)

Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water (read the review here)

Papa Roach – Infest (read the review here)

Korn – Follow the Leader (read the review here)

Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar (read the review here)

Alien Ant Farm – ANThology (read the review here)

The Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre (read the review here)

Thirty Seconds to Mars – A Beautiful Lie (read the review here)


Five Finger Death Punch - War is the Answer (read the review here)



AND FOR EXTRA CREDIT (and apparently aligned chakras) thanks to Mike Sambrook

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