About the Blog

The CD Critic is an independent Blog for music reviews. Run by Gareth Watkin, The CD Critic reviews upcoming albums by artists and bands either well known, or in the independent scene. Gareth Watkin writes all his reviews himself, and in his own time purely for his own enjoyment. Reviews are purely the opinion of Gareth Watkin and do not express the opinions of anybody else.

About the Author

Gareth Watkin is a post-graduate who enjoys writing reviews in his free time. His other hobbies include film-making, writing and music. Gareth plays the acoustic guitar and often plays at open mic nights, performing cover versions of some of his favourite songs. As an avid music enthusiast, Gareth collects physical copies of CDs, and is building up a rather large collection of CDs.



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Favourite albums

Here’s a list of some of my favourite albums of all time.

David Bowie – Low

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Mogwai – Mr. Beast

Slint – Spiderland

Land Of Kush – Against The Day

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F#A#

Feu Thérèse – Feu Thérèse

Et Sans – Par Noussss Touss Les Trous De Vos Crânes!

Radiohead – In Rainbows

Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile

Fripp & Eno – (No Pussyfooting)

Beck – Modern Guilt

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Shearwater – Animal Joy

Eluvium – Copia

R.E.M. – Automatic For The People

Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon

Liars – Drum’s Not Dead

Labradford – Fixed::Context

Funeral – Arcade Fire

The National – High Violet

Stars of the Lid – And Their Refinement of the Decline

Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West

Motion City Soundtrack – Commit This To Memory

Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music For Airports

The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Whenever, If Ever

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5 thoughts on “About

  1. Having just read this page, I wanted to let you know that I am very excited to read some of your articles. I can relate to you on many of your list of favorite albums, and would classify Dark Side of the Moon as my favorite of all time. I look forward to reading your future articles.

    Pat Ahern

  2. With the unbelievably awesome background image, and a favourite album list that includes Kid A and The Fragile, your site couldn’t help but be awesome.

  3. Hey my name’s Ella, I am also a keen blogger. I am setting up a new kind of indie/alternative music blog and I’m looking for contributors to help me upload some content and after peeking at some of your posts I would like to know if you’re interested.

    I’ve set up the blog design but do not have a name or any kind or structure as of yet so any input would great. Also, if you know any other keen music bloggers, letting them know would be as equally great!

    Thankyou 🙂

    My personal blog -> http://ellaawells.wordpress.com/
    Working progress blog (be nice) -> http://ellawells.wordpress.com/

  4. Abbi

    I’ve nominated you for the WordPress Family Award because I love visiting your blog: http://wherethewildthingsare14.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/the-wordpress-family-award/

  5. Hi there, thanks for the review and having us on your blog!
    Best, Stone Diamond

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