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The Belle Stars - 80's Romance, The Complete Collection

The Belle Stars - 80's Romance, The Complete Collection

With the current surge in eighties influences across music and fashion, it's hardly a surprise that so many acts of the decade are trying to use this to their advantage. The Belle Stars are no...

Review posted on 27th October 2010

Stromae - Cheese

Stromae - Cheese

A Belgian rapper who decides to produce his entire debut album in French, and to then go on and call it 'Cheese', is going to be up against some scepticism! Eurovision anybody?!Having said this, 'Alors...

Review posted on 23rd September 2010

Lauren Pritchard - Wasted In Jackson

Lauren Pritchard - Wasted In Jackson

Lauren Pritchard is just 22, and from a small town Tennessee, so you can see where the album title comes from already. Tipped as one to watch, and already noticed by the likes of Paul...

Review posted on 22nd September 2010

Athlete - Singles 01-10

Athlete - Singles 01-10

Where other bands have created iconic tunes which instantly grab your attention and create a wave of excitement when they are resurrected in venues or club nights, Athlete don't have this. They may be an...

Review posted on 22nd September 2010

Chicane - Giants

Chicane - Giants

I guess we all thought we'd seen the last of Chicane, aside from the odd post Ibiza compilation video uploaded to YouTube. Well, it seems that best of album last year was just a tease....

Review posted on 7th September 2010

My Head Radio - Everybody's Waiting

My Head Radio - Everybody's Waiting

Basing four fifths of your 'band' in Holland and then leaving the remainder in America may seem an awkward way to make music. Never meeting the person who supplies the lyrics and poetical prose sounds...

Review posted on 1st July 2010

Thomas Truax - Sonic Dreamer

Thomas Truax - Sonic Dreamer

If you haven't heard of Thomas Truax, you are not alone in this. To set things straight, he is an American singer songwriter embarking on his solo work. This work is to set him aside...

Review posted on 25th June 2010

Joe Worricker - Joe Worricker

Joe Worricker - Joe Worricker

We've heard it before - The young boy from London singing tales of love and life, so we need something a little more dynamic from new entrants to the arena. Joe Worricker is said newcomer,...

Review posted on 25th June 2010

Tiffany Page - Walk Away Slow

Tiffany Page - Walk Away Slow

After spending time supporting The Noisettes on tour, Tiffany Page has her own album due for release this summer. Add to this the fact that she seems to be everywhere at the moment, and things...

Review posted on 21st June 2010

Jack Johnson - To The Sea

Jack Johnson - To The Sea

Hawaiian, film maker, surfer. And a musician creating material to reflect this. You can't mistake the sound of Jack Johnson for anybody else, the fact that it epitomises the feeling of long summer days and...

Review posted on 18th June 2010

William Fitzsimmons - Derivatives

William Fitzsimmons - Derivatives

William Fitzsimons is a strange musical concept, and his music remains just as odd. You may have heard him on TV shows such as Greys Anatomy and Brother and Sisters, he is undeniably an American...

Review posted on 25th May 2010

Katie Melua - The House

Katie Melua - The House

The fourth album from the young singer/songwriter comes as a production by William Orbit. If anything this album is slightly more edgy and even a little electronic.The House has quite a theatrical start to it,...

Review posted on 24th May 2010

Fraser - A Garden At The Top Of The Tree

Fraser - A Garden At The Top Of The Tree

Scottish indie folk/pop group, Fraser, are a lesser known band, but have similarities to many within their genre. 'A Garden At The Top Of The Tree' is the debut album from the band, but not...

Review posted on 15th April 2010

Amy Macdonald - A Curious Thing

Amy Macdonald - A Curious Thing

The Scottish singer songwriter is still only young, but after instant success a couple of years ago, her second album has certain expectations. Add to this the fact that Paul Weller provided the studio, and...

Review posted on 15th April 2010

The Pipettes - Earth Vs The Pipettes

The Pipettes - Earth Vs The Pipettes

The Pipettes are a band to be questioned in many ways. First, they are not your typical band in the fact that they don't stick to the general ....., secondly they were set up by...

Review posted on 15th April 2010

Various Artists - Bustin' Out (New Wave To New Beat: The Post Punk Era 1979-1981)

Various Artists - Bustin' Out (New Wave To New Beat: The Post Punk Era 1979-1981)

The time period may be just slightly before my time, but that doesn't mean that I'm not into it. The post punk period was an experimental music movement which pushed out punk. The Bustin' Out...

