Author: Ben Walton

Chris T-T The Best Of... Album Review

Chris T-T The Best Of... Album Review

Since 1999, Brighton based folk singer and songwriter Chris T-T has been entertaining crowds with pointed political barbs and left-wing social commentary set to accessible, often stripped back musical arrangements, slowly gaining a loyal, if...

Review posted on 18th July 2017

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Lovely Creatures: The Best of (1984-2014) Album Review

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Lovely Creatures: The Best of (1984-2014) Album Review

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' new career spanning retrospective Lovely Creatures is a monolithic document of a monumental career in music. Covering the years from 1984 to 2014 (post-Birthday Party up to the Push...

Review posted on 4th May 2017

Mark Lanegan - Gargoyle Album Review

Mark Lanegan - Gargoyle Album Review

Up until quite recently, a Mark Lanegan release was a rare treat, but that is no longer the case as Gargoyle marks Lanegan's 4th studio album in 5 years. 5th if you count last year's...

Review posted on 21st April 2017

Summer Moon - With You Tonight Album Review

Summer Moon - With You Tonight Album Review

2017 appears to be for The Strokes what 1978 was for Kiss: a year in which you won't get one collaborative, focused album from the main band but instead several solo ventures from the band's...

Review posted on 9th April 2017

Menace Beach - Lemon Memory Album Review

Menace Beach - Lemon Memory Album Review

Leeds five-piece Menace Beach are the subject of a whole lot of hype, with appearance on BBC, The Guardian and NME on the back of their first album Ratworld, which showcased an interesting mix of...

Review posted on 31st January 2017

AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) Album Review

AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) Album Review

Do you remember when AFI were a legitimate hardcore band? It seems like a lifetime ago and the AFI doing the rounds now is almost an entirely different unit to the one who put out...

Review posted on 23rd January 2017

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Ben Walton's Top Ten Albums of 2016

Ben Walton's Top Ten Albums of 2016

Some great bands made awful albums and other surprising bands put out great work.Putting this list together was pretty hard work and near misses on the top ten go to CRX, Banks and Steelz, Suede...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 25th December 2016

The Computers - Birth/Death Album Review

The Computers - Birth/Death Album Review

When The Computers hit the scene two albums ago, their sound fused hardcore punk and garage rock with blues and soul music, creating an engaging and individual sound that nobody else was peddling. Naturally, as...

Review posted on 4th November 2016

Crocodiles - Dreamless Album Review

Crocodiles - Dreamless Album Review

It has been a tough year for New York's Crocodiles since the release of their fifth album Boys last May. Suffering all manner of difficulties, it's a wonder they have even come back at all,...

Review posted on 19th October 2016

Brett Weiss Encyclopaedia of Kiss Book Review

Brett Weiss Encyclopaedia of Kiss Book Review

If any band is deserving of a compendium compiling all of their music, personnel, events and related subjects, it's probably Kiss. Throughout a career stretching over 40 years, 21 studio albums and 10 band members,...

Review posted on 12th September 2016

Chris T-T - Nine Green Songs Album Review

Chris T-T - Nine Green Songs Album Review

It seems like wherever you are in the world right now, if you look at the news you'll find something happening in politics to bring on a full scale rage - there's a lot of...

Review posted on 16th August 2016

Asylums - Killer Brain Waves Album Review

Asylums - Killer Brain Waves Album Review

There are so many brilliant British rock bands around at the moment for us to be proud of. From festival headlining arena rock behemoths (Biffy Clyro) down to independent, DIY cottage industries (Black Honey, The...

Review posted on 29th July 2016

Mercury Rev - The Light In You Album Review

Mercury Rev - The Light In You Album Review

It's been seven years since Mercury Rev last graced us with an album and in that time, not much has changed. Mercury Rev are still churning out solid, reliable symphonic pop in the same vein...

Review posted on 4th January 2016

Ben Walton's Top Albums of 2015

Ben Walton's Top Albums of 2015

10. Metz - II Toronto's Metz returned with their obviously titled second outing this year, offering up a relentless 30 minute blitzkrieg of feedback riddled guitars and pounding drums. They didn't make any huge changes...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 22nd December 2015

They Might Be Giants - Why? Album Review

They Might Be Giants - Why? Album Review

Very few bands make it to 18 albums in their career, and very few release 2 LPs in a year anymore, yet here we are with the ever prolific They Might Be Giants. Long behind...

