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Sigur Ros - Kveikur Album Review

Sigur Ros - Kveikur Album Review

It took me just three minutes to fall in love with Sigur Ros' seventh album Kveikur. It's not because that's when something momentous happened, rather that's how long it took to overcome any preconceptions of...

Review posted on 25th June 2013

The Thermals - Desperate Ground Album Review

The Thermals - Desperate Ground Album Review

There's something reassuring about the urgency that runs through the veins of The Thermals' sixth album Desperate Ground. It's the Portland trio's first record in three years, but there's no sign they've mellowed with age....

Review posted on 28th May 2013

Primal Scream - More Light Album Review

Primal Scream - More Light Album Review

Bobby Gillespie is a man that's been able to capture the cultural zeitgeist numerous times in the past. Primal Scream's new album More Light has its sights set on similar territory, but despite its all-star...

Review posted on 20th May 2013

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City Album Review

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City Album Review

Vampire Weekend's third album Modern Vampires Of The City may just be the most ambitiously and confidently produced album you're likely to hear this year. Part of the joy of the material presented here is...

Review posted on 20th May 2013

Phoenix - Bankrupt! Album Review

Phoenix - Bankrupt! Album Review

Phoenix's new album Bankrupt! is a more complicated record than it may seem at first glance. Yes, opener 'Entertainment' has the expected and heady mix of synths and guitars that have propelled the French quartet...

Review posted on 13th May 2013

Rilo Kiley - Rkives Album Review

Rilo Kiley - Rkives Album Review

Jenny Lewis sounds positively life affirming when she declares "It'll Get You There" on new Rilo Kiley compilation Rkives. The irony is of course that the band is dead and this record is an affectionate...

Review posted on 8th May 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs  - Mosquito Album Review

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito Album Review

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are evolving and quickly. New album Mosquito may well be the clearest sign yet that their scrappy New York Punk roots were merely one incarnation of this versatile three-piece. Karen O...

Review posted on 25th April 2013

The Besnard Lakes - Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO Album Review

The Besnard Lakes - Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO Album Review

If you can get past the 50s B-movie title of The Besnard Lakes fourth record you'll be duly rewarded. The Canadian quartet have started to become the Great White North's equivalent of Sigur R½s. It's...

Review posted on 22nd April 2013

Josh Kumra - Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait Album Review

Josh Kumra - Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait Album Review

Josh Kumra has come a long way in the last 6 years. A product of the fertile Swindon music scene, as a teenager he used to record acoustic session tracks for a live music show...

Review posted on 2nd April 2013

Telekinesis - Dormarion Album Review

Telekinesis - Dormarion Album Review

While Michael Benjamin Lerner's Seattle band Telekinesis is relatively unknown in the UK, they've managed to build a solid fan base in the States since 2009. That's thanks in part to favourable airplay by NPR...

Review posted on 2nd April 2013

The Flaming Lips - The Terror Album Review

The Flaming Lips - The Terror Album Review

The Flaming Lips thirteenth studio offering is a difficult album in every sense of the word: difficult to love, difficult to decipher, and difficult to listen to. Perhaps it's the absence of traditional song writing...

Review posted on 25th March 2013

Eels - O2 Academy Bournemouth March 2013 Live Review

Eels - O2 Academy Bournemouth March 2013 Live Review

There was a lot of love in the room for the Eels show in Bournemouth. Much of it was actually on stage, with Mark Oliver Everett going out of his way to sidestep the spotlight...

Review posted on 25th March 2013

Willy Moon - Here's Willy Moon Album Review

Willy Moon - Here's Willy Moon Album Review

Willy Moon certainly knows how to make an entrance. From the crooner cool of the cover of his debut, Here's Willy Moon, to the swathes of strings and Hip Hop beats on opening track 'Get...

Review posted on 18th March 2013

Josh Rouse - The Happiness Waltz Album Review

Josh Rouse - The Happiness Waltz Album Review

It's hard not to want to be Josh Rouse. He writes effortlessly catchy melodic pop songs about his idyllic life, which seems to be an endless stream of lazy Sundays. There's not a hint of...

Review posted on 6th March 2013

Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels Album Review

Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels Album Review

Let's get this out of the way straight out of the gate: People, Hell & Angels is by no means essential Hendrix, neither is it a cynical cash in. It's certainly one of the better...

Review posted on 4th March 2013

Keaton Henson - Birthdays Album Review

Keaton Henson - Birthdays Album Review

Singer-songwriter Keaton Henson's second album Birthdays really is an album of two halves. It develops the hushed and emotionally frail sound found on his bedroom produced debut effort Dear. But crucially it introduces some explosive...

