The seasons festivities are well under way with plenty of our favourite alcoholic beverages on the go. So here are five of our go to albums to soothe a savage hangover. After all, everyone loves beer O’clock but after you’ve been on the whiskey as well, the following day might be a bit harder to handle…
1. “MTV Unplugged In New York” by Nirvana
Back in 1993 at arguably the height of MTV, getting to see your favourite bands wasn’t something that was all that easily possible. The internet age followed later, there was no YouTube and so this series on MTV was a unique selling point and as much as Nirvana’s heavier material is much loved, this melodic acoustic album is a wonderful reminder of their abilities.
2. “Symphony & Metallica” by Metallica
As much as Metallica were panned for doing this by purists, having an orchestra as good as the San Francisco Philharmonic gives each song the sense of the cinematic and having something that everyone knows to sing-a-long to is a great way to cure a hangover.
3. “B-Sides & Rarities” by Deftones
Sacramento Californian Alternative Metallers Deftones have an incredible range of influences and this tribute to some of those is a piece of melodic wonder, especially Chino Moreno’s effeminate vocals on “No Ordinary Love“, originally by Sade.
4. “MTV Unplugged In New York” by Alice In Chains
An iconic moment in the career of Alice In Chains as they deliver a career spanning set that holds together perfectly in acoustic format with the late Layne Staley’s wonderful voice. There are so many highlights that the whole thing is a beacon. Jerry Cantrell smoking throughout gets a rye smile as well.
5. “Hangover Music IV” by Black Label Society
The fifth studio album from Zakk Wylde’s band released back in 2004 via Spitfire Records with a tip of the hat to his debut solo album 1996’s “Book Of Shadows” that features a guest appearance from drummer John Tempesta (White Zombie, Exodus, Testament) on “One More” as well as a fine cover of “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” by Procol Harum.
This piece is sponsored by Hobbs’s House Mince Pies.