Review posted on 9th November 2015

Fever The Ghost - Zirconium Meconium Album Review

Fever The Ghost - Zirconium Meconium Album Review

Having made quite an impression with their live shows and their first EP 'Crab In Honey', Los Angeles' Fever The Ghost are set to make waves with their ridiculously titled first full LP 'Zirconium Meconium'....

Review posted on 5th October 2015

Aliment - Silverback Album Review

Aliment - Silverback Album Review

I'll tell you something we don't hear a great deal about in the UK: Spanish punk. Actually, let's cast the net a bit wider - any music from Spain at all. Go on, try and...

Review posted on 28th September 2015

The B**tard Sons - Smoke Album Review

The B**tard Sons - Smoke Album Review

Rightly or wrongly, sometimes you can tell what a band will sound like just from their name. You know Motorhead are going to be filthy, scuzzy, fast and loud; you know Ghost are going to...

Review posted on 7th September 2015

Dirty Ghosts - Let It Pretend Album Review

Dirty Ghosts - Let It Pretend Album Review

There's nothing wrong with hero worship or wearing your influences openly on your sleeve - the classics are the classics for a reason after all. The only stipulation is that it's a good idea to...

Review posted on 2nd September 2015

Chris Cornell - Euphoria Mo(u)rning (Re-Issue) Album Review

Chris Cornell - Euphoria Mo(u)rning (Re-Issue) Album Review

Since the disbanding of Audioslave, Chris Cornell has had something of a renaissance as an artist. He has released two solo albums (one so-so, the other entirely baffling), played countless solo acoustic tours the world...

Review posted on 1st September 2015

Ghost - Meliora Album Review

Ghost - Meliora Album Review

By now, three albums in, everybody has seen Ghost. They've stuck impressively steadfastly to their ghoulish iconography, never once breaking character. But of the people who have seen Ghost, how many could say they've heard...

Review posted on 20th August 2015

Death and Vanilla - To Where the Wild Things Are Album Review

Death and Vanilla - To Where the Wild Things Are Album Review

Sweden's Death and Vanilla trade in dreamy, psychedelic pop music, bringing in influences from all over the place, from The Velvet Underground to Krautrock. On 'To Where the Wild Things Are', Death and Vanilla deliver...

Review posted on 17th August 2015

Crocodiles - Boys Album Review

Crocodiles - Boys Album Review

San Diego's Crocodiles have traditionally traded on a noisy, arty sound indebted to The Jesus and Mary Chain and even hints of My Bloody Valentine. On 'Boys', the duo's fifth full LP, Crocodiles have developed...

Review posted on 10th August 2015

The Darkness - Last of Our Kind Album Review

The Darkness - Last of Our Kind Album Review

Whether you ever liked them or not appears to be, at the point, completely beside the point. Having done that whole reunion thing, Britain's once most marmite rock act are back up to their old...

Review posted on 10th June 2015

Metz - II Album Review

Metz - II Album Review

Metz are in a tight spot. No matter how they sound or what they do, being a three piece guitar band releasing music on Sub Pop, it was almost inevitable that the press would latch...

Review posted on 14th May 2015

Icky Blossoms - Mask Album Review

Icky Blossoms - Mask Album Review

Omaha's Icky Blossoms are an electropop band whose debut called to mind acts like The XX and seemed to fit a very particular moment in time. It was produced by Dave Sitek from TV on...

Review posted on 12th May 2015

Lieutenant - If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week Album Review

Lieutenant - If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week Album Review

Arguably, the biggest rock band on the planet right now is the Foo Fighters. They tear up stadiums to sold out crowds the world over, sell vast amounts of records and, as evidenced by Sonic...

Review posted on 7th May 2015

Mini Mansions - The Great Pretenders Album Review

Mini Mansions - The Great Pretenders Album Review

On the debut album by Mini Mansions, we saw the band in a weird place - struggling to find its' feet and relatively unsure of whether or not it was just another Queens of the...

Review posted on 20th March 2015

The Von Hertzen Brothers - New Day Rising Album Review

The Von Hertzen Brothers - New Day Rising Album Review

I first encountered The Von Hertzen Brothers a couple of years ago when they toured as the main support to 90s Brit-rock nearly men The Wildhearts. As a live band, The Von Hertzen Brothers came...

Review posted on 16th March 2015

Gang of Four - What Happens Next Album Review

Gang of Four - What Happens Next Album Review

When I first heard there was a new Gang of Four LP coming out, I, like most I expect, was totally confounded. The political post-punk pioneers originally disbanded in 1983, then again in 1997, before...

Review posted on 13th March 2015

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