Happy 1st Birthday Leighton Literature!

Happy 1st Birthday Leighton Literature travel reports, short stories, album reviews.

It’s Leighton Literature’s 1st birthday!!! Does it feel more than a little egomaniacal to wish my own website a happy birthday? Sure, but fuck it you only live once! I can’t quite believe it was a year ago today that I published my first post. Since then I’ve released thirty-two tales in My Short Stories, published […]

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Album review: Bringing it All Back Home by Bob Dylan (1965).

Bringing It All Back Home Bob Dylan album review

It took me a long time to get Bob Dylan. For years I was totally immune to his harmonica-laced charms, happy to tell anyone who would listen that I didn’t see what all the fuss was about. After all, the guy couldn’t even sing and having only been exposed to his protest song era, he […]

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Album Review: Definitely Maybe by Oasis (1994).

Definitely Maybe Oasis album review

It’s easy to forget what an unparalleled tour de force Oasis were when they burst onto the scene in the summer of 1994. Dangerously cool, razor-edge witty and a whole new level of arrogant, they were impossible to ignore, the musical equivalent of Jack Nicholson smashing the door down with his axe in The Shining. […]

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Album Review: Figure 8 by Elliott Smith (2000).

Elliott Smith Figure 8 album review front cover

Anyone familiar with my reviews will be far from surprised to hear that I’m a big Elliott Smith fan. Like Nick Drake before him Elliott was a deeply troubled soul who wore his heart on his sleeve, writing immensely cathartic alt-rock throughout a tragically brief solo career. Time and time again I find myself falling for […]

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Album Review: Lost Souls by Doves (2000).

Doves Lost Souls album review

In the summer of 2000 I turned twenty two and as per tradition back in those days I was treated to a bunch of CDs from my core group of music-loving friends. It was always exciting to receive a pile of albums all at once, even if I knew I’d be getting exactly what I’d […]

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Album Review: After the Gold Rush by Neil Young (1970).

After The Gold Rush Neil Young album review

‘‘You’re a Neil Young fan?’’ a friend of a friend once asked me. ‘‘Really?” ‘‘LOVE Neil Young’’ I clarified, putting on my best ‘‘don’t fuck with me!’’ look. ‘‘You don’t think his voice is annoyingly whiny?’’ “Nope’’. ‘‘You don’t find a lot of his music to be plodding, uninspiring dad-rock?’’ “Not in any way’’. ‘‘Hmm, ok. […]

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Album Review: Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield (1969).

Dusty In Memphis album review

Movies have always been a great source for discovering new music. Forrest Gump got me hooked on the song For What It’s Worth, setting in motion a lifelong Neil Young journey by way of Buffalo Springfield. Just Like Honey meanwhile, the stunning closing track in Lost in Translation, pointed me in the direction of Psychocandy, the […]

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