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John Legend - Wake Up!

John Legend - Wake Up!

There's a right way and a wrong way to cover bona fide classics. The wrong way involves politely and tastefully recreating the originals note by note, dutifully paying tribute to the song while tacitly suggesting...

Review posted on 8th November 2010

Pet Shop Boys - Ultimate Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys - Ultimate Pet Shop Boys

The quality of The Pet Shop Boys' best moments in unquestionable. Having cottoned on to the potential of dance music fairly early, they reinvigorated British pop with a string of flamboyant singles which counter-intuitively combined...

Review posted on 8th November 2010

Shield Your Eyes - Theme From Kindness

Shield Your Eyes - Theme From Kindness

The liner notes to Songs About Fucking, the final album by influential US noise-punks Big Black, credit band members Steve Albini and Melvin Belli with contributing 'guitar skinng' and 'guitar grr', respectively. Shield Your Eyes...

Review posted on 25th October 2010

The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Remixes

The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Remixes

The Phenomenal Handclap Band aren't especially phenomenal, and their music doesn't feature too many handclaps. They aren't even much of band, insofar as that term suggests a unified, hermetically sealed group of like-minded musicians; the...

Review posted on 25th October 2010

Mimas - Lifejackets

Mimas - Lifejackets

There are geeky lyrics, there are very geeky lyrics, and then there are the lyrics to 'Application', Lifejackets' opening track. 'Sock-puppetry may be rampart online', begins Mimas vocalist Sn'var Albertsson, bemoaning the number of messageboard...

Review posted on 25th October 2010

Kings Go Forth - The Outsiders Are Back

Kings Go Forth - The Outsiders Are Back

Kings Go Forth revisit a time before the sound of black American music was radically reshaped by hip-hop's meteoric rise to prominence. They play a form of rhythm and blues far removed from the hyperactive,...

Review posted on 25th October 2010

Dreamend - So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite

Dreamend - So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite

This impressive new release by Black Moth Super Rainbow member Ryan Graveface is a concept album inspired by the jottings of a serial killer. It's a disconcertingly pretty experience, full of delicate touches. Murder has...

Review posted on 25th October 2010

Wyatt - For The Ghosts Within

Wyatt - For The Ghosts Within

Robert Wyatt has an extraordinary voice. It is difficult to think of many contemporary singers with his natural talent, let alone singers with a background in popular music. Björk, who collaborated with Wyatt on her...

Review posted on 11th October 2010

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rivers

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rivers

Spousal duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums create an unearthly, ghostly sound which sounds wholly unlike most other contemporary pop music. If you listen to their excellent new album, Rivers - and you should listen to it...

Review posted on 11th October 2010

Richard Thompson - Dream Attic

Richard Thompson - Dream Attic

Richard Thompson is Britain's answer to Neil Young, an uncompromising guitar virtuoso whose often stridently political songwriting is indelibly influenced by his country's folk music. Like Young, Thompson is refusing to go gentle into that...

Review posted on 11th October 2010

Owen Pallett - A Swedish Love Story

Owen Pallett - A Swedish Love Story

There's an unresolved tension at the heart of A Swedish Love Story, the new EP by talented multi-instrumentalist and sometime Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett. On the one hand, Pallett seems interested in writing songs...

Review posted on 11th October 2010

Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project

Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project

Many things are a good idea in theory. Communism. Christopher Nolan films. Going to the pub for 'just one drink'. To this list must be added Herbie Hancock's new album, The Imagine Project. Hancock himself...

Review posted on 11th October 2010

Chickenhawk - Modern Bodies

Chickenhawk - Modern Bodies

Leeds-based metallers Chickenhawk are the perfect soundtrack to someone beating you over the head with a blunt object. Or so I like to imagine, anyway. Listening to Modern Bodies, their pleasingly ferocious debut album, one...

Review posted on 11th October 2010

Vessels - White Fields and Open Devices

Vessels - White Fields and Open Devices

To say that 'White Fields and Open Devices' is an eagerly anticipated release is something of an understatement. If the Leeds Society for Experimental and Progressive Rock Music produced a calendar, in which every month...

Review posted on 16th July 2008

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