Review posted on 21st February 2013

Jim James - Regions Of Light And Sound Of God Album Review

Jim James - Regions Of Light And Sound Of God Album Review

There seems to be a growing trend for well-known frontmen to indulge in a bit of moonlighting. In the last year alone we've seen The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben...

Review posted on 6th February 2013

Local Natives - Hummingbird Album Review

Local Natives - Hummingbird Album Review

It seems funny to start thinking of such things so early in a calendar year, but I'm going to call this right now. Local Natives' second album Hummingbird is going to be one of the...

Review posted on 4th February 2013

Pink - Greatest Hits.So Far!!! Album Review

Pink - Greatest Hits.So Far!!! Album Review

Following the success of Pink's 6th album 'The Truth About Love', it's no surprise that her greatest hits collection has been re-released. While it doesn't feature any material recorded after 2010, it's a surprisingly comprehensive...

Review posted on 29th January 2013

Villagers - Awayland Album Review

Villagers - Awayland Album Review

Conor O'Brien's Villagers second album (Awayland), as the title suggests, is an ambitious and immersive effort that's primarily concerned with creating its own dreamscape. It's a bigger record both in terms of scope and execution...

Review posted on 25th January 2013

Paul Weller - Dragonfly EP Review

Paul Weller - Dragonfly EP Review

Paul Weller's new EP Dragonfly is essentially a victory lap. Following his trilogy of experimental albums that concluded with Sonik Kicks earlier this year, the Modfather has bundled a number of unreleased songs from the...

Review posted on 2nd January 2013

The Staves - Dead & Born & Grown Album Review

The Staves - Dead & Born & Grown Album Review

Fresh from supporting Bon Iver in the States, Watford's The Staves have released their anticipated debut record Dead & Born & Grown on Atlantic. It's a notable album, not least because it delivers on the...

Review posted on 4th December 2012

Coldplay - Live 2012 Album Review

Coldplay - Live 2012 Album Review

Coldplay's new Live 2012 release is far from a way to cash in on the platinum success of Mylo Xyloto, despite a release date suspiciously close to Christmas. While the more cynical members of the...

Review posted on 28th November 2012

Patti Smith - Banga Album review

Patti Smith - Banga Album review

Patti Smith's eleventh studio album Banga may be named after a dog, but it certainly isn't one. While the high priestess of punk poetry may still be a challenging proposition for the casual listener, her...

Review posted on 5th November 2012

DJ Shadow - Reconstructed: The Best Of DJ Shadow Album review

DJ Shadow - Reconstructed: The Best Of DJ Shadow Album review

There's something effortless about Josh Davis' sampling technique. It defies the usual genre classifications, without becoming a gimmick. While his DJ Shadow moniker has been associated with some of the finest examples of turntable trickery...

Review posted on 30th October 2012

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Streetcore Album review

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Streetcore Album review

Streetcore may not quite reach the heights of its predecessor (2001's Global a Go-Go), but despite a ragged patchwork nature of rescued studio takes, it's certainly a fitting bookend to Joe Strummer's career.Following his sudden...

Review posted on 23rd October 2012

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Global A Go-Go Album review

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Global A Go-Go Album review

Joe Strummer's foray into World Music with the Mescaleros has been largely overlooked in the pages of recent rock history. Perhaps that's because, a year later, Damon Albarn did much the same thing with Mali...

Review posted on 18th October 2012

Band Of Horses - Mirage Rock Album review

Band Of Horses - Mirage Rock Album review

Band Of Horses' fourth album Mirage Rock is a record that isn't quite sure what it wants to achieve, but it seems perfectly happy to do so without sounding directionless. Much of the production sheen...

Review posted on 15th October 2012

Egyptian Hip Hop - Good Dont Sleep Album Review

Egyptian Hip Hop - Good Dont Sleep Album Review

Classed as genre defying after the release of their Hudson Mohawke produced 2009 E.P 'Some Reptiles Grew Wings', the Manchester four piece seemed to have drifted away from each other since then, with lead singer...

Review posted on 8th October 2012

Frightened Rabbit - State Hospital EP Review

Frightened Rabbit - State Hospital EP Review

As the nights draw in there's something fitting about Frightened Rabbit releasing a fresh slice of their brand of autumnal Scottish musings. State Hospital may be an EP of material that didn't thematically fit on...

Review posted on 2nd October 2012

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David Bowie fans across the globe have something very special to celebrate today as it has just been announced that the worlds's first David Bowie...

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There is nothing more uplifting in this world than watching Billie Eilish - the face of moody teen angst - having so much fun in the video for her...

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