Review posted on 1st March 2010

Petter and the Pix - Good as Gold

Petter and the Pix - Good as Gold

Stockholm's Petter and The Pix, are back with a second album of curious pop and electro beats, with 'Good as Gold'.Having never listened to them before, I went into the album with no expectations. ....

Review posted on 1st March 2010

Ocean Colour Scene - Saturday

Ocean Colour Scene - Saturday

Review of Ocean Colour Scene's album SaturdayOcean Colour Scene are one of those bands who peaked in the nineties Britpop era, and then hung out in the background for their loyal fans. I'm not saying...

Review posted on 25th February 2010

Midlake - The Courage of Others

Midlake - The Courage of Others

Review of Midlake's album The Courage of Others.Texan folk is back, literally, with Midlake's third album, 'The Courage of Others'. Medieval comes to mind with the addition of a flute, and especially with the bells......

Review posted on 8th February 2010

Piney Gir - The Yearling

Piney Gir - The Yearling

Review of Piney Gir's album The YearlingIt's a simple concept, which sounds simple. The album is having a go at the soft nostalgia style backing and nursery music gone bad. Sugar coating issues such as...

Review posted on 1st February 2010

The Plastiscines - About Love

The Plastiscines - About Love

Review of Plastiscines' album About LoveFrench rock bands are not something we get that much exposure to, when you hear Plastiscines, they prove to me that I'd like a bit more French rock in my...

Review posted on 1st February 2010

John Mayer - Battle Studies

John Mayer - Battle Studies

Review of John Mayer's album Battle StudiesJohn Mayer is a massive hit in the US, and for his followers here, Battle Studies has been eagerly awaited. But has it lived up to the hype?Battle Studies...

Review posted on 14th December 2009

Starsailor - All The Plans

Starsailor - All The Plans

Review of Starsailor's album 'All The Plans' released through Virgin Records. Starsailor to me are one of those bands that you know about, but you probably couldn’t instantly bring up a track by them. You...

Review posted on 13th March 2009

Gary Go - Self-titled

Gary Go - Self-titled

Review of Gary Go's self-titled EP.Described as Indie/Rock, I'm not sure that I would really put him into this category after listening to his EP. It has a lot more pop to it than rock.The...

Review posted on 26th February 2009

Flobots - Rise

Flobots - Rise

Review of Flobots single Rise. Flobots have got to be known mostly for their mainstream success, 'Handlebars'. That was quite a mellow chilled out track, but their latest offering is something very different.'Rise' is a...

Review posted on 26th February 2009

Haunts - Self-titled

Haunts - Self-titled

Review of Haunts debut self-titled album. London 'New Wave' band, Haunts, have released their debut album which is simply titled, 'Haunts'.I have to admit that having never heard them prior to this album I was...

Review posted on 26th February 2009

Soda Boys - Everybody Cha Cha

Soda Boys - Everybody Cha Cha

Review of Soda Boys single Everbody Cha Cha.This could quite easily be Basement Jaxx, it's that kind of 'tune' mixed with fast rap and electronic vibes. However, this is Soda Boys and they have a...

Review posted on 26th February 2009

Exlovers - Just a Silhouette

Exlovers - Just a Silhouette

Review of Exlovers single 'Just a Silhouette' Exlovers are a sort of cute and innocent acoustic indie folk duo. Delicate acoustic guitar work and perfect vocals make this combination uniquely calming.I could imagine listening to...

Review posted on 26th February 2009

Kaiser Chiefs - Nottingham Trent FM Arena

Kaiser Chiefs - Nottingham Trent FM Arena

Review of Kaiser Chiefs live at Nottingham Trent FM Arena.It doesn't seem long since the Kaiser Chiefs were last on the road, but they're back again for an arena tour which can only be described...

Review posted on 25th February 2009

The Rascals - The Royal, Derby

The Rascals - The Royal, Derby

The Rascals @ The Royal, Derby, Live ReviewThe Royal in Derby is fast becoming a popular venue, with a string of exciting line ups and club nights. Recent confirmations have included late of The Pier,...

Review posted on 23rd December 2